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Scott Snyder
Snyder at a Midtown Comics signing in Manhattan in 2016
Snyder at a Midtown Comics signing in Manhattan in 2016
BornNew York City, New York, United States
GenreFantasy, horror, superhero
Notable worksBatman
Detective Comics
American Vampire
Swamp Thing
Justice League
Dark Nights: Metal
Dark Nights: Death Metal

Scott Snyder is an American author. He is known for his 2006 short story collection Voodoo Heart, and his comic book writing, including American Vampire, Detective Comics, Batman, Wytches, Swamp Thing, and Justice League.

Early life[edit]

At the age of nine, Snyder attended a summer camp where one of the counselors read Stephen King's Eyes of the Dragon to him over the summer, an experience that Snyder says "really jump-started my love of story-telling." He was also influenced by the writing of Denis Johnson, Raymond Carver, Rick Bass, Joy Williams, Elizabeth McKracken, Stephen King, Tobias Wolff, and George Saunders. In comics, he has named Alan Moore and Frank Miller as his favorite writers.[1]

Snyder graduated from Brown University in 1998 with a degree in creative writing, and then worked at Walt Disney World for about a year.[2] He initially worked as a custodian, but after he injured his shoulder and started to have some problems with his co-workers, he auditioned and worked as some of the characters.[3] Snyder's Disney World stint strongly influenced his writing; he later recalled, "it did a world of good for my writing ... All the things I ended up writing about, those things that are deeply frightening to me—fear of commitment and growing up, fear of losing loved ones, the wonder and terror of falling in love—all of it was constantly being played out all around me in this weird, cartoonish, magnified way at Disney."[2]


Snyder signing copies of American Vampire and Detective Comics at a September 21, 2011 store appearance

Prose fiction[edit]

His first collection of stories, Voodoo Heart, was published by the Dial Press in June 2006. The collection received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and was a Kirkus Reviews "Hot Debut" of the year. The New York Times published a positive review by author Andrew Sean Greer in the Sunday Book Review.[4]

Stephen King picked two of the included stories—"Wreck" and "Dumpster Tuesday"—for the 2007 The Best American Short Stories anthology shortlist. Voodoo Heart was shortlisted for The Story Prize in 2006.[5]

In 2008, Snyder wrote a short story called The Thirteenth Egg for the anthology Who Can Save Us Now? Brand-New Superheroes and Their Amazing (Short) Stories.

Snyder taught writing at New York University,[6] Columbia University,[7] and Sarah Lawrence College.[8]


In 2009, Snyder began writing for Marvel Comics. His first foray into the genre was a one-shot focusing on the first Human Torch, part of Marvel's 70th anniversary celebrations. He later wrote the four-issue miniseries, Iron Man: Noir, which debuted in April 2010.[9]

Vertigo began publishing American Vampire,[10] Snyder's first creator-owned ongoing series, in March 2010.[11] The first five issues feature an original storyline by Stephen King.[12][13] American Vampire won the 2011 Eisner Award for Best New Series, as well as the 2011 Harvey Award for Best New Series.

His run as writer of Detective Comics began with issue No. 871 (Jan. 2011) of that title,[14] which marked the beginning of his exclusive contract with DC Comics.[15] He and Kyle Higgins wrote the Batman: Gates of Gotham miniseries which debuted in May 2011.[16]

Beginning in September 2011, Snyder became the writer of both Batman[17][18] and a new Swamp Thing ongoing series as part of The New 52, DC Comics' company-wide relaunch of all of its titles.[19][20][21] Snyder's Batman series was creating a number of critically and fan-acclaimed stories, and reinventing classic characters for DC’s then-new continuity.[22] Snyder later became the co-writer of Talon, a spin-off of the "Court of Owls" storyline in Batman, which focused on a rogue Talon from the Court.[23][24]

It was announced at the 2012 New York Comic Con[25] that Snyder would be writing a new Superman ongoing series, titled Superman Unchained, with art by Jim Lee. The series began publication in June 2013.[26]

Snyder left the Swamp Thing series as of issue #18 (May 2013) and began writing The Wake, a 10-issue, ocean-based horror miniseries drawn by Snyder's American Vampire: Survival Of The Fittest collaborator Sean Murphy.[9] The series follows marine biologist Lee Archer, who along with the Department of Homeland Security, discovers a potential threat to humanity that may involve strange, humanoid creatures that inhabit the ocean depths. The story shifts between three time periods: the near future, two centuries in the future and the distant past. The covers of the first five issues form a mural when placed side by side.[27][28][29]

The same month, DC published a Free Comic Book Day sneak preview of Superman Unchained,[9] an ongoing series written by Snyder and illustrated by Jim Lee, which was later published on June 12, 2013, and intended to coincide with the feature film Man of Steel, which opened two days later. Snyder explained his approach to the series: "The way to approach a character as iconic as him is you just come at it from a standpoint of what you love the most about the character, and then write a story that explores that, tear it down and build it back up."[30]

Snyder was one of the co-writers of the Batman Eternal series which launched in April 2014.[31] The second run of Batman Eternal, retitled as Batman & Robin Eternal launched on October 7, 2015.[32][33] During this time, Snyder and Detective Comics collaborate Jock launched the Image Comics series Wytches,[34] the media rights to which were purchased by Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment in October 2014.[35] In 2016, Snyder and artist John Romita Jr. collaborated on the All-Star Batman series as part of the DC Rebirth relaunch.[36][37]

Snyder and Greg Capullo launched the Dark Nights: Metal limited series in August 2017.[38][39] Snyder and artist Andy Kubert created the New Challengers, part of The New Age of DC Heroes line.[40][41] Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque crafted "The Fifth Season" chapter in Action Comics #1000 (June 2018).[42]

He co-wrote Justice League: No Justice with Joshua Williamson and James Tynion IV, with art by Francis Manapul.[43] Following that, Snyder re-launched the main Justice League series with art from Jim Cheung and Jorge Jimenez, while Williamson and Tynion wrote the companion series Justice League Odyssey and Justice League Dark, respectively.[44]

In 2018, Snyder, along with co-writer Tony Patrick and artist Cully Hamner, launched the mini-series Batman and the Signal, featuring Duke Thomas as Gotham's daylight protector, The Signal.[45] A spin-off limited series from Dark Nights: Metal, The Batman Who Laughs, was launched by him and Jock in 2019.[46] In 2020, he and Greg Capullo released the DC Black Label miniseries Batman: Last Knight on Earth, described as "the grand finale" of their New 52 run.[47] That same year, the two launched the follow-up to Dark Nights: MetalDark Nights: Death Metal.[48]

Snyder's Image series Nocterra, drawn by Detective Comics artist Tony S. Daniel, was launched in March 2021[49] following a Kickstarter campaign for the first issue.[50] A television adaptation is currently in development at Netflix.[51] In July 2021, Snyder announced an eight-title digital first deal with comiXology Originals, all to be published through his creator-owned imprint Best Jackett Press.[52] The first three, We Have Demons with Greg Capullo, Clear with Francis Manapul, and Night of the Ghoul with Francesco Francavilla, debuted in October 2021.[53]

Personal life[edit]

Snyder has a wife[27] named Jeanie and two sons named Jack and Emmett.[54] On March 3, 2019, Snyder announced that they were expecting another child in May.[55] Their child, a son named Quinn, was born on May 4, 2019.[56]

He is not related to filmmaker Zack Snyder.



  • 2011 Eagle Award for Favourite Newcomer Writer[65]
  • 2011 Eagle Award for Favourite New Comic Book (with Stephen King and Rafael Albuquerque for American Vampire)
  • 2011 Harvey Award for Most Promising New Talent[66]
  • 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Graphic Novels & Comics (for Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls)
  • 2013 Harvey Award for Best Writer (for Batman)[67]
  • 2014 Eisner Award for Best Writer (for Batman (DC); American Vampire, The Wake)[62]


Early work[edit]

  • Voodoo Heart (collection of short prose stories, 288 pages, The Dial Press, 2006, ISBN 0-385-33841-4)
  • Who Can Save Us Now?: "The Thirteenth Egg" (short prose story illustrated by Gary Panter; 432 pages, Free Press, 2008, ISBN 1-4165-6644-9)
  • Marvel:

DC Comics[edit]

Image Comics[edit]

  • Severed #1–7 (co-written by Snyder and Scott Tuft, art by Attila Futaki, 2011–2012) collected as Severed (hc, 192 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-6070-6529-0; tpb, 2013, ISBN 1-6070-6715-3)
  • Wytches (with Jock):
    • Wytches #1–6 (2014–2015) collected as Wytches (tpb, 144 pages, 2015, ISBN 1-63215-380-7)
    • Image Plus vol. 2 #1–12: "Bad Egg" (co-feature, 2017–2018)
    • Wytches: Bad Egg Halloween Special (collection of all episodes from Image Plus with the concluding thirteenth chapter, 2018)
  • A.D.: After Death #1–3 (with Jeff Lemire, 2016–2017) collected as A.D.: After Death (hc, 256 pages, 2017, ISBN 1-6321-5868-X)
  • Spawn #300: "Chapter 2" (with Todd McFarlane, 2019) collected in Spawn: The Record-Breaker (tpb, 184 pages, 2022, ISBN 1-53432-298-1)
  • Undiscovered Country (co-written by Snyder and Charles Soule, art by Giuseppe Camuncoli, 2019–ongoing) collected as:
  • Nocterra (with Tony Daniel, 2021–ongoing) collected as:
    • Full Throttle Dark (collects #1–6, tpb, 168 pages, 2021, ISBN 1-5343-1994-8)
    • Pedal to the Metal (collects #7–11, tpb, 144 pages, 2021, ISBN 1-5343-2234-5)
      • Includes Nocterra: Blacktop Bill Special (written by Snyder, art by Denys Cowan, 2022)

Other publishers[edit]


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