Howard Mackie

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Howard Mackie
Mackie at a signing for Ravagers #1 at Midtown Comics in Manhattan.
Born (1958-01-22) January 22, 1958 (age 60)
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Editor
Notable works
Ghost Rider, Spider-Man

Howard Mackie (born January 22, 1958)[1] is an American comic book editor and writer. He has worked almost exclusively for Marvel Comics and is best known as the co-creator of the Danny Ketch version of the Ghost Rider character.

Early life[edit]

Mackie grew up in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, mostly raised by his mother, as his father having died when he was seven.[2]



Mackie started his career in comics in 1984 as an assistant editor for Mark Gruenwald.[3][4] Early in Mackie's career, a running gag in Gruenwald's columns was that Mackie was a mysterious figure whose face no one at Marvel had ever seen.[5] Promoted in early 1987 to Managing Editor of Special Projects,[3] Mackie then oversaw Marvel's "New Universe" line.


Mackie first gained attention as a writer in 1990, when he and artist Javier Saltares launched a new Ghost Rider series for Marvel, revamping the character and introducing a new host, Danny Ketch.[6] Mackie wrote Ghost Rider until issue #69 (Jan. 1996). He authored two Ghost Rider/Wolverine/Punisher team-up one-shots, Hearts of Darkness (1991) and its sequel The Dark Design (1994).

In 1992, Mackie became the regular writer of Web of Spider-Man with #85. He would remain on various Spider-Man titles through the Clone Saga.[7] In January 1999, Mackie became the writer of both The Amazing Spider-Man[8] and the Peter Parker: Spider-Man series[9] when those two titles were relaunched with new first issues. Mackie left the Spider-Man franchise with The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 2, #29 (May 2001).

Mackie's work on the X-Men line included writing the spin-off title X-Factor from #115–149 (1995–1998) as well as its successor title Mutant X (1998–2001).[10] He wrote several mini-series featuring Gambit,[11] Wolverine, and Rogue.[12]

In late 2009, Mackie teamed with Tom DeFalco to write the six issue miniseries Spider-Man: Clone Saga, whose story was based on Mackie's original notes for the 1990s crossover. It was later collected in the trade paperback Spider-Man: The Real Clone Saga.

On January 12, 2012, it was announced that Mackie would be writing The Ravagers series for DC Comics as part of the Second Wave of The New 52.[13]


DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]


  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ Adler, Matt. "It's Ghost Rider, but with a Ketch!" Marvel Spotlight: Ghost Rider (2006).
  3. ^ a b Gruenwald, Mark. "Mark's Remarks," Avengers #276; West Coast Avengers #17; Iron Man #215 (February 1987).
  4. ^ Howard Mackie (editor) at the Grand Comics Database
  5. ^ Gruenwald, Mark. "Mark's Remarks," Avengers #277; West Coast Avengers #18; Iron Man #216 (March 1987).
  6. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1990s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 249. ISBN 978-0756641238. Popular writer Howard Mackie and penciller Javier Saltares had a sensation on their hands when they created Daniel Ketch, the second man to wear the mantle of the supernatural Ghost Rider. 
  7. ^ Manning "1990s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 281: "The Clone Saga finally came to a dramatic close [in Spider-Man #75] thanks to the team of writer Howard Mackie and artist John Romita, Jr."
  8. ^ Manning "1990s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 292: "This new first issue was written by Howard Mackie with art by John Byrne."
  9. ^ Manning "1990s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 293
  10. ^ Manning "1990s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 290: "Written by Howard Mackie and artist Tom Raney, Alex Summers, the mutant known as Havok, awoke in a world not his own."
  11. ^ Manning "1990s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 265: "Everyone's favorite smooth-talking Cajun, Gambit, made his way into his first miniseries by writer Howard Mackie and artist Lee Weeks."
  12. ^ Manning "1990s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 272: "Rogue finally starred in her own four-issue miniseries, beginning in January [1995]. Written by Howard Mackie with art by Mike Wieringo."
  13. ^ Kushins, Josh (January 12, 2012). "DC Comics in 2012–-Introducing the "Second Wave" of DC Comics The New 52". The Source. DC Comics. Archived from "second-wave"-of-dc-comics-the-new-52/ the original on January 14, 2012. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 

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Ghost Rider vol. 2 writer
Succeeded by
Ivan Velez Jr.
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Terry Kavanagh
Spider-Man/Peter Parker: Spider-Man writer
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Preceded by
John Francis Moore
X-Factor writer
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The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 2 writer
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J. Michael Straczynski
Preceded by
Peter Parker: Spider-Man vol. 2 writer
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Paul Jenkins