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Jimmy Palmiotti
Palmiotti in June 2011
BornJames Palmiotti
(1961-08-14) August 14, 1961 (age 62)
Area(s)Writer, Inker
AwardsInkpot Award (2014)[1]
Spouse(s)Amanda Conner

James Palmiotti (born August 14, 1961[citation needed]) is an American writer and inker of comic books, who also does writing for games, television and film.

Early life[edit]

Palmiotti attended the High School of Art and Design in New York City.[2]


Palmiotti sketching at the New York Comic Con, October 10, 2010

Palmiotti started at Marvel Comics in 1991. He inked titles such as the Punisher, Ghost Rider, The Nam and the Marvel 2099 line, and has accumulated extensive inking and writing credits. He often inked the work of his friend and collaborator Joe Quesada. Together, they created Ash and Painkiller Jane.

For Marvel, Palmiotti worked on the established Daredevil, a run especially known for the "Guardian Devil" arc scripted by Kevin Smith.

Palmiotti also worked for Dark Horse Comics, as the inker during the Doug Mahnke run on X. He inked Paul Gulacy on Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu, Punisher and Catwoman. He inked Steve Dillon on Punisher, as well as Brad Walker's pencil's on the DC Comics miniseries Secret Six - Six Degrees of Separation.

In 1994, Palmiotti and Quesada formed a publishing company, Event Comics,[3] and co-created Ash, a firefighter with superpowers, Painkiller Jane, a female cop with healing powers, Kid Death and Fluffy, about a boy and his pet robot dog and 22 Brides, about a group of girls that run the New York underworld. . In 1998, Event Comics was contracted to do several books for Marvel Comics, dubbed Marvel Knights.[3]

The Marvel Knights line have influenced subsequent Marvel television and movie adaptation, including Netflix's Daredevil and Black Panther feature film. Christopher Priest attributed the Dora Milaje to both Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti.[4]

As a writer, Palmiotti is known for Deadpool, Daughters of the Dragon, the Punisher, Heroes for Hire and Shanna the She-Devil for Marvel Comics, Hawkman, Superboy and The Monolith for DC Comics, as well as 21 Down,[5] The Resistance[6][7] and The Twilight Experiment for their Wildstorm imprint (often in tandem with fellow writer Justin Gray). Palmiotti also co-scripted, with Garth Ennis, a Ghost Rider video game that ties in with the movie. He has also penned Supergirl #12, the two Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters miniseries and an arc for Superman Confidential. Palmiotti and Gray were also part of the writing team for DC's Countdown. Currently, along with Gray, Palmiotti is writing the monthly Jonah Hex and G.I. Combat for DC Comics, as well as the miniseries Time Bomb for Radical Publishing.

Palmiotti has also worked on Beautiful Killer, Gatecrasher, Tempest, Civil Warrior and has currently being shopped Death Troupe and Triggergirl 6. Palmiotti recently co-wrote with Justin Gray The Hills Have Eyes: The Beginning for Fox Atomic Comics.

He worked on the Painkiller Jane series for the Sci-Fi Channel starring Kristanna Loken. This was a one-hour, 22 episode show. There was also a two-hour Painkiller Jane movie done for Sci-Fi as well. In the past he has written and storyboarded films for Hooptown for Nike. They featured LeBron James and Vince Carter.

He is also known as an editor for many projects and books with companies ranging from Marvel Comics, Fox Atomic, Blackbull Comics and Kickstart Comics. He is also a partner in two comic book companies. Blackbull Press, Event Comics and founding partner of Paperfilms.

In July 2010 he started recording Listen to Jimmy, a podcast with "Monster Mike" Campbell of the Canadian comic book and pop culture radio show Where Monsters Dwell. Listen to Jimmy follows an open format where Campbell and Palmiotti discuss any topics that they deem relevant that week. Campbell also asks Palmiotti questions that are sent in by listeners through email, Twitter, and Facebook. The podcast is available for download at the Where Monsters Dwell site and through iTunes.

In June 2013, Palmiotti was the keynote speaker for the 2013 Inkwell Awards Awards Ceremony at HeroesCon in Charlotte, North Carolina.[8][9][10]

In 2013, DC Comics tapped Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti to relaunch the Harley Quinn series. The 30 issue series would consistently be a top seller at DC creating a large fan base and sparking numerous cosplay variants of the character at conventions. This title ran for 3 years before being relaunched with the same creative team in 2016 with the Rebirth line. The first issue of the Rebirth line in August 2016 sold nearly 400,000 copies,[11] representing the largest selling issue of all comics in that month. The title continues to be a consistent top seller at most retail stores. Jimmy was a key contributor to the revitalization of Harley Quinn at DC Comics. Along with Amanda Conner, they wrote the Harley Quinn character for over 100 different issues of the character returned Harley Quinn to the spotlight. Their work championed the popularity of the character again. Their stories, characters, designs and concepts heavily influenced the look and feel of the character, merchandising and her rise into both the theatrical and mainstream media/audience again.

In 2015, DC Comics launched a new Starfire series with Amanda Conner. The series lasted 13 issues.

In 2016, Palmiotti joined actress Kristanna Loken and Jonathan Bates in forming TRIOentertainment, a company designed to offer unique and exciting array of superior films, quality intellectual properties, and original projects for theatrical, television and home entertainment. The team has several properties in various stages of development.

In 2016, his character Monolith was optioned by Lionsgate for development.

In 2016, his character Painkiller Jane was optioned for movie development by Jessica Chastain and her production studio, Freckle Films and Lotus Entertainment and Solipsist Films. Chastain is set to star in the lead role of the character and film.[12]

In 2017, The Pro, which Palmiotti created with (by Garth Ennis, Amanda Conner and him) was optioned by Paramount Pictures where Erwin Stoff of 3 Arts is producing and Zoe McCarthy has been hired to write the screenplay.[13]

In 2019, his character creation, Luke Fox, for the Batwing series that he and Justin Gray created for DC Comics (in April 2013[14]) was featured as a major character on the CW Batwoman TV series.

Personal life[edit]

Palmiotti is married to frequent collaborator Amanda Conner.[15][16]


Comics scripting[edit]

  • Painkiller Jane:
    • 22 Brides #1-4 (Mar. 1996 - Jan. 1997)
    • Painkiller Jane #0-5 (Jan. - Nov. 1997) (#0 printed in Jan. 1999)
    • Painkiller Jane vol. 2, #1-3 (Mar. - Aug. 2006)
    • Painkiller Jane vol. 3, #0-5 (Apr. 2007 - Mar. 2008)
    • Painkiller Jane: The Price of Freedom #1-4 (Nov. 2013 - Jan. 2014)
    • Painkiller Jane: The 22 Brides #1-3 (May - Oct. 2014)
  • Venom: Sinner Takes All (inks, 1995)
  • The Pro (inks, written by Garth Ennis, penciled by Amanda Conner, graphic novel, Image Comics, 2002)
  • The Resistance (with co-author Justin Gray and art by Juan Santacruz, 8-issue limited series, Wildstorm, November 2002 - June 2003, tpb, 192 pages, IDW Publishing, April 2009, ISBN 1-60010-407-X)
  • 21 Down (with co-author Justin Gray and art by Jesus Saiz, 12-issue limited series, Wildstorm, November 2002 - November 2003, tpb collects #1-7, 176 pages, November 2003, ISBN 1-4012-0120-2)
  • Cloudburst (with co-author Justin Gray and art by Eliseu Gouveia/Christopher Shy, 64 page graphic novel, Image Comics, January 2004)
  • Monolith (with co-author Justin Gray and art by Phil Winslade, 12-issue limited series, DC Comics, April 2004 - March 2005)
  • Jonah Hex (with Justin Gray, ongoing series, DC Comics, January 2006 - August 2011) collected as:
  • Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters (with co-author Justin Gray, 8-issue limited series, DC Comics, September 2006 - April 2007, tpb, July 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1336-7)
  • Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters: Brave New World (with co-author Justin Gray, 8-issue limited series, DC Comics, November 2007 - June 2008, tpb, September 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1954-3)
  • The Hills Have Eyes: The Beginning (with co-author Justin Gray and art by John Higgins, graphic novel, Fox Atomic Comics, 2007, ISBN 978-0-06-124354-7)
  • Gatecrasher (with Mark Waid and Amanda Conner, Black Bull Comics)
  • Back to Brooklyn (with co-author Garth Ennis and art by Mihailo Vukelic, 5-issue limited series, Image Comics, September 2008 - May 2009, tpb, 128 pages, July 2009, ISBN 1-60706-060-4)
  • Terra (with co-author Justin Gray and art by Amanda Conner, 4-issue miniseries, DC Comics, January–February 2009, collected as Terra with Supergirl #12, 128 pages, December 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2510-1)
  • Power Girl (with co-author Justin Gray and art by Amanda Conner, ongoing series, DC Comics, July 2009 - May 2010) collected as:
  • The Last Resort (with co-author Justin Gray and art by Giancarlo Caracuzzo, 120 page graphic novel, IDW Publishing, March 2010, ISBN 1-60010-615-3)
  • Random Acts of Violence (with co-author Justin Gray and art by Giancarlo Caracuzzo, 72 page graphic novel, Image Comics, April 2010, ISBN 1-60706-264-X)
  • Jonah Hex: No Way Back (written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and art by Tony DeZuniga, 136 page graphic novel, DC Comics, June 2010, ISBN 1-4012-2550-0)
  • Jonah Hex and Yosemite Sam (written by Jimmy Palmiotti and art by Mark Texiera, one shot, DC Comics June 2017)
  • All-Star Western (written with Justin Gray, art by various), collected as:
  • What If: Avengers vs X-Men(art by Jorge Molina, Marvel Comics, October 2013, ISBN 0-7851-8394-9)
  • Batwing with co-author Justin Gray, an ongoing series.
  • Daredevil: Dark Nights A three-issue miniseries for Marvel Comics
  • Queen Crab (comics) (art by Artiz Eiguren, 64 page graphic novel, Image Comics, March 2012, ISBN 1-60706-505-3)
  • Triggergirl 6 (written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray with art by Phil Noto, Image Comics)
  • Retrovirus (written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and art by Norberto Fernandez, 64 page graphic novel, Image Comics, December 2012, ISBN 1-6070-6640-8)
  • Weapon of God (written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and art by Giancarlo Caracuzzo, 71 page graphic novel, PaperFilms, September 2013)
  • Forager (written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and art by Steven Cummings, 76 page graphic novel, PaperFilms, February 2014)
  • Denver (written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and art by Pier Brito, 94 page graphic novel, PaperFilms, July 2014)
  • Abbadon (written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray; art by Fabrizio Fiorentino & Alessia Nocera (PaperFilms and Adaptive Studios, 2016))
  • Sex & Violence, Volumes 1 and 2 (written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray; art by Juan Santa Cruz, Jimmy Broxton, Vanessa Del Rey, Romina Moranelli and Rafa Garres, PaperFilms 2013, 2014)
  • The Big Con Job (written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Matt Brady; Boom Comics, July 2016, ISBN 978-1608868506)
  • GI Zombie (written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray; art by Scott Hampton; DC Comics, 176 pages, September 2015 ISBN 978-1401254872)
  • Wool (written by Hugh Howey, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Justin Gray and art by Jimmy Broxton, 160 page comic adaptation, Jet City Comics, August 2014, ISBN 1-4778-4912-2)
  • Starfire (written with Amanda Conner, DC Comics, 2015 - 2016), collected as:
  • Harley Quinn (with Amanda Conner, DC Comics, November 2013 - 2016) collected as:
  • Harley Quinn (with Amanda Conner, DC Comics, November 2016 - ) collected as:
    • Hot in the City (with art by John Timms and Chad Hardin; 168 pages, collects Harley Quinn #1-7, DC Comics, March 2017, ISBN 978-1401268312)
    • Joker Loves Harley (with art by John Timms and Chad Hardin; 144 pages, collects Harley Quinn #8-13, DC Comics, June 2017, ISBN 978-1401270957)
  • Harley Quinn Little Black Book (with Amanda Conner, art by various DC Comics, 2015 - 2017)
  • Harley Quinn and her Gang of Harleys (with Frank Tieri, DC Comics, 2016)
    • Harley Quinn and her Gang of Harleys (with art by Mauricet; 176 pages, collects Harley Quinn and her Gang of Harleys #1-6, DC Comics, February 2017, ISBN 978-1401267858)


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General references[edit]

Inline citations[edit]

  1. ^ Inkpot Award
  2. ^ Evans, Chris (April 3, 2010). "WC10: Comic Writers Unite!". Comic Book Resources.
  3. ^ a b "WonderCon Special Guests," Comic-Con Magazine (Winter 2010), p. 20.
  4. ^ "Priest Credits Quesada and Palmiotti with Dora Milaje". Bleeding Cool. 2018-10-06. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  5. ^ Don't Miss It A Second Time: Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti talk '21 Down'. Comic Book Resources. November 4, 2003
  6. ^ The Resistance: Not Futile At All[permanent dead link], Newsarama, November 27, 2002
  7. ^ 'Resistance' Isn't So Futile: Justin Gray talks new Wildstorm series. Comic Book Resources. December 5, 2002
  8. ^ "She Never Slept: 2013 Inkwell Awards". Archived 2016-09-13 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Almond, Bob (May 20, 2013). "2013 Inkwell Awards Celebrate Inkers at 3rd Annual Heroes Con Awards Ceremony; The Original Ms. Inkwell Makes Her Return!". Inkwell Awards
  10. ^ "2013 Inkwell Awards 2013 Ceremony". Inkwell Awards/YouTube, June 27, 2014. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  11. ^ Doran, Michael (September 19, 2016). "HARLEY QUINN #1 Sells Nearly 400k; More August 2016 Sales Estimates and Comparisons". Newsarama.
  12. ^ Lodderhose, Diana (November 11, 2016). "Jessica Chastain Boards ‘Painkiller Jane’ For Lotus Entertainment & Solipsist Films". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  13. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (March 22, 2017). "Graphic Novel ‘The Pro’ Hooks Movie Deal At Paramount". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  14. ^ "BATWING #19". DC. 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  15. ^ Davis, Lauren. "WC10: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti". Comic Book Resources. April 5, 2010
  16. ^ Rogers, Vaneta. "Amanda Conner's POWER GIRL Girl Power", Newsarama, December 7, 2009

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