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Steve Orlando is an American comic book writer, known for his work for DC Comics writing characters such as Batman, Martian Manhunter, and Wonder Woman, and two series starring Midnighter, which were nominated for a GLAAD Media Award.[1]

Steve Orlando
SteveOrlando 04.jpg
NationalityAmerican
Area(s)Writer
Editor
Notable works
Midnighter
Martian Manhunter
Batman and Robin Eternal
Batman/The Shadow
http://thesteveorlando.com/

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Early lifeEdit

Steve Orlando attended Hamilton College in Clinton, where he studied Russian language and creative writing, obtaining a degree in the latter.[2][3]

CareerEdit

Beginning in 2000, Orlando began attending conventions seeking work in the comics industry. Between 2000 and 2014, with the release of his first longform work, Undertow,[4] he created and revised comics under the mentorship of Man of Action Studios and Vertigo editor Will Dennis, as well as publishing with 215 Ink, Poseur Ink, and working as a submissions editor for Leagues of Talent.[citation needed]

In 2009 and 2014, Orlando was part of the Outlaw Territory Anthology series at Image Comics, Volume 3 of which was nominated for Eisner and Harvey Awards. After releasing shorts for DC/Vertigo's Mystery in Space[5] and CMYK:Yellow[6] Anthologies, he released Undertow at Image Comics in 2014, followed by the original graphic novel Virgil in 2015.[7]

In 2015, Orlando launched Midnighter for DC Comics as part of the DC You publishing initiative, with art by ACO. Midnighter named by io9 as one of the "20 Best Comics of 2015" and "The Best Portrayal of a Gay Superhero in Mainstream Comics."[8][9] This series was followed by Midnighter and Apollo,[10] celebrated for "...Just [having] the Realest Romantic Relationship in Superhero Comics..[11] Following Midnighter, Orlando was part of the Batman and Robin Eternal weekly event series, before launching both Supergirl and Justice League of America as part of the DC Rebirth initiative.

In 2017 Orlando co-wrote the Batman/Shadow crossover event for DC Comics, followed by writing the sequel Shadow/Batman himself for Dynamite Entertainment. He was part of both the Kamandi Challenge, and Kirby 100 publishing events celebrating the 100th birthday of Jack Kirby.[12][13][14][15]

In 2018, he worked with Gerard Way on the Milk Wars series, a crossover between the DC Universe and the DC Young Animal characters.[16] In June 2018, he and Ryan Sook began writing The Unexpected, as part of the New Age of DC Heroes Publishing initiative.[17][18]

Also in 2018, Orlando guest-wrote DC's monthly Wonder Woman, Issues 51-55, with Issue 51 named as "one of the best standalone issues of Wonder Woman [the reviewer's] ever read, ever, and it tells a compelling story that speaks directly to the core of a classic and long-tenured character yet is also strikingly-relevant for 2018." and "Wonder Woman #51 is probably one of the best Wonder Woman single issues [the reviewer's] read in a long long time."[19][20]In June 2019, Orlando returned for Wonder Woman Issue 73.

Late 2018 saw the launch of Martian Manhunter, a 12-issue maxiseries and Orlando's third collaboration with Riley Rossmo. Its December-debuting first issue was named as one of 2018's best by Tor Books.[21] Upon release, Forrest Hollingsworth of Adventures in Poor Taste wrote "Martian Manhunter's character redefining debut is a complete and total success - both narratively and artistically it exceeds all expectations and delivers something both alien and welcoming."[22]

Orlando has written for Hello Mr., with a short story illustrated by Sina Grace, in the magazine's first release in comic book format.

Personal lifeEdit

Orlando identifies himself as "half Jewish".[23] He is bisexual.[23][24]

Selected bibliographyEdit

DC ComicsEdit

  • Martian Manhunter Vol. 5 #1 - #12 (2018 - 2019)
  • Electric Warriors Vol. 1 #1 - #6 (2018 - 2019)
  • DC Nuclear Winter Special Vol. 1 #1 (2018)
  • Wonder Woman Vol. 5 #51 - 55 (2018), #73 (2019)
  • The Unexpected Vol. 1 #1 – #8 (2018)
  • Young Monsters in Love Vol. 1 #1 (2018)
  • Milk Wars: Doom Patrol/JLA Vol. 1 #1 (with Gerard Way, 2018)
  • Milk Wars: JLA/Doom Patrol Vol. 1 #1 (with Gerard Way, 2018)
  • Batman/The Shadow Vol. 1 #1 – #6 (with Scott Snyder, 2017)
  • Justice League of America Vol. 5 #0 – #29 (2017–2018)
  • Supergirl Vol. 7 #1 – #20 (with Jody Houser: #15-#18, #20), (with Vita Ayala: #19), 2016 – 2018)
  • Kirby 100: The Sandman Special Vol. 1 #1 (2017)
  • The Kamandi Challenge Vol. 1 #6 (2017)
  • Martian Manhunter / Marvin the Martian Vol. 1 #1 (with Frank J. Barbiere, 2017)
  • Justice League of America: The Ray Rebirth Vol. 1 #1 (2017)
  • Justice League of America: The Atom Rebirth Vol. 1 #1 (2017)
  • Justice League of America: Vixen Rebirth Vol. 1 #1 (with Jody Houser, 2017)
  • Justice League of America: Killer Frost Rebirth Vol. 1 #1 (with Jody Houser, 2017)
  • Batman Beyond Vol. 6 #12 (with Vita Ayala, 2017)
  • Batman/The Shadow Vol. 1 #1 – #6 (with Scott Snyder, 2017)
  • Batman Annual Vol. 3 #1 (2017)
  • Midnighter and Apollo Vol. 1 #1 – #6 (2016–2017)
  • Supergirl: Rebirth Vol. 1 #1 (2016)
  • Gotham Academy Vol. 1 #18 (2016)
  • Batman Vol. 3 #7 – #8 (with Tom King, 2016)
  • Nightwing Vol. 4 #5 – #6 (with Tim Seeley, 2016)
  • Detective Comics Vol. 1 #941 – #942 (with James Tynion IV, 2016)
  • Justice League: Darkseid War: Shazam! Vol. 1 #1 (2016)
  • Midnighter Vol. 2 #1-#12 (2015–2016)
  • Batman and Robin Eternal Vol. 1 #4 – #5 (with James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, 2015–2016)
  • Vertigo Quarterly: Yellow Vol. 1 #1 (2014)
  • Mystery In Space Vol. 3 #1 (2012)

Aftershock ComicsEdit

  • "Dead Kings" Vol. 1 #1-#5 (2018-2019)

Boom StudiosEdit

  • "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers" Vol.1 #0 – #12 "Bulk and Skull" (2015–2016)
  • "Namesake" Vol. 1 #1-#4 (2017)

Image ComicsEdit

  • Crude Vol. 1 #1 – #6 (2018)
  • Virgil Vol. 1 #1 (2015)
  • Undertow Vol. 1 #1 – #6 (2014)
  • Outlaw Territory Vol. 3 #1 (2013)
  • Outlaw Territory Vol. 1 #1 (2009)

Dynamite EntertainmentEdit

  • The Shadow/Batman Vol. 1 #1 – #6 (2017–2018)

IDW PublishingEdit

  • Love is Love Vol. 1 #1(2017)

Hello Mr.Edit

  • Hello Mr Vol. 1 #7 (2017)[25]

House Spirit PressEdit

  • The Liberator Vol. 1 #1 (2018)[26]

Poseur InkEdit

  • Side B: A Music Lover's Anthology Vol. 1 #1 (2009)

Awards and nominationsEdit

AwardsEdit

NominationsEdit

  • 2017 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book for Midnighter/Midnighter and Apollo[29]
  • 2015 All-Comic Award for Best New Series for Midnighter.[30]
  • 2014 Eisner Award for Best Anthology for Outlaw Territory Volume 3[31]
  • 2014 Harvey Award for Best Anthology for Outlaw Territory Volume 3[32]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Marston, George. "BLACK PANTHER, MIDNIGHTER, SAGA Lead GLAAD Outstanding Comic Book Series Award Nominees". Archived from the original on June 17, 2017.
  2. ^ Rogers, Vaneta. "JLA Writer STEVE ORLANDO on His 17-Year Journey". Archived from the original on April 13, 2018.
  3. ^ Avery, Dan. "With "Crude," Comics Writer Steve Orlando Delves into Russia, Revenge—And The Closet". Archived from the original on March 21, 2018.
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  8. ^ Whitbrook, James. "The 20 Best Comics and Graphic Novels of 2015". Archived from the original on August 29, 2017.
  9. ^ Whitbrook, James. "Midnighter is The Best Portrayal of a Gay Superhero in Mainstream Comics". Archived from the original on February 22, 2018.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 3, 2018. Retrieved April 8, 2018.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ Narcisse, Evan. "Midnighter and Apollo Might Just Have the Realest Romantic Relationship in Superhero Comics". Archived from the original on April 13, 2018.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 14, 2017. Retrieved April 8, 2018.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ https://www.dynamite.com/htmlfiles/viewProduct.html?CAT=DF-Shadow_Batman// Archived April 13, 2018, at the Wayback Machine
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  16. ^ "Milk Wars: Superpowers Get Strange". dccomics.com. February 5, 2018.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 9, 2018. Retrieved April 12, 2018.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ "THE UNEXPECTED #1". dccomics.com. March 19, 2018.
  19. ^ Quaintance, Zack. "REVIEW: Wonder Woman #51 by Steve Orlando, Laura Braga, & Romulo Fajardo, Jr". Batman's Bookcase. Batman's Bookcase. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  20. ^ Swangin, Mary. "TRANSFORMATION ISLAND (WONDER WOMAN #51 COMIC BOOK REVIEW)". Shoot the Breeze Comics. On Comics Ground. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  21. ^ Brown, Alex. "Pull List: Best Comics of 2018". Tor Books. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  22. ^ Hollingswroth, Forrest. "Martian Manhunter #1 Review: Loving the alien". Adventures in Poor Taste. Adventures in Poor Taste. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  23. ^ a b Polo, Susana (November 29, 2018). "How Steve Orlando transformed Martian Manhunter for a new generation of DC comics". Polygon. Polygon. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  24. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 8, 2016. Retrieved April 9, 2018.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  25. ^ Fantoft, Stine. "Insider: Hello Mr". Archived from the original on October 3, 2016.
  26. ^ Yehl, Joshua. "WRITER STEVE ORLANDO DEBUTS A DIFFERENT KIND OF COMIC BOOK EXPERIENCE". Ign.com. IGN. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  27. ^ "BF Awards 2015: Best New Series – Midnighter". www.brokenfrontier.com.
  28. ^ Brown, Alex. "Pull List: Best Comics of 2018". Tor.Com. Tor Books. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  29. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 6, 2017. Retrieved February 5, 2017.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  30. ^ "Best of... 2015 Winners - All-Comic.com". all-comic.com.
  31. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 29, 2016. Retrieved April 8, 2018.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  32. ^ "Salamandra". wordpress.com. October 10, 2009.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Steve Orlando at Wikimedia Commons