James D. Hudnall

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James D. Hudnall
James Hudnall Portrait.jpg
James Hudnall by Michael Netzer
BornJames David Hudnall
(1957-04-10)April 10, 1957
Santa Rosa, California, US
DiedApril 9, 2019(2019-04-09) (aged 61)
Area(s)Writer, Letterer
Notable works
Alpha Flight
Strikeforce: Morituri

James David Hudnall (April 10, 1957 – April 9, 2019) was 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 wrote 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 Andrew Breitbart blog Big Hollywood.[3]

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:

  • Espers
  • Rick Mason: The Agent (ISBN 0871355450)
  • Strikeforce: Morituri
  • Alpha Flight vol. 1 63, 67–86
  • Lex Luthor: The Unauthorized Biography
  • The Psycho[citation needed]
  • Interface[citation needed]
  • Chiller[citation needed]
  • Streets[citation needed]
  • Sinking[citation needed]
  • Harsh Realm (with Andrew Paquette)[2]
  • Twister[citation needed]
  • Hardcase[4] [5] [6]
  • The Solution[4] [5] [6]
  • The Age of Heroes[7]
  • Devastator[citation needed]
  • Shut Up and Die[citation needed]
  • Trigs[citation needed]
  • 2 to the Chest[citation needed]
  • Blue Cat[citation needed]
  • Devil's End FCBD 2019 (Lucky Comics, 2019)
  • Devil's End #1 (Lucky Comics, 2021)


  • The Age of Heroes: Hell's Reward [8]


Hudnall had diabetes, which in 2015 led to the amputation of his right leg.[9] He died April 9, 2019, one day prior to his 62nd birthday.[10]

Awards and recognition[edit]

His graphic novel, Sinking, which is the fictional autobiography of a schizophrenic, earned him an Eisner Award nomination.[11] 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]

In 2017 Hudnall received the Inkpot Award for his career in comics at San Diego Comic Con International.[12]


  1. ^ "ATA: Association of Talent Agents - Newsstand". agentassociation.com. Archived from the original on 17 June 2003. Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  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. ^ a b Issue Checklist for Creator James Hudnall; Grand Comics Database; accessed in 2022-July-13.
  5. ^ a b In Memorian: James Hudnall at "The Scoop"
  6. ^ a b Comics Creator: James D. Hudnall at the League of Comics Geeks.
  7. ^ "Age of Heroes (1996 Halloween/Image) comic books". www.mycomicshop.com.
  8. ^ Hudnall, James (14 October 2013). Hell's Reward. ISBN 978-1492788621.
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ Comic Book Veteran and Creator of Harsh Realm and The Psycho James Hudnall Has Passed Away, by John F. Trent, at Bounding Into Comics; published April 9, 2019; retrieved April 10, 2019
  11. ^ 1993 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners, Comic Book Awards Almanac
  12. ^ "I Won an Ink Pot Award". July 26, 2017.


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Preceded by Alpha Flight writer
Succeeded by