(born 25 Jan 1973
in Detroit, Michigan
) is an American comic book writer
, best known for his work for DC Comics
Early life and career
After graduating from Clarkston High School
in 1991 and from Michigan State University
in 1995, Johns moved to Los Angeles, California
. There he became assistant to film director and producer, Richard Donner
He began writing for DC Comics with Star Spangled Comics #1 (1999) and the related series Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E., a book based on the second Star-Spangled Kid and her stepfather, the original version's sidekick, Stripesy. Johns based new Star-Spangled Kid, Courtney Whitmore, on his sister Courtney, who died in the explosion of TWA Flight 800 over Long Island on July 17, 1996.
Johns wrote several comics for Marvel Comics early in his career, including The Avengers.
In 2000, he succeeded James Robinson
as David S. Goyer
's co-writer on the title JSA
. Also that year, Johns became the regular writer on the ongoing series The Flash
, ironic as he had a fan letter published in issue 98 of that series in 1995. In 2003, he re-launched the DC comics title Teen Titans
Johns was responsible for the return of Hal Jordan in 2005 as the writer of the Green Lantern: Rebirth mini-series and subsequent Green Lantern ongoing title, helming its highly successful storyline Sinestro Corps War. Johns was also the writer of the DC Comics crossover event Infinite Crisis beginning in 2005, a sequel to 1985's Crisis on Infinite Earths. Following that comic book event, Johns was one of four writers - along with Mark Waid, Grant Morrison, and Greg Rucka - behind the landmark 2006-2007 weekly comic title 52. In 2006, Johns reunited with Richard Donner on the Superman title Action Comics, with Donner co-plotting the series with his former assistant. In August 2007 Johns and cowriter Jeff Katz re-launched the new Booster Gold series. At the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con, DC Comics announced that Johns would write and Ethan Van Sciver would draw the miniseries The Flash: Rebirth, scheduled for 2009 and focusing on the return of Barry Allen as the Flash.
As of 2006, Johns shares a writing studio, The Empath Magic Tree House, with Jeph Loeb and Allan Heinberg. The 2005, "Recruit", an episode of Smallville, on which Loeb was a writer/producer, featured a villain by the name of Geoff Johns.
In 2008 it was announced that he will be a writer in the upcoming PC and PlayStation 3 game DC Universe Online.
Television and film
In 2006, Johns wrote the Justice League Unlimited
episode "Ancient History", which starred Hawkman
and the John Stewart
With Goyer, Johns co-wrote the pilot for the Spike TV television series Blade, which originally aired during the summer of 2006. Johns served as one of the writing staff on the television show during its tenure.
In the fall of 2006, Johns teamed up with Matthew Senreich of Robot Chicken fame to write the screenplay for a holiday family-friendly movie titled Naughty or Nice for Dimension Films. Johns and Senreich are also billed as directors of the movie, with actor/producer Seth Green set to provide a lead voice as well as serving as voice director on the film.
In 2008, Johns wrote "Legion", the eleventh episode of the eighth season of Smallville.
Johns lives in Los Angeles
, where he is good friends with fellow writers and collaborators James Robinson
and Sterling Gates
- Star Spangled Comics #1 (1999)
- Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E.-related works:
- Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #0-14 (1999-2000): Johns' first long comics work
- Impulse #61 (2000)
- Sins of Youth: Starwoman and the JSA Jr. #1 (2000)
- Young Justice: Sins of Youth Secret Files & Origins #1 (2000): Six-page story with co-writer Ben Raab
- Beast Boy-related works:
- Legends of the DC Universe 80-Page Giant #2 (1999): Ten-page story with co-writer Ben Raab
- Beast Boy #1-4 (1999-2000): Miniseries with co-writer Ben Raab
- The Titans Annual #1 (2000): Two stories with co-writer Ben Raab, plus lead story and an additional story
- Titans Secret Files and Origins #2 (2000): Lead story with co-writer Ben Raab; three additional stories
- Day of Judgment #1-5 (1999)
- Superman-related works:
- Superman: The Man of Steel #121 & 133
- Superman (Vol. 2) #179-180, 184-187 & 189 (2002): Issues #179-180 with co-writer Jeph Loeb
- Superman Secret Files and Origins 2004: Lead story co-writer
- Action Comics #837-840, 850 (With Kurt Busiek), 844-846, 851, Annuals 10 and 11, and 855-857 (With Richard Donner), 858-
- Superman (Vol. 1, reverted from Vol. 2 due to One Year Later) #650-653 (2006): Co-writer with Kurt Busiek
- Flash-related works:
- JSA-related works:
- JSA #5-77, 81 (2000-current): In several issues, co-writer with David Goyer
- Justice Society of America (vol. 3) #1-
- JSA: Our Worlds at War #1 (2001)
- JLA/JSA: Virtue and Vice (2002): Graphic novel, with co-writer David Goyer
- JSA: All Stars #1-8 (2003). Miniseries, co-writer with David Goyer.
- JSA Classified #1-4 (2005)
- Hawkman (vol. 3) #1-6, 8-25 (2002-2004): Issues #1-6 & 7-8 with co-writer James Robinson
- Hawkman Secret Files & Origins #1 (2002)
- Batman #606-607 (2002): Co-writer with Ed Brubaker
- Teen Titans-related works:
- Teen Titans (vol. 3) #1/2,1-26,29-45 (summer 2003 - spring 2007)
- Teen Titans/Outsiders Secret Files and Origins 2003
- Teen Titans/Legion Special #1 (2004): co-writer with Mark Waid
- Teen Titans Annual #1 (2006): Scripter; plot by Marv Wolfman
- Green Lantern-related works:
- JLA #115-119 (2005): Co-writer with Allan Heinberg
- "Infinite Crisis"-related works (2005-2007):
- Booster Gold #1-10,#0,#1,000,000 (2007-2008)
- Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #1-5 (2008)
- Short stories & misc. (2000-2006):
- Silver Age: Showcase featuring the 7 soldiers of Victory (one-shot) (2000)
- Superman/Batman Secret Files & Origins 2003: Lead story co-writer with Jeremy Johns
- Batman: Gotham Knights #49 (2004): Eight-page story
- DC Comics Presents: Batman (2004): Eleven-page story
- Superman/Batman #26 (2006): Contributor to "jam" issue with a large group of writers and artists
- Metal Hurlant #2 (Humanoids Publishing, 2002): Eight-page story "Red Light"
- B.P.R.D.: Night Train #1 (Dark Horse, 2003): One-shot
- Eye of the Storm #1 (Wildstorm, 2003). Anthology special, with a short story "Time To Kill", written by Johns with art by Jason Pearson.
- Noble Causes: Extended Family (Image, 2003): Story "Tempter, Temper"
- The Possessed #1-6 (Wildstorm/Cliffhanger, 2003). Miniseries co-writer with Kris Grimminger
- Witchblade #67 (Image/Top Cow, 2003). Story with co-writer Kris Grimminger
- Tomb Raider: Scarface's Treasure (Dynamic Forces/Top Cow, 2003). One-shot; reprinted in one-shot Witchblade and Tomb Raider #1
- Tom Strong #25 (Wildstorm/ABC, 2004)
- Olympus (Les Humanoides Associés, France, 2005). Miniseries with co-writer Kris Grimminger; also published in the US by DC Comics / Humanoids Publishing.
- Ekos Preview
- Aspen #1-3
- Aspen The Extended Edition
Awards and recognition
- In December 2005, Wizard magazine named Johns its "Man of the Year" for his creative writing and editing work on DC's Infinite Crisis.