Jason Aaron

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Jason Aaron
Aaron at a book signing for Star Wars #1 at Midtown Comics in Manhattan
Born (1973-01-28) January 28, 1973 (age 44)
Jasper, Alabama
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer
Notable works
Ghost Rider
The Other Side

Jason Aaron (born January 28, 1973)[1] is an American comic book writer, known for his work on titles such as Thor, The Other Side, Scalped, Ghost Rider, Wolverine and PunisherMAX. As of early 2016, Aaron writes The Mighty Thor, Doctor Strange, and Star Wars for Marvel, and Southern Bastards and The Goddamned for Image.

Early life[edit]

Jason Aaron was born in Jasper, Alabama.[2][3][4] His cousin, Gustav Hasford, who wrote the semi-autobiographical novel The Short-Timers (1979), on which the feature film Full Metal Jacket (1987) was based, was a large influence on Aaron. Aaron decided he wanted to write comics as a child, and though his father was skeptical when Aaron informed him of this aspiration, his mother took Aaron to drug stores, where he would purchase from spinner racks comic books, some of which he still owns today.[5]

Aaron graduated from Shelby County High School. He then attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English.[6]


Aaron's career in comics began in 2001 when he won a Marvel Comics talent search contest with an eight-page Wolverine back-up story script. The story, which was published in Wolverine #175 (June 2002), gave him the opportunity to pitch subsequent ideas to editors.[5]

In 2006, Aaron made a blind submission to Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics, who published his first major work, the Vietnam War story The Other Side,[5] which was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Miniseries,[7] and which Aaron regards as the "second time" he broke into the industry.[5][8] Following this, Vertigo asked him to pitch other ideas, which led to the series Scalped, a creator-owned series set on the fictional Prairie Rose Indian Reservation drawn by R. M. Guéra.[5][8][9]

In 2007, Aaron wrote Ripclaw: Pilot Season for Top Cow Productions.[10] Later that year, Marvel editor Axel Alonso, who was impressed by The Other Side and Scalped, hired Aaron to write issues of Wolverine, Black Panther and eventually, an extended run on Ghost Rider that began in April 2008. His continued work on Black Panther also included a tie-in to the company-wide "Secret Invasion" crossover with David Lapham in 2009.[11]

In January 2008, he signed an exclusive contract with Marvel, though it would not affect his work on Scalped.[11][12] Later that July, he wrote the Penguin issue of The Joker's Asylum.[13][14]

After a four-issue stint on Wolverine in 2007, Aaron returned to the character with the ongoing series Wolverine: Weapon X, launched to coincide with the feature film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Aaron commented, "With Wolverine: Weapon X we'll be trying to mix things up like that from arc to arc, so the first arc is a typical sort of black ops story but the second arc will jump right into the middle of a completely different genre,"[15] In 2010, the series was relaunched once again as simply Wolverine.[16] He followed this with the relaunch of The Incredible Hulk in 2011[17] and Thor: God of Thunder in 2012.[18] Aaron and artist Mike Deodato collaborated on the Original Sin limited series in 2014.[19] During his run on Thor, he brought in the new female Thor and wrote the relaunch of the book.

Currently, Aaron writes a Star Wars comic book for Marvel, set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, as well as continuing his work on Thor, Doctor Strange and the creator-owned series Southern Bastards with Jason Latour and The Goddamned with R. M. Guéra for Image.

Personal life[edit]

Aaron moved to Kansas City, Kansas in 2000, the day after the first X-Men feature film was released.[5]

Commenting on the religious themes that run through his work, Aaron says he was raised Southern Baptist, but has since renounced religion: "I’ve been an atheist for many years, but I’ve remained fascinated by religion. If anything, I’ve become more fascinated by religion and faith after I lost mine."[20]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Nominated: 2007 Eisner Award for Best Miniseries for The Other Side.[7]
  • Nominated: 2015 Eisner Award for Best Writer for Southern Bastards, Original Sin, Thor and Men of Wrath.
  • Nominated: 2015 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series Southern Bastards.
  • Recipient: 2015 Harvey Award for Best New Series for Southern Bastards.
  • Nominated: 2015 Harvey Award for Best Writer for Southern Bastards.
  • Recipient: 2016 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series for Southern Bastards.
  • Recipient: 2016 Eisner Award for Best Writer for Southern Bastards, Star Wars, Doctor Strange, Thor and Men of Wrath.


DC Comics/Vertigo[edit]

  • The Other Side #1–5 (with Cameron Stewart, 2006) collected as The Other Side (tpb, 144 pages, 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1350-2)
  • Scalped:
    • Indian Country (tpb, 128 pages, 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1317-0) collects:
      • "Indian Country" (with R. M. Guéra, in #1–3, 2007)
      • "Hoka Hey" (with R. M. Guéra, in #4–5, 2007)
    • Casino Boogie (tpb, 144 pages, 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1654-4) collects:
      • "Casino Boogie" (with R. M. Guéra, in #6–11, 2007–2008)
    • Dead Mothers (tpb, 168 pages, 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1919-5) collects:
      • "Dreaming Himself into the Real World" (with John Paul Leon, in #12, 2008)
      • "Dead Mothers" (with R. M. Guéra, in #13–17, 2008)
      • "Falls Down" (with Davide Furnò, in #18, 2008)
    • The Gravel in Your Gut (tpb, 144 pages, 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2179-3) collects:
      • "The Boudoir Stomp" (with Davide Furnò, in #19–20, 2008)
      • "The Gravel in Your Guts" (with R. M. Guéra, in #21–24, 2008–2009)
    • High Lonesome (tpb, 128 pages, 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2487-3) collects:
    • The Gnawing (tpb, 128 pages, 2010, ISBN 1-4012-2717-1) collects:
      • "The Gnawing" (with R. M. Guéra, in #30–34, 2009–2010)
    • Rez Blues (tpb, 192 pages, 2011, ISBN 1-4012-3019-9) collects:
      • "Listening to the Earth Turn" (with Danijel Žeželj, in #35, 2010)
      • "A Fine Action of an Honorable and Catholic Spaniard" (with Davide Furnò, in #36–37, 2010)
      • "Family Tradition" (with R. M. Guéra, in #38, 2010)
      • "Unwanted" (with R. M. Guéra, in #39–42, 2010)
    • You Gotta Sin to Get Saved (tpb, 120 pages, 2011, ISBN 1-4012-3288-4) collects:
      • "A Come-to-Jesus" (with Jason Latour, in #43, 2011)
      • "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" (with Davide Furnò, in #44, 2011)
      • "You Gotta Sin to Get Saved" (with R. M. Guéra, in #45–49, 2011)
    • Knuckle Up (tpb, 144 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-4012-3505-0) collects:
      • "The Art of Surviving" (with R. M. Guéra and various artists, in #50, 2011)
      • "Knuckle Up" (with R. M. Guéra, in #51–55, 2011–2012)
    • Trail's End (tpb, 128 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-4012-3734-7) collects:
      • "Trail's End" (with R. M. Guéra, in #56–60, 2012)
  • Hellblazer #245–246: "Newcastle Calling" (with Sean Murphy, 2008)
  • Joker's Asylum: Penguin (with Jason Pearson, one-shot, 2008) collected in Joker's Asylum Volume 1 (tpb, 128 pages, 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1955-1)

Marvel Comics[edit]

  • X-Men:
  • Criminal #2: "My Favorite TV Cops and Movie Tough Guys, Flaws and All" (with Sean Phillips, 2008)
  • Ghost Rider vol. 4 #20-35 (February 2008-May 2009)
    • Ghost Rider by Jason Aaron Omnibus (hc, 536 pages, 2010, ISBN 0-7851-4367-X) collects:
    • "Hell-Bent & Heaven-Bound" (with Roland Boschi, in #20–23, 2008)
    • "God Don't Live on Cell Block D" (with Tan Eng Huat, in #24–25, 2008)
    • "The Former Things" (with Tan Eng Huat, in #26–27, 2008)
    • "Last Stand of the Spirits of Vengeance" (with Tan Eng Huat, in #30–34, 2008–2009)
    • "Trials & Tribulations" (with Tony Moore, in #33–35, 2009)
    • Ghost Riders: Heaven's on Fire #1–6 (with Roland Boschi, 2009–2010)
  • Black Panther #39–41: "See Wakanda and Die" (with Jefte Palo, 2008) collected as Secret Invasion: BP (tpb, 96 pages, 2009, ISBN 0-7851-3397-6)
  • Punisher:
  • Marvel Assistant-Sized Spectacular #1: "Just a Little Old Fashioned Justice" (with Richard Isanove, 2009)
  • Deadpool #900: "Close Encounters of the @*#$ed-Up Kind" (with Chris Staggs, 2009)
  • Immortal Weapons #1: "The Book of the Cobra" (with various artists, 2009) collected in Immortal Weapons (tpb, 184 pages, 2010, ISBN 078513848X)
  • Avengers vs. Atlas #4: "My Dinner with Gorilla Man" (with Giancarlo Caracuzzo, 2010) collected in Gorilla Man (tpb, 144 pages, 2010, ISBN 0785149112)
  • Captain America: Who Won't Wield the Shield?: "Forbush Man: Forbush Kills!" (with Mirco Pierfederici, one-shot, 2010)
  • Ultimate Comics: Captain America #1–4 (with Ron Garney, 2011) collected as UC-CA (hc, 112 pages, 2011, ISBN 078515194X; tpb, ISBN 0785151958)
  • The Incredible Hulk vol. 3 #1-15 (October 2011-October 2012)
  • Thor: God of Thunder #1-25 (November 2012–September 2014)
    • Volume 1: The God Butcher (tpb, 136 pages, 2013, ISBN 0-7851-6697-1) collects:
      • "The God Butcher" (with Esad Ribic, in #1–5, 2012–2013)
    • Volume 2: Godbomb (tpb, 136 pages, 2013, ISBN 0-7851-6698-X) collects:
      • "What the Gods Have Wrought" (with Butch Guice, in #6, 2013)
      • "Godbomb" (with Esad Ribic, in #7–11, 2013)
    • Volume 3: The Accursed (hc, 160 pages, 2014, ISBN 0-7851-8555-0) collects:
    • Volume 4: The Last Days of Midgard (hc, 168 pages, 2014, ISBN 0-7851-5488-4) collects:
      • "The Last Days of Midgard" (with Esad Ribic, in #19–23, 2014)
      • "The Last Days of Midgard, Epilogue: Adieu, Midgard, Adieu" (with Agustin Alessio and Esad Ribic, in #24, 2014)
      • "Tales of Thunder" (with Esad Ribic, RM Guerra and Simon Bisley, in #25, 2014)
  • Thanos Rising (5-issue limited series, with Simone Bianchi, April–August 2013, collected in, Thanos Rising, hc, 136 pages, 2013, ISBN 0-7851-9047-3)
  • Original Sin:
    • Original Sin (hc, 392 pages, 2014, ISBN 0-7851-9069-4) collects:
      • "No One Is Watching" (with Mike Deodato, in #1, 2014)
      • "Bomb Full of Secrets" (with Mike Deodato, in #2, 2014)
      • "Trust No One, Not Even Yourself" (with Mike Deodato, in #3, 2014)
      • "Secret Warriors" (with Mike Deodato, in #4, 2014)
      • "The Secret History of Colonel Nicholas J. Fury" (with Mike Deodato, in #5, 2014)
      • "Open Your Eye" (with Mike Deodato, in #6, 2014)
      • "Nick Fury Vs. The World" (with Mike Deodato, in #7, 2014)
      • "The One Who Watches" (with Mike Deodato, in #8, 2014)
    • Original Sin: Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm (tpb, 112 pages, 2014, ISBN 0-7851-9169-0) collects:
  • Thor vol. 4 #1-8 (October 2014–May 2015)
    • Volume 1: Goddess of Thunder (hc, 136 pages, 2015, ISBN 0-7851-9238-7) collects:
      • "If He Be Worthy" (with Russell Dauterman, in #1, 2014)
      • "The Goddess of Thunder" (with Russell Dauterman, in #2, 2014)
      • "When The Ice Lords Make War" (with Russell Dauterman, in #3, 2014)
      • "Thor vs. Thor" (with Russell Dauterman, in #4, 2015)
      • "Behold, A New Age of Thunder" (with Jorge Molina, in #5, 2015)
    • Volume 2: Who Holds the Hammer? (hc, 136 pages, 2015, ISBN 0-7851-9784-2) collects:
      • "King Thor" (with Timothy Truman, in Annual #1, 2015)
      • "Who Holds the Hammer?" (with Russell Dauterman, in #6, 2015)
      • "The Battle For The Hammer" (with Russell Dauterman, in #7, 2015)
      • "The Woman Beneath The Mask" (with Russell Dauterman, in #8, 2015)
  • Men of Wrath (5-issue limited series, with Ron Garney, October 2014–February 2015, collected in Men of War, tpb, 136 pages, 2015, ISBN 07851-9168-2)
  • Star Wars vol. 2 #1-... (January 2015–ongoing)
  • Thors (4-issue limited series, with Chris Sprouse, June–November 2015, collected in Thors, tpb, 136 pages, 2016, ISBN 0-7851-9889-X)
  • Weirdworld vol. 1 (5-issue limited series, with Mike Del Mundo, June–October 2015, collected in Volume 0: Warzones!, tpb, 112 pages, 2015, ISBN 0-7851-9891-1)
  • Doctor Strange vol. 4 #1–... (October 2015–ongoing)
    • Volume 1: The Way of the Weird (hc, 136 pages, 2016, ISBN 0-7851-9516-5) collects:
      • "The Way of the Weird" (with Chris Bachalo, in #1, 2015)
      • "The Coming Slaughter" (with Kevin Nowlan, in #1, 2015)
      • "Untitled" (with Chris Bachalo, in #2, 2015)
      • "Eaters of Magic" (with Chris Bachalo, in #3, 2015)
      • "The Art of Puking Without Puking" (with Chris Bachalo, in #4, 2016)
      • "Pound of Flesh" (with Chris Bachalo, in #5, 2016)
    • Volume 2: The Last Days of Magic (hc, 168 pages, 2016, ISBN 0-7851-9517-3) collects:
      • "The Last Days of Magic" (with Chris Bachalo, in #6-10, 2016)
      • "Zelma Stanton Framing Sequence" (with Leonardo Romero, in Doctor Strange: Last Days of Magic #1, 2016)
  • The Mighty Thor vol. 2 #1–... (November 2015-ongoing)
    • Volume 1: Thunder in Her Veins (hc, 136 pages, 2016, ISBN 0-7851-9522-X) collects:
      • "Thunder In Her Veins" (with Russell Dauterman, in #1, 2015)
      • "The War of the Elves" (with Russell Dauterman, in #2, 2015)
      • "The Saga of Thor and Loki" (with Russell Dauterman, in #3, 2016)
      • "The Trial of the All-Mother" (with Russell Dauterman, in #4, 2016)
      • "The Civil War of the Gods" (with Russell Dauterman, in #5, 2016)

Image Comics[edit]

  • Southern Bastards #1–... (with Jason Latour, April 2015–ongoing)
  • The Goddamned #1–... (with R. M. Guéra, November 2015–ongoing)

Other US publishers[edit]


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Jeph Loeb
Wolverine writer
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Marc Guggenheim
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Marc Guggenheim
Wolverine writer
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Mark Millar
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Mark Millar
Wolverine writer
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Cullen Bunn
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Greg Pak
(Incredible Hulks)
The Incredible Hulk writer
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Mark Waid
(The Indestructible Hulk series)
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Matt Fraction
Thor writer
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