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Steve Gerber

Birth name Stephen Ross Gerber
Born September 20, 1947 (1947-09-20) (age 59)
St. Louis, Missouri
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Editor
Pseudonym(s) Reg Everbest

Stephen Ross Gerber (born 20 September 1947, St. Louis, Missouri, United States) is an American comic book writer best known as the creator of the satiric Marvel Comics character Howard the Duck. Other major works include Man-Thing, Omega the Unknown, The Phantom Zone, Void Indigo, Shanna the She-Devil, Tales of the Zombie, Defenders, Foolkiller, The Legion of Night, Nevada, Sludge, and Hard Time. He was among the 1970s wave of writers such as Steve Englehart, Don McGregor and Doug Moench who took often minor characters and helped create a writerly Renaissance. He is currently writing Doctor Fate for DC Comics, having briefly worked with a version of the character in 1983. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 777 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1177 × 908 pixel, file size: 183 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... September 20 is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years). ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... September 20 is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years). ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... Marvel Comics (Stan Lee is behind many of the superheros) is an American comic book line published by Marvel Publishing, Inc. ... This article is about the character. ... The Man-Thing is a fictional comic book creature created by Stan Lee, Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway, and featured in various Marvel Comics titles, the most prominent of which was written by Steve Gerber. ... Omega The Unknown was both an American comic book published by Marvel Comics from 1976-1977 and the titular character of that comic book. ... The Phantom Zone is a fictional prison dimension featured in the Superman comic books and related media. ... Void Indigo was a short lived and highly controversial comic book series written by Steve Gerber and drawn by Val Mayerick, it was published by Epic Comics from 1983 to 1984. ... Shanna the She-Devil is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Tales of the Zombie was a horror comic book series published by Marvel Comics in the 1970s. ... The Defenders was a comic book series about a loosely-organized team of superheroes in the Marvel Comics universe. ... The Foolkiller is a fictional vigilante appearing in the Marvel Comics universe. ... The Legion of Night is a fictional organization in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Nevada is the title of a limited series of comic books published by DC under its Vertigo imprint. ... Sludge was a comic book series from Malibu Comics, set in the Ultraverse. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Steve Englehart (born April 22, 1947, Indianapolis, Indiana) is an American comic book writer best known for his work for Marvel Comics and DC Comics, particularly in the 1970s. ... Donald F. McGregor (born June 15, 1945, Rhode Island, United States) is an American comic book writer, and the author of one of the first graphic novels. ... Doug Moench (born February 23, 1948) is an American comic book writer. ... Doctor Fate is a DC Comics superhero and wizard, best known as a member of the Justice Society of America. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ...

Contents

Biography

Early life and career

After corresponding with fellow youthful comics fans Roy Thomas and Jerry Bails, and starting one of the first comics fanzines, Headline, at age 13 or 14, Gerber attended college at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, the University of Missouri, and St. Louis University, where he finished his communications degree and did some post-graduate work. He then began work as a copywriter for a St. Louis advertising agency, where he wrote bizarre short stories at any moment he could grab to stay sane. Some of these later appeared in Crazy Magazine during his stint as editor. Roy Thomas (born November 22, 1940, Missouri, United States) is a comic book writer and editor, and Stan Lees first successor as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The University of Missouri–St. ... The University of Missouri–Columbia is a public land-grant university and is Missouris largest university and public research institution. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A copywriter is a person who writes text, or copy, for clients. ... It has been suggested that Interactive agency be merged into this article or section. ... This article is in need of attention. ... Crazy is a humor magazine, an imitator of the popular MAD Magazine. ... Editing may also refer to audio or film editing. ...


In early 1972, Gerber asked Thomas, by now Marvel editor-in-chief, about writing comics; Thomas sent him a writer's test — six pages of a Daredevil car-chase scene drawn by Gene Colan — which Gerber passed. He accepted a position as an associate editor and writer at Marvel Comics for $125 a week — $25 less than at the ad agency — and $13 a page for writing. This article is about the Marvel Comics superhero. ... Gene Colan (born September 1, 1926, the Bronx, New York City, New York) is an American comic book artist who sometimes worked under the name Adam Austin. ...


Marvel Comics

Gerber initially penned standard superhero stories for titles such as Daredevil and Sub-Mariner, but soon developed an individual voice that mixed adventure with social satire and absurdist humor. In one issue of The Defenders, for example, a group of supervillains, tired of always being beaten by the good guys, seeks out a self-help guru for motivation. He penned some stories for Creatures on the Loose, Chamber of Chills, Journey Into Mystery and Crazy Magazine. When he took over as editor (until issue #14) he wanted to distinguish it from Mad Magazine by presenting stories that made it appear that the creators themselves were crazy. Namor the Sub-Mariner is a fictional character, featured in Marvel Comics. ... The Defenders was a comic book series about a loosely-organized team of superheroes in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Though the term self-help can refer to any case whereby an individual or a group betters themselves economically, intellectually or emotionally, the connotations of the phrase have come to apply particularly to psychological or psychotherapeutic nostrums, often purveyed through the popular genre of the self-help book. ... Tower of Shadows #1 (Sept. ... Journey into Mystery is a comic book series published by Marvel Comics. ... Harvey Kurtzmans cover for the first issue of the comic book Mad Mad is an American humor magazine founded by publisher William Gaines and editor Harvey Kurtzman in 1952. ...


Besides a lengthy run on The Defenders (which included the introduction of Korvac), Gerber is noted for scripting Man-Thing (a quasi-horror title); Omega The Unknown (which explored the strange link between a cosmic superhero and a small boy); and Howard the Duck, created with artist Val Mayerik as a throwaway character in a Man-Thing story, and then eventually brought back in solo backup stories in Giant-Size Man-Thing (with artist Frank Brunner) before getting his own series (with art primarily by penciler Gene Colan and inker Steve Leialoha). Gerber and Colan later collaborated on a Howard the Duck syndicated comic strip. He collaborated heavily with Carole Seuling on Shanna the She-Devil to the point that he has been credited with co-creating the character and her supporting cast. He more modestly claims that only Nekra is his creation. Michael Korvac, aka simply Korvac, was also called the Enemy, the Machine God and the Clockwork Lord. ... The Man-Thing is a fictional comic book creature created by Stan Lee, Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway, and featured in various Marvel Comics titles, the most prominent of which was written by Steve Gerber. ... Omega The Unknown was both an American comic book published by Marvel Comics from 1976-1977 and the titular character of that comic book. ... This article is about the character. ... Val Mayerik (born 1950, Youngstown, Ohio) is an American comic-book and commercial artist, best known as co-creator of Marvel Comics satiric character Howard the Duck. ... American comic book artist, particularly known for his work at Marvel Comics in the 1970s. ... In producing a comic book, the penciller (or penciler) draws the comic based on the script created by the writer. ... Gene Colan (born September 1, 1926, the Bronx, New York City, New York) is an American comic book artist who sometimes worked under the name Adam Austin. ... The inker is one of the two line artists in a traditional comic book, or graphic novel. ... Cover for Spider-Woman #8 (November 1978). ... Print Syndication is a form of syndication in which news articles, columns, or comic strips are made available to newspapers and magazines. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline or one of the following guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia: Biographies, Books, Companies, Fiction, Music, Neologisms, Numbers, Web content, or several proposals for new guidelines. ... Shanna the She-Devil is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Nekra is a fictional mutant supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe. ...


Among other Marvel projects, Gerber also wrote the first issue of Marvel Comics Super Special featuring the band KISS, in which he also introduced Dr. Doom's tutor, Dizzie the Hun. Another important part of Gerber's oeuvre was Tales of the Zombie based on a one-shot character, Simon Garth, created in the 1950s by Bill Everett, who died shortly after the series began. He also wrote the Guardians of the Galaxy series in Marvel Two-in-One (he wrote the first nine issues of that series, the first seven tying directly with his other storylines), Defenders and Marvel Presents, which had previously appeared only one time. He created the characters of Starhawk, Aleta Ogord, and Nikki. He also wrote stories of Son of Satan, Morbius the Living Vampire and Lilith, Daughter of Dracula. He created the Monk Montesi in Dracula Lives! #5, whose formula would later temporarily destroy all of the vampires in the world. Marvel Comics Super Special #15. ... Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in 1973. ... Cover to Heroes Reborn: Fantastic Four #5. ... Tales of the Zombie was a horror comic book series published by Marvel Comics in the 1970s. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... Bill Everett (May 18, 1917 – February 27, 1973) was a comic book writer/illustrator most famous for the creation of Namor the Sub-Mariner and co-creating Daredevil for Marvel Comics. ... The Guardians of the Galaxy are a fictional superhero team active in the 31st century in an alternate timeline that is a version of the Marvel Universe. ... Marvel Two-In-One Annual #2, 1977. ... Marvel Presents is a comic book anthology series published by Marvel Comics. ... Starhawk, the alter ego of Stakar Vaughn Ogord, and later Aleta Ogord, is the title given to agents of the Hawk God in the fictional Marvel Comics universe. ... Aleta Ogord, briefly also known as Starhawk, is a fictional character, a superheroine in a future of the Marvel Comics universe. ... Nicholette Nikki Gold is a fictional character, a woman in the Earth-691 timeline of the fictional Marvel Universe, genetically engineered to live on the planet Mercury. ... Daimon Hellstrom, also known as the Son of Satan and Hellstorm, is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Morbius the Living Vampire, full name Michael Morbius, is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe, intended as a tragic anti-hero with vampire-like powers that actually had a biochemical origin. ... Lilith is the daughter of Dracula in the Marvel Comics series Tomb of Dracula. ... Vampires are fictional characters found in the Marvel Universe. ...


Steve Gerber is noted for his memorable supporting or guest characters who become cult favorites in their own right. His best-known are probably Everyman Richard Rory, who has appeared off and on in most of the Gerber books, and the Foolkiller, a psychopathic vigilante who inspired several different individuals to adopt his identity over the years and acquired his own 10-issue limited series in 1990. He is also responsible for the creation of the Silver Samurai during his Daredevil run, and the female Red Guardian when writing Defenders. In literature and drama, the term everyman has come to mean an ordinary individual, with whom the audience or reader is supposed to be able to identify, and who is often placed in extraordinary circumstances. ... The Foolkiller is a fictional vigilante appearing in the Marvel Comics universe. ... See Also: Antisocial Personality Disorder Theoretically, psychopathy is a three-faceted disorder involving interpersonal, affective and behavioral characteristics. ... A miniseries (sometimes mini-series), in a serial storytelling medium, is a production which tells a story in a limited number of episodes. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Starlight is a fictional character in the Marvel Universe. ...


Toward the end of his work at Marvel, he wrote Hanna-Barbera stories for Mark Evanier under the anagrammatic name, "Reg Everbest". Only two of these, featuring Magilla Gorilla and Clue Club, were published in their English-language originals. Cartoon Network Studios, formerly known as Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc. ... Mark Evanier (born March 2, 1952 in Santa Monica, California) is an American writer. ... An anagram (Greek ana- = back or again, and graphein = to write) is a type of word play, the result of rearranging the letters of a word or phrase to produce other words, using all the original letters exactly once; e. ... Magilla Gorilla was the main character from The Magilla Gorilla Show, an animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera between January 14, 1964, and 1967. ... Clue Club was a Saturday morning cartoon series produced by Hanna-Barbera in 1976. ...


Battle for Howard the Duck

Gerber left Marvel in 1979 and launched a lengthy legal battle for control of Howard the Duck. During the late 1970s and 1980s he did some work for DC Comics (including a 1981 Superman miniseries, The Phantom Zone, the last three issues of Mr. Miracle, and a run of backup stories in The Flash starring Doctor Fate co-written with Martin Pasko), and for independent comic companies. DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... Superman is a comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... Mister Miracle is a DC Comics superhero created by Jack Kirby, originally as part of The Fourth World series of titles. ... The Flash. ... Doctor Fate is a DC Comics superhero and wizard, best known as a member of the Justice Society of America. ...


One of Gerber's first major works away from Marvel was the original graphic novel Stewart the Rat for Eclipse Comics, with art by Gene Colan and Tom Palmer. In 1982 he teamed with Jack Kirby at Eclipse to create Destroyer Duck, a satirical comic that raised funds for his court case and Kirby's similar legal battles against Marvel. Gerber and Marvel reached a settlement in the case. Trade paperback of Will Eisners A Contract with God (1978), often mistakenly cited as the first graphic novel. ... Eclipse Comics was an American comic book publisher, one of several influential indendent publishers during the 1980s. ... Gene Colan (born September 1, 1926, the Bronx, New York City, New York) is an American comic book artist who sometimes worked under the name Adam Austin. ... Tom Palmer is a popular comics artist. ... Jack Kirby (August 28, 1917 – February 6, 1994) was one of the most influential, recognizable, and prolific artists in American comic books. ...


Later career

Since that time, Gerber has worked sporadically in comics, writing several miniseries for Marvel (including Void Indigo for the Epic Comics imprint in 1983 and The Legion of Night and Suburban Jersey Ninja She-Devils in 1990) and DC (including A. Bizarro and Nevada for the Vertigo imprint in 1998). Returning briefly to Marvel, he had a 12-issue run on The Sensational She-Hulk, a three-issue run on Cloak and Dagger, had Hawkeye get shot and wear a new armored costume designed by Tony Stark in Avengers Spotlight, and wrote two issues of Toxic Crusaders, all for Marvel, during which time he also did a serial in Marvel Comics Presents featuring Poison, a character he created in The Evolutionary War crossover. He also wrote the two-issue Freddy Kruger's A Nightmare on Elm Street which delved intelligently into the backstory of the character with a depth the films never displayed. Void Indigo was a short lived and highly controversial comic book series written by Steve Gerber and drawn by Val Mayerick, it was published by Epic Comics from 1983 to 1984. ... Epic Comics was a creator-owned imprint of Marvel Comics started in 1982, lasting through the mid-1990s, and being briefly revived on a small scale in the mid-2000s. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... A. Bizarro is the name of a four issue comic book miniseries published by DC Comics in 1999 and of the lead character of that series. ... Nevada is the title of a limited series of comic books published by DC under its Vertigo imprint. ... Vertigo logo Vertigo is an imprint of comic book and graphic novel publisher DC Comics. ... She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters-Jameson) is a Marvel Comics superheroine. ... Cloak and Dagger (Tyrone Ty Johnson & Tandy Bowen) are a fictional teenage mutant comic book superhero duo in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Hawkeye (Clint Barton) is a fictional Marvel Comics superhero, a longtime member of the Avengers. ... This article is about Iron Man, the Marvel Comics superhero. ... Avengers Spotlight is an American comic book, published by Marvel Comics. ... Toxic Crusaders was a cartoon series based on the Toxic Avenger films. ... Marvel Comics Presents is a comic book anthology series published by Marvel Comics from 1989 to 1995. ... Poison is the name of two fictional comic book characters, owned by Marvel Comics. ... Cover to Avengers Annual #17. ... A fictional crossover occurs when two or more otherwise separated fictional characters, stories, settings, universes, or media meet and interact with each other. ... A Nightmare On Elm Street (NOES for short) is a series of horror films that were exceptionally popular in the 1980s. ...


In collaboration with Beth Woods (later Slick), he wrote Contagion (TNG episode) and BBSs for Dummies. With Hank Saroyan, he story-edited the first season of Dungeons & Dragons and wrote the episode "Prison Without Walls", which featured a character that bore a strong resembalnce to Man-Thing. He has also written episodes of G.I. Joe, which he also story edited during early seasons, the Berlin Wall episode of The Puppy's New Adventures, which was heavily censored to make East Berlin look terribly unthreatening, which resulted in Gerber's mock-slogan, "ABC Standards and Practices... Protecting Your Children With Lies", and the pilot episode of Mister T. He also story edited the third season of The Transformers, but did not write any episodes. His most notable animated creation is Thundarr the Barbarian. Contagion is a second season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation first broadcast on March 20, 1989. ... Dungeons & Dragons is an American animated television series that was a co-production of Marvel Productions and TSR, and made in the United States during the 1980s. ... 1960s Action Soldier Adventure Team circa 1973 G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero is a line of military-themed action figures produced by the toy company Hasbro. ... East German construction workers building the Berlin Wall, 20 November 1961. ... East Berlin was the name given to the eastern part of Berlin between 1949 and 1990. ... A television pilot is the first episode of an intended television series. ... Mister T was a animated series aired on NBC in 1983 starring Mr. ... The Transformers was an American animated television series depicting a war between giant robots who could transform into vehicles, animals, and other objects. ... Thundarr the Barbarian was a Saturday morning animated cartoon show, produced by Ruby-Spears Productions. ...


He was one of the founders of the Ultraverse, co-creating Exiles (perhaps the first comic in which a superhero team's incompetence has been played for tragedy rather than comedy) and creating Sludge. For Image, he co-created The Cybernary with Nick Manabat and disbanded Codename: Strykeforce (in their crossover with Cyberforce, in which Gerber showed the impossibility of one leader leading two teams with any effectiveness), in addition to guest-writing Pitt. In 2002 he created a new Howard the Duck miniseries for Marvel's MAX line. For DC he then created Hard Time, which outlasted the short-lived imprint DC Focus. The Ultraverse was the name given to a comic book imprint published by Malibu Comics. ... Exiles was the name of two comic book series, both of which were published by Malibu Comics. ... Incompetence can refer to: Incompetence, the condition of a person who is unable to properly perform his or her duty. ... In general usage a tragedy is a play, movie or sometimes a real world event with a sad outcome. ... Comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humour with an intent to provoke[[ laughter in general). ... Sludge was a comic book series from Malibu Comics, set in the Ultraverse. ... In common usage, an image (from Latin imago) or picture is an artifact that reproduces the likeness of some subject—usually a physical object or a person. ... cover by Nick Manabat Cybernary is a series of comic books about a cybernetic anti-heroine created by the late Nick Manabat for Wildstorm in the 1990s. ... Cybernary cover art by Nick Manabat Nick Manabat (1972-1995) was a Filipino-American comic artist who created Cybernary for Wildstorm Productions. ... Cyberforce is an action-adventure comic book created by Marc Silvestri. ... Pitt is a comic book created by Canadian comic book artist Dale Keown starring a fictional character character of the same name. ... MAX is an imprint of Marvel Comics for adult audiences, launched in 2001 after Marvel broke with the Comics Code Authority and established its own rating system. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... DC Focus was a short-lived imprint of DC Comics. ...


He has also worked in television animation, working as story editor on the animated series The Transformers, G.I. Joe, and Dungeons & Dragons; creating Thundarr the Barbarian, and sharing a 1998 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class — Animated Program, for the WB program The New Batman/Superman Adventures. Animation is the rapid display of a sequence of images of 2-D artwork or model positions in order to create an illusion of movement. ... A script editor - a position sometimes known as story editor in the 1950s and 60s - is a member of the production team of scripted television programmes, usually dramas and comedies. ... Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... The Transformers was an American animated television series depicting a war between giant robots who could transform into vehicles, animals, and other objects. ... 1960s Action Soldier Adventure Team circa 1973 G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero is a line of military-themed action figures produced by the toy company Hasbro. ... Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as D&D or DnD) is a fantasy role-playing game (RPG) currently published by Wizards of the Coast. ... Thundarr the Barbarian was a Saturday morning animated cartoon show, produced by Ruby-Spears Productions. ... The Daytime Emmy Awards are awards presented by the New York-based National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles-based Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in recognition of excellence in American daytime television programming. ... The WB Television Network, casually referred to as The WB, or sometimes as The Frog (referring to the networks former mascot, the animated character Michigan J. Frog), is a television network in the United States, founded as a joint venture between the Warner Bros. ...


He has spoken out against Jonathan Lethem's plans to revive Omega the Unknown, and in 2005, when Marvel had a vote on which of four characters to revive, he asked his fans to vote against Wundarr the Aquarian, a supporting character he created in Fear and Marvel Two-in-One. Wundarr took second after Death's Head. Wundarr was made the Aquarian by another writer (Mark Gruenwald--see Project Pegasus), as it is. He has stated numerous times on his blog and elsewhere on the web that no one should write another's characters without the creators' personal endosement, which he wishes he had had with Kirby on Defenders and especially Mister Miracle, despite Kirby being ok with it when they worked on Destroyer Duck. He has, however, endorsed the new Foolkiller series. Jonathan Allen Lethem (born February 19, 1964) is an American writer based in New York City, best known for his novels, short stories, and essays, whose work encompasses a variety of genres and styles. ... Omega The Unknown was both an American comic book published by Marvel Comics from 1976-1977 and the titular character of that comic book. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Wundarr the Aquarian is a Marvel Comics character created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik in Adventure into Fear #17. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Mark Gruenwald (June 18, 1953-August 12, 1996) was an American comic book writer and editor. ... Cover to The Project Pegasus Saga TPB Project: Pegasus is a fictional scientific base in the Marvel Comics universe which has been the location of a variety of stories for superheroes and supervillains, most notably in the title Marvel Two-in-One. ... Mister Miracle is a DC Comics superhero created by Jack Kirby, originally as part of The Fourth World series of titles. ... The Foolkiller is a fictional vigilante appearing in the Marvel Comics universe. ...


Gerber has been assigned the new Doctor Fate series by DC Comics, which is solicited to debut in April 2007. The series will follow a series of one-shots depicting the Helmet of Fate's interactions with other DC mystical heroes. Gerber will also write one of the one-shots, featuring Zauriel. Doctor Fate is a DC Comics superhero and wizard, best known as a member of the Justice Society of America. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... This article or section may need to be cleaned up and rewritten because it describes a work of fiction in a primarily in-universe style. ...


Awards

Gerber has received recognition for his work in comics with several awards and nominations. He has been nominated for several Shazam Awards, including for Best Writer in both the Dramatic and Humor Divisions in 1974 The Shazam Awards or Academey of Comic Book Arts Awards was given between 1970 and 1975. ...


Quotes

- "We had some problems with the Howard newspaper strip, which led to problems with the Howard book, which ultimately led to the lawsuit. Marvel wouldn't pay the artist to draw it. Gene Colan and I were supposed to get a percentage of the syndicate's take for the strip. The problem was, the money came in 90 days, 120 days, six months — I don't remember how long exactly — after the strips were published. So, essentially, the artist was working for nothing up until that time, and no artist can afford to do that. [In comparison with Stan Lee and John Romita's Spider-Man comic strip,] Stan, as publisher of Marvel, had a regular salary coming in, and John Romita, I believe, was also on staff at the time. They didn't have quite the same problem." 1
- "Plants are like people. Writers are like plants. Therefore, and this may come as a surprise, writers are like people. Given them light, water, nourishment, a comfortable pot and an encouraging world and they'll grow." -- Howard the Duck No. 16. Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber on December 28, 1922[1] New York, New York) is an American writer, editor, Chairman Emeritus of Marvel Comics, and memoirist, who — with several artist co-creators, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko — introduced complex, naturalistic characters and a thoroughly shared universe into... John Romita, Sr. ... Spider-Man swinging around his hometown, New York City. ... John Romita, Sr. ...


Significant characters (co-)created

A. Bizarro is the name of a four issue comic book miniseries published by DC Comics in 1999 and of the lead character of that series. ... Angar the Screamer (David Alan Angar), also known as Scream, is a Marvel Comics villain who first appeared in Daredevil #100. ... cover by Nick Manabat Cybernary is a series of comic books about a cybernetic anti-heroine created by the late Nick Manabat for Wildstorm in the 1990s. ... Death-Stalker was a fictional character, a supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Destiny is a fictional cosmic character in the Marvel Comics Universe created by Steve Gerber and George Tuska, whose first appearance was in Marvel Two-in-One #6. ... Destroyer Duck was an anthology comic book published by Eclipse Enterprises in 1982, as well as the title of its primary story, written by Steve Gerber and featuring artwork by Jack Kirby. ... Doctor Bong is a supervillain in the Marvel Universe. ... Doctor Fate is a DC Comics superhero and wizard, best known as a member of the Justice Society of America. ... Exiles was the name of two comic book series, both of which were published by Malibu Comics. ... The Foolkiller is a fictional vigilante appearing in the Marvel Comics universe. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Headmen is a group of fictional supervillains in the Marvel Comics universe. ... This article is about the character. ... Amber Hunt Amber Hunt is a fictional character from Malibu Comics and Marvel Comics Exiles comic series. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in 1973. ... Michael Korvac, aka simply Korvac, was also called the Enemy, the Machine God and the Clockwork Lord. ... Lord Pumpkin is a fictional being from Malibu Comics Ultraverse continuity. ... Mandrill is a fictional mutant supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Nekra is a fictional mutant supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Nevada is the title of a limited series of comic books published by DC under its Vertigo imprint. ... Nicholette Nikki Gold is a fictional character, a woman in the Earth-691 timeline of the fictional Marvel Universe, genetically engineered to live on the planet Mercury. ... Aleta Ogord, briefly also known as Starhawk, is a fictional character, a superheroine in a future of the Marvel Comics universe. ... Omega The Unknown was both an American comic book published by Marvel Comics from 1976-1977 and the titular character of that comic book. ... Ookla the Mok is a character in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon Thundarr the Barbarian. ... The Red Guardian is the name of several comic book superheroes in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Starlight is a fictional character in the Marvel Universe. ... Ruby Thursday (Thursday Rubinstein) a fictional character in the Marvel Comics Universe and a member of the Headmen. ... Shanna the She-Devil is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Sludge was a comic book series from Malibu Comics, set in the Ultraverse. ... Starhawk, the alter ego of Stakar Vaughn Ogord, and later Aleta Ogord, is the title given to agents of the Hawk God in the fictional Marvel Comics universe. ... Thog is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Thundarr the Barbarian was a Saturday morning animated cartoon show, produced by Ruby-Spears Productions. ... Void Indigo was a short lived and highly controversial comic book series written by Steve Gerber and drawn by Val Mayerick, it was published by Epic Comics from 1983 to 1984. ... Wundarr the Aquarian is a Marvel Comics character created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik in Adventure into Fear #17. ...

In fiction

Gerber was the inspiration for the Marvel Universe character Stewart Caldwell, a TV writer who became Thundersword[1]. This does not cite any references or sources. ...


References

  1. ^ The Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe mentions Secret Wars II #1 (July 1985) and Iron Man I #197

Secret Wars (full title Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars) is the name of a twelve-issue Marvel Comics comic book limited series produced between 1984 and 1985, and a Mattel toy line that reflected the series. ... Iron Man (Anthony Tony Edward Stark) is a fictional comic-book superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. ...

Footnotes

  • Note 1: Comic Book Artist #7 (reprinted in Comic Book Artist Collection Volume 3 (TwoMorrows Publishing, 2005)): "Steve Gerber's Crazy Days", p. 66

External links

  • Steve Gerblog: Steve Gerber's Online Journal
  • Trapped in a Friday He Never Made: Essay on Gerber's Omega and Defenders
Preceded by
Gerry Conway
Daredevil writer
1973–1975
(#102 and #118 by Chris Claremont)
Succeeded by
Tony Isabella
Preceded by
Mike Friedrich
Iron Man writer
1973
Succeeded by
Mike Friedrich
Preceded by
Gerry Conway
Man-Thing writer
1972–1975
Succeeded by
Michael Fleischer
Preceded by
Donald F. Glut
Captain America writer
1978
Succeeded by
Roger McKenzie
Preceded by
J. M. DeMatteis
Man-Thing writer
1988–1989
Succeeded by
Simon Jowett

 
 

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