James D. Hudnall

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James D. Hudnall
James Hudnall Portrait.jpg
James Hudnall by Michael Netzer
Born James David Hudnall
(1957-04-10) April 10, 1957 (age 61)
Santa Rosa, California
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Letterer
Pseudonym(s) Hud
Notable works
Alpha Flight
Strikeforce: Morituri

James David Hudnall (born April 10, 1957 in Santa Rosa, California) is an American writer who began his career in the comic book field in 1986 with the series Espers, published by Eclipse Comics.[citation needed] He later worked for Marvel and DC on such titles as Alpha Flight, Strikeforce: Morituri, and his own creation Interface, which was a sequel to Espers. He also wrote graphic novels such as Lex Luthor: The Unauthorized Biography, Sinking, Streets and The Psycho.[citation needed]

His series Harsh Realm was adapted to television by X-Files producer Chris Carter in 1998. Hudnall and co-creator Andrew Paquette sued Carter and Fox Television when they failed to give them credits on the show. The suit was later settled and as part of the settlement Hudnall and Paquette received credit in the opening titles of the show,[1][2]

Hudnall's other works includes: The Age of Heroes, Aftermath, Shut Up And Die, Two to the Chest, Chiller, Devastator, Hardcase and The Solution.[citation needed] He writes a libertarian leaning blog under the Pajamas Media group, a network of political blogs.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Hudnall's parents divorced when he was two and his mother remarried to a man in the US Navy. The family settled in San Diego, California in the 1970s, and after graduating from Point Loma High School, Hudnall joined the U.S. Air Force in 1976. He was stationed in England.[citation needed]

After his discharge from the Air Force, Hudnall went to Coleman College in San Diego where he majored in computer science. He worked as a computer software consultant in Orange County, California, Sonoma County, and briefly in England. On returning to the states, he settled in Orange County, Ca where he began to read comics again. This renewed his interest in the medium and got him interested in writing, which was an earlier ambition. Hudnall attempted to self-publish a comic in 1982.[citation needed]

Comics career[edit]

In 1985 he started working with Eclipse Comics as a marketing director. In 1986 his first comic, Espers. From there, he went on to work for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Image, Dark Horse and Malibu.[citation needed]

Hudnall switched from writing comics to internet development in the late 1990s, while producing more limited work over the years, such as Trigs for Humanoids and 2 To the Chest from his own company Dark Planet Productions.[citation needed]

In 2009 he began writing for the media criticism blog Big Hollywood.[3] He since created the weekly comic strip "Obama Nation" with comics artist Batton Lash for Big Hollywood, which ran on Big Government and the news media criticism comics strip "Useful Idiots" with comics artist Val Mayerik which ran on Big Journalism.[4] These series ran for several years. A 2011 Obama Nation cartoon was called racist by MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell which he claimed caricatured First Lady Michelle Obama and President Obama in ways that stereotype African-Americans, without showing the cartoon or talking to the comic's creators. Such claims were publicly denied by Hudnall and Lash which said they were doing a political lampoon, nothing more. [5] The sites changed after Andrew Breitbart's death and Hudnall stopped doing the series.[citation needed]

Hudnall later went into digital comics in 2012 when David Lloyd created the online comics anthology Aces Weekly with Val Mayerik.[citation needed]

In the fall of 2013 Hudnall released his first novel, The Age of Heroes: Hell's Reward, which is part of a planned series.[citation needed] A second series of novels, the Secret Team, is slated to debut in 2015.


Comics work includes:



Hudnall has diabetes, which in 2015 led to the amputation of his right leg.[6]

Awards and recognition[edit]

His graphic novel, Sinking, which is the fictional autobiography of a schizophrenic, earned him an Eisner Award nomination.[7] The Brazilian translation of Lex Luthor: The Unauthorized Biography, published by Editora Abril in 1990, won the Brazilian award Troféu HQ Mix for best special edition.[citation needed][8] In 2017 Hudnall received the Inkpot Award for his career in comics at San Diego Comic Con International. [9]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b Kaplan, Don (October 19, 1999), "https://nypost.com/1999/10/19/harsh-creators-sue-for-credit/ ‘HARSH’ CREATORS SUE FOR CREDIT," New York Post. Retrieved August 24, 2017
  3. ^ (February 3, 2017), "Powerless Easter Egg Compares Lex Luthor to Donald Trump," Comicbook.com. Retrieved August 24, 2017
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 8, 2016. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Our second response to the press," James Hudnall. Retrieved August 24, 2017
  6. ^ James Hudnall Receives Prosthetic Leg Thanks to Hero Initiative Help, by Meagan Damore, at Comic Book Resources; published November 4, 2015; retrieved September 4, 2017
  7. ^ 1993 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners, Comic Book Awards Almanac
  8. ^ Portal Oficial do, Troféu HQ Mix (2017-08-03). "3.º Troféu HQ Mix". Wikipédia, a enciclopédia livre (in Portuguese). 
  9. ^ http://jameshudnall.com/i-won-an-ink-pot-award/


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Preceded by
Bill Mantlo
Alpha Flight writer
Succeeded by
Fabian Nicieza