October 22, 1953 |
Steven Grant (born October 22, 1953) is an American comic-book writer best known for his 1985-1986 Marvel Comics mini-series Punisher, with artist Mike Zeck and for his creator-owned character Whisper.
Beginning in the early 1980s Grant wrote a number of works for Marvel. In addition to bringing the Punisher back into the forefront of the Marvel Universe after a several-year lull, Grant has written Avengers, The Hulk, and fill-in runs on comics such as What If?, Spectacular Spider-Man, and Marvel Team-Up.
Grant wrote a conclusion to Steve Gerber's Omega the Unknown series in two issues of The Defenders at the end of which most of the original series' characters were killed. While Gerber seemed unhappy with Grant's conclusion, it nevertheless tied up the loose ends of the comic series. In 1982, Grant, Mark Gruenwald, and Bill Mantlo co-wrote Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions, the first limited series published by Marvel Comics. Grant and artist Mike Zeck produced a Punisher limited series in 1986 and an original hardcover graphic novel of the character three years later.
Grant's creator-owned character, the female ninja Whisper, debuted at Capital Comics in 1983 though the company's publishing arm folded after only two issues and a promotional poster of the series were published. Several months after First Comics picked up two other Capital publications (Nexus and the Badger), they published a one-shot entitled Whisper Special which led to Whisper being featured in the anthology book First Adventures and eventually to her own ongoing series in June 1986. During this time, Grant wrote American Flagg!, he was personally selected by Howard Chaykin to take over scripting the book after Chaykin's departure, a fill-in run on Shatter, a short-lived book of his own creation called Psychoblast and a few issues of Classics Illustrated at First.
At Dark Horse Comics, Grant wrote several limited and ongoing series in the short-lived Dark Horse shared superhero continuity, including the entire two-year run of the series X. His creation Enemy, published by Dark Horse, was optioned and produced as a Fox pilot, but ultimately did not air. He wrote numerous stories for DC Comics in the 1990s and created new versions of Manhunter and Challengers Of The Unknown. He continued to periodically write for Marvel Comics, his last major contribution being X-Man in collaboration with Warren Ellis and Ariel Olivetti. Among his other creator-owned works of the 1990s were the superhero comic Edge, with Gil Kane, published by Malibu/Bravura, and the crime series Damned with Mike Zeck, published by Wildstorm Comics.
His two long-running columns exposing the inner workings of the comics industry, "Master Of The Obvious" and "Permanent Damage", ran from 1999-2010 at the Comic Book Resources website.
Since 2005, Grant has written several works for IDW Publishing including original comics featuring the characters from the television show CSI. He wrote a one-shot featuring an updated version of his character Whisper and created a crime series, 2 Guns, about undercover cops, for Boom! Studios. At Avatar Press, he produced two creator-owned mini-series, Mortal Souls and My Flesh Is Cool, as well as adapted to comics form Frank Miller's original Robocop screenplays, which deviated considerably from the filmed versions.
In addition to comic book work, Grant has written a number of Hardy Boys novels for young adults under the pen-name Franklin W. Dixon, as well as Tom Swift, Race Against Time, and various "choose-your-own-adventure" type books, a posthumous collaboration with science fiction writer Isaac Asimov.
Grant's 2 Guns has been made into a major motion picture from Universal Studios starring Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Bill Paxton and Paula Patton. A film version of Mortal Souls is in pre-production.
Grant is working on the sequel to 2 Guns as well as an updating of Gil Kane's classic spy thriller His Name Is Savage.
- The Hardy Boys Casefiles (under the pen name Franklin W. Dixon)
- Badlands (with Vince Giarrano, 5-issue mini-series, 2006, tpb, Dark Horse Comics, May 1993, ISBN 1-878574-53-1)
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation:
- Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010.
- Gerber, Steve (June 14, 2005). "The Omega Flap". Archived from the original on December 31, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2006.
- Sanderson, Peter; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1970s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. Dorling Kindersley. p. 190. ISBN 978-0756641238.
Writer Steven Grant devised this wrap-up of the Omega story line, killing off the other protagonist, James-Michael Starling.
- DeFalco, Tom "1980s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 208: "Plotted by Mark Gruenwald, Steven Grant, and Bill Mantlo, and penciled by John Romita, Jr., Contest of Champions eventually saw print in June 1982"
- Grant, Steven; Zeck, Mike (2008). Punisher: Circle of Blood. Marvel Comics. p. 176. ISBN 978-0-7851-2331-6.
- Grant, Steven; Zeck, Mike (1989). The Punisher: Return to Big Nothing. Marvel Comics. p. 64. ISBN 978-0871355539.
- Whisper at the Grand Comics Database
- Whisper vol. 2 at the Grand Comics Database
- Carp, Jesse (July 23, 2012). "Fred Ward Joins Denzel Washington And Mark Walhberg In 2 Guns". CinemaBlend.com. Archived from the original on July 27, 2012.
- Sullivan, Michael Patrick (March 10, 2008). "Riches, Grant and Mandrake Go To The Safest Place". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on May 14, 2008. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
- Steven Grant at the Comic Book DB
- Steven Grant at Mike's Amazing World of Comics
- Steven Grant at the Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators
- Avatar Press profile
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