- J. M. DeMatteis
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birthname = John Marc DeMatteis
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nationality = American
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John Marc DeMatteis (born
December 15 1953) is an American writerof comic books. A follower of the Indian guru Meher Baba, DeMatteis is known both for infusing superherocomics with spiritual concerns, and for his humorous touch.Fact|date=July 2007
DeMatteis began as a music critic before getting his start in comic books at
DC Comicsin the late 1970s, when he contributed to the company's line of horror comics. He began writing for Marvel Comicsin 1980 on the "The Defenders", and had a lengthy run on " Captain America", paired with penciler Mike Zeck.
In 1987, DeMatteis and Zeck re-teamed for the "
Kraven's Last Hunt" arc that ran throughout Marvel's then three Spider-Mantitles. DeMatteis and illustrator Jon J. Muthcreated 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. Strangegraphic novel " Into Shambhala".
Moving back to DC, DeMatteis succeeded
Gerry Conwayas 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 Girland 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 Lanternin 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.
DeMatteis stayed with "JLI" for five years, often scripting its spin-offs (such as a
Mister Miraclesolo 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 Michelinieas writer of " The Amazing Spider-Man" for a run that included the apparent death of Peter Parker's Aunt Mayand 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 sequelto the Epic Comicsseries), the miniseries"The Last One", and the 15-issue series " Seekers Into The Mystery", the story of a Hollywood screenwriteron a journey of self-discoveryand 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 Maguirean 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 Pressimprint. DeMatteis' most personal work, it was later collected in one volume under the Vertigo imprint.
DeMatteis later teamed with veteran artist
Mike Ploogto create the CrossGen fantasycomic " Abadazad" (May 2004). The following year, Ploog and DeMatteis announced they were collaborating on a five-issue miniseries, "Stardust Kid", from the Image Comicsimprint Desperado Publishing. The series moved to Boom! Studios in 2006.
Walt Disneycorporation 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.
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 Animationand producer/directors Chris Columbus and Dean Devlin.
Also a musician, DeMatteis released one album in the late 1990s, "How Many Lifetimes?"
Eisner Award- Best Humor Publication: "Formerly Known as the Justice League", by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Kevin Maguire, and Joe Rubinstein (DC)
* [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]
* [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]
succession box | title="X-Factor" (vol. 1) writer| before=
Todd DeZago| years=1993–1994
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