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Andrew Helfer (born August 17, 1958)[1] is an American comic book creator best known for his work as an editor and writer at DC Comics, where he founded the Paradox Press imprint.

Andy Helfer
BornAndrew Helfer
August 17, 1958
NationalityAmerican
Area(s)Writer, Editor
Notable works
The Big Book Of
Deadman
The Shadow
AwardsEisner Award – Best Anthology
1995 The Big Book of Urban Legends

CareerEdit

Andy Helfer joined DC Comics in 1981 and assisted Joe Orlando in the special projects department.[2] He became editor of the Justice League of America title with issue #245 (December 1985) and oversaw the title's revamp into Justice League International in 1987 by Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis, and Kevin Maguire.[3] Helfer edited The Man of Steel limited series by John Byrne and the subsequent relaunch of the Superman titles.[3] As a writer, Helfer collaborated with artist José Luis García-López on a Deadman limited series in 1986[4] and with artist Bill Sienkiewicz on an ongoing series for The Shadow in the following year.[5] Following Sienkiewicz's departure from The Shadow, Kyle Baker became the artist on the series and he and Helfer also produced a two-issue Justice, Inc. series.[4] The Helfer-Baker run on The Shadow was cancelled in 1989 allegedly due to objections by Condé Nast, the character's owner, to the tone of the series.[6] Helfer wrote for the Superboy television series from 1988 to 1990.[7] As the editor of Paradox Press, Helfer oversaw the development of Max Allan Collins' series Road to Perdition and John Wagner's A History of Violence, both of which became successful films. In 2006, Helfer collaborated with artist Randy DuBurke on Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography (2006)[8] which has been recommended as part of a "Suggested Core List of Graphic Novel Titles for High School Students".[9] He wrote the Presidential Material: John McCain one-shot biographical comic book for IDW Publishing in 2008.[10]

AwardsEdit

BibliographyEdit

DC ComicsEdit

Farrar, Straus, and GirouxEdit

IDW PublishingEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on February 18, 2011. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  2. ^ Mangels, Andy (July 2012). "A Heroine History of the Wonder Woman Foundation". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (57): 51.
  3. ^ a b Andy Helfer (editor) at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ a b Andy Helfer at the Grand Comics Database
  5. ^ Schweier, Philip (July 2016). "Shedding Light on The Shadow". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (89): 16–17.
  6. ^ Allen, Todd (January 13, 2012). "He's Back and God Help the Guilty – Dynamite Reissues The Shadow by Howard Chaykin". Comicsbeat.com. Archived from the original on March 15, 2012. Retrieved April 15, 2012. [T]he Helfer & company sequel which was abruptly cancelled on a cliffhanger as Condé Nast disliked the satirical tone Helfer had taken with his version.
  7. ^ Bails, Jerry (n.d.). "Helfer, Andy". Who's Who of American Comic Books 1928-1999. Archived from the original on May 10, 2007.
  8. ^ Aldama, Frederick Luis (2011). Multicultural Comics: From Zap to Blue Beetle. Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press. p. 12. ISBN 978-0292737433.
  9. ^ Gavigan, Karen W.; Tomasevich, Mindy (2011). Connecting Comics to Curriculum: Strategies for Grades 6-12. Santa Barbara, California: Libraries Unlimited. p. 156. ISBN 978-1598847680.
  10. ^ Elsworth, Catherine (October 9, 2008). "John McCain and Barack Obama become comic book heroes". The Daily Telegraph. London, United Kingdom. Archived from the original on November 13, 2012. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
  11. ^ "1991 Haxtur Awards". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on December 29, 2013.
  12. ^ "1995 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on October 10, 2014.
  13. ^ "1997 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on July 25, 2014.

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Preceded by
Alan Gold
Justice League of America editor
1985–1987
Succeeded by
n/a
Preceded by
Julius Schwartz
Action Comics editor
1987
Succeeded by
Mike Carlin
Preceded by
Julius Schwartz
Adventures of Superman editor
1987
Succeeded by
Mike Carlin
Preceded by
n/a
Superman vol. 2 editor
1987
Succeeded by
Mike Carlin
Preceded by
n/a
Justice League International editor
1987–1992
Succeeded by
Brian Augustyn
Preceded by
n/a
Justice League Europe editor
1989–1992
Succeeded by
Brian Augustyn
Preceded by
Bob Schreck
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight editor
2000–2004
Succeeded by
Harvey Richards