Nick Spencer is a comic book writer known for his creator-owned titles at Image Comics, including Morning Glories, Thief of Thieves, Bedlam, The Fix; for his work on such DC Comics books as Action Comics, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, and for his Marvel Comics on the series Secret Avengers, Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Avengers World, Ant-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man.

Nick Spencer
Spencer at a signing at Midtown Comics in Manhattan
Notable works
Morning Glories
Thief of Thieves
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents
Iron Man 2.0
Secret Avengers
The Amazing Spider-Man
Superior Foes of Spider-Man


While in college, Spencer wrote three pitches to Marvel Comics soon after the Marvel Knights imprint launched in 1998. According to Spencer, "Joe [Quesada] didn’t like the first two but the third one was a Black Cat pitch that was a Jackie Brown kind of Tarantino-esque thing. He said he liked that one but they weren’t going to do anything with anybody new at the time." After another pitch was rejected, this time by Oni Press, Spencer went on to work in politics. He twice ran for the Cincinnati City Council as a candidate of the progressive Charter Party. Spencer also worked for a Democratic politician.[1] He later moved to New York City and successfully pitched Existence 2.0 to Jim Valentino of Image Comics. The first issue was released in July 2009.[2] A second miniseries, Existence 3.0, followed in November.[3] In 2010, Paramount Pictures acquired the rights to Existence 2.0, and a film was in development through Platinum Dunes with Miles Millar and Alfred Gough to adapt and executive produce.[4] Spencer also wrote Forgetless and Shuddertown at Image.[5] An A.V. Club review of Shuddertown stated that Spencer "has become one of the finest practitioners" of crime noir in comics.[6]

Spencer's first ongoing series, Morning Glories, was released in August 2010, that same year, he wrote a seven-part Jimmy Olsen co-feature for DC Comics beginning in September's Action Comics #893, which concluded in a one-shot[7] (released March 30, 2011), and a T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents monthly series that debuted that November.[5]

In 2011 he took over as the writer of Supergirl in January with issue #60,[8] but DC announced two months later that he would only be co-scripting one issue.[9] Spencer wrote Iron Man 2.0, a War Machine ongoing series for Marvel Comics which debuted that February.[10] He also took over writing duties on Secret Avengers from Ed Brubaker with issue #13.[11] It was announced at the 2011 Emerald City Comic Con that Spencer had signed an exclusive contract with Marvel, one that would allow him to continue writing his existing titles at both DC and Image.[12]

In 2011 Spencer was one of three writers that worked on Ultimate Comics Universe Reborn, a relaunch of Marvel Comics' Ultimate Marvel line, along with Jonathan Hickman and Brian Michael Bendis. Spencer wrote Ultimate Comics X-Men.[13]

In March 2018, it was announced that Spencer would be writing a relaunched Amazing Spider-Man series that would premiere that year, replacing long-time writer Dan Slott, as part of the Fresh Start relaunch that July.[14]


Image ComicsEdit

  • Existence 2.0/3.0 #1–3, #1–4 (with Joe Eisma, 2009–2010) collected as Existence 2.0/3.0 (tpb, 144 pages, 2010, ISBN 1-6070-6299-2)
  • Forgetless #1–5 (with Scott Forbes, Jorge Coelho and Marley Zarcone, 2009–2010) collected as Forgetless (tpb, 128 pages, 2010, ISBN 1-6070-6361-1)
  • Shuddertown #1–4 (with Adam Geen, 2010) collected as Shuddertown (hc, 128 pages, 2010, ISBN 1-6070-6943-1)
  • Fractured Fables: Cinderella (with Rodin Esquejo, 2010) collected in Fractured Fables (hc, 160 pages, 2010, ISBN 1-6070-6269-0; tpb, 2012, ISBN 1-6070-6496-0)
  • Morning Glories (with Joe Eisma, 2010–present) collected as:
  • Infinite Vacation #1–5 (with Christian Ward, 2011–2013) collected as Infinite Vacation (hc, 191 pages, 2013, ISBN 1-6070-6721-8)
  • Thief of Thieves (with Robert Kirkman and Shawn Martinbrough, 2012) collected as:
  • Bedlam (with Riley Rossmo and Ryan Browne, 2012–present) collected as:
  • The Fix (with Steve Lieber, April 2016–present)
    • Where Beagles Dare (collects #1–4, tpb, 2016, ISBN 1-6321-5912-0)
    • Laws, Paws, and Flaws (collects #5–8, tpb, 2017, ISBN 1-5343-0048-1)
    • Deal of Fortune (collects #9-12, tpb, 2018)

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Inline citationsEdit

  1. ^ Rich Johnston (October 13, 2010). "Nick Spencer – Politics, Business… Oh, And Comics Too". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  2. ^ Callan, Jonathan (June 15, 2009). "Image's New "Existence"". Retrieved August 8, 2010.
  3. ^ Wigler, Josh (October 29, 2009). "Nick Spencer's 'Existence 3.0'". Retrieved August 8, 2010.
  4. ^ Nemiroff, Perri (March 16, 2010). "Paramount To Adapt The Comic Existence 2.0". Cinema Blend. Retrieved October 18, 2010.
  5. ^ a b Ching, Albert (August 3, 2010). "Nick Spencer Takes Readers to School with 'Morning Glories'". Newsarama. Retrieved August 8, 2010.
  6. ^ Handlen, Zack; Heller, Jason; Murray, Noel; Phipps, Keith; Pierce, Leonard; Robinson, Tasha (March 26, 2010). "Comics Panel". The A.V. Club (The Onion). Retrieved August 8, 2010.
  7. ^ Melrose, Kevin (October 9, 2010). "NYCC '10 | DiDio addresses fate of Jimmy Olsen, other DC co-features". Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  8. ^ DCE Editorial (October 8, 2010). "NYCC 2010: Meet your new SUPERGIRL creative team | DC Comics". DC Comics. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  9. ^ DCE Editorial (December 15, 2010). "A few teases for the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents fans | DC Comics". DC Comics. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  10. ^ Ching, Albert (October 20, 2010). "War Machine Gets an IRON MAN 2.0 Upgrade From Nick Spencer". Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  11. ^ West, Josh (February 10, 2011). "NICK SPENCER TO TAKE ON THE SECRET AVENGERS". Archived from the original on August 23, 2011. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  12. ^ Montgomery, Paul (March 6, 2011). "ECCC 2011: NICK SPENCER GOES EXCLUSIVE WITH MARVEL COMICS". iFanboy. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  13. ^ "Kaare Andrews Covers Marvel's Ultimate Relaunch". May 17, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2011.
  14. ^ Adams, Tim (March 1, 2018). "Amazing Spider-Man Being Relaunched By Spencer & Ottley". Retrieved June 23, 2018.

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Preceded by
Ed Brubaker
Secret Avengers writer
Succeeded by
Warren Ellis
Preceded by
Rick Remender
(Volume 1)
Secret Avengers writer
(with Ales Kot 2013–2014)
Succeeded by
Ales Kot
(Volume 3)
Preceded by
Rick Remender
Captain America writer
Succeeded by
Mark Waid
Preceded by
Dan Slott
The Amazing Spider-Man writer
Succeeded by