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Latest Comic Guest Announcement - Joe Casey



Creator: Ben 10; Generation X



Writer: Sex; Gødland; Cable; Wildcats; Deathlok; Adventures of Superman; Uncanny X-Men; Automatic Kafka; X-Men: Children of the Atom; Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes; Fantastic Four: First Family



TODAY Joe Casey is known for his work in TV animation, particularly as part of Man of Action Studios, which created Ben 10 and Generation Rex for Cartoon Network as well as Marvel's Big Hero Six, which formed the basis of the 2014 Disney animated movie of the same name. Along with his studio partners – Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T Seagle – he has also served as producer/story editor on many other shows, among them Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel's Avengers Assemble for Disney XD.



Even though the writer is now very much involved with TV, he still finds time to pursue the career in comics that he began in 1998 with The Harvest King, a Caliber Comics three-parter, Very soon after that he was approached by Marvel for which he scripted the last two issues of the three-part Wolverine: Days of Future Past moving almost immediately to the title that would establish him as a writer to watch.



Casey's 20-issue run on Cable took him into 1999. Along the way he wrote the occasional fill-in, the Wolverine: Black Rio one-shot and a seven-issue stint on Incredible Hulk. He also unveiled his first creator-owned project,Hellcop (a 1998 four-parter) under Image's Avalon Studios imprint.



As his time on Cable was drawing to a close, the writer also began producing the occasional story for DC while continuing his work for the House of Ideas. Post-Cable, he relaunched Deathlok, writing all 11 issues of the 1999 series at the same time authoring the Wild Times: Gen13 one-shot and all nine issues of Mr Majestic for DC's WildStorm imprint.



Along with those came 1999's Cable/Wolverine and Juggernaut one-shots for Marvel for which he also wrote the X-Men: Children of the Atom six-parter. In addition he picked up Wildcats. He scripted 24 issues of that DC/WildStorm series, relaunching it in 2002 as Wildcats Version 3.0 and authoring all 24 issues of the new incarnation. He also wrote 2000's Wildcats: Ladytron one-shot.



In 2001 he added Adventures of Superman and shortly after Uncanny X-Men to his list of credits. While he scripted 33 issues of the DC title before exiting it in 2004, he stayed on the Marvel series only for a 16-issue run that terminated in 2002, the same year he wrote the first six issues of KISS for Dark Horse.


While much of his output up to the point was for "mainstream" comics, Casey's stories offered more than traditional superhero fare and his innovative approach came more and more to the fore as he embarked on a series of projects that broke with tradition or, in some cases, were increasingly experimental or, at the very least, incorporated innovative storytelling techniques. First came the nine issues of 2002's Automatic Kafka, which he authored for DC/WildStorm's Eye of the Storm line with The Milkman Murders – a Dark Horse four-parter – coming along the following year as did Codeflesh, which was serialised two years earlier across the five issues of Image's Double Image and the three of Double Take, where the comic continued at Funk-o-Tron.



The Intimates – launched in 2005 by DC/WildStorm – was next. A 12-issue series, it premiered at the same time as Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, an eight-issue companion of sorts to the writer's earlier X-Men: Children of the Atom. Casey – who'd previously authored two 2003 one-shots in The X-Men in: Life Lessons, (a benefit book to aid young burns victims) and Batman: Tenses as well as the four-issues of 2004's Infantry for Devil's Due Publishing – returned for an eight-part sequel, the simply titled Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes II, two years later.



Shortly after debuting the first Earth's Mightiest Heroes mini Casey relaunched G.I. Joe, writing the first 18 issues of the Devil's Due comic. At the same time he premiered Gødland at Image. Running 36 issues until 2012, this creator-owned title was both a homage to and a revival of what was dubbed the "Cosmic Superhero Epic" of the 1970s given a modern twist by the writer.



Before 2005 was out, Casey had also produced Full Moon Fever, an AiT/Planet Lar graphic novel. while 2006 brought Marvel's six-issue Iron Man: Inevitable as well as Fantastic Four: First Family (a six-parter in the same vein as the writer's Children of the Atom and Earth's Mightiest Heroes miniseries), The Black Plague – a BOOM! Studios one-shot – and another AiT/Planet Lar graphic novel, Rock Bottom.



Casey launched the aforementioned Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes II in 2007. Gødland was his only ongoing project but before the year was out he embarked on the six issues of Iron Man: Enter the Mandarinadding a relaunch of Youngblood to his workload as 2008 dawned. He wrote the first eight issues of that Image series (which ended with #9) before authoring another creator-owned graphic novel in Nixon's Pals. Published by Image that was followed immediately by a return to Marvel for the six issues of The Last Defenders and by another creator-owned series – Charlatan's Ball, an Image six-parter.



Although the writer ended the year with the premiere of Dynamite's Death-Defying Devil four-parter, it wasn't until late in 2009 that Casey began any further new projects. Another Dynamite four-parter Project Superpowers: Meet the Bad Guys premiered at the same time as Marvel's Dark Reign: Zodiac three-parter and Final Crisis Aftermath: Dance, a six-issue DC series.



Casey authored four issues of Superman/Batman for DC in 2010 alongside four Iron Man 2 tie-ins for Marvel: the Nick Fury, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Black Widow, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D one-shots and the three-part Public Identity. The same year he also wrote the six issues of Marvel's Avengers: The Origin as well as Officer Downe, a creator-owned one-shot for Image.



The following year, with Gødland down to its last three issues (which appeared sporadically during 2011-12), Casey launched yet another creator-owned project at Image. Running to eight issues, Butcher Baker, the Righteous Maker also ended in 2012 as did Marvel's six-issue Vengeance. That debuted in 2011 as did Doc Bizarre, M.D., an Image graphic novel.



Casey, who also embarked on a 10-issue run on Haunt, for Image's Todd McFarlane Productions imprint in 2011, added only Rock Bottom (another Image graphic novel) to his credits in 2012 but upped his output the following year with two more Image titles in the provocatively titled Sex (which is still running today) and The Bounce, which concluded in 2014 after 14 issues. In addition he wrote all nine issues of Catalyst Comix – which Dark Horse premiered in 2013 – and the six of Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers, launched by Dynamite the following year.



Since then the writer – who co-created the animated D.I.S.C.O. Destroyer with Scott Mosier and Jim Mahfood for MTV's Liquid Television in 2013 –.has concentrated on Sex although he did debut two more titles in 2015. First up was the five issues of Miami Vice Remix for Lion Forge Comics (an IDW imprint) with Image's Valhalla Mad four-parter following close behind.



Casey's TV schedule may put a stop to him being as prolific a comics writer as he once was but he continues to make significant and inventive contributions to the medium.



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