Chuck Dixon (born April 14, 1954) is a veteran comic book writer, known for his works on Marvel's Punisher and DC's Batman, Robin & Birds of Prey, who wrote the General Grievous miniseries for Dark Horse Comics.
Chuck Dixon was born on April 14, 1954 and grew up in the Philadelphia area, reading comics of all genres. He has stated that Steve Ditko was perhaps his favorite comic book creator growing up, and that he looked up to the artwork of artists such as Alex Toth and Russ Heath. His earliest comics work was writing Evangeline for Comico Comics in 1984, on which he worked with his then-wife, the artist Judith Hunt. His big break came one year later, when editor Larry Hama hired him to write back-up stories for Marvel Comics' The Savage Sword of Conan.
In 1986, he began working for Eclipse Comics, writing stories in their Tales of Terror anthology, before starting work on Airboy with artist Tim Truman in July of that year. Continuing to write for both Marvel and Eclipse on these titles, as well as launching Valkyrie with artist Paul Gulacy, in October 1987 he began work on Carl Potts' Alien Legion series for Marvel's Epic Comics imprint, under editor Archie Goodwin. He also produced a three-issue adaptation of JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit for Eclipse with artist David Wenzel between 1989 and 1990, and began writing Marc Spector: Moon Knight in June 1989.
Batman and PunisherEdit
His Punisher graphic novel Kingdom Gone (August, 1990) led to him working on the monthly The Punisher War Journal (and later, more monthly and occasional Punisher titles), and also brought him to the attention of DC Comics editor Denny O'Neil, who asked him to produce a Robin mini-series. The mini proved popular enough to spawn two sequels - The Joker's Wild (1991) and Cry of the Huntress (1992) - which led to both an on-going monthly series, and to Dixon working on Detective Comics from #644-738 through the major Batman stories KnightFall & KnightsEnd, DC One Million, Contagion, Legacy, Cataclysm and No Man's Land.
While writing multiple Punisher and Batman comics (and October 1994's Punisher/Batman crossover), he also found time to launch Team 7 for Jim Lee's WildStorm/Image and Prophet for Rob Liefeld's Extreme Studios. He also wrote many issues of Catwoman and Green Arrow, regularly having around seven titles out each and every month between the years 1993 and 1997/8.
In March, 2002, Dixon turned his attention to CrossGen's output, slowly leaving Robin, Nightwing, Birds of Prey and Batgirl over the next year. For CrossGen he took over some of the comics of the out-going Mark Waid, taking over Sigil from #21, and Crux with #13. He launched Way of the Rat in June 2002, Brath (March '03), The Silken Ghost (June '03) and the Pirate comic El Cazador (Oct '03), as well as editing Robert Rodi's non-Sigilverse The Crossovers. He also wrote the Ruse spin-off Archard's Agents oneshots in January and November '03 and April '04, the last released shortly before CrossGen's complete collapse forced the cancellation of all of its comics, before which Dixon wrote a single issue of Sojourn (May '04). Dixon's Way of the Rat #24, Brath #14 and El Cazador #6 were among the last comics released from the then-bankrupt publisher.
In mid-2004, he wrote a number of issues and series' for smaller publishers Devil's Due Publishing and Moonstone Books during this period, returning briefly to DC, but mostly diversifying with comics at several publishers, including several issues of Simpsons Comics for Bongo Comics and a couple of projects with Image. In May 2006, he contributed to IDW's Free Comic Book Day Transformers giveaway, leading to Dixon writing the Transformers: Evolutions miniseries.
Return to DCEdit
In July 2004, Dixon also began his return to the DC Universe with Richard Dragon, a revival of the Dennis O'Neil and Jim Berry-created 1970s Kung-Fu character, which ran for 12 issues. In March of the following year, he returned briefly to Nightwing before shifting his efforts to the Wildstorm imprint, writing the stand-alone Claw: The Unconquered (Aug '06 - Jan '07); the movie-adaptation of Snakes on a Plane, movie-spin-off Nightmare on Elm Street and the Wildstorm Universe title Grifter/Midnighter from May 2007.
In January 2007, he wrote the mini-series featuring Green Arrow's son Connor Hawke, (who had assumed the Green Arrow mantle under Dixon's tenure on that title in the late 1990s) called Connor Hawke: Dragon's Blood, and in March 2008, Dixon returned to writing Robin. He is currently also writing Batman and the Outsiders (from Dec '07), a project he was signed to at the last minute, after original writer Tony Bedard dropped out due to being occupied with Final Crisis-related work. On June 10, 2008, Dixon announced on his forum that he was no longer "employed by DC Comics in any capacity." The reason for this sudden announcement is currently unknown, although Dixon has made several bitterly cryptic comments in every internet venue available to him, blasting DC in general and Editor-in-Chief Dan DiDio in particular.
It has been announced that he will take over the writing on Dynamite Entertainment's series The Man with No Name based on the well-known western character. He is also signed on to do a G.I. Joe series for IDW Publishing.