Thursday, November 17, 2022

Today in Comics History, November 17: Happy birthday, Ed Brubaker!

Born on this day: comic book writer Ed Brubaker, creator/co-creator of series Lowlife, Gotham Central, Criminal, Incognito, Fatale, The Fade Out, Kill or Be Killed, Deadenders, Point Blank, Sleeper and others, plus extended runs on Captain America, Winter Soldier, Detective Comics, Daredevil, X-Men, The Immortal Iron Fist, The Marvels Project, Secret Avengers, Velvet and lots more! He co-created the characters Lady Bullseye, Vulcan, Darwin, and the Immortal Weapons!

from Marvel Comics cover-dated April 2008

Ed's notarized and Official Marvel Universe Handbook page! Hmmm, I wonder if he can lift and press an average weight of a person his height and build who engages in regular moderate exercise. (This promo magazine issue also features an extensive six-page interview with Brubaker, so it's worth looking out for!)

from Marvel Spotlight (2006 series) #9 [Ed Brubaker/Billy Tan] (Marvel, September 2006)

In his spare time from writing every comic book on Earth, Brubaker also moonlights as a reproter for the Daily Bugle, working alongside senior journalist Betty Brant:

from Daily Bugle: Civil War: Fallen Son Special promo (Marvel, June 2007)

Why, he's even listed on the Bugle's masthead! Nice work if you can get it, Ed!

Still, good for him that he shows loyalty to the official paper of the Marvel Universe! You'd never catch Ed shilling for a competing New York newspapOH FOR CRYING OUT LOUD ED

from Captain America #25 Director's Cut (Marvel, 2007)

Updated on 11/18/22: Boy, is my face black and white and red all over! i had originally posted a panel from an American Splendor story by Harvey Pekar, that I thought had an Ed Brubaker appearance, but Pal Chris Gumprich pointed out to me that the Brubaker appearance actually takes place a few pages earlier, and he's even identified in the text! Wow, where would I be without my handy fans? Posting inaccurate information, that's what. it's updated!

from "Jack Dickens' Comic Kingdom" in American Splendor #12 (Pekar, 1987); script by Harvey Pekar; pencils, inks, and letters by Frank Stack

Happy birthday, Ed!


Chris Gumprich said...

Ed is in that AMERICAN SPLENDOR story, but not that panel. On page 2 of that story, Harvey and Joyce are picked up by Jack Dickens and Ed Brubaker - identified by name. Harvey also talks with Ed on page 5, panels 3-6.

Michael Grabowski said...

I may be wrong, but wasn't Lowlife an autobio comic? Then it has lots of drawings young Ed B. Self-portraits, no less! In any case, it's Brubaker art, worth including someday if this feature rolls around again.

Bully said...

Thanks Michael! Now I gotta read Lowlife! I appreciate the tip!

Bully said...

Chris, thank you! Totally missed him. I'll update this post to reflect that.