Given the popularity of comic book characters today, and their prevalence in movies and on television, it is important not to forget about the enormous influence of the people who actually write for comics. Once considered on the fringe of science fiction and fantasy, comic book writers today enjoy mainstream success and lucrative careers as many of their creations make the leap to the silver screen and pop culture immortality. And a handful of comic book writers have proven to be especially influential, as they have created some of the most popular and enduring characters of modern times. Here is a list of the 10 most influential comic book scribes:
10. Todd McFarlane
While lauded for his drawing ability, Todd McFarlane is also a great writer and imaginative force in the world of comic books. After making his mark at Marvel in the late 1980s and early 1990s by revamping classic titles such as Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man, McFarlane broke away to form his own brand, Image Comics, and created his most influential character, Spawn. Spawn has had a huge impact on writers and artists who have come up in the world of comics over the past two decades. Dark, brooding, and violent, Spawn took the comic book antihero to an entirely new realm. Other notable writing credits include work on D.C. Comics’ Batman – Year Two limited series, and the creation of ultimate Spider-Man villain Venom.