Andy Helfer

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Andy Helfer
Born Andrew Helfer
August 17, 1958
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Editor
Notable works
The Big Book Of
Awards Eisner Award – Best Anthology
1995 The Big Book of Urban Legends

Andrew Helfer (born August 17, 1958),[1] is a comic book creator best known for his work as an editor and writer at DC Comics, where he founded the Paradox Press imprint.

Biography[edit]

Helfer joined DC in 1981 and assisted Joe Orlando in the special projects department.[2] He became editor of the Justice League of America title with issue #245 (December 1985) and oversaw the title's revamp into Justice League International in 1987 by Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis, and Kevin Maguire.[3] Helfer edited The Man of Steel limited series by John Byrne and the subsequent relaunch of the Superman titles.[3] As a writer, Helfer collaborated with artist José Luis García-López on a Deadman limited series in 1986[4] and with artist Bill Sienkiewicz on an ongoing series for The Shadow in the following year.[4] Following Sienkiewicz's departure from The Shadow, Kyle Baker became the artist on the series and he and Helfer also produced a two-issue Justice, Inc. series.[4] The Helfer-Baker run on The Shadow was cancelled in 1989 allegedly due to objections by Condé Nast Publications, the character's owner, to the tone of the series.[5] As editor of Paradox Press, Helfer oversaw the development of Max Allan Collins' series Road to Perdition and John Wagner's A History of Violence, both of which became successful films. In 2006, Helfer collaborated with artist Randy DuBurke on Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography (2006)[6] which has been recommended as part of a "Suggested Core List of Graphic Novel Titles for High School Students".[7] He wrote the Presidential Material: John McCain one-shot biographical comic book for IDW Publishing in 2008.[8]

Awards[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Farrar, Straus, and Giroux[edit]

IDW Publishing[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ Mangels, Andy (July 2012). "A Heroine History of the Wonder Woman Foundation". Back Issue! (TwoMorrows Publishing) (57): 51. 
  3. ^ a b Andy Helfer (editor) at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ a b c Andy Helfer at the Grand Comics Database
  5. ^ Allen, Todd (January 13, 2012). "He’s Back and God Help the Guilty – Dynamite Reissues The Shadow by Howard Chaykin". Comicsbeat.com. Archived from the original on April 15, 2012. Retrieved April 15, 2012. [T]he Helfer & company sequel which was abruptly cancelled on a cliffhanger as Conde Nast disliked the satirical tone Helfer had taken with his version. 
  6. ^ Aldama, Frederick Luis (2011). Multicultural Comics: From Zap to Blue Beetle. University of Texas Press. p. 12. ISBN 978-0292737433. 
  7. ^ Gavigan, Karen W.; Tomasevich, Mindy (2011). Connecting Comics to Curriculum: Strategies for Grades 6-12. Libraries Unlimited. p. 156. ISBN 978-1598847680. 
  8. ^ Elsworth, Catherine (October 9, 2008). "John McCain and Barack Obama become comic book heroes". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on April 15, 2012. Retrieved April 15, 2012. 
  9. ^ "1991 Haxtur Awards". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on December 29, 2013. 
  10. ^ "1995 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on October 10, 2014. 
  11. ^ "1997 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on July 25, 2014. 

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Preceded by
Alan Gold
Justice League of America editor
1985–1987
Succeeded by
n/a
Preceded by
Julius Schwartz
Action Comics editor
1987
Succeeded by
Mike Carlin
Preceded by
Julius Schwartz
Adventures of Superman editor
1987
Succeeded by
Mike Carlin
Preceded by
n/a
Superman vol. 2 editor
1987
Succeeded by
Mike Carlin
Preceded by
n/a
Justice League International editor
1987–1992
Succeeded by
Brian Augustyn
Preceded by
n/a
Justice League Europe editor
1989–1992
Succeeded by
Brian Augustyn
Preceded by
Bob Schreck
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight editor
2000–2004
Succeeded by
Harvey Richards