Ed Brubaker

(Updated on 09/15/2014)

Ed Brubaker is an American comic book writer and cartoonist. He has won an Eisner Award on four separate occasions.

In the 1990s, his first comic works were contributions for independent and alternative anthologies, most famously crime fictions such as Scene of the Crime or “An Accidental Death” in Dark Horse Presents. He began publishing his work as a cartoonist in 1997 through small press publishers.

Parallel to his independent work, Brubaker started working for DC Comics, one of the two major American comic book publishers, with a political satire published in DC’s  “mature readers” imprint Vertigo (Vertigo Visions: Prez, Smells Like Teen President, 1995). Vertigo then issued a limited series of Scene of the Crime in 1999, initiating a long-lasting collaboration between Brubaker and illustrators Michael Lark and Sean Phillips.  A slacker detective story set in San Francisco, the series was critically acclaimed and the first to gain Brubaker attention from Hollywood producers.

In 2000, Brubaker signed an exclusive contract with DC Comics. That same year, he began his first mainstream super-hero work, with the series Batman. He also worked on other cult characters such as Daredevil or Catwoman, always meeting with critical and fan acclaim. Several original projects such as Gotham Central or Sleeper were also published by DC Comics.

 In 2004 Brubaker, no longer exclusive to DC, began to work for their main competitor Marvel Comics. His first major work for the publisher was volume five of the Captain America series, before moving on to other series such as X-Men and Daredevil.

These contracts with the two American comics’ giants have not stopped him from continuing to publish creator-owned crime comics in association with Sean Phillips (Criminal, Incognito, Fatale…)

The second sequel of Captain America was brought to the screen in 2014 by Anthony and Joe Russo, starring among others Chris Evans (who also stars in The Snowpiercer), Scarlett Johansson and Robert Redford.


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