Mark Millar (Industry Spotlight) – Comic Basics

Mark Millar

Mark Millar (Industry Spotlight) – Comic Basics

Old Man Logan, The Ultimates, Superman Red Son, and the list goes on and on.

Mark Millar is one of the most sought-after and influential comic book writers of this generation. Not only did he create all of the above, he also wrote Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Civil War, and The Authority.

Early years

Born in December of 1969, Mark Millar took to comics after his brother brought him to a few local comic shops. By the time he was ready to pursue secondary education, Millar had aspirations to be a Doctor. Luckily for the comic book community, he quickly realized that it wasn’t for him. 

His first entry into the comic world came in high school as a writer on the Trident Comic title, Saviour. By the 1990’s, he had found work for a few notable titles and it was during this time that he, Grant Morrison, and John Smith created a run on 2000 AD called The Summer Offensive.  This is notable because it marks the first time that he and Morrison, whom he considered a mentor, worked together.

The big break

Millar’s work soon caught the attention of comic book powerhouse, DC Comics. He first worked for the company on the fledgling title, Swamp Thing. From there, he wrote for JLA, The Flash and others.

By the year 2001, Millar and his tenure at DC had come to a close. He was on his way to rival Marvel and once there, immediately began working on their Ultimate Universe. The first title released was Ultimate X-Men and shortly after that, his take on the Avengers, The Ultimates.

5 years after the construction of the Ultimate Universe, he and Steve McNiven joined forces to give the world Civil War. This, of course, laid the groundwork for the MCU’s Captain America: Civil War. 

Before his most ambitious work to date, in 2009, he wrote Old Man Logan. This story became the framework for 2017’s highly acclaimed movie, Logan.

Millarworld

In 2010, Marvel and Mark Millar parted ways. He did this so as to focus his time on his project, Millarworld. Millarworld was launched as a publisher of Independent Books with Millar and the creator sharing the profits. The company is known for many titles that became movies. These included,Kick Ass, The Authority, and Kingsman: Secret Service.

In 2017 Millarworld was bought by Netflix with the provision that Millar would stay on to create more titles that could be adapted to the screen.

If not for Mark Millar, some of the worlds favourite comics and movies would not exist. His work in comics cannot be understated. 

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