Howard Mackie

American comic book editor and writer (born 1958)

Howard Mackie
Howard Mackie by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Mackie at the 2022 Phoenix Fan Fusion 22
Born (1958-01-22) January 22, 1958 (age 64)
NationalityAmerican
Area(s)Writer, Editor
Notable works
Ghost Rider, Spider-Man

Howard Mackie (born January 22, 1958)[1] is an American comic book editor and writer. He has worked almost exclusively for Marvel Comics and is best known as the co-creator of the Danny Ketch version of the Ghost Rider character.

Early life

Mackie grew up in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, mostly raised by his mother, as his father had died when he was seven.[2]

Career

Editor

Mackie started his career in comics in 1984 as an assistant editor for Mark Gruenwald.[3][4] Early in Mackie's career, a running gag in Gruenwald's columns was that Mackie was a mysterious figure whose face no one at Marvel had ever seen.[5] Promoted in early 1987 to Managing Editor of Special Projects,[3] Mackie then oversaw Marvel's "New Universe" line.

Writer

Mackie at a signing for Ravagers #1 at Midtown Comics in Manhattan.

Mackie first gained attention as a writer in 1990, when he and artist Javier Saltares launched a new Ghost Rider series for Marvel, revamping the character and introducing a new host, Danny Ketch.[6] Mackie wrote Ghost Rider until issue #69 (Jan. 1996). He authored two Ghost Rider/Wolverine/Punisher team-up one-shots, Hearts of Darkness (1991) and its sequel The Dark Design (1994).

In 1992, Mackie became the regular writer of Web of Spider-Man with #85. He would remain on various Spider-Man titles through the Clone Saga.[7] In January 1999, Mackie became the writer of both The Amazing Spider-Man[8] and the Peter Parker: Spider-Man series[9] when those two titles were relaunched with new first issues. Mackie left the Spider-Man franchise with The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 2, #29 (May 2001).

Mackie's work on the X-Men line included writing the spin-off title X-Factor from #115–149 (1995–1998) as well as its successor title Mutant X (1998–2001).[10] He wrote several mini-series featuring Gambit,[11] Wolverine, and Rogue.[12]

In late 2009, Mackie teamed with Tom DeFalco to write the six issue miniseries Spider-Man: Clone Saga, whose story was based on Mackie's original notes for the 1990s crossover. It was later collected in the trade paperback Spider-Man: The Real Clone Saga.

Mackie wrote The Ravagers series for DC Comics in 2012 as part of the "Second Wave" of The New 52.[13]

Bibliography

DC Comics

Marvel Comics

  • Air Raiders #1–3 (1987–1988)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 2 #1–29 (1999–2001)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 1999
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2000
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2001
  • Astonishing X-Men #1–3 (1995)
  • Avengers Spotlight #21–25, 27–29 (1989–1990)
  • Blaze: Legacy of Blood #1–4 (1993–1994)
  • The Brotherhood #1–9 (2001-2002), as Writer X
  • Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos #4 (1987)
  • D.P. 7 #21 (1988)
  • Gambit #1–4 (1993–1994)
  • Gambit vol. 2 #1–4 (1997)
  • Ghost Rider vol. 3 #1–69, Annual #1 (1990–1996)
  • Ghost Rider/Blaze:Spirits of Vengeance #1–23 (1992–1994)
  • Ghost Rider/Wolverine/Punisher: Dark Design #1 (1995)
  • Ghost Rider/Wolverine/Punisher: Hearts of Darkness #1 (1991)
  • Ghost Riders: Crossroads #1 (1995)
  • Impossible Man Summer Vacation Spectacular #1 (1990)
  • Iron Man #211 (1986)
  • Logan #1 (1996)
  • Logan: Shadow Society #1 (1996)
  • Marc Spector: Moon Knight #25, 32–33 (1991)
  • Marvel Comics Presents #24–31, 64–71, 90–95, 97, 99–106, 117–122 (1989–1993)
  • Marvel Holiday Special #1 (1992)
  • Midnight Sons Unlimited #1 (1993)
  • Mutant X #1–32 (1998–2001)
  • Mutant X 2000
  • Mutant X 2001
  • Peter Parker: Spider-Man #1–19 (1999–2000)
  • Power Pack #34 (1988)
  • Powerline #8 (1989)
  • Psi-Force #22 (1988)
  • Rogue #1–4 (1995)
  • Scarlet Spider #1–2 (1995)
  • Sensational She-Hulk #50 (1993)
  • Solo Avengers #12, 18–20 (1988–1989)
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man #263 (1998)
  • Spider-Man #24, 44–98, −1, (1992–1998)
  • Spider-Man: Made Men #1 (1998)
  • Tales of the Marvel Universe #1 (1997)
  • Uncanny X-Men '96 #1
  • Venom: Nights of Vengeance #1–4 (1994)
  • Venom: Separation Anxiety #1–4 (1994–1995)
  • Web of Spider-Man #84–96 (1992–1993)
  • Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man #13–14 (2000)
  • What The--?! #6 (1990)
  • X-Factor #115–149, −1 (1995–1998)
  • X-Men Chronicles #1–2 (1995)
  • X-Men Unlimited #7–8, 15 (1994–1997)

References

  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on February 18, 2011.
  2. ^ Adler, Matt. "It's Ghost Rider, but with a Ketch!" Marvel Spotlight: Ghost Rider (2006).
  3. ^ a b Gruenwald, Mark. "Mark's Remarks," Avengers #276; West Coast Avengers #17; Iron Man #215 (February 1987).
  4. ^ Howard Mackie (editor) at the Grand Comics Database
  5. ^ Gruenwald, Mark. "Mark's Remarks," Avengers #277; West Coast Avengers #18; Iron Man #216 (March 1987).
  6. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1990s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 249. ISBN 978-0756641238. Popular writer Howard Mackie and penciller Javier Saltares had a sensation on their hands when they created Daniel Ketch, the second man to wear the mantle of the supernatural Ghost Rider. {{cite book}}: |first2= has generic name (help)
  7. ^ Manning "1990s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 281: "The Clone Saga finally came to a dramatic close [in Spider-Man #75] thanks to the team of writer Howard Mackie and artist John Romita, Jr."
  8. ^ Manning "1990s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 292: "This new first issue was written by Howard Mackie with art by John Byrne."
  9. ^ Manning "1990s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 293
  10. ^ Manning "1990s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 290: "Written by Howard Mackie and artist Tom Raney, Alex Summers, the mutant known as Havok, awoke in a world not his own."
  11. ^ Manning "1990s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 265: "Everyone's favorite smooth-talking Cajun, Gambit, made his way into his first miniseries by writer Howard Mackie and artist Lee Weeks."
  12. ^ Manning "1990s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 272: "Rogue finally starred in her own four-issue miniseries, beginning in January [1995]. Written by Howard Mackie with art by Mike Wieringo." Mackie also wrote The Brotherhood under the guise of Writer X. The series ran for 9 issues from 2001-2002.
  13. ^ Kushins, Josh (January 12, 2012). "DC Comics in 2012–-Introducing the "Second Wave" of DC Comics The New 52". The Source. DC Comics. Archived from "second-wave"-of-dc-comics-the-new-52/ the original on January 15, 2012. Retrieved January 14, 2012.

External links

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Howard Mackie.
  • Howard Mackie at the Comic Book DB (archived from the original)
  • Howard Mackie at Mike's Amazing World of Comics
  • Howard Mackie at the Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators
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Ghost Rider vol. 2 writer
1990–1996
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1995–1998
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The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 2 writer
1999–2001
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Paul Jenkins
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