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Grant Morrison

Grant Morrison
Grant Morrison at the 2006 San Diego Comic-Con International.
Born (1960-01-31) 31 January 1960
Glasgow, Scotland
Nationality Scottish
Area(s) Writer
Notable works
All-Star Superman
Animal Man
Final Crisis
Seven Soldiers
New X-Men
Fantastic Four
2000 AD
Skrull Kill Krew
The Invisibles
Spider-Man and Zoids
Action Comics
Doctor Who Magazine
Marvel Boy
The Multiversity
Awards MBE[1]

Grant Morrison, MBE (born 31 January 1960) is a Scottish comic book writer, playwright and occultist. He is known for his nonlinear narratives and countercultural leanings in his runs on titles including DC Comics's Animal Man, Batman, JLA, Action Comics, All-Star Superman, Vertigo's The Invisibles, Marvel Comics's New X-Men, Fantastic Four, Marvel UK's Spider-Man and Zoids and Fleetway's 2000 AD.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • 1980s 2.1
    • 1990s 2.2
    • 2000s 2.3
    • 2010s 2.4
  • Screenwriting and playwriting 3
  • Appearances as a comics character 4
  • Personal life 5
  • Bibliography 6
  • References 7
  • Further reading 8
  • External links 9

Early life

Grant Morrison was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1960. His first published works were Gideon Stargrave strips for Near Myths in 1978 (when he was about 17[2]), one of the first British alternative comics. His work appeared in four of the five issues of Near Myths[3] and he was suitably encouraged to find more comic work. This included a weekly comic strip Captain Clyde, an unemployed superhero based in Glasgow, for The Govan Press, a local newspaper, plus various issues of DC Thomson's Starblazer, a science fiction version of that company's Commando title.



Morrison spent much of the early 1980s touring and recording with his band The Mixers, writing the occasional Starblazer for D. C. Thomson and contributing to various UK indie titles. In 1982 he submitted a proposal involving the Justice League of America and Jack Kirby's New Gods entitled Second Coming to DC Comics, but it was not commissioned. After writing The Liberators for Dez Skinn's Warrior in 1985, he started work for Marvel UK the following year. There he wrote a number of comic strips for Doctor Who Magazine, his final one a collaboration with a then-teenage Bryan Hitch, as well as a run on the Zoids strip in Spider-Man and Zoids. 1986 also saw publication of Morrison's first of several two- or three-page Future Shocks for 2000AD.

Morrison's first continuing serial began in 2000AD in 1987,[3] when he and Steve Yeowell created Zenith.

Morrison's work on Zenith brought him to the attention of DC Comics, who asked him to work for them. They accepted his proposals for Animal Man,[4] a little-known character from DC's past whose most notable recent appearance was a cameo in the Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series, and for a 48-page Batman one-shot that would eventually become Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth.

Animal Man put Morrison in line with the so-called "British Invasion" of American comics,[5][6] along with such writers as Neil Gaiman, Peter Milligan, Jamie Delano and Alan Moore, who had launched the "invasion" with his work on Swamp Thing.[7]

After impressing with Animal Man, Morrison was asked to take over

Preceded by
Animal Man writer
Succeeded by
Peter Milligan
Preceded by
Paul Kupperberg
Doom Patrol writer
Succeeded by
Rachel Pollack
Preceded by
Jamie Delano
Hellblazer writer
Succeeded by
Neil Gaiman
Preceded by
JLA writer
Succeeded by
Mark Waid
Preceded by
Scott Lobdell
X-Men vol. 2/New X-Men writer
Succeeded by
Chuck Austen
Preceded by
James Robinson
Batman writer
Succeeded by
Judd Winick
Preceded by
Batman and Robin writer
Succeeded by
Paul Cornell
Preceded by
Tony Daniel
Batman writer
Succeeded by
Tony Daniel
Preceded by
Paul Cornell
Action Comics writer
Succeeded by
Andy Diggle
  • Official website
  • Grant Morrison at the Comic Book DB
  • Grant Morrison at DMOZ
  • Grant Morrison at the Internet Movie Database
  • Grant Morrison at Mike's Amazing World of Comics
  • Grant Morrison at the Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators

External links

  • Callahan, Timothy (2007) Grant Morrison: The Early Years. Masters of the Medium. Sequart Research & Literacy Organization. ISBN 978-0-615-21215-9
  • Meaney, Patrick (2010) Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods. Documentary film.
  • Morrison, Grant (2003) "Pop magic!" in Book of Lies, pp. 16–25 ISBN 0-9713942-7-X
  • Disinformation: The Complete Series Disc 2: DisinfoCon. (1999) Speech by Grant Morrison. Distr. Ryko Distribution.
  • Meaney, Patrick (2009) Our Sentence is Up: Seeing the Invisibles. ISBN 978-0-578-03233-7
  • Grant Morrison at Barney
  • Blazing Through the Secrecy, about uncredited authors on Starblazer

Further reading

  1. ^ a b Melrose, Kevin (15 June 2012). "Grant Morrison honored by Queen Elizabeth II".  
  2. ^ “”. "DC Comics Grant Morrison interview". YouTube. Retrieved 26 October 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d Grant Morrison at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle.  
  5. ^ Salkowitz, Rob. Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture (p66), 2012 McGraw Hill (ISBN 9780071797023).
  6. ^ Irvine "Animal Man" in Dougal, p. 27
  7. ^ Wolk, Douglas (17 December 2003). "Please, Sir, I Want Some Moore - The lazy British genius who transformed American comics".  
  8. ^ Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 239: "Writer Grant Morrison decided to lend his unique talents to the Doom Patrol, and the team would never be the same again."
  9. ^ Maddox, Mike (February 1990).  
  10. ^ Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 240: "A thinking man's horror story, Arkham Asylum marked Grant Morrison's first work on the mythos of Batman, a character he would return to time and time again."
  11. ^ Darnall, Steve (March 1994). "What's Buried in Grant's Tomb?".  
  12. ^ Singer, Marc (2012). Grant Morrison: Combining the Worlds of Contemporary Comics.  
  13. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dougall, Alastair, ed. (2014). "1990s". Batman: A Visual History.  
  14. ^ Singer, p. 36
  15. ^ Rosa, Miguel. "'"Grant Morrison and Daniel Vellely's 'Bible John. Rations. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  16. ^ Singer, p. 96–97
  17. ^ Singer, p. 51
  18. ^ Smith, Zack (6 November 2008). "Kill Your Boyfriend - Grant Morrison on All Star"Before .  
  19. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 275: "In April [1996], writers Grant Morrison and Mark Millar introduced Aztek in a self-titled ongoing series that ran for a mere ten brilliant issues."
  20. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 278: "JLA No. 1 hit the stands, enthralling readers with its compelling, fast-paced story by writer Grant Morrison, and showcasing the art of talented relative newcomer Howard Porter."
  21. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 278: "Renewed as one of DC's most popular titles, JLA ran for 125 issues before its next relaunch. Earning countless spin-off miniseries and specials, the Justice League reclaimed its place atop DC's hit titles list."
  22. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 285: "Grant Morrison headed back to the future with the crossover event DC One Million, a glimpse into the future world of the 853rd century."
  23. ^ a b Cronin, Brian (20 October 2006). "CBR's #2 & #1 All Time Favorite Writer".  
  24. ^  
  25. ^ "Annotations [And We're All Policeman]". n.d. Archived from the original on 1 June 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  26. ^ "Barbelith Interviews: An Interview with Grant Morrison". Archived from the original on 24 October 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2010. 
  27. ^ "Barbelith Interviews: An Interview with Grant Morrison". Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2010. 
  28. ^ Cowsill, Alan "2000s" in Dolan, p. 295: "Writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely brought the Crime Syndicate of America back to DC continuity in JLA: Earth 2."
  29. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "2000s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History.  
  30. ^  
  31. ^ Manning "2000s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 306: "Renaming the X-Men comic New X-Men, Morrison ignored the convoluted plot threads that had seemed to plague the X-family of books for years, and instead focused on the original idea of a mutant school run out of Charles Xavier's mansion."
  32. ^ Callahan, Timothy (16 November 2009). "21st Century Mutant Chic: Grant Morrison's X-Men".  
  33. ^ "May 2001 Comic Book Sales Figures". The Comics Chronicle. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2010. 
  34. ^ Deppey, Dirk (August–September 2004). "X-Men... Retreat!".  
  35. ^ Ellis, Jonathan (2004). "Grant Morrison: Master & Commander". Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2006. 
  36. ^ Ness, Alex (5 September 2005). "A Chat About Craft With Grant Morrison". Pop Thought. Archived from the original on 21 December 2005. Retrieved 17 September 2006. 
  37. ^ Cowsill "2000s" in Dolan, p. 306: "Even by writer Grant Morrison's standards, The Filth was wonderfully strange."
  38. ^ Irvine "Filth" in Dougal, p. 83
  39. ^ Cowsill "2000s" in Dolan, p. 314: "Writer Grant Morrison and longtime artistic collaborator Frank Quitely presented one of the year's most touching and original stories in WE3."
  40. ^ Cowsill "2000s" in Dolan, p. 319: "Grant Morrison's imagining of the Seven Soldiers of Victory was one of DC's most adventurous titles."
  41. ^ "Grant Morrison on Being the DCU Revamp Guy". Newsarama. 20 June 2005. Archived from the original on 8 December 2008. 
  42. ^ Cowsill "2000s" in Dolan, p. 325: "The title was masterminded by writers Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, and Mark Waid, with Keith Giffen providing art breakdowns."
  43. ^ Cowsill "2000s" in Dolan, p. 324: "Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely unveiled one of the most original and well-received Superman series for years as they combined high-concept science-fiction elements with classic Silver Age concepts in their All Star Superman series."
  44. ^ "2000s Eisner Award Recipients".  
  45. ^ Morrison, Grant (2011). Supergods - Our World in the Age of the Superhero. Jonathan Cape. p. 395.  
  46. ^ Cowsill "2000s" in Dolan, p. 326: "The first story arc of Grant Morrison's award-winning run on Batman, 'Batman and Son' set the standard for what was to follow for the Dark Knight and introduced elements that would later prove to be vitally important."
  47. ^ Burlingame, Russell (19 April 2008). "NYCC '08: The Grant Morrison Panel". Newsarama. Archived from the original on 1 December 2008. 
  48. ^ Cowsill "2000s" in Dolan, p. 334: "Grant Morrison's most ambitious epic for DC affected the whole of the DC Universe and was the end result of years of careful planning."
  49. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (17 April 2008). "All Star Grant Morrison III: Superman". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on 19 April 2008. 
  50. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (20 March 2009). "Morrison on the Return of Seaguy!". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on 22 March 2009. 
  51. ^ Tramountanas, George (18 April 2008). "NYCC: Virgin Comics Announces Grant Morrison Webisodes". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on 30 April 2008. 
  52. ^ Cowsill "2000s" in Dolan, p. 338: "Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely teamed up once again to unleash a new Dynamic Duo on Gotham City."
  53. ^ Cowsill "2000s" in Dolan, p. 342: "Written by Grant Morrison with art by Tony S. Daniel, Andy Kubert, Frank Quitely, [David] Finch, and Richard Friend, this milestone issue of Batman featured an all-star roster of talent."
  54. ^ Manning "2010s" in Dougall (2014), p. 317
  55. ^ Mahadeo, Kevin (23 July 2010). "CCI: Batman The Return". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on 25 July 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2010.  Archive requires scrolldown.
  56. ^ George, Richard (23 July 2010). "SDCC 10: The Corporate Batman".  
  57. ^ Cronin, Brian (6 June 2011). to Return in 2012!"Batman Inc.". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on 8 June 2011. 
  58. ^ Manning "2010s" in Dougall (2014), p. 327: "After a brief hiatus, this Grant Morrison-written series returned, drawn by Chris Burnham."
  59. ^ Manning "2010s" in Dougall (2014), p. 334: "Batman's son Damian was brutally murdered by the criminal forces led by the boy's own mother, Talia al Ghul."
  60. ^ Manning "2010s" in Dougall, p. 338: "In the finale to writer Grant Morrison's tenure on the Batman titles, the threat of Leviathan came to an end"
  61. ^ O'Shea, Tim (18 January 2010). "Talking Comics with Tim: Sean Murphy". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on 21 January 2010. 
  62. ^ Melrose, Kevin (5 June 2009). "Joe the Barbarian"An early glimpse of Morrison and Murphy's . Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on 8 June 2009. 
  63. ^ with Dynamite"18 Days"Morrison Spends (Press release). Comic Book Resources. 25 March 2010. Archived from the original on 28 March 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2010. 
  64. ^ Brownfield, Troy (31 May 2010). "18 Days"Grant Morrison Wages War Using Indian Mythology for . Newsarama. Archived from the original on 8 June 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2010. 
  65. ^ "Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods". Archived from the original on 10 February 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2010. 
  66. ^ Thil, Scott (30 November 2009). "Counterculture Comics Hero Grant Morrison Gets a Biopic".  
  67. ^ a b c d "Biography". Grant Morrison - The Official Website. 2013. Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  68. ^ Hyde, David (10 June 2011). "History Happens Now". DC Comics. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. 
  69. ^ Page, Benedicte (18 June 2009). "Cape swoops for superhero".  
  70. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60173. p. 19. 16 June 2012.
  71. ^ Campbell, Josie (5 October 2012). "MorrisonCon Wrap-Up: Fans Experience Magic, Religion, Comics and Grant Morrison". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on 13 November 2012. 
  72. ^ "Glasgow Comic Con 2012 - Day 1". Comics Anonymous. 1 July 2012. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013.  Archive requires scrolldown.
  73. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (6 May 2009). "Multiversity"Grant Morrison's . Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on 8 May 2009. 
  74. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (21 August 2014). With Ivan Reis & Joe Prado"Multiversity"Vivisecting . Newsarama. Archived from the original on 19 October 2014. 
  75. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (18 September 2014). "The Society of Super-Heroes: Chris Sprouse On Multiversity"Vivisecting .  
  76. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (23 October 2014). "The Just: Ben Oliver Helps Us Dissect The Multiversity"Vivisecting DC's . Newsarama. Archived from the original on 25 October 2014. The third issue in the series featured visuals by Ben Oliver. 
  77. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (20 November 2014). "': 'Subsequent Readings Will Reward YouPax Americana"Frank Quitely on . Newsarama. Archived from the original on 22 November 2014. 
  78. ^ Uzumeri, David (10 December 2014). "' – 'Not The Peace of the Grave or the Security of the SlavePax Americana Annotations, Part 4: The Multiversity".  
  79. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (18 December 2014). "The Multiversity: Thunderworld"Cameron Stewart Brings Back Captain Marvel For . Newsarama. Archived from the original on 14 September 2015. Readers were introduced to the Earth-5 version of Captain Marvel while also being treated to a reunion of Morrison and his frequent collaborator, artist Cameron Stewart. 
  80. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (29 January 2015). "The Multiversity Guidebook"Vivisecting . Newsarama. Archived from the original on 14 September 2015. With this week's release of The Multiversity Guidebook, Grant Morrison has supplemented his already mind-bending epic story with a map to the DC Multiverse. 
  81. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (3 March 2015). "Mastermen: Jim Lee on Multiversity"Vivisecting . Newsarama. Archived from the original on 8 September 2015. 
  82. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (27 March 2015). "Ultra Comics: Doug Mahnke on Multiversity"Vivisecting . Newsarama. Archived from the original on 14 September 2015. In this week's world-hopping Ultra Comics chapter of Grant Morrison's The Multiversity, artist Doug Mahnke helped the writer define Earth 33 — the supposed "real" world, yet one that's clearly re-focused through the writer's mind-bending lens. 
  83. ^ "Grant Morrison Goes Hollywood". Archived from the original on 29 March 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2010. 
  84. ^ Marshall, Rick (10 November 2010). "'"Grant Morrison on the American Myth And Psychedelic Adventure Of 'Sinatoro.  
  85. ^ Lyons, Beverley (3 October 2011). into a movie"Dinosaurs vs Aliens"Monster Success: Top comic writer Grant Morrison set to turn his novel .  
  86. ^ Tucker, Ken (26 May 2010). : An interview with writer Grant Morrison"Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne".  
  87. ^ Morrison, Grant. Lovely Biscuits. Oneiros Books 1998 (ISBN 1902197011).
  88. ^ Cronin, Brian (19 August 2011). "Comic Book Legends Revealed #328". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. 
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  93. ^ Murman, Chris (29 July 2007). #666"Batman"Sunday Slugfest – . Comics Bulletin. Archived from the original on 8 December 2008. 
  94. ^ "Talking Batman with Grant Morrison". Newsarama. 22 February 2008. 



Morrison lives and works in Scotland and Los Angeles.[1]

Personal life

Although Comics Bulletin's Thom Young speculated that the bald near-future Batman depicted in Batman No. 666 was Morrison,[93] the writer denies it, crediting the similar appearance to artist Andy Kubert.[94]

Morrison is the visual basis for Brainiac in Alex Ross's "Justice."

The miniseries Tales of the Unexpected features writers Morrison, Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka, and Mark Waid as themselves.[91][92]

In the notes to the Absolute Edition of DC: The New Frontier, writer Darwyn Cooke mentioned that this version of Captain Cold was visually based upon Morrison.

He appeared in an issue of Simpsons Comics, fighting with Mark Millar over the title of "Writer of X-Men".[90]

In Morrison's 2005–2006 Seven Soldiers miniseries and its tie-ins, a group of seven "reality engineers" look like him. An eighth goes rogue, transforming into the silver-age character Zor, looking like Morrison in a magician's costume but with dark hair and a beard. This character is defeated and Morrison himself, wearing a DC Comics-logo tie clip, then becomes the narrator for the final chapter.[89]

Grant Morrison first appeared as a comics character in cameos in Animal Man Nos. 11 and 14. He made a full appearance at the end of issue No. 25 in 1990, and spent most of issue No. 26 in a lengthy conversation with the comic's title character. The character appeared the next year in Suicide Squad No. 58, written by John Ostrander, as one of several minor characters killed in one of the series' trademark suicide missions.[88]

Appearances as a comics character

He has written two plays staged by Oxygen House at the Edinburgh Fringe. Red King Rising (1989) was about the (partly fictional) relationship between Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell. Depravity (1990) was about famed occultist Aleister Crowley. The plays won between them a Fringe First Award, the Independent Theatre Award for 1989 and the Evening Standard Award for New Drama.[67] Both plays were included in his collection of prose, Lovely Biscuits released in 1999.[87]

Morrison provided outline story and script work for two video games (Predator: Concrete Jungle and Battlestar Galactica) both by Vivendi Universal.[67]

He has pitched a science-fiction television series, Bonnyroad, to the BBC with director Paul McGuigan and Stephen Fry.[86]

Morrison wrote the screenplays Sleepless Knights for DreamWorks and WE3 for New Line Cinema.[67] He wrote the adaptation of the video game Area 51 home console game[83] for Paramount in development with CFP Productions producing. Morrison has written a screenplay for a film, Sinatoro.[84] In 2011 he worked on the screenplay Dinosaurs vs Aliens for Sam Worthington's production company, Full Clip Production, and said he planned to work with them again on a screenplay based on the 2000 AD story Rogue Trooper.[85]

Screenwriting and playwriting

Morrison's The Multiversity project for DC was published in 2014 and 2015. A metaseries of nine one-shots set in some of the 52 worlds in the DC Multiverse,[72][73] it included the main Multiversity title which involves the return of President Calvin Ellis, the black Superman from Earth 23 originally seen in Action Comics vol. 2 No. 9, which was the framing for the whole series.[74] Other issues include The Society of Super-Heroes a pulp version of the DC characters;[75] The Just – set on a world of celebrity youngsters;[76] Pax Americana, drawn by Frank Quitely,[77][78] Thunder World – a Captain Marvel book;[79] the Multiversity Guidebook;[80] Mastermen – which includes a fascist version of the Justice League.[81] and Ultra Comics.[82]

In September 2012, MorrisonCon was held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (Las Vegas). This small-scale convention, curated by Morrison, featured a number of comics industry guests, including Robert Kirkman, Darick Robertson, Jason Aaron, Jim Lee, Gerard Way, Jonathan Hickman, Frank Quitely, J. H. Williams III, and Chris Burnham.[71]

Morrison was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to film and literature.[70]

In July 2011, Morrison's analysis of superheroes, Supergods: Our World in the Age of the Superhero, was published by Random House Spiegel & Grau in the United States and Jonathan Cape in the UK.[69]

In June 2011, as part of DC Comics' massive revamp of their entire superhero line, Morrison was announced as the writer on the new Action Comics No. 1, teaming with artist Rags Morales, marking Morrison's return to the Superman character after the end of All Star Superman.[68]

Morrison, fourth from left, at the Legendary Comics panel at the 2012 New York Comic Con. Sharing the stage with him from left to right: Bob Schreck, Matt Wagner, Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham.

Morrison was featured in My Chemical Romance's music videos "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)" and "Sing" from their 2010 album Danger Days: True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys as the concept's villain Korse.[67]

[66] He is the subject of a feature-length documentary titled

Following the closure of Virgin Comics, Dynamite Entertainment and Liquid Comics announced a partnership to publish a hardcover of illustrated scripts of Grant Morrison's Mahābhārata-based, animated project 18 Days with illustrations by artist Mukesh Singh, that was released in August 2010.[63][64]

Morrison returned to creator-owned work in 2010 with the eight issue Vertigo series Joe the Barbarian, launched in January with artist Sean Murphy.[61] Originally a six issue series, Morrison felt that the story would benefit from an extra two issues. The titular Joe is a diabetic young boy who begins to hallucinate a fantasy world populated with his toys and other fantasy characters when he stops taking his medication.[62]

Batman No. 700 (Aug. 2010), saw the return of Morrison to the title and a collaboration with an art team that consisted of Tony Daniel, Frank Quitely, Andy Kubert, and David Finch. The separate stories tied together to illustrate that the legacy of Batman is unending, and will survive into the furthest reaches of time.[53] At San Diego Comic-Con International 2010 it was announced that Grant Morrison would be leaving Batman and Robin with No. 16 and launching a new series entitled Batman Incorporated with revolving artists starting with Yanick Paquette.[54] A more team-oriented Batman book inspired by the Batman: The Brave and the Bold animated series,[55][56] Batman Incorporated builds on Morrison's work dating back to "Batman and Son" and Final Crisis, with Bruce Wayne creating an international Batman franchise all over the world. The series suffered from slow scheduling and was ended after eight issues while the DC Universe was rebooted in 2011; to bridge the gap a prestige book was released that featured two issues together along with a synopsis that recapped the story so far. In mid-2012, a second volume of the comic was launched with Chris Burnham on artwork, scheduled for 12 issues.[57][58] Morrison left the Batman titles in 2013. He killed the Damian Wayne character in Batman Incorporated No. 8 (April 2013)[59] and his final issue was No. 13 (Sept. 2013).[60]

Morrison signing copies of his 2011 superhero analysis, Supergods, at Midtown Comics in Manhattan, 19 July 2011.


At the 2008 New York Comic Con, Morrison announced he would be working with Virgin Comics to produce "webisodes" (short animated stories) based on the Mahābhārata; it would not be a direct translation but, "Like the Beatles took Indian music and tried to make psychedelic sounds... I'm trying to convert Indian storytelling to a western style for people raised on movies, comics, and video games."[51] In August 2009, Morrison and Frank Quitely launched the Batman and Robin series.[52]

At the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con, DC Comics announced that Morrison would write Final Crisis, a seven-issue mini-series slated to appear in 2008 with J. G. Jones handling the art.[48] Morrison announced that 2008 would see publication of the follow-up to 2004's Seaguy called Seaguy 2: The Slaves of Mickey Eye, the second part of a planned three part series.[49][50]

In 2006 Morrison was voted as the No. 2 favourite comic book writer of all time by Comic Book Resources.[23] That same year, Morrison began writing Batman for DC with issue No. 655,[46] reintroducing the character of Damian Wayne and signalling the beginning of a seven-year-long run on the character across multiple titles. He wrote the relaunch of The Authority and Wildcats, with the art of Gene Ha and Jim Lee respectively, for DC's Wildstorm imprint. WildC.A.T.S. went on hiatus after one issue, The Authority was discontinued after two. The scheduling of The Authority conflicted with 52 and Morrison was unhappy with the reviews: "And then I saw the reviews on issue one and I just thought 'fuck this'.".[47] It eventually concluded without Morrison's involvement in Keith Giffen's The Authority: The Lost Year.

Starting in November 2005, DC published All-Star Superman,[43] a twelve-issue story arc by Morrison and Frank Quitely. Not so much a revamp or reboot of Superman, the series presents an out-of-continuity "iconic" Superman for new readers. All-Star Superman won the Eisner Award for Best New Series in 2006, the Best Continuing Series Eisner Award in 2007 and several Eagle Awards in the UK. It won three Harvey Awards in 2008 and the Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series in 2009.[44] In the same year, Morrison and Quitely worked on pop star Robbie Williams' album Intensive Care, providing intricate Tarot card designs for the packaging and cover of the CD.[45]

Dan DiDio, the editorial vice president of DC Comics, was impressed with Morrison's ideas for revitalising many of DC's redundant characters. Giving him the unofficial title of "revamp guy", DiDio asked him to assist in sorting out the DC Universe in the wake of the Infinite Crisis.[41] Morrison was one of the writers on 52,[42] a year-long weekly comic book series that started in May 2006 and concluded in May 2007.[3]

In 2002, Morrison launched his next creator-owned project at Vertigo: The Filth, drawn by Chris Weston and Gary Erskine, a 13-part mini-series.[37][38] In 2004, Vertigo published three Morrison mini-series. Seaguy, We3,[39] and Vimanarama. Morrison returned to the JLA with the first story in a new anthology series, JLA Classified. In 2005 Morrison wrote Seven Soldiers,[40] which featured the Manhattan Guardian, Mister Miracle, Klarion the Witch Boy, Bulleteer, Frankenstein, Zatanna and Shining Knight. The series consists of seven interlinked four-issue mini-series with two "bookend" volumes – 30 issues in all.

Morrison at the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con International.

In 2000, Morrison's graphic novel JLA: Earth 2 was released with art by Frank Quitely.[28] It was Morrison's last mainstream work for DC for a while, as he moved to Marvel Comics. While at Marvel, Morrison wrote the six-part Marvel Boy series,[29][30] and Fantastic Four: 1234, his take on another major superhero team. In July 2001, he began writing the main X-Men title, renamed New X-Men for his run, with Quitely providing much of the art.[31][32] Again, Morrison's revamping of a major superhero team proved to be a critical and commercial success, with the title jumping to the No. 1 sales[33] and established Morrison as the kind of creator whose name on a title would guarantee sales.[34] His penultimate arc "Planet X" depicted the villain Magneto infiltrating and defeating the X-Men in the guise of new character Xorn and developing an addiction to the power-enhancing drug "Kick".[35][36]


With the three volumes of the creator-owned The Invisibles, Morrison started his largest and possibly most important work.[23] The Invisibles combined political, pop- and sub-cultural references. Tapping into pre-millennial tension, the work was influenced by the writings of Robert Anton Wilson, Aleister Crowley and William Burroughs, and Morrison's practice of chaos magic.[24] In 1998 Morrison published the prose piece, "I'm A Policeman" in Sarah Champion's millennial short story collection Disco 2000; though no explicit connection to The Invisibles is made, there are strong thematic links between the two works.[25] At DisinfoCon in 1999, Morrison said that much of the content in The Invisibles was information given to him by aliens that abducted him in Kathmandu, who told him to spread this information to the world via a comic book. He later clarified that the experience he labelled as the "Alien Abduction Experience in Kathmandu" had nothing to do with aliens or abduction, but that there was an experience that he had in Kathmandu that The Invisibles is an attempt to explain.[26] The title was not a huge commercial hit to start with. (Morrison actually asked his readers to participate in a "wankathon" while concentrating on a magical symbol, or sigil, in an effort to boost sales).[27] When the title was relaunched with volume two, the characters relocated to America. Volume three appeared with issue numbers counting down, signalling an intention to conclude the series with the turn of the new millennium in 2000. Due to the title shipping late, its final issue did not ship until April 2000.[3]

In 1996, Morrison was given the Justice League of America to revamp as JLA,[20] a comic book that gathered the "Big Seven" superheroes of the DC universe into one team. This run was hugely popular and returned the title back to best-selling status.[21] Morrison wrote several issues of The Flash with Mark Millar, as well as DC's crossover event of 1998, the four-issue mini-series DC One Million,[22] in addition to plotting many of the multiple crossovers.

DC Comics launched its Vertigo imprint in 1993, publishing several of Morrison's creator-owned projects, such as the steampunk mini-series Sebastian O and the graphic novel The Mystery Play. 1995 saw the release of Kill Your Boyfriend, with artist Philip Bond, originally published as a Vertigo Voices one-shot. In 1996 Morrison wrote Flex Mentallo, a Doom Patrol spin-off with art by Frank Quitely,[18] and returned briefly to DC Universe superheroics with the short-lived Aztek, co-written with Mark Millar.[19]

In 1993 Morrison, fellow Glaswegian comic writer Mark Millar and John Smith were asked to reinvigorate 2000 AD for an eight-week run called "The Summer Offensive". Morrison wrote Judge Dredd and Really and Truly, and co-wrote the controversial Big Dave with Millar.[17]

In 1991 Morrison wrote Bible John-A Forensic Meditation for Fleetway's Crisis, drawn by fellow member of "The Mixers" Daniel Vallely, and based on an analysis of possible motivations for the crimes of the serial killer Bible John. Covering similar themes to Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell's From Hell,[15] the work utilised cut-up techniques, a Ouija board and collage rather than conventional panels to tell the story.[16]

Morrison returned to Batman with the "Gothic" story arc in issues 6–10 of the Batman title Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight.[13] The early 1990s saw Morrison revamping Kid Eternity for DC with artist Duncan Fegredo, and Dan Dare, with artist Rian Hughes. Morrison coloured Dare's bright future with Thatcherism in Fleetway's Revolver.[14]


The controversy continued with the publication of The New Adventures of Hitler in Scottish music and lifestyle magazine Cut in 1989, due to its use of Adolf Hitler as its lead character.[12] The strip was unfinished when Cut folded, and was later reprinted and completed in Fleetway's 2000AD spin-off title Crisis.

While working for DC Comics in America, Morrison kept contributing to British indie titles, writing St. Swithin's Day for Trident Comics. St. Swithin's Day's anti-Margaret Thatcher themes proved controversial, provoking a small tabloid press reaction and a complaint from Conservative MP Teddy Taylor.[11]

[10].Dave McKean in 1989 as a 128-page graphic novel painted by Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth DC published [9]

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