James Palmiotti (born August 14, 1961) is an American writer and inker of comic books, who also does writing for games, television and film.
Palmiotti in June 2011
August 14, 1961
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Palmiotti started at Marvel Comics in 1991, inking titles such as the Punisher, Ghost Rider, The Nam and the Marvel 2099 line, Palmiotti has accumulated extensive inking and writing credits and has often inked the work of his friend and collaborator Joe Quesada, notably on Ash (which they co-created, along with Painkiller Jane) and Daredevil (esp. the 'Guardian Devil' arc penned by Kevin Smith). He also worked for Dark Horse Comics, as the inker during the Doug Mahnke run on X. He inked Paul Gulacy on Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu, Punisher and Catwoman. He inked Steve Dillon on Punisher, as well as Brad Walker's pencil's on the DC Comics miniseries Secret Six - Six Degrees of Separation.
In 1994, he and Quesada formed a publishing company, Event Comics, and co-created Ash, a firefighter with superpowers, Painkiller Jane, a female cop with healing powers, Kid Death and Fluffy, about a boy and his pet robot dog and 22 Brides, about a group of girls that run the New York underworld. . In 1998, Event Comics was contracted to do several books for Marvel Comics, dubbed Marvel Knights.
The Marvel Knights books have had several influences on Marvel TV and Movies. From the Daredevil Netflix series to the Black Panther movie, the characters they created have been noted as coming directly from the comics. Christopher Priest indicated the Dora Milaje to both Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti.
As a writer, Palmiotti is known for Deadpool, Daughters of the Dragon, the Punisher, Heroes for Hire and Shanna the She-Devil for Marvel Comics, Hawkman, Superboy and The Monolith for DC Comics, as well as 21 Down, The Resistance and The Twilight Experiment for their Wildstorm imprint (often in tandem with fellow writer Justin Gray). Palmiotti also co-scripted, with Garth Ennis, a Ghost Rider video game that ties in with the movie. He has also penned Supergirl #12, the two Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters miniseries and an arc for Superman Confidential. Palmiotti and Gray were also part of the writing team for DC's Countdown. Currently, along with Gray, Palmiotti is writing the monthly Jonah Hex and G.I. Combat for DC Comics, as well as the miniseries Time Bomb for Radical Publishing.
Palmiotti has also worked on Beautiful Killer, Gatecrasher, Tempest, Civil Warrior and has currently being shopped Death Troupe and Triggergirl 6. Palmiotti recently co-wrote with Justin Gray The Hills Have Eyes: The Beginning for Fox Atomic Comics.
He worked on the Painkiller Jane series for the Sci-Fi Channel starring Kristanna Loken. This was a one-hour, 22 episode show. There was also a two-hour Painkiller Jane movie done for Sci-Fi as well. In the past he has written and storyboarded films for Hooptown for Nike. They featured LeBron James and Vince Carter.
He is also known as an editor for many projects and books with companies ranging from Marvel Comics, Fox Atomic, Blackbull Comics and Kickstart Comics. He is also a partner in two comic book companies. Blackbull Press, Event Comics and founding partner of Paperfilms.
In July 2010 he started recording Listen to Jimmy, a podcast with "Monster Mike" Campbell of the Canadian comic book and pop culture radio show Where Monsters Dwell. Listen to Jimmy follows an open format where Campbell and Palmiotti discuss any topics that they deem relevant that week. Campbell also asks Palmiotti questions that are sent in by listeners through email, Twitter, and Facebook. The podcast is available for download at the Where Monsters Dwell site and through iTunes.
In 2013, DC Comics tapped Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti to relaunch the Harley Quinn series. The 30 issue series would consistently be a top seller at DC creating a large fan base and sparking numerous cosplay variants of the character at conventions. This title ran for 3 years before being relaunched with the same creative team in 2016 with the Rebirth line. The first issue of the Rebirth line in August 2016 sold nearly 400,000 copies, representing the largest selling issue of all comics in that month. The title continues to be a consistent top seller at most retail stores. Jimmy was a key contributor to the revitalization of Harley Quinn at DC Comics. Along with Amanda Conner, they wrote the Harley Quinn character for over 100 different issues of the character returned Harley Quinn to the spotlight. Their work championed the popularity of the character again. Their stories, characters, designs and concepts heavily influenced the look and feel of the character, merchandising and her rise into both the theatrical and mainstream media/audience again.
In 2016, Palmiotti joined actress Kristanna Loken and Jonathan Bates in forming TRIOentertainment, a company designed to offer unique and exciting array of superior films, quality intellectual properties, and original projects for theatrical, television and home entertainment. The team has several properties in various stages of development.
In 2016, his character Monolith was optioned by Lionsgate for development.
In 2016, his character Painkiller Jane was optioned for movie development by Jessica Chastain and her production studio, Freckle Films and Lotus Entertainment and Solipsist Films. Chastain is set to star in the lead role of the character and film.
In 2017, The Pro, which Palmiotti created with (by Garth Ennis, Amanda Conner and him) was optioned by Paramount Pictures where Erwin Stoff of 3 Arts is producing and Zoe McCarthy has been hired to write the screenplay.
- Painkiller Jane:
- 22 Brides #1-4 (Mar. 1996 - Jan. 1997)
- Painkiller Jane #0-5 (Jan. - Nov. 1997) (#0 printed in Jan. 1999)
- Painkiller Jane vol. 2, #1-3 (Mar. - Aug. 2006)
- Painkiller Jane vol. 3, #0-5 (Apr. 2007 - Mar. 2008)
- Painkiller Jane: The Price of Freedom #1-4 (Nov. 2013 - Jan. 2014)
- Painkiller Jane: The 22 Brides #1-3 (May - Oct. 2014)
- Venom: Sinner Takes All (inks, 1995)
- The Pro (inks, written by Garth Ennis, penciled by Amanda Conner, graphic novel, Image Comics, 2002)
- The Resistance (with co-author Justin Gray and art by Juan Santacruz, 8-issue limited series, Wildstorm, November 2002 - June 2003, tpb, 192 pages, IDW Publishing, April 2009, ISBN 1-60010-407-X)
- 21 Down (with co-author Justin Gray and art by Jesus Saiz, 12-issue limited series, Wildstorm, November 2002 - November 2003, tpb collects #1-7, 176 pages, November 2003, ISBN 1-4012-0120-2)
- Cloudburst (with co-author Justin Gray and art by Eliseu Gouveia/Christopher Shy, 64 page graphic novel, Image Comics, January 2004)
- Monolith (with co-author Justin Gray and art by Phil Winslade, 12-issue limited series, DC Comics, April 2004 - March 2005)
- Jonah Hex (with Justin Gray, ongoing series, DC Comics, January 2006 - August 2011) collected as:
- Face Full of Violence (with art by Luke Ross, and Tony DeZuniga, 144 pages, collects Jonah Hex #1-6, Titan Books, December 2006, ISBN 1-84576-408-0, DC, September 2006, ISBN 1-4012-1095-3)
- Guns of Vengeance (with art by Luke Ross, Dylan Teague, Tony Dezuniga, Phil Noto, David Michael Beck, Paul Gulacy, Jimmy Palmiotti, Giuseppe Camuncoli, and Art Thibert, 144 pages, collects Jonah Hex #7-12, April 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1249-2)
- Origins (with art by Jordi Bernet, Phil Noto, and Val Semeiks, 144 pages, collects Jonah Hex #13-18, November 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1490-8)
- Only the Good Die Young (with art by Jordi Bernet, Phil Noto, and David Michael Beck, 144 pages, collects Jonah Hex #19-24, April 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1689-7)
- Luck Runs Out (with art by Russ Heath, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Jordi Bernet, John Higgins, Stefano Landini, and Rafa Garres, 144 pages, collects Jonah Hex #25-30, October 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1960-8)
- Bullets Don't Lie (with art by Darwyn Cooke, J. H. Williams III, Jordi Bernet, Rafa Garres, Paulo Siqueira, and Mark Sparacio, 144 pages, collects Jonah Hex #31-36, April 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2157-2)
- Lead Poisoning (with art by Jordi Bernet and David Michael Beck, 144 pages, collects Jonah Hex #37-42, October 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2485-7)
- Six Gun War (with art by Cristiana Cucina, 144 pages, collects Jonah Hex #44-49, April 2010, ISBN 1-4012-2587-X)
- Counting Corpses (with art by Darwyn Cooke, Dick Giordano, Jordi Bernet, Paul Gulacy and Billy Tucci, 160 pages; collects Jonah Hex #43 and 50-54, October 2010, ISBN 1-4012-2899-2)
- Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters (with co-author Justin Gray, 8-issue limited series, DC Comics, September 2006 - April 2007, tpb, July 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1336-7)
- Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters: Brave New World (with co-author Justin Gray, 8-issue limited series, DC Comics, November 2007 - June 2008, tpb, September 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1954-3)
- The Hills Have Eyes: The Beginning (with co-author Justin Gray and art by John Higgins, graphic novel, Fox Atomic Comics, 2007, ISBN 978-0-06-124354-7)
- Gatecrasher (with Mark Waid and Amanda Conner, Black Bull Comics)
- Back to Brooklyn (with co-author Garth Ennis and art by Mihailo Vukelic, 5-issue limited series, Image Comics, September 2008 - May 2009, tpb, 128 pages, July 2009, ISBN 1-60706-060-4)
- Terra (with co-author Justin Gray and art by Amanda Conner, 4-issue miniseries, DC Comics, January–February 2009, collected as Terra with Supergirl #12, 128 pages, December 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2510-1)
- Power Girl (with co-author Justin Gray and art by Amanda Conner, ongoing series, DC Comics, July 2009 - May 2010) collected as:
- The Last Resort (with co-author Justin Gray and art by Giancarlo Caracuzzo, 120 page graphic novel, IDW Publishing, March 2010, ISBN 1-60010-615-3)
- Random Acts of Violence (with co-author Justin Gray and art by Giancarlo Caracuzzo, 72 page graphic novel, Image Comics, April 2010, ISBN 1-60706-264-X)
- Jonah Hex: No Way Back (written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and art by Tony DeZuniga, 136 page graphic novel, DC Comics, June 2010, ISBN 1-4012-2550-0)
- Jonah Hex and Yosemite Sam (written by Jimmy Palmiotti and art by Mark Texiera, one shot, DC Comics June 2017)
- All-Star Western (written with Justin Gray, art by various), collected as:
- Guns and Gotham (192 pages, DC Comics, November 2012, ISBN 978-1401237097)
- The War of Lords and Owls (192 pages, DC Comics, March 2013, ISBN 978-1401238513)
- The Black Diamond Probability (224 pages, DC Comics, November 2013, ISBN 978-1401243999)
- Gold Standard (176 pages, DC Comics, May 2014, ISBN 978-1401246266)
- Man Out of Time (192 pages, DC Comics, November 2014, ISBN 978-1401249939)
- End of the Train (144 pages, DC Comics, May 2015, ISBN 978-1401254131)
- What If: Avengers vs X-Men A three-issue miniseries featuring the X-Men and Avengers characters at war with each other. (art by Jorge Molina, Marvel Comics, October 2013, ISBN 0-7851-8394-9)
- Batwing with co-author Justin Gray, an ongoing series.
- Daredevil: Dark Nights A three-issue miniseries for Marvel Comics
- Queen Crab (comics) (art by Artiz Eiguren, 64 page graphic novel, Image Comics, March 2012, ISBN 1-60706-505-3)
- Triggergirl 6 (written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray with art by Phil Noto, Image Comics)
- Retrovirus (written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and art by Norberto Fernandez, 64 page graphic novel, Image Comics, December 2012, ISBN 1-6070-6640-8)
- Weapon of God (written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and art by Giancarlo Caracuzzo, 71 page graphic novel, PaperFilms, September 2013)
- Forager (written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and art by Steven Cummings, 76 page graphic novel, PaperFilms, February 2014)
- Denver (written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and art by Pier Brito, 94 page graphic novel, PaperFilms, July 2014)
- Abbadon (written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray; art by Fabrizio Fiorentino & Alessia Nocera (PaperFilms and Adaptive Studios, 2016))
- Sex & Violence: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 (written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray; art by Juan Santa Cruz, Jimmy Broxton, Vanessa Del Rey, Romina Moranelli and Rafa Garres (PaperFilms 2013, 2014)
- The Big Con Job (written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Matt Brady; Boom Comics, July 2016, ISBN 978-1608868506)
- GI Zombie (written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray; art by Scott Hampton; DC Comics, 176 pages, September 2015 ISBN 978-1401254872)
- Wool (written by Hugh Howey, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Justin Gray and art by Jimmy Broxton, 160 page comic adaptation, Jet City Comics, August 2014, ISBN 1-4778-4912-2)
- Starfire (written with Amanda Conner, DC Comics, 2015 - 2016, collected as:
- Harley Quinn (with Amanda Conner, DC Comics, November 2013 - 2016) collected as:
- Hot in the City (with art by Amanda Conner, Becky Cloonan, Tony S. Daniel, Sandu Florea, Stephane Roux, Dan Panosian, Walter Simonson, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, Bruce Timm, Charlie Adlard, Adam Hughes, Art Baltazar, Tradd Moore, Dave Johnson, Jeremy Roberts, Sam Kieth, Darwyn Cooke, 224 pages, collects Harley Quinn #0-8, DC Comics, October 2014, ISBN 1-4012-4892-6)
- Harley Quinn (with Amanda Conner, DC Comics, November 2016 - ) collected as:
- Harley Quinn Little Black Book (with Amanda Conner, art by various DC Comics, 2015 - 2017)
- Harley Quinn and her Gang of Harleys (with Frank Tieri, DC Comics, 2016)
Short Animation Scripts, Next generation writers Hire a writer
- Painkiller Jane for SyFy and Starz. Creator, writer and script consultant on 22 one-hour episodes.
- Dead Space: Downfall: script writer with Justin Gray for EA and Starz.
- Speed Racer: The Next Generation: The Beginning. Pilot movie DVD, 2008. Writer with Justin Gray for Lions Gate Entertainment and the Animation Collective.
- BALLERINA: A script adaption of a story by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray- screenplay by Christos Gage and Ruth Gage about a female assassin trained by the military and her father, finds out her father has been killed state side and goes back for revenge, 2005.
- Superhero Squad: Planet Hulk. Script for animated show. Marvel Comics. Disney entertainment.
- Repo Men: script for two original webisodes. Universal Studios.
- NIKE Hooptown: short webisodes featuring Vince Carter and LeBron James. screenwriter and storyboard artist. Client: Nike
- Ultimate Spider-Man: Script for animated show. Marvel Comics. Disney entertainment.
- The Punisher: Screenplay with Garth Ennis for THQ Games.
- Ghost Rider: Screenplay with Garth Ennis for 2K Games.
- Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe: Screenplay with Garth Ennis for Midway Games.
- Injustice: Gods Among Us for NeatherRealm Studios
- Jimmy Palmiotti at ComicBookRealm.com
- Evans, Chris (April 3, 2010). "WC10: Comic Writers Unite!". Comic Book Resources.
- "WonderCon Special Guests," Comic-Con Magazine (Winter 2010), p. 20.
- "Priest Credits Quesada and Palmiotti with Dora Milaje". Bleeding Cool. 2018-10-06. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
- Don't Miss It A Second Time: Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti talk '21 Down'. Comic Book Resources. November 4, 2003
- The Resistance: Not Futile At All[permanent dead link], Newsarama, November 27, 2002
- 'Resistance' Isn't So Futile: Justin Gray talks new Wildstorm series. Comic Book Resources. December 5, 2002
- "She Never Slept: 2013 Inkwell Awards". Archived 2016-09-13 at the Wayback Machine
- Almond, Bob (May 20, 2013). "2013 Inkwell Awards Celebrate Inkers at 3rd Annual Heroes Con Awards Ceremony; The Original Ms. Inkwell Makes Her Return!". Inkwell Awards
- "2013 Inkwell Awards 2013 Ceremony". Inkwell Awards/YouTube, June 27, 2014. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
- Doran, Michael (September 19, 2016). "HARLEY QUINN #1 Sells Nearly 400k; More August 2016 Sales Estimates and Comparisons". Newsarama.
- Lodderhose, Diana (November 11, 2016). "Jessica Chastain Boards ‘Painkiller Jane’ For Lotus Entertainment & Solipsist Films". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
- Fleming, Mike Jr. (March 22, 2017). "Graphic Novel ‘The Pro’ Hooks Movie Deal At Paramount". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
- "BATWING #19". DC. 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
- Davis, Lauren. "WC10: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti". Comic Book Resources. April 5, 2010
- Rogers, Vaneta. "Amanda Conner's POWER GIRL Girl Power", Newsarama, December 7, 2009
- PaperFilms Homepage
- Listen to Jimmy Podcast on the Where Monsters Dwell site
- Listen to Jimmy Podcast on iTunes
- Jimmy Palmiotti at the Comic Book DB (archived from the original)
- Jimmy Palmiotti on Twitter
- Jimmy Palmiotti on Facebook
- Jimmy Palmiotti on IMDb
- Jimmy Palmiotti on Threadless
- Interview on Dock Walloper, comiXology, May 2008
- Audio interview with Jimmy, June 2006
- Interview with Jimmy and Justin Gray, PopImage, July 2002
- Interview with Jimmy, June 2001
- Video Interview on Projectnerd.it June 2016
- Interview with Jimmy Palmiotti at Scripts & Scribes
- Fukunaga, Kevin (February 28, 2014). "Q&A INTERVIEW with Jimmy Palmiotti". Scripts & Scribes.
- Fukunaga, Kevin (February 28, 2014). "20Q INTERVIEW with Jimmy Palmiotti". Scripts & Scribes.