Steve Skeates

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Steve Skeates
Skeates at the Big Apple Convention, May 21, 2011.
Born Stephen Skeates
1943 (age 72–73)
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer
Pseudonym(s) Chester Hazel
Warren Savin[1]
Notable works
Hawk and Dove
Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham
Warren Publishing titles
Awards Shazam Award, 1972, 1973
Warren Award, 1973

Steve Skeates (born 1943)[1] is an American comic book creator known for his work on such titles as Spectre, Hawk and Dove, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, and Aquaman. He has also written under the pseudonym Chester P. Hazel.[2]

Early life[edit]

Skeates graduated from Alfred University with a Bachelor of Arts.[1]


After writing for Charlton Comics and Marvel Comics, Skeates began working for DC Comics in 1968.[3] He co-created the quirky team Hawk and Dove in Showcase #75 (June 1968), with writer/artist Steve Ditko.[4] Skeates and artist Jim Aparo collaborated on Aquaman until the series was cancelled in April 1971.[5] With artist Sal Amendola, Skeates produced an Aquaman text story for Super DC Giant #S-26 (July-August 1971).[6] He wrote stories for DC's various anthology titles including Plop!.[7] During the early 1970s Skeates was a prolific writer at Warren Publishing, writing 72 stories from 1971 to 1975. Ongoing features he wrote at Warren included "Targos", the original "Pantha", "The Mummy Walks", "Curse of the Werewolf", and "And the Mummies Walk", a combination of the two prior mentioned series. During the 1970s he began a long-standing collaboration with fellow comics writer Mary Skrenes.[8]

After a period away from the comic book industry, he anonymously wrote the Generic Comic Book in 1984.[9][10] He also wrote Spider-Ham during this period. Afterwards, feeling "fed up with comics", he pursued a brief career as a reporter, wrote and drew comic strips for regional newspapers, and co-wrote a handful of episodes of Transformers, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, and Jem.[8] He has since returned to the comics industry and writing for independent publishers.[8]




  1. ^ a b c Bails, Jerry (2006). "Skeates, Steve". Who's Who of American Comic Books 1928-1999. Archived from the original on February 19, 2012. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Cassell, Dewey (April 2007). "The Hellish Humor of Plop!". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (21): 21–27. 
  3. ^ Steve Skeates at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1960s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 130. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Brothers Hank and Don Hall were complete opposites, yet writer/artist Steve Ditko with scripter Steve Skeates made sure the siblings shared a desire to battle injustice as Hawk and Dove. 
  5. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 144: "Aquaman's series ended abruptly as writer Steve Skeates and artist Jim Aparo finished off 'The Creature That Devoured Detroit!'"
  6. ^ Levitz, Paul (2010). "The Bronze Age 1970-1984". 75 Years of DC Comics The Art of Modern Mythmaking. Cologne, Germany: Taschen America. p. 507. ISBN 9783836519816. This rarity appeared in a publication cover-dated four months after the first Aquaman series had been canceled. 
  7. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 156
  8. ^ a b c Schwirian, John (June 2009). "The Unique Voice and Vision of Steve Skeates, part 3". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (34): 81–87. 
  9. ^ Cronin, Brian (May 14, 2009). "Comic Book Legends Revealed #207". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on June 19, 2013. 
  10. ^ Rausch, Joe (April 2014). "Marvel's Offbeat '80s One-Shots". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (71): 64. 

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Preceded by
Bob Haney
Aquaman writer
Succeeded by
David Michelinie (in 1977)
Preceded by
Robert Kanigher
Teen Titans writer
Succeeded by
Bob Haney
Preceded by
Arnold Drake (in 1968)
Plastic Man writer
Succeeded by
John Albano