Jim Zub

Jim Zubkavich, known professionally as Jim Zub, is a Canadian comic book writer, artist, and art instructor best known for creating comics Skullkickers (2010), Wayward (2014), and Glitterbomb (2016) for Image Comics, and writing on the series Thunderbolts (2016), Uncanny Avengers (2017), Avengers: No Surrender (2018), and Champions (2018) for Marvel Comics. As well as writing and creating comics, Zub is an art professor at Toronto's Seneca College. He lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife, Stacy King.

Jim Zub
BornJim Zubkavich
OccupationComic book writer
ResidenceToronto, Canada
GenresFantasy, Action, Superhero
Notable worksSkullkickers
Samurai Jack
Dungeons & Dragons
Uncanny Avengers
Avengers: No Surrender
Avengers: No Road Home
Notable awardsAwards
Years active2001-Present
SpouseStacy King

Early lifeEdit

Jim Zub is Canadian.[1] He grew up watching Spider-Man cartoons as a kid, and soon after fell in love with comics. He has stated that Stan Lee was a big influence on him, specifically by giving his superheroes flaws.[2]


Jim Zub created his first comic, Makeshift Miracle, in 2001, followed by a nine-year stint at UDON Entertainment as a colorist, illustrator, project manager, writer and editor[3] where he wrote various Street Fighter comic books.[4]

In 2010, Zub launched Skullkickers at Image Comics.[5] A creator-owned sword & sorcery action-comedy, Skullkickers ran for thirty-three issues completing six volumes. The series came to an end in 2015.[6]

In 2013, Zub wrote Samurai Jack comics for IDW and Cartoon Network.[7] Initially intended as one five-issue arc, the comic ran twenty issues, ending in 2015.[8]

In 2014, Zub launched Wayward at Image Comics with art by co-creator Steven Cummings.[5]. His first creator-owned book since Skullkickers, Wayward is described as Buffy The Vampire Slayer set in Japan."[9] A teen coming-of-age story injected with Japanese myth and the supernatural.[10] The series spanned 30 issues and six trade paperback volumes before coming to an end on Oct 31, 2018.[9]

Zub and IDW partnered up for Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate #1-5 in 2014[11], followed up by Dungeons & Dragons: Shadows of the Vampire #1-5 in 2016, Dungeons & Dragons: Frost Giant’s Fury #1-5 in 2017[12], and Dungeons & Dragons: Evil At Baldur’s Gate #1-5 in 2018.[13]

In 2016, Zub and French-Canadian artist Djibril Morissette-Phan launched Glitterbomb at Image Comics, a four-part mini-series about a struggling actress trying to regain fame in a sexist, abusive industry.[14] A second four-part mini-series, Glitterbomb: The Fame Game, launched in 2017.[15]

Zub started writing for Marvel in 2016 with Thunderbolts[16], followed by Uncanny Avengers in 2017[17]. He created a new hero, villains, and new backstories in the 16-part Avengers: No Surrender in 2018[18], as well as taking over Champions with #19, and creating a new Canadian Hero, Snowguard[19][1][20]. Also in 2018, Zub wrote the four-part Wolverine miniseries, Mystery in Madripoor[21].

In August of 2018, Zub teamed up with Patrick Rothfuss and IDW to write a four-issue Dungeons & Dragons/Rick & Morty crossover mini-series titled, Rick & Morty vs Dungeons & Dragons.[22]

In late 2018, it was announced that Zub, along with writers Mark Waid and Al Ewing, would reunite for Avengers: No Road Home, being called a "spiritual successor" to their previous collaboration, Avengers: No Surrender." Art will be done by Paco Medina and Sean Izaakse. It is set to release in February 2019.[23]

Personal lifeEdit

Zub and his wife, Stacy King[24] live in Toronto. Stacy King was a marketing manager at UDON Entertainment as of 2015[25]. And as well as writing comics, Zub is also an professor at Toronto's Seneca College and teaches classes in layout and design, character animation and animation history.[26]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2002 Web Cartoonists’ Choice Awards Best Newcomer NA Won
2011 YALSA[27] Great Graphic Novels Skullkickers Vol. 1 Won
Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Award Outstanding Writer NA Nominated
2012 Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Award Outstanding Writer NA Nominated
2013 Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Award[28] Outstanding Writer NA Nominated
Animex Animex Honorary Award ? Won
Harvey Awards[29] Special Award for Humor Skullkickers Nominated
2014 Harvey Awards[30] Special Award for Humor Skullkickers Nominated
2016 YALSA[31] Great Graphic Novels for Teens Wayward Vol. 1 Won
2018 Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Award[32] Outstanding Writer NA Won



  • Samurai Jack #1-20 collected as:
    • Volume 1 (collects #1-4, TPB, 120 pages, 2014, ISBN 978-1613778944)
    • Volume 2 (collects #5-10, TPB, 120 pages, 2014, ISBN 978-1631401312)
    • Volume 3 (collects #11-15, TPB, 120 pages, 2015, ISBN 978-1631402456)
    • Volume 4 (collects #16-20, TPB, 120 pages, 2015, ISBN 978-1631403804)
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate #1-5 collected as:
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Shadows of the Vampire #1-5 collected as:
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Frost Giant’s Fury #1-5 collected as:
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Evil At Baldur’s Gate #1-5 collected as:
  • Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons #1-4 collected as:




  1. ^ a b "INTERVIEW: Jim Zub On Champions' Changes, Infinity Countdown Role & More". CBR. 2018-06-12. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  2. ^ November 13, CBC Radio ·; 2018. "Jim Zub on Stan Lee's legacy in comics and storytelling | CBC Radio". CBC. Retrieved 2019-01-26.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ ago, Alex Widen 9 months (2018-04-17). "Champions #19 review: A new era with Ironheart and Wasp". Bam Smack Pow. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  4. ^ PM, Nicolo Josef V. Parungo 07/14/15 AT 7:47 (2015-07-14). "UDON Entertainment Announces 'Street Fighter Unlimited' Comic Series". International Business Times. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  5. ^ a b Sims, Chris. "Jim Zub On Wayward And The Pressures Of Being A Magical Teen". ComicsAlliance. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  6. ^ "Skullkickers". imagecomics.com. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  7. ^ Goellner, Caleb. "'Samurai Jack' #1 Comic Book Preview". ComicsAlliance. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  8. ^ O'Keefe, Matt (2015-06-09). "MATT CHATS: Samurai Jack Exit Interview with Jim Zub". The Beat. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  9. ^ a b "Interview: Jim Zub on the Evolution of 'Wayward' and What He's Learned Along the Way". Comics. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  10. ^ Sims, Chris. "Jim Zub On Wayward And The Pressures Of Being A Magical Teen". ComicsAlliance. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  11. ^ Struan, John. "New Baldur's Gate Comic Series Featuring Minsc And His Hamster". Kotaku. Retrieved 2019-01-26.
  12. ^ "FROST GIANTS Take On DUNGEONS & DRAGONS". Newsarama. Retrieved 2019-01-26.
  13. ^ "Jim Zub Pens More D&D Comic Book Adventures With Evil At Baldur's Gate". Geek and Sundry. 2018-01-18. Retrieved 2019-01-26.
  14. ^ Shiach, Kieran. "'Glitterbomb' And The Dark Side Of Hollywood [Interview]". ComicsAlliance. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  15. ^ Nevin, Will. "TBT #7: 'Glitterbomb' returns for more blood, while 'Wolfenstein' is here for your fascists". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  16. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (2016-01-19). "Marvel Teases a New Thunderbolts Team for 2016". IGN. Retrieved 2019-01-26.
  17. ^ "INTERVIEW: Jim Zub On How Beast & Wonder Man Fit Into Uncanny Avengers". CBR. 2017-10-12. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  18. ^ "Avengers: No Surrender Finale Hides a Defenders Easter Egg". CBR. 2018-04-12. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  19. ^ April 25, Jane van Koeverden · CBC ·; 2018. "Meet Snowguard: Marvel Comics' new Inuk teen superhero | CBC Books". CBC. Retrieved 2019-01-20.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  20. ^ "CHAMPIONS #24 Tackles School Gun Violence: 'I Don't Want to Tell People They Must Feel This Certain Way'". Newsarama. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  21. ^ "INTERVIEW: Zub, Silas & Cebulski On Hunt for Wolverine's Madripoor Mystery". CBR. 2018-03-13. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  22. ^ "Rick & Morty are Taking On Dungeons & Dragons". ScreenRant. 2018-07-30. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  23. ^ "AVENGERS' VOYAGER Returns With a New Team for NO ROAD HOME". Newsarama. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  24. ^ "TCAF 2017: Jim Zub - How He Measures Success And Image Comics At 25". GNN. Retrieved 2019-01-26.
  25. ^ www.publishersweekly.com https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/comics/article/65754-udon-turns-literary-classics-into-manga-adventure.html. Retrieved 2019-01-26. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  26. ^ Nevin, Will. "Interview | Writer Jim Zub on fame, failure and his Image Comics series 'Glitterbomb'". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  27. ^ SKUENN (2012-01-24). "Great Graphic Novels 2012". Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Retrieved 2019-01-26.
  28. ^ "July | 2013 | THE JOE SHUSTER AWARDS". Retrieved 2019-01-26.
  29. ^ Esposito, Joey (2013-07-15). "The 2013 Harvey Award Nominees". IGN. Retrieved 2019-01-26.
  30. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (2014-07-16). "The 2014 Harvey Award Nominations Are Revealed". IGN. Retrieved 2019-01-26.
  31. ^ ALAM (2016-01-13). "2016 Great Graphic Novels for Teens". Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Retrieved 2019-01-26.
  32. ^ Boyd, Kevin A. (2018-09-05). "The 2018 Joe Shuster Award Winners". THE JOE SHUSTER AWARDS. Retrieved 2019-01-26.

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