Douglas Wolk

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A photograph of Douglas Wolk, a white man with unkempt hair and a warm smile, sitting behind a conference table.
Douglas Wolk on the "Music in the '00s" panel, 2010 Pop Conference, EMPSFM, Seattle, Washington.

Douglas Wolk /ˈwlk/ (born 1970) is a Portland, Oregon-based author and critic. He has written about comics and popular music for publications including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, The Nation, The New Republic,, Pitchfork Media, Vanity Fair, and The Believer. Wolk was the managing editor of CMJ New Music Monthly from 1993 to 1997, and hosted a radio show on WFMU from 1999 to 2001. He has four published books. The most recent, All of the Marvels, tours the Marvel comics universe via his project of reading all 27,000 Marvel superhero comics.[1] In support of that project, in January 2019 he launched a members-only reading group, wherein participants collectively read and discuss a single issue of a Marvel comic book every day.[2] He frequently appears discussing comics on the YouTube channel of Portland comic book store, Books with Pictures.[3]


Early life[edit]

Wolk grew up in East Lansing, Michigan.[4]

Marriage and children[edit]

He married Lisa Gidley in 2001.[4] They have one child.[5]

Published works[edit]

Honors, decorations, awards and distinctions[edit]

  • 2002-2003 Mid-Career Fellow, National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University[10]
  • 2008 Eisner Award, Best Comics-Related Book[11]
  • 2008 Harvey Award for Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic Presentation[12]
  • 2010-2011 Fellow with the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program[13]


  1. ^ "Authors | Sarah Lazin Books". Retrieved 2020-01-04.
  2. ^ "Douglas Wolk is creating discussions about comics". Patreon. Retrieved 2020-01-04.
  3. ^ "Books with Pictures". YouTube. Retrieved 2020-01-04.
  4. ^ a b "WEDDINGS; Lisa Gidley, Douglas Wolk". The New York Times. 2001-08-05. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-01-04.
  5. ^ "who I am | lacunae". Retrieved 2020-01-04.
  6. ^ "33 1/3 Series". 333SOUND. Retrieved 2020-01-04.
  7. ^ Reading Comics. 2017-06-27. ISBN 9780786721573.
  8. ^ "Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two | IDW Publishing". Retrieved 2020-01-04.
  9. ^ "He Read All 27,000 Marvel Comic Books and Lived to Tell the Tale". The New York Times. 2021-10-12. Retrieved 2021-10-12.
  10. ^ "NAJP". Retrieved 2020-01-04.
  11. ^ "List of Eisner Award winners", Wikipedia, 2019-12-30, retrieved 2020-01-04
  12. ^ "2008 Harvey Award Winners | CBR". 28 September 2008. Retrieved 2020-01-04.
  13. ^ "USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program". Retrieved 2020-01-04.

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