|Occupation(s)||Novelist, writer, producer, voice actor|
The Spectacular Spider-Man
Greg Weisman (born September 28, 1963) is an American novelist, writer, producer and voice actor. He is best known as a creator of the animated series Gargoyles, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Young Justice.
Weisman is a former English composition and writing teacher. He received a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a master's from USC. Between college and graduate school, he worked on staff in the editorial department of DC Comics, while also co-writing Captain Atom with Cary Bates. When he was 22 years old, he wrote a four-issue mini-series for DC Comics starring the superheroine Black Canary; the first issue of the series was penciled, but the project was ultimately shelved due to the character being used in writer/artist Mike Grell's high-profile Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters series. Elements from the ill-fated project were later used for his DC Showcase: Green Arrow short film.
After graduate school, Weisman worked as a development executive at Disney. There, in conjunction with others, he pitched an early comedy-adventure version of the TV series Gargoyles to Disney CEO Michael Eisner. Eventually, the idea underwent a transformation from Weisman's initial conception as a largely comedic cartoon, to an episodic but sequential animated action-drama, and the series was produced for syndication. Though Gargoyles itself bears no on-air creator credit, Weisman describes himself on his website as "one of the creators" of the show. Aired as a syndicated show for 65 episodes, Gargoyles was later picked up for a further 13 episodes by ABC. Weisman was credited as a co-producer of Gargoyles from episode 6, and as a supervising producer for much of the show's second season, but he has disassociated himself from the third season (The Goliath Chronicles). Weisman is notable for the question and answer forum he participates in with Gargoyles fans online.
Weisman's other television credits include overseeing the first season of Max Steel, the second season of W.I.T.C.H., and both seasons of The Spectacular Spider-Man and four of Young Justice. Weisman has written episodes for numerous animated series, including Men in Black: The Series, Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles, Bonkers, and Kim Possible. He also voice directs and voice acts on occasion; he played the role of Donald Menken on The Spectacular Spider-Man and Lucas "Snapper" Carr on Young Justice. Weisman was also executive producer on Star Wars Rebels, alongside Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg, but left the series after the first season. In 2016, it was reported that he would return in the upcoming revival season of Young Justice, alongside Brandon Vietti; the new season, titled Young Justice: Outsiders, began streaming on DC Universe in January 2019.
Weisman also continues to write for comics, including in continuity continuations of the storylines from the television series Gargoyles and Young Justice. On the latter, Weisman, along with Kevin Hopps, became full-time writers of the tie-in comic as of issue #7 (as well as issue #0). Weisman also wrote a parody of Gargoyles and Captain Atom in JLA Showcase #1. During his time with the Star Wars franchise, Weisman wrote the miniseries Star Wars: Kanan for Lucasfilm and Marvel Comics. From 2015 to 2016, he wrote the superhero series Starbrand & Nightmask, which lasted six issues.
After leaving Disney in 1996, Weisman spent two years at DreamWorks, where he created and developed a new television series called Rain of the Ghosts. When the series was not picked up, Weisman bought the property back to turn it into a series of novels. His debut novel, also titled Rain of the Ghosts, was released in 2013. Its sequel, Spirits of Ash and Foam, followed in 2014. Weisman has announced that the third book will be titled Masque of Bones, and in 2015, he released a full-cast unabridged AudioPlay based on Rain of the Ghosts after successfully crowdfunding the project through Kickstarter. It was the most funded young adult project on Kickstarter. In 2016, Weisman released a children's novel in the World of Warcraft universe entitled World of Warcraft: Traveler, followed by a sequel, World of Warcraft: Traveler - The Spiral Path.
Weisman's next novels were set in the Magic: The Gathering universe. War of the Spark: Ravnica was released on April 23, 2019 and made the New York Times Best Sellers List. Its sequel, War of the Spark: Forsaken, was released in November 2019. Alexander Sowa, for CBR, highlighted that "Greg Weissman's War of the Spark: Ravnica [was] infamous among fans for its misrepresentation of existing characters". Sowa commented that its sequel, War of the Spark: Forsaken, "was greeted with a lukewarm response after it infamously attempted to retcon the sexuality of one of the book's protagonists, Chandra. As a result, the game's publisher, Wizards of the Coast, released an official apology for the novel's poor handling of the subject and canceled plans for the book that was intended for the game's next set, Theros: Beyond Death". Reactions to the sequel were "overwhelmingly negative" and it was "lambasted for its disappointing prose, lack of understanding of character voice, and failure to provide any emotional payoff for the relationships that have been set up in the world of Magic. One aspect that has been called out, in particular, is the biphobic language and erasure around the relationship between the Planeswalkers Chandra Nalaar and Nissa Revane". Weisman issued an apology highlighting the "mutual creative/editorial process with WotC and Del Rey" for Chandra's characterization. Wizards of the Coast made a further announcement that they would no longer censor the content in Magic: The Gathering novels to "accommodate foreign content restrictions".
|1986–87||Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe||16–26||Writer|
|1987–91||Captain Atom||10–50||Co-writer (with Cary Bates)|
|2011–13||Young Justice||0, 7–25||Writer (with Kevin Hopps)|
|2017||The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom||1–6||Co-writer (with Cary Bates)|
|2019||Young Justice: Outsiders (digital comic)||1–2||Writer|
|2022||Young Justice: Targets||1-6||Writer|
|2010||Star Wars: Kanan||1–12|
|2016||Starbrand & Nightmask||1–6|
|2007–09||Gargoyles: Bad Guys||1–6|
|2013||Rain of the Ghosts||St. Martin's Press||Rain of the Ghosts||ISBN 978-1250029799
|2014||Spirits of Ash and Foam||St. Martin's Press||Rain of the Ghosts||ISBN 978-1250029829
|2016||World of Warcraft: Traveler||Scholastic Corporation||Warcraft||ISBN 978-0545906678
|2018||World of Warcraft: Traveler – The Spiral Path||Scholastic Corporation||Warcraft||ISBN 978-1338029376
|2019||War of the Spark: Ravnica||Del Rey Books||Magic: The Gathering||ISBN 978-1984817457|||
|2019||War of the Spark: Forsaken||Del Rey Books||Magic: The Gathering||ISBN 978-1984817945|||
|2003||Atlantis: Milo's Return||—||Victor Cook
|2003||Bionicle: Mask of Light||—||Terry Shakespeare
|2010||DC Showcase: Green Arrow||—||Joaquim Dos Santos|||
|2022||Catwoman: Hunted||—||Shinsuke Teresawa|
|1988||Jem||—||Writer: "Video Wars"|
|1992||Raw Toonage||—||Development executive|
|1994–97||Gargoyles||Commando #1 Elisa Maza (voice)||Also creator, writer and supervising producer|
|1998–99||Men in Black: The Series||—||Writer|
|1999–2000||Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles||—||Writer and story editor|
|1999||Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot||—||Writer: "Out of Whack"|
|2000||Max Steel||—||Writer and producer|
|2000||Buzz Lightyear of Star Command||—||Writer|
|2003, 2007||Kim Possible||—|
|2004–11||Ikki Tousen||Moutoku Sousou (voice)||English dub|
|2004–05||Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!||—||Writer|
|2006||W.I.T.C.H.||—||Writer and supervisory producer|
|2007||Legion of Super Heroes||—|
|2008–09||The Spectacular Spider-Man||Donald Menken (voice)||Also co-developer, writer and supervising producer|||
|2009–11||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||—||Writer|
|2010–2022||Young Justice||Lucas Carr, Ultra-Humanite (voices)||Also co-developer, writer and producer|||
|2013||Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters||—||Writer|
|2014–15||Transformers: Rescue Bots||—|
|2014||Beware the Batman||—||Writer: "Monsters"|
|2014–15||Star Wars Rebels||Stormtroopers (voices)||Also writer and executive producer|
|2015||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||—||Writer: "Eyes of the Chimera"|
|2016–17||Shimmer and Shine||—||Staff writer|
|2008||The Last Remnant||Additional Voices|||
|2013||Young Justice: Legacy||Tourist, Undead Soldier||Also writer and creative consultant|
|2015||Rain of the Ghosts||Opie / Narrator|
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