Since the 1980s, William Messner-Loebs has written substantial runs of series published by DC, Image, Comico, and other smaller comics publishers, including both high-profile publisher-owned superheroes and original creator-owned works which he has also illustrated.
His first comics work was for Power Comics Company and on Noble Comics’ Justice Machine with Mike Gustovich. His first ongoing series was Journey: The Adventures of Wolverine MacAlistaire, about 19th-century Michigan frontier life, which he both wrote and illustrated. It was published from 1983 to 1986 by Aardvark-Vanaheim and Fantagraphics, followed by a limited series Journey: Wardrums. He wrote the 31-issue Jonny Quest series published by Comico from 1986 to 1988.
In 1988, he took over writing the recently relaunched series The Flash with issue #15 and continued through #61 (penciled by Greg LaRocque). Meanwhile, he wrote Dr. Fate #25-41, and the Jaguar series for DC’s Impact Comics imprint. He wrote Epicurus the Sage which was illustrated by Sam Kieth and scripted The Maxx (illustrated and co-written by Kieth). In 1990, Messner-Loebs became the writer of the Batman newspaper comic strip and wrote the strip until its cancellation the following year.
In 1992, Loebs took over writing the Wonder Woman series begun several years earlier by George Pérez, with pencils by Mike Deodato. During his run from #63 to #100, he created the character Artemis of Bana-Mighdall, for whom he wrote the mini-series Artemis: Requiem. Meanwhile, he wrote Hawkman #9-27, penciled primarily by Steve Lieber. In 1996, he had a brief run writing Marvel Comics’ Thor. From 1997 to 1999 he wrote Impulse #29-49, penciled by Craig Rousseau. In 1999 he wrote the “V2K” mini-series Brave Old World for Vertigo, penciled by Guy Davis.
Bill has been with the Great Lakes Comic-Con pretty much from the start! He has been a very strong supporter of the show, and we’re grateful to have him as a guest!
The Bill Finger Award, since 2005, has been given to recognize writers, one living, one deceased, who have been overlooked by history. This year, it’s Bill Messner-Loebs and Jack Kirby who will receive the honor. The Finger Award is given out during the Eisner Awards ceremony held annually, on the Friday of Comic-Con International weekend in San Diego.
The award, named after foundational Batman writer Bill Finger, focuses on writers that might have been under-appreciated in a way that Finger was for so many years.
From the PR:
"The premise of this award is to recognize writers for a body of work that has not received its rightful reward and/or recognition... Even though the late Bill Finger now finally receives credit for his role in the creation of Batman, he’s still the industry poster boy for writers not receiving proper reward or recognition.” - Mark Evanier
Congratulations to our good friend Bill on this (long overdue) recognition!
For those of us who saw the Wonder Woman movie, and watched the entire movie's end credits, we were treated to a pleasant surprise!
William Messner-Loebs was among the list of comic book creators, writers, and artists who have all helped to bring everyone's favorite Amazon to life on the big screen!
Bill told us during one of our recent chats the even HE didn't know that he was going to be recognized during the end credits. A very cool surprise indeed!
Check out the image capture of the movie's end credits to the left!
The first TWO Autographs are free.
Then, $5 for each additional
There is no charge for pictures
with Bill Messner-Loebs.
Bill does accept commissions.
Please inquire with him at the show.
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