J. M. DeMatteis


J. M. DeMatteis

Infobox Comics creator



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John Marc DeMatteis (born December 15 1953) is an American writer of comic books. A follower of the Indian guru Meher Baba, DeMatteis is known both for infusing superhero comics with spiritual concerns, and for his humorous touch.Fact|date=July 2007

Biography

Early career

DeMatteis began as a music critic before getting his start in comic books at DC Comics in the late 1970s, when he contributed to the company's line of horror comics. He began writing for Marvel Comics in 1980 on the "The Defenders", and had a lengthy run on "Captain America", paired with penciler Mike Zeck.

1980s

In 1987, DeMatteis and Zeck re-teamed for the "Kraven's Last Hunt" arc that ran throughout Marvel's then three Spider-Man titles. DeMatteis and illustrator Jon J. Muth created the graphic novel "Moonshadow", the first fully-painted series in American comicsFact|date=February 2007 for Marvel's Epic line. DeMatteis followed this with "", a hallucinatory vampire story drawn by Kent Williams, and the 1986 Dr. Strange graphic novel "Into Shambhala".

Moving back to DC, DeMatteis succeeded Gerry Conway as writer of the superhero-team title "Justice League of America". When that series was cancelled in the wake of the company-wide crossover "Crisis on Infinite Earths", DeMatteis stayed through its relaunch as "Justice League International", scripting over the plots of Keith Giffen.

"JLI" took such lesser-known DC characters as Martian Manhunter, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Mister Miracle, Captain Atom, and Power Girl and turned the then-current preoccupation with "grim 'n' gritty" superheroes on its head. The lighthearted series emphasized the absurd aspects of people with strange powers, wearing colorful costumes, volunteering to fight evildoers. While the League had its serious side and often faced world-threatening villains, it also featured such characters as the lovably inept G'Nort, the worst Green Lantern in the Corps; Mr. Nebula, the interplanetary decorator; the Injustice League, a bunch of bumbling losers; and a flock of homicidal penguins who had been hybridized with piranhas.

1990s

DeMatteis stayed with "JLI" for five years, often scripting its spin-offs (such as a Mister Miracle solo title, or a European branch of the Justice League). Back at Marvel, DeMatteis again succeeded Conway, this time as writer of "The Spectacular Spider-Man" in 1991, taking the series in a grimmer, more psychologically oriented direction. In collaboration with regular artist Sal Buscema, DeMatteis' story arc "The Child Within" (#178-184) featured the return of the Harry Osborn Green Goblin. Spider-Man's battle with the Goblin continued in "The Osborn Legacy" in #189 and came to an end when Harry was killed in "The Best Of Enemies!" (#200).

In the mid-1990s, DeMatteis took over from David Michelinie as writer of "The Amazing Spider-Man" for a run that included the apparent death of Peter Parker's Aunt May and the beginnings of the "Clone Saga" arc. DeMatteis as well worked on such characters as Doctor Strange, Daredevil, Man-Thing, and the Silver Surfer.

DeMatteis helped launch DC's mature-audience Vertigo imprint, writing the graphic novels "Mercy" and "Farewell, Moonshadow" (a sequel to the Epic Comics series), the miniseries "The Last One", and the 15-issue series "Seekers Into The Mystery", the story of a Hollywood screenwriter on a journey of self-discovery and the search for universal truths. DeMatteis contributed tales of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Doctor Fate (reinventing the character in a 1980s series penciled by Shawn McManus); redefining the Spectre, through the character of Hal Jordan, as a spirit of redemption rather than of vengeance; and in 2003, with Giffen, revived the Justice League International for the miniseries "Formerly Known as the Justice League". The series won Giffen, DeMatteis and artist Kevin Maguire an Eisner Award. The team followed this with "I Can't Believe It's Not The Justice League" arc in "JLA Classified" and, at Marvel, a five-issue run of "The Defenders". In 2006, DeMatteis and Giffen began work on two original superhero comedy series, "Hero Squared" and "Planetary Brigade" for Boom! Studios.

DeMatteis wrote an autobiographical, digest-sized miniseries "Brooklyn Dreams", published by DC's Paradox Press imprint. DeMatteis' most personal work, it was later collected in one volume under the Vertigo imprint.

21st century

DeMatteis later teamed with veteran artist Mike Ploog to create the CrossGen fantasy comic "Abadazad" (May 2004). The following year, Ploog and DeMatteis announced they were collaborating on a five-issue miniseries, "Stardust Kid", from the Image Comics imprint Desperado Publishing. The series moved to Boom! Studios in 2006.

The Walt Disney corporation acquired "Abadazad" for its Hyperion Books for Children imprint. The first two books in the series — "Abadazad: The Road to Inconceivable" and "Abadazad: The Dream Thief" — were released June 2006. Hyperion announcedFact|date=February 2007 the third book in the planned 12-book series — "Abadazad: The Puppet, The Professor and The Prophet" — would be released Spring 2007.

Other media

DeMatteis has also written for television, having scripted episodes of the 1980s incarnation of "The Twilight Zone", the syndicated series "The Adventures of Superboy" and "", as well as for the animated series "The Real Ghostbusters", "Justice League Unlimited" and "Legion of Super-Heroes." He has written unproduced screenplays for Twentieth Century Fox, Disney Feature Animation and producer/directors Chris Columbus and Dean Devlin.

Also a musician, DeMatteis released one album in the late 1990s, "How Many Lifetimes?"

Awards

* 2004 Eisner Award - Best Humor Publication: "Formerly Known as the Justice League", by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Kevin Maguire, and Joe Rubinstein (DC)

References

* [http://www.abadazad.com Official Abadazad website]
* [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6161854 NPR: "All Things Considered" (Sept. 2006): DeMatteis and Mike Ploog interview]
* [http://comicsintheclassroom.net/oo2006_interview_aug_jmd.htm Comicsintheclassroom.net (Sept. 2006): DeMatteis interview]
* [http://www.wordballoon.com/media/WBjmdematties.mp3 Word Balloon Podcast (June 2006): DeMatteis interview]
* [http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=7200 "Comic Book Resources" (May 1, 2006): DeMatteis interview]
* [http://www.thecomicfanatic.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=566&mode=thread&order=1&thold=1 TheComicFanatic.com (Dec. 2004): DeMatteis interview]
* [http://www.popimage.com/content/viewnews.cgi?newsid1004508551,51852, PopImage (Oct. 2001: DeMatteis interview]
* [http://www.popimage.com/industrial/011101dematteis_int.html PopImage (Jan. 2001): DeMatteis interview]

External links

* [http://fanboyradio.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=31051 Live Fanboy Radio Interview]
* [http://www.amazon.com/gp/blog/id/A2WH67KVWUHJP9 Amazon.com: DeMatteis blog]

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