Jan Strnad

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Jan Strnad
Born Jan Steven Strnad
Wichita, Kansas
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer
Notable works
The Last Voyage of Sindbad
Mutant World
Stalkers
Star Wars expanded universe
Sword of the Atom
Notable collaborations
Richard Corben
Dennis Fujitake
Awards Goethe Award, 1971
Spouse(s) Julie Strnad
http://onelasttime.org

Jan Steven Strnad (sometimes credited as J. Knight) is an American writer of comic books, horror, and science fiction. He is known for his many collaborations with artist Richard Corben,[1] as well as his work in the Star Wars expanded universe, the majority of which has been published by Dark Horse Comics. He has also written for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Eclipse Comics, and Fantagraphics Books.

Biography[edit]

A native of Wichita, Kansas, of Czech descent,[2] Strnad was influenced by such writers as Mark Twain and John Steinbeck, as well as DC and Marvel comic books.[2]

He was active in comics fandom in the 1960s: contributing to fanzines like Rocket's Blast Comicollector, where he wrote the column "Eyeing the Egos". He also published his own zine, Anomaly, until it was taken over by Bud Plant.

Strnad's first professional comics were collaborations with Richard Corben, published in Rip Off Press's Fantagor. Other collaborations were published by Warren Publishing. In 1978–1979 he and Corben serialized "New Tales of the Arabian Nights" in Heavy Metal, and in 1982 they produced the Jeremy Brood trade paperback. In 1990, Strnad and Corben produced the five-issue limited series Son of Mutant World, published by Corben's Fantagor Press imprint. From 1996–1997, Strnad and Corben produced "Denz" stories for Penthouse Comix #15–20. Strnad and Corben worked together on the Flash animation web series Bludd for PirateNet in 2000. And in 2012, Dark Horse Comics published Strnad and Corben's limited series RageMoor.[3]

Strnad has also collaborated a number of times with artist Dennis Fujitake, in Dalgoda, published by Fantagraphics from 1984–1986 (Fantagraphics' first direct-market title), followed by Flesh and Bones (also featuring Dalgoda) in 1986; and Keith Laumer's Retief, published by Mad Dog Graphics in 1987–1988.[3] From 1981–1986, Strnad contributed articles to The Comics Journal.[4]

Other notable titles by Strnad include the Sword of the Atom limited series, with artist Gil Kane, published by DC Comics in 1983, followed by a Special in 1985;[5] Stalkers (Epic Comics, 1990–1991), with Val Mayerik;[3] and Starship Troopers: Dominant Species #1-4 (Dark Horse, 1998), with artist Davide Fabbri.[6]

Strnad's Star Wars work includes story arcs in Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron (1996–1997), Star Wars: Prelude to Rebellion (1998–1999), and "Vow of Justice" in Star Wars: Republic, all published by Dark Horse Comics.[3]

In the early 1990s, Strnad moved to Los Angeles to join the staff of Disney Television Animation, where he worked on Goof Troop (1992–1993) and Aladdin (1994–1995). He later wrote for Sitting Ducks (Universal, 2001–2003) and Harold and the Purple Crayon (Sony, 2002).

Since 2000, he has concentrated on prose novels, three of which he self-published.

Personal life[edit]

Strnad's wife's name is Julie;[4] he has a step-son.[2] He and his wife live in Los Angeles.

Awards[edit]

Strnad won the 1970 Goethe Award for "Favorite Fan Writer."[7] He was nominated for the same award in 1972.[8]

Bibliography[edit]

Comics[edit]

Richard Corben collaborations[edit]

Other comics writing[edit]

Prose[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keränen, SidSid (March 2001). "The Jan Strnad Interview, Part 1 (2)". Muuta.net. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Pavlíček, Milan (November 2000). "Interview with Jan S. Strnad". Cswu.cz. Archived from the original on March 1, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d Jan Strnad at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ a b Bails, Jerry (n.d.). "Strnad, Jan". Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999. Archived from the original on May 14, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  5. ^ Trumbull, John (October 2014). "Swords, Sorcery, and Size-Changing: Sword of the Atom". Back Issue! (TwoMorrows Publishing) (76): 33–39. 
  6. ^ Starship Troopers: Dominant Species at the Grand Comics Database
  7. ^ Thompson, Maggie (August 19, 2005). "Comic Fan Awards 1961-1970". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on September 14, 2015. 
  8. ^ Miller, John Jackson (July 19, 2005). "Goethe/Comic Fan Art Award Winners, 1971-74". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on September 20, 2010. 

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