Jason Aaron
Jason Aaron Press Photo.jpg
Born (1973-01-28) January 28, 1973 (age 49)
Jasper, Alabama, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Area(s)Writer
Notable works
The Other Side
Scalped
Ghost Rider
Wolverine: Weapon X
PunisherMAX
Wolverine and the X-Men
Thor: God of Thunder
Original Sin
Southern Bastards
The Mighty Thor
Star Wars
Doctor Strange
The Avengers
Conan the Barbarian
AwardsInkpot Award 2016
http://jasoneaaron.blogspot.com/

Jason Aaron (born January 28, 1973)[1] is an American comic book writer, known for his creator-owned series Scalped and Southern Bastards, as well as his work on Marvel series Ghost Rider, Wolverine, PunisherMAX, Thor, and The Avengers.

Early life

Jason Aaron was born in Jasper, Alabama.[2][3][4] His cousin, Gustav Hasford, who wrote the semi-autobiographical novel The Short-Timers (1979), on which the feature film Full Metal Jacket (1987) was based, was a large influence on Aaron. Aaron decided he wanted to write comics as a child, and though his father was skeptical when Aaron informed him of this aspiration, his mother took Aaron to drug stores, where he would purchase comic books from spinner racks, some of which he still owned as of 2012.[5]

Aaron graduated from Shelby County High School. He then attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English.[6]

Career

Aaron's career in comics began in 2001 when he won a Marvel Comics talent search contest with an eight-page Wolverine story script.[7] The story, which was published in Wolverine #175 (June 2002), gave him the opportunity to pitch subsequent ideas to editors.[5] In 2006, Aaron made a blind submission to DC Comics's imprint Vertigo, which became his first major work, the Vietnam War story The Other Side.[5] The Other Side was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Miniseries,[8] and Aaron regards it as the "second time" he broke into the industry.[5][9] Following this, Vertigo asked him to pitch other ideas, which led to Scalped, a creator-owned series with artist R. M. Guéra set on the fictional Prairie Rose Indian Reservation.[5][9][10]

In 2007, Aaron wrote Ripclaw: Pilot Season for Top Cow Productions.[11] Later that year, Marvel editor Axel Alonso, who was impressed by The Other Side and Scalped, hired Aaron to write issues of Wolverine, Black Panther and eventually, an extended run on Ghost Rider that began in April 2008.[12] In January 2008, he signed an exclusive contract with Marvel, though it would not affect his work on Scalped.[12][13] In July of that year, he wrote the Penguin issue of Joker's Asylum.[14][15]

After a four-issue stint on Wolverine in 2007, Aaron returned to the character with the ongoing series Wolverine: Weapon X, launched to coincide with the feature film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Aaron commented, "With Wolverine: Weapon X we'll be trying to mix things up like that from arc to arc, so the first arc is a typical sort of black ops story but the second arc will jump right into the middle of a completely different genre."[16] In 2010, the series was relaunched once again as simply Wolverine.[17] He followed this with the relaunch of The Incredible Hulk in 2011[18] and Thor: God of Thunder in 2012.[19] Aaron and artist Mike Deodato collaborated on the Original Sin limited series in 2014.[20] In 2018, Aaron relaunched Thor with Mike del Mundo[21] and The Avengers with Ed McGuinness.[22] In addition to his work on Marvel characters, Aaron wrote a year-long run on the Conan the Barbarian series after Marvel regained the licensing rights to the character in 2019.[23]

At the 2019 San Diego Comic Con, it was announced that Aaron's Thor storyline which depicted Jane Foster acquiring the mantle of the Thunder God would be the basis for the 2022 film Thor: Love and Thunder.[24][25][26]

Personal life

Aaron moved to Kansas City, Kansas in 2000, the day after the first X-Men feature film was released.[5]

Aaron is a passionate and well known fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team.[27]

Commenting on the religious themes that run through his work, Aaron says he was raised Southern Baptist, but has since renounced religion:

I’ve been an atheist for many years, but I’ve remained fascinated by religion. If anything, I’ve become more fascinated by religion and faith after I lost mine."[28]

Awards and nominations

Bibliography

DC Comics

Marvel Comics

Image Comics

Other publishers

References

  1. ^ "Jason Aaron". Goodreads. Archived from the original on June 27, 2017. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  2. ^ Keily, Karl (April 8, 2011). "WC11: Aaron Gets Scalped". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on November 4, 2011.
  3. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (April 7, 2009). "Behind the Page – Wolverine: Weapon X's Jason Aaron". Newsarama. Archived from the original on November 10, 2013.
  4. ^ Aaron, Jason (n.d.). "About". Blogger. Archived from the original on November 10, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Avengers vs. X-Men: War Journals: Ep. 3 Jason Aaron Origins". MTV. May 17, 2012. Archived from the original on August 9, 2012.
  6. ^ Gray, Jeremy (January 23, 2014). "From Hueytown to Krypton: Creators with Alabama ties have made it big in comic book industry". The Birmingham News. Alabama Media Group. Archived from the original on April 14, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  7. ^ Niccum, Jon (January 5, 2007). "Scalped: Area comic book writer explores crime, corruption on the reservation". Lawrence Journal-World. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011.
  8. ^ a b "2007 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. n.d. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  9. ^ a b Aaron, Jason (September 8, 2010). "Where The Hell Am I". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on October 1, 2013.
  10. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "2000s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 329. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Writer Jason Aaron and artist R. M. Guéra mixed crime and Native American culture in Scalped...Scalped remains a brutal noir thriller that is not scared to reflect the grim reality of life for many modern-day Native Americans. ((cite book)): |first2= has generic name (help)
  11. ^ Furey, Emmett (August 9, 2007). "Top Cow's Pilot Season with Rob Levin and Jason Aaron". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on September 30, 2012.
  12. ^ a b Rogers, Vaneta (January 18, 2008). "Jason Aaron signs exclusive with Marvel". Newsarama. Archived from the original on August 11, 2009.
  13. ^ Aaron, Jason (January 18, 2008). "I'm now Marvel exclusive". BlogSpot. Archived from the original on November 10, 2013.
  14. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (June 24, 2008). "The Joker's Asylum, Part II: The Penguin". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on November 6, 2013.
  15. ^ Arrant, Chris (July 1, 2008). "Going Inside the Penguin with Jason Aaron". Newsarama. Archived from the original on November 10, 2013.
  16. ^ Powers, Nicole (April 29, 2009). "Jason Aaron: Wolverine: Weapon X". SuicideGirls.com. Retrieved April 29, 2009.
  17. ^ Manning, Shaun (April 18, 2010). "C2E2: X-Men Panel". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on June 17, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2010.
  18. ^ Johnston, Rich (October 25, 2011). "Advance Review: The Incredible Hulk #1 by Jason Aaron and Marc Silvestri". BleedingCool.com. Archived from the original on February 3, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  19. ^ Ching, Albert (August 7, 2012). "Past, Present & Future Thor Star in Aaron's God of Thunder". Newsarama. Archived from the original on November 10, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  20. ^ Sunu, Steve (February 19, 2014). "Aaron Uncovers Original Sin For Marvel". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on May 6, 2014.
  21. ^ Johnston, Rich (February 26, 2018). "Jason Aaron and Mike del Mundo Launch New Thor #1 for Thor Odinson – and a New Hammer". Bleeding Cool. Archived from the original on September 4, 2018.
  22. ^ Gerding, Stephen (February 20, 2018). "Marvel's 2018 'Fresh Start' Includes a New Avengers #1 By Aaron & McGuinness". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on September 4, 2018.
  23. ^ Hilgenberg, Josh (August 24, 2018). "Jason Aaron & Mahmud Asrar Bring Conan the Barbarian Back to Marvel in January". Paste. Archived from the original on September 4, 2018.
  24. ^ Barnhardt, Adam (July 21, 2019). "Jason Aaron is 'Thunderously Excited' over Thor: Love and Thunder Adapting His Comics". ComicBook.com.
  25. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony; Ramos, Dino-Ray (July 20, 2019). "Natalie Portman Is Female Thor In 'Thor Love And Thunder' Opening Fall 2021 –Comic-Con". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on July 21, 2019. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  26. ^ Perine, Aaron (October 29, 2020). "Thor: Love and Thunder Star Natalie Portman Clarifies 'Lady Thor' Nickname, Calls Her 'The Mighty Thor'". ComicBook.com. Archived from the original on October 30, 2020. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  27. ^ "Shaping The Avengers And Star Wars: Jason Aaron Speaks (Behind The Panel) | SYFY WIRE - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  28. ^ Wilson, Matt; Sims, Chris (December 3, 2012). "War Rocket Ajax #138: Jason Aaron Talks Thor: God Of Thunder". Comics Alliance. Archived from the original on August 25, 2013.
  29. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (July 23, 2016). "Comic-Con 2016: 2016 Eisner Award Winners Revealed - IGN". IGN.
  30. ^ "Inkpot Award". San Diego Comic-Con. 2016. Archived from the original on January 29, 2017.
Preceded byMarc Guggenheim Wolverine writer 2008 Succeeded byMark Millar Preceded byDaniel Way Ghost Rider writer 2008–2010 Succeeded byRob Williams Preceded byMark Millar Wolverine writer 2009–2012 Succeeded byCullen Bunn Preceded byGreg Pak (Incredible Hulks) The Incredible Hulk writer 2011–2012 Succeeded byMark Waid (Indestructible Hulk) Preceded byMatt Fraction Thor writer 2012–2019 Succeeded byDonny Cates Preceded byBrian Wood Star Wars writer 2015–2017 Succeeded byKieron Gillen Preceded byDan Jolley Doctor Strange writer 2015–2017 Succeeded byDennis Hopeless Preceded byMark Waid The Avengers writer 2018–present Succeeded bycurrent Preceded byBrian Wood Conan the Barbarian writer 2019–2020 Succeeded byJim Zub