John Warner (comics)

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John Warner
BornJohn David Warner[1]
(1952-12-03) December 3, 1952 (age 66)
Area(s)Writer, Editor
Pseudonym(s)John David
John Dell Jenkins[1]
Notable works
Dark Shadows,
Son of Satan

John Warner (born December 3, 1952)[2] is an American comic book writer and editor, known for his stories of horror and the supernatural.

Warner's most prolific period in the comic book field was from 1973–1979. During that time, he wrote many issues of Gold Key Comics' Dark Shadows, as well as assorted fill-ins for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and Warren Publishing.


From 1975–1978, Warner served as an editor and writer for Marvel's line of black-and-white magazines, where he worked primarily on Deadly Hands of Kung Fu, but also on Doc Savage, Marvel Preview, and Rampaging Hulk. For the latter series he created the characters Killer Shrike and the Modular Man. Separately, he co-created Ulysses Bloodstone.[3] During his stint as a Marvel/Curtis editor, Warner hired Ralph Macchio, who later went on to a long-running career at Marvel.

In addition, Warner wrote most of the run of Marvel's Son of Satan, and in the late 1970s wrote Gold Key's Flash Gordon comic.

Warner lists as his influences Arthur Rackham, N.C. Wyeth, Gerry Anderson, Maxfield Parrish, Chuck Jones, Jay Ward, Ray Bradbury, and Jorge Luis Borges.[1]

Warner is married to the former Beth Bleckley.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d John Warner at Who's Who of American Comics Books, 1928–1999. Accessed Nov. 8, 2008.
  2. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  3. ^ Warner, John. "Reader's Space: Of Helixes and Hexes" Marvel Presents #2, (Dec. 1975).


  • John Warner at the Comic Book DB
  • Bio in Creepy #51 (Warren Publishing, Mar. 1973).
Preceded by
Arnold Drake
Dark Shadows writer
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Steve Englehart
Captain America writer
Succeeded by
Tony Isabella
& Frank Robbins
Preceded by
Steve Gerber
Son of Satan writer
Succeeded by
Bill Mantlo
Preceded by
Raymond Marais
Flash Gordon writer
Succeeded by
Gary Poole