About Dwayne McDuffie
A complete official Dwayne McDuffie biography is still under construction. In the meantime-
Below is biographical information that appeared on his website. While they are not as complete as his Wikipedia entry or New York Times obituary, the information below was written, edited, and/or approved by Dwayne McDuffie himself, and as such give us insight into the accomplishments he was most proud of.
Dwayne’s Official Biography from his old website (last updated circa 2007)
Dwayne McDuffie is best known as the co-founder and creator of Milestone Media. He is a Story Editor on the KIDS WB’s Emmy Award-winning animated series STATIC SHOCK, which he co-created. He is also a Producer and Story Editor on Cartoon Network’s JUSTICE LEAGUE. He is Editor-In-Chief of Milestone Media’s award-winning line of comic books, managing an editorial operation which boasted the best on-time delivery record in the industry for nearly four years running and has also worked as an editor for Marvel Comics and Harvey Entertainment. As a writer, Dwayne has created or co-created more than a dozen series, including DAMAGE CONTROL, DEATHLOK II, ICON, STATIC, XOMBI, THE ROAD TO HELL and HARDWARE. He has written stories for dozens of other comics, including, SPIDER-MAN, BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, THE TICK, CAPTAIN MARVEL, AVENGERS SPOTLIGHT, BACK TO THE FUTURE, HELLRAISER, ULTRAMAN, (The Artist Formerly Known As) PRINCE and X-O MANOWAR.
Dwayne won the 2003 HUMANITAS PRIZE for “Jimmy,” a STATIC SHOCK script about gun violence in schools. He has been nominated for two EMMY AWARDS for the TV series STATIC SHOCK, a WRITERS GUILD AWARD for the TV series JUSTICE LEAGUE and three EISNER AWARDS for his work in comic books. His comic book work has won eleven PARENTS’ CHOICE AWARDS, six “Best Editor” awards, and a GOLDEN APPLE AWARD for his “use of popular art to promote and enhance human dignity.”
Dwayne was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and attended The Roeper School. Before entering comics, he studied in undergraduate and graduate programs at The University of Michigan, then attended film school at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He also co-hosted a radio comedy program, while moonlighting pseudonymously as a freelance writer for stand-up comedians and late-night television comedy programs. He has written scripts for an animated feature, episodes of BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE, STATIC SHOCK!, JUSTICE LEAGUE, WHAT’S NEW, SCOOBY-DOO? and TEEN TITANS.
Dwayne’s About Me Page from his old website (last updated circa 2003)
I’ve worked mostly as a writer and comic book editor. I’m the creator of Marvel Comics’ DAMAGE CONTROL (soon, as they say, to be a Major Motion Picture). I’m a co-founder and creator of MILESTONE MEDIA, INC. I co-created the comic book properties; ICON, STATIC (now on TV as STATIC SHOCK!, a weekly animated series on the Kids WB!), DEATHLOK II, HARDWARE, BLOOD SYNDICATE, XOMBI, THE ROAD TO HELL, SHADOW CABINET, DEATHWISH, WISE SON, HEROES, BANG BABIES and STATIC SHOCK: REBIRTH OF THE COOL.
In the past, I’ve written many things I didn’t make up, including SPIDER-MAN, AVENGERS, HELLRAISER, THE TICK, BACK TO THE FUTURE, MONSTER IN MY POCKET, (THE ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS) PRINCE, ULTRAMAN, X-O MANOWAR and (my nephew says I have to mention) WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION.
In addition to the comic books I write whenever I can score an assignment, I’m currently a story editor on both STATIC SHOCK! (the KIDS WB! animated series based on my comic book, STATIC) and JUSTICE LEAGUE, the Cartoon Network animated series. I’ve also written episodes of WHAT’S NEW SCOOBY-DOO? and TEEN TITANS. Upcoming comics work includes the all-new THE ROAD TO HELL graphic novel (with co-writer and creator Matt S. Wayne and artist Rick Parker).
If that’s not enough information for you, there’s always My Official Biography but even my Mom found it “a bit tedious, Honey.”
Marvel Comics Pro-File
Marvel Comics used to do these little features about staffers on their Bullpen Bulletin pages. In 1988, it was finally my turn. The caricature is by Ernie Colon.