Nick Spencer

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Nick Spencer
Spencer at the New York Comic Con in Manhattan, October 9, 2010.
Area(s) Writer
Notable works
Morning Glories
Thief of Thieves
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents
Iron Man 2.0
Secret Avengers
Superior Foes of Spider-Man

Nick Spencer is a comic book writer and former politician. As a comic book writer, he is known for his creator-owned titles at Image Comics (Morning Glories, Thief of Thieves, Bedlam), his work at DC Comics (Action Comics, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents), and for his current work at Marvel Comics (Secret Avengers, Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Avengers World, Ant-Man).


While in college, Spencer wrote three pitches to Marvel Comics soon after the Marvel Knights imprint launched in 1998. According to Spencer, "Joe [Quesada] didn’t like the first two but the third one was a Black Cat pitch that was a Jackie Brown kind of Tarantino-esque thing. He said he liked that one but they weren’t going to do anything with anybody new at the time." After another pitch was rejected, this time by Oni Press, Spencer went on to work in politics. He twice ran for the Cincinnati City Council as a candidate of the progressive Charter Party. Spencer also worked for a Democrat politician.[1] He later moved to New York City and successfully pitched Existence 2.0 to Jim Valentino of Image Comics. The first issue was released in July 2009.[2] A second miniseries, Existence 3.0, followed in November.[3] In 2010, Paramount Pictures acquired the rights to Existence 2.0, and a film is in development through Platinum Dunes with Miles Millar and Alfred Gough to adapt and executive produce.[4] Spencer also wrote Forgetless and Shuddertown at Image.[5] An A.V. Club review of Shuddertown stated that Spencer "has become one of the finest practitioners" of crime noir in comics.[6]

Spencer's first ongoing series, Morning Glories, was released in August 2010.[5] He has written a seven-part Jimmy Olsen co-feature for DC Comics beginning in September's Action Comics #893 which will conclude in a one-shot[7] to be released March 30, 2011 and is writing the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents monthly debuting in November 2010.[5] He was scheduled to take over as the writer of Supergirl in January 2011 with issue #60,[8] but DC announced soon after that he will only be co-scripting one issue.[9] Spencer is writing Iron Man 2.0, a new War Machine ongoing for Marvel Comics which debuted in February 2011.[10] Spencer will also be taking over writing duties on Secret Avengers from Ed Brubaker as of #13.[11] It was announced at the Emerald City Comic Con that Spencer has signed an exclusive contract with Marvel, although he will be allowed to continue writing his existing titles at both DC and Image.[12]

Spencer is one of three writers that worked on "Ultimate Comics Universe Reborn", a relaunch of Marvel Comics' Ultimate Marvel line, along with Jonathan Hickman and Brian Michael Bendis. Spencer wrote Ultimate Comics X-Men.[13]


Image Comics[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]


  1. ^ Posted October 13, 2010 by Rich Johnston (2010-10-13). "Nick Spencer – Politics, Business… Oh, And Comics Too - Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News". Retrieved 2015-10-22. 
  2. ^ Callan, Jonathan (2009-06-15). "Image's New "Existence"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  3. ^ Wigler, Josh (2009-10-29). "Nick Spencer's 'Existence 3.0'". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  4. ^ Nemiroff, Perri (2010-03-16). "Paramount To Adapt The Comic Existence 2.0". Cinema Blend. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  5. ^ a b c Ching, Albert (2010-08-03). "Nick Spencer Takes Readers to School with 'Morning Glories'". Newsarama. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  6. ^ Handlen, Zack; Heller, Jason; Murray, Noel; Phipps, Keith; Pierce, Leonard; Robinson, Tasha (2010-03-26). "Comics Panel". The A.V. Club (The Onion). Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  7. ^ Melrose, Kevin (2010-10-09). "NYCC '10 | DiDio addresses fate of Jimmy Olsen, other DC co-features - Robot 6 @ Comic Book ResourcesRobot 6 @ Comic Book Resources". Retrieved 2015-10-22. 
  8. ^ By DCE Editorial (2010-10-08). "NYCC 2010: Meet your new SUPERGIRL creative team | DC Comics". Retrieved 2015-10-22. 
  9. ^ By DCE Editorial (2010-12-15). "A few teases for the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents fans | DC Comics". Retrieved 2015-10-22. 
  10. ^ "War Machine Gets an IRON MAN 2.0 Upgrade From Nick Spencer". 2010-10-20. Retrieved 2015-10-22. 
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ [2][dead link]
  13. ^ "Kaare Andrews Covers Marvel's Ultimate Relaunch". Comic Book 2011-05-17. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 


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Preceded by
Ed Brubaker
Secret Avengers writer
Succeeded by
Warren Ellis
Preceded by
Rick Remender
(Volume 1)
Secret Avengers writer
(with Ales Kot 2013-2014)
Succeeded by
Ales Kot
(Volume 3)