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Early lifeEdit

Jason Aaron was born in Jasper, Alabama.[2][3][4] His cousin, Gustav Hasford, who wrote the semi-autobiographical novel The Short-Timers (1979), on which the feature film Full Metal Jacket (1987) was based, was a large influence on Aaron. Aaron decided he wanted to write comics as a child, and though his father was skeptical when Aaron informed him of this aspiration, his mother took Aaron to drug stores, where he would purchase from spinner racks comic books, some of which he still owns today.[5]

Aaron graduated from Shelby County High School. He then attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English.[6]

CareerEdit

Aaron's career in comics began in 2001 when he won a Marvel Comics talent search contest with an eight-page Wolverine back-up story script. The story, which was published in Wolverine #175 (June 2002), gave him the opportunity to pitch subsequent ideas to editors.[5]

In 2006, Aaron made a blind submission to Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics, who published his first major work, the Vietnam War story The Other Side,[5] which was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Miniseries,[7] and which Aaron regards as the "second time" he broke into the industry.[5][8] Following this, Vertigo asked him to pitch other ideas, which led to the series Scalped, a creator-owned series set on the fictional Prairie Rose Indian Reservation drawn by R. M. Guéra.[5][8][9]

In 2007, Aaron wrote Ripclaw: Pilot Season for Top Cow Productions.[10] Later that year, Marvel editor Axel Alonso, who was impressed by The Other Side and Scalped, hired Aaron to write issues of Wolverine, Black Panther and eventually, an extended run on Ghost Rider that began in April 2008. His continued work on Black Panther also included a tie-in to the company-wide "Secret Invasion" crossover with David Lapham in 2009.[11]

In January 2008, he signed an exclusive contract with Marvel, though it would not affect his work on Scalped.[11][12] In July of that year, he wrote the Penguin issue of Joker's Asylum.[13][14]

After a four-issue stint on Wolverine in 2007, Aaron returned to the character with the ongoing series Wolverine: Weapon X, launched to coincide with the feature film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Aaron commented, "With Wolverine: Weapon X we'll be trying to mix things up like that from arc to arc, so the first arc is a typical sort of black ops story but the second arc will jump right into the middle of a completely different genre,"[15] In 2010, the series was relaunched once again as simply Wolverine.[16] He followed this with the relaunch of The Incredible Hulk in 2011[17] and Thor: God of Thunder in 2012.[18] Aaron and artist Mike Deodato collaborated on the Original Sin limited series in 2014.[19] During his run on Thor, he brought in the new female Thor and wrote the relaunch of the book.

As of 2017, Aaron was writing a Star Wars comic book for Marvel, set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, as well as continuing his work on Thor, Doctor Strange, and the creator-owned series Southern Bastards with Jason Latour and The Goddamned with R. M. Guéra for Image. In 2018, he relaunched Thor with Mike del Mundo[20] and The Avengers with Ed McGuinness.[21] Aaron and Mahmud A. Asrar are scheduled to be the creative team on the Conan the Barbarian series when Marvel regains the licensing rights to the character in 2019.[22]

At the 2019 San Diego Comic Con, it was announced that Aaron's Thor storyline, which depicted Jane Foster acquiring the mantle of the Thunder God, would be the basis for the film Thor: Love and Thunder, which would be released on November 5, 2021.[23]

Personal lifeEdit

Aaron moved to Kansas City, Kansas in 2000, the day after the first X-Men feature film was released.[5]

Commenting on the religious themes that run through his work, Aaron says he was raised Southern Baptist, but has since renounced religion: "I’ve been an atheist for many years, but I’ve remained fascinated by religion. If anything, I’ve become more fascinated by religion and faith after I lost mine."[24]

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • Nominated: 2007 Eisner Award for Best Miniseries for The Other Side.[7]
  • Nominated: 2015 Eisner Award for Best Writer for Southern Bastards, Original Sin, Thor and Men of Wrath.
  • Nominated: 2015 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series Southern Bastards.
  • Recipient: 2015 Harvey Award for Best New Series for Southern Bastards.
  • Nominated: 2015 Harvey Award for Best Writer for Southern Bastards.
  • Recipient: 2016 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series for Southern Bastards.
  • Recipient: 2016 Eisner Award for Best Writer for Southern Bastards, Star Wars, Doctor Strange, Thor and Men of Wrath.
  • Recipient: 2016 Inkpot Award[25]

BibliographyEdit

DC Comics/VertigoEdit

  • The Other Side #1–5 (with Cameron Stewart, 2006) collected as The Other Side (tpb, 144 pages, 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1350-2)
  • Scalped:
  • Hellblazer #245–246: "Newcastle Calling" (with Sean Murphy, 2008)
  • Joker's Asylum: Penguin (with Jason Pearson, one-shot, 2008) collected in Joker's Asylum Volume 1 (tpb, 128 pages, 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1955-1)

Marvel ComicsEdit

Image ComicsEdit

Other US publishersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jason Aaron". Goodreads. Archived from the original on July 29, 2017. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  2. ^ Keily, Karl (April 8, 2011). "WC11: Aaron Gets Scalped". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on November 4, 2011.
  3. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (April 7, 2009). "Behind the Page – Wolverine: Weapon X's Jason Aaron". Newsarama. Archived from the original on November 10, 2013.
  4. ^ Aaron, Jason (n.d.). "About". Blogger. Archived from the original on November 10, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Avengers vs. X-Men: War Journals: Ep. 3 Jason Aaron Origins". MTV. May 17, 2012. Archived from the original on August 9, 2012.
  6. ^ Gray, Jeremy (January 23, 2014). "From Hueytown to Krypton: Creators with Alabama ties have made it big in comic book industry". The Birmingham News. Alabama Media Group. Archived from the original on April 14, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "2007 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. n.d. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  8. ^ a b Aaron, Jason (September 8, 2010). "Where The Hell Am I". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on October 1, 2013.
  9. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "2000s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 329. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Writer Jason Aaron and artist R. M. Guéra mixed crime and Native American culture in Scalped...Scalped remains a brutal noir thriller that is not scared to reflect the grim reality of life for many modern-day Native Americans.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  10. ^ a b Furey, Emmett (August 9, 2007). "Top Cow's Pilot Season with Rob Levin and Jason Aaron". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on September 30, 2012.
  11. ^ a b Rogers, Vaneta (January 18, 2008). "Jason Aaron signs exclusive with Marvel". Newsarama. Archived from the original on August 11, 2009.
  12. ^ Aaron, Jason (January 18, 2008). "I'm now Marvel exclusive". BlogSpot. Archived from the original on November 10, 2013.
  13. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (June 24, 2008). "The Joker's Asylum, Part II: The Penguin". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on November 6, 2013.
  14. ^ Arrant, Chris (July 1, 2008). "Going Inside the Penguin with Jason Aaron". Newsarama. Archived from the original on November 10, 2013.
  15. ^ Powers, Nicole (April 29, 2009). "Jason Aaron: Wolverine: Weapon X". SuicideGirls.com. Retrieved April 29, 2009.
  16. ^ Manning, Shaun (April 18, 2010). "C2E2: X-Men Panel". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on June 17, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2010.
  17. ^ Johnston, Rich (October 25, 2011). "Advance Review: The Incredible Hulk #1 by Jason Aaron and Marc Silvestri". BleedingCool.com. Archived from the original on February 3, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  18. ^ Ching, Albert (August 7, 2012). "Past, Present & Future Thor Star in Aaron's God of Thunder". Newsarama. Archived from the original on November 10, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  19. ^ Sunu, Steve (February 19, 2014). "Aaron Uncovers Original Sin For Marvel". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on May 6, 2014.
  20. ^ Johnston, Rich (February 26, 2018). "Jason Aaron and Mike del Mundo Launch New Thor #1 for Thor Odinson – and a New Hammer". Bleeding Cool. Archived from the original on September 3, 2018.
  21. ^ Gerding, Stephen (February 20, 2018). "Marvel's 2018 'Fresh Start' Includes a New Avengers #1 By Aaron & McGuinness". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on September 3, 2018.
  22. ^ Hilgenberg, Josh (August 24, 2018). "Jason Aaron & Mahmud Asrar Bring Conan the Barbarian Back to Marvel in January". Paste. Archived from the original on September 3, 2018.
  23. ^ Barnhardt, Adam (July 21, 2019). "Jason Aaron is 'Thunderously Excited' over Thor: Love and Thunder Adapting His Comics". ComicBook.com.
  24. ^ Wilson, Matt; Sims, Chris (December 3, 2012). "War Rocket Ajax #138: Jason Aaron Talks Thor: God Of Thunder". Comics Alliance. Archived from the original on August 25, 2013.
  25. ^ "Inkpot Award". San Diego Comic-Con. 2016. Archived from the original on January 29, 2017.

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Preceded by
Jeph Loeb
Wolverine writer
2007
Succeeded by
Marc Guggenheim
Preceded by
Marc Guggenheim
Wolverine writer
2008
Succeeded by
Mark Millar
Preceded by
Mark Millar
Wolverine writer
2009–2012
Succeeded by
Cullen Bunn
Preceded by
Greg Pak
(Incredible Hulks)
The Incredible Hulk writer
2011–2012
Succeeded by
Mark Waid
(The Indestructible Hulk series)
Preceded by
Matt Fraction
Thor writer
2012–present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
Mark Waid
The Avengers writer
2018–present
Succeeded by
current