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Louise Simonson

 Born -  September 26, 1946 in Atlanta, Georgia
 Nationality -  American
 Areas -  Writer, Editor and Colorist
 Notable Works -  Power Pack, X-Factor, New Mutants, Superman: The Man of Steel, Steel & World of Warcraft

 Steel Issues / John Henry Irons  Notable Works -

 Superman MOS #22, Superman MOS Annual #2, Superman MOS #23-28, Steel #1-16,        Steel Annual #2, Steel #21-27, 29

 Awards -  Eagle Award for Power Pack, Comic Buyer's Guide for The Death of Superman, Inkpot Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comic Arts

Louise Simonson was born Mary Louise Alexander in Atlanta, Georgia on September 26, 1946.[1] Though best known as an American comic book writer, she has also been an editor and a colorist. Her best known work in comics are in such titles as Power Pack, X-Factor, New Mutants, Superman: The Man of Steel, and Steel. But how did she first get into the field of comics?

Early life and pre-comics career[edit]

Well to begin with, in 1964 while attending Georgia State College, Louise met fellow student Jeff Jones. The two began dating and were married in 1966.[2] Their daughter Julianna was born the following year. After graduation, the couple moved to New York City. It was there that Louise modeled for artist Berni Wrightson's cover of DC Comics' House of Secrets #92 (June–July 1971),[3] which was the first appearance of Swamp Thing[4] . She was then hired by McFadden-Bartell, a magazine publisher and distributor and worked there for three years.[2] She and Jeff Jones split up during this time but she continued to use the name Louise Jones for several years afterward.[2]

Louise then met the comic book writer and artist Walt Simonson in 1973 and the couple started dating in August 1974.[5] They were married six years later in 1980.[6]



In 1974, Louise Jones started her professional comic book career at Warren Publishing. She went from assistant to senior editor[6] of the comics line, which included Creepy, Eerie, and Vampirella, before leaving the company at the end of 1979.[7]

In January 1980, she joined Marvel Comics, where she initially worked again as an editor, most notably on Uncanny X-Men, which she edited for almost four years from issues #137–182. Louise, still under the name "Louise Jones", edited another X-Men spin-off, The New Mutants, at its debut in 1983. After leaving the series, she would have a "cameo" in New Mutants #21, drawn in as a slumber party guest by artist Bill Sienkiewicz).[8] During this period, she also edited Marvel's Star Wars and Indiana Jones comics.[9][10]


At the end of 1983, she quit her editing job at Marvel to try her hand at full-time writing under the name Louise Simonson. She created the Eagle Award-winning comic series Power Pack.[11] The title, which debuted in August 1984, featured the adventures of four pre-teen superheroes. Simonson would write the majority of the title's first forty issues, even coloring one issue, that issue being #18. Her other Marvel writing works included Starriors, Marvel Team-Up, Web of Spider-Man and Red Sonja. Louise even helped her husband Walt Simonson color his "Star Slammers" story in Marvel Graphic Novel #6 (1983).

In 1986 Bob Layton, writer of the X-Men spin-off X-Factor, was running late on a deadline, and Simonson was called in to write a fill-in issue of X-Factor. This story was never published, since Layton ultimately turned his story in on time, but while writing it Simonson found herself inspired by the characters, to the point where she brought a list of her ideas to editor Bob Harras in the hopes that Layton might use them for the series.[13] Instead, Layton ended up dropping X-Factor shortly after, and at Chris Claremont and Ann Nocenti's suggestion, Harras chose Simonson as his replacement.[13] In #6, her first issue, she and artist Jackson Guice introduced Apocalypse,[14] a character who would go on to make repeated appearances in the X-Men franchise. From #10 of the title, she was joined by her husband, Walt Simonson, on pencils. In #25, the creators gave the character the Angel blue skin and metal wings in a process which would lead to his being renamed as "Archangel". It was at Simonson's suggestion that X-Men writer Chris Claremont's "Mutant Massacre" story idea was turned into a crossover through all the "X-books", the first of its kind.[15] Her run on X-Factor included the relevant installments of "Mutant Massacre", and the subsequent crossovers "Fall of the Mutants," "Inferno", and "X-Tinction Agenda".[16] She ended her run on the title with #64 in 1991.

In 1987, beginning with issue #55, she became the New Mutants scripter. Similarly to X-Factor, she was originally brought in as a fill-in writer so that Chris Claremont could launch two other titles,[15] but ended up writing the series for three and a half years, ending with #97 in 1991. It was during this run that she and artist Rob Liefeld introduced Cable, another important character in the X-Men franchise.[17] In 1988-89, she and her husband co-wrote the Havok and Wolverine: Meltdown limited series painted by Jon J Muth and Kent Williams.

It’s also noteworthy to mention that Artist Paul Smith used Louise Jones' hairstyle on the character of Madelyne Pryor when introducing that character in Uncanny X-Men #168 (April 1983).[18]

In 1991, Simonson began writing for DC Comics. She, artist Jon Bogdanove, and editor Mike Carlin launched a new Superman title, Superman: The Man of Steel[19] — a title she would write for eight years until issue #86 in 1999. During that time, she contributed to such storylines as "Panic in the Sky" in 1992.[20] Later that year, (along with Carlin, Dan Jurgens, Roger Stern and others) Louise was one of the chief architects of "The Death of Superman" storyline, in which Superman died and was resurrected. It was during that storyline, in The Adventures of Superman #500 (June 1993),[21] that Louise and Jon Bogdanove introduced Steel, who graduated to his own title in February 1994,[22] with Simonson as writer until #31. Steel even got his own feature film starring Shaquille O'Neal in 1997. Louise was one of the many creators who worked on the Superman: The Wedding Album one-shot in 1996 wherein the title character married Lois Lane.[23]

In 1999, Simonson returned to Marvel to write a Warlock series, which featured a character from her previous New Mutants run. That same year, she wrote a miniseries, Galactus the Devourer, in which Galactus died temporarily. In 2005, she wrote stories featuring Magnus Robot Fighter for the publisher Ibooks, Inc. In 2007, Simonson wrote a one-shot starring Magik of the New Mutants as part of a four-issue event known as Mystic Arcana.[24] In 2008-2009 she wrote several issues of Marvel Adventures. She also co-wrote the comic World of Warcraft, based on the multi-million player internet game, for Wildstorm, and a manga story, based in the Warcraft universe, for Tokyopop.

From 1993 through 2009, she wrote five picture books and eleven novels for middle-readers, many of which featured characters from DC Comics. Two YA novels, Justice League: The Gauntlet[25] and Justice League: Wild at Heart,[26] published by Bantam Books, were based on the Justice League cartoon. She wrote an adult Batman novel and the non-fiction DC Comics Covergirls.[27]

Louise has also won many awards during her illustrious career. Most noteworthy being The Eagle Award for her work on Power Pack; The Comics Buyer's Guide Award for her work on The Death of Superman; and a San Diego Comic Con Inkpot Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comic Arts.


DC Comics[edit]

Of all the characters that Louise has created over the years, here is just a few.

  • Fred Benson (Rift from Worlds Collide) [with Jon Bogdanove]

  • Jeb Friedman (Clark’s rival for Lois’ Affections)[with Jon Bogdanove]

  • Clawster (DNAlien Leader of the Underworlders)[with Jon Bogdanove]

  • Franklin Stern (Publisher for the Daily Planet)[with Jon Bogdanove]

  • Dirk Armstrong (Daily Planet Writer)[with Jon Bogdanove]

  • Crash (Clay Michael Irons {John Henry Irons brother}and Reggie Glover) [with Joe St. Pierre]


    Louise has had quite a successful career but none of it has gone to her head as she is one of the nicest and most humble people I have ever had the privilege of meeting.