Duane Swierczynski

Duane Louis Swierczynski (born February 22, 1972) is an American crime writer known for his work in non-fiction books, novels and comic books.

Duane Swierczynski
BornDuane Louis Swierczynski
(1972-02-22) February 22, 1972 (age 50)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OccupationJournalist, author

Early lifeEdit

Duane Swierczynski was born and raised in Frankford, a neighborhood in lower Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. After leaving in the late 1990s and making several stops elsewhere, he moved to another neighborhood in Northeast Philadelphia from 2002 until 2016. He currently resides with his family in the Los Angeles area.[1][2]

Swierczynski's surname loosely translates as "dweller near a fir tree." He and his brother Gregg were named after the Allman Brothers.[citation needed]


Swierczynski has written six non-fiction books, including This Here’s A Stick-Up: The Big Bad Book Of American Bank Robbery (Alpha, 2002) and The Big Book O’ Beer (Quirk, 2004).

He has worked as an editor at Men’s Health and Details as well as Philadelphia magazines including the Philadelphia City Paper, which he left in February 2008.[3]

Secret Dead Men, Swierczynski’s crime fiction debut, was published in 2005 by PointBlank and has since written nine further novels. His fiction draws heavily on crime noir themes, making frequent use of femmes fatale.

In 2008, Swierczynski signed an exclusive deal with Marvel Comics,[4] where he penned Moon Knight Annual #1, a Punisher one-shot ("Force of Nature"), and the second volume of Cable,[5] which lasted 24 issues. He also assumed writing duties on The Immortal Iron Fist from issue #18 until the title's cancellation.[6] His other planned projects with Marvel included a revival of Werewolf By Night,[7] a story starring Bishop,[8] and contributing to the X-Men-related event Messiah War.[9][10] He later wrote the 2012 rebooted Bloodshot series from Valiant Comics and the Black Hood series from Archie Comics beginning in 2015.

Lion's Gate Entertainment picked up Swierczynski's novel Severance Package for film treatment and hired Brett Simon to direct the film and co-write the script with Swierczynski.[11]

Swierczynski is known for using a variety of social media tools, including Twitter and Blogspot.[2]

In September 2011, DC Comics relaunched Birds of Prey with issue #1 as part of their The New 52 publishing initiative. Swierczynski replaced Marc Andreyko as the writer, with Jesus Saiz handling the art.[12] Batgirl and Poison Ivy will later be joining the team.

Personal lifeEdit

Duane Swierczynski is married and has two children.[13] His first-born son (born March 30, 2002), Parker, is named in honor of the Richard Stark character as well as Spider-Man's secret identity, Peter Parker.[14] He also has a daughter (born July 15, 2003), Evelyn, or Evie for short.



  • This Here’s A Stick-Up: The Big Bad Book Of American Bank Robbery (Alpha, 2002) ISBN 0-02-864344-5
  • The Big Book O’ Beer (Quirk, 2004) ISBN 1-931686-49-1
  • The Encyclopedia of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List, 1950 to Present ISBN 0-8160-4560-7
  • The Perfect Drink for Every Occasion (Quirk)
  • The Spy's Guide: Office Espionage (Quirk)
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Frauds, Scams, and Cons (Alpha)


Charlie Hardie TrilogyEdit




  1. ^ An interview with Rhawnhurst graphic novelist Duane Swierczynski Archived September 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, NEastPhilly.com, May 6, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Technically Not Tech: Graphic novelist Duane Swierczynski, TechnicallyPhilly.com, April 6, 2009.
  3. ^ "Duane Swierczynski resigns as City Paper editor", Philadelphia Daily News, February 4, 2008.
  4. ^ NYCC '08: Swierczynski Talks New Exclusive, Punisher MAX[permanent dead link], Newsarama, April 20, 2008.
  5. ^ Duane Swierczynski Is Your New "Cable" Provider, Comic Book Resources, December 4, 4, 2007.
  6. ^ Readying Iron Fist with Writer Duane Swierczynski, Newsarama, September 7, 2008.
  7. ^ Swierczynski on "Werweolf By NIght", Comic Book Resources, December 19, 2008.
  8. ^ "Duane Swierczynski: Martial Arts, Mutants, Werewolves...Oh My!", Newsarama, November 25, 2008.
  9. ^ "Duane Swierczynski and Chris Yost talk Messiah War", IGN, January 15, 2009.
  10. ^ "Last Hope: Swierczynski on Messiah War", Comic Book Resources, April 10, 2009.
  11. ^ Fleming, Michael (August 13, 2008). "Lionsgate, Platt pick up 'Package'". Variety. Retrieved August 14, 2008.
  12. ^ Batman Relaunch: New #1s for "Batgirl", "Batman", "Detective", "Catwoman", "Birds of Prey" (UPDATED) Archived June 9, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, Comics Alliance, June 6, 2011
  13. ^ The Sweet Smell of Excess, Philadelphia Weekly, February 11, 2009.
  14. ^ Cable Vision: Duane Swierczynski Q&A, Marvel.com.
  15. ^ "Bouchercon World Mystery Convention : Anthony Awards Nominees". Bouchercon.info. October 2, 2003. Archived from the original on February 7, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
Preceded by Black Widow writer
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