Brian Augustyn

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Brian Augustyn
Augustyn at the 2018 Phoenix Comic Fest
Born(1954-11-02)November 2, 1954
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.[1]
DiedFebruary 1, 2022(2022-02-01) (aged 67)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Area(s)Writer, Editor
Notable works
The Flash
AwardsWizard Fan Award, 1994

Brian Augustyn (November 2, 1954 – February 1, 2022) was an American comic book editor and writer. He often worked as editor or co-writer with writer Mark Waid, such as on The Flash in the 1990s. He wrote Gotham by Gaslight which imagines Batman tracking Jack the Ripper – the prototype of DC's Elseworlds imprint, which featured versions of their characters in alternate settings.



Augustyn got his start in the industry in 1986 as an editor for Tru Studios' Trollords. He then edited Syphons and Speed Racer for NOW Comics in 1987. In 1988, he joined DC Comics, starting out as a co-editor on Action Comics during its period as a weekly title, and later The Flash, Justice League, and the Impact Comics line of titles.

As editor of The Flash beginning in 1989, Augustyn hired Mark Waid as writer in 1992, which led to an acclaimed eight-year run. Other Augustyn/Waid editor/writer partnerships included The Comet (DC/Impact, 1992) and Flash spin-off Impulse (DC, 1995–1996). He won the Wizard Fan Award for Favorite Editor in 1994.

He served as the managing editor of Visionary Comics Studio. He worked as story editor for publisher Red Giant Entertainment and their Giant-Size Comics line of free print comic book titles which debuted in 2014.[2][3]


As a solo writer, Augustyn worked on DC's Batman: Gotham by Gaslight,[4] its sequel Batman: Master of the Future, and Black Condor;[5] Marvel's Imperial Guard; Wildstorm Productions' Out There and Crimson; and Dreamwave Productions's Mega Man.

As co-writers, Augustyn and Mark Waid scripted The Crusaders for DC/Impact in 1992, Painkiller Jane and Ash: Cinder & Smoke for Event Comics in 1997, X-O Manowar, vol. 2, for Valiant Comics in 1997–1998, and JLA: Year One[6] for DC in 1998–1999. After leaving his position as editor in 1996, Augustyn teamed with Waid to co-write The Flash in 1996–1997 and 1998–2000. They collaborated on The Life Story of the Flash graphic novel[7] and co-wrote the story in The Flash #142 (October 1998) in which Wally West married Linda Park.[8]

In 2014, Red Giant Entertainment announced that Augustyn was scripting a new Amped comic series which debuted in November as part of the monthly Giant-Sized line.[9]

Personal life and death[edit]

Augustyn was born on November 2, 1954.[10] He died from a stroke on February 1, 2022, at the age of 67 and is survived by his wife Nadine and daughters Carrie and Allie.[11][12]


Comics work includes:


  1. ^ Brian Augustyn
  2. ^ "Comics Veteran Brian Augustyn Joins Red Giant Entertainment". The Wall Street Journal. November 19, 2013.
  3. ^ "Red Giant To Join in Free Comic Book Day". Archived from the original on December 16, 2013.
  4. ^ Manning, Matthew K. (2010). "1980s". In Dolan, Hannah (ed.). DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 241. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. An 'alternate history of the Batman' was spawned in this dark prestige format one-shot by writer Brian Augustyn and artist Mike Mignola
  5. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 253: "Brian Augustyn and penciller Rags Morales gave the world a new face to bear the name of the Freedom Fighter Black Condor - Ryan Kendall."
  6. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 282: "It was up to writers Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn and artist Barry Kitson to fill in the blanks. With their twelve-issue maxiseries JLA: Year One, the trio examined the early days of the team...JLA: Year One proved a success, and cleaned up decades of convoluted comic history."
  7. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 281: Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn, with illustrators Gil Kane, Joe Staton, and Tom Palmer, recounted the life and times of the Silver Age Flash Barry Allen in this ninety-six page hardcover.
  8. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 285: "Wally West was going to marry his longtime love interest Linda Park...thanks to writers Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn, and artist Pop Mhan."
  9. ^ "Brian Augustyn Gets AMPED for Red Giant Entertainment". MarketWired. August 27, 2014.
  10. ^ Comics Buyer's Guide #1636 (Dec. 2007), p. 135.
  11. ^ Marston, George (February 1, 2022). "Brian Augustyn, longtime DC editor and Batman - Gotham by Gaslight writer dies". Retrieved February 1, 2022.
  12. ^ "Brian Augustyn, Comic Book Writer and Editor, Dead at 67". Multiversity Comics. February 2, 2022. Retrieved September 30, 2022.

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Preceded by X-O Manowar vol. 2 writer
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