Jimmy Palmiotti
Palmiotti in June 2011
BornJames Palmiotti
(1961-08-14) August 14, 1961 (age 61)
Area(s)Writer, Inker
AwardsInkpot Award (2014)[1]
Spouse(s)Amanda Conner

James Palmiotti (born August 14, 1961) is an American writer and inker of comic books, who also does writing for games, television and film.

Early life

Palmiotti attended the High School of Art and Design in New York City.[2]


Palmiotti sketching at the New York Comic Con, October 10, 2010
Palmiotti sketching at the New York Comic Con, October 10, 2010

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,[3] 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.[3]

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.[4]

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,[5] The Resistance[6][7] 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 June 2013, Palmiotti was the keynote speaker for the 2013 Inkwell Awards Awards Ceremony at HeroesCon in Charlotte, North Carolina.[8][9][10]

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,[11] 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 2015, DC Comics launched a new Starfire series with Amanda Conner. The series lasted 13 issues.

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.[12]

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.[13]

In 2019, his character creation, Luke Fox, for the Batwing series that he and Justin Gray created for DC Comics (in April 2013[14]) was featured as a major character on the CW Batwoman TV series.

Personal life

Palmiotti is married to frequent collaborator Amanda Conner.[15][16]


Comics scripting


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General references

Inline citations

  1. ^ Inkpot Award
  2. ^ Evans, Chris (April 3, 2010). "WC10: Comic Writers Unite!". Comic Book Resources.
  3. ^ a b "WonderCon Special Guests," Comic-Con Magazine (Winter 2010), p. 20.
  4. ^ "Priest Credits Quesada and Palmiotti with Dora Milaje". Bleeding Cool. 2018-10-06. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  5. ^ Don't Miss It A Second Time: Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti talk '21 Down'. Comic Book Resources. November 4, 2003
  6. ^ The Resistance: Not Futile At All[permanent dead link], Newsarama, November 27, 2002
  7. ^ 'Resistance' Isn't So Futile: Justin Gray talks new Wildstorm series. Comic Book Resources. December 5, 2002
  8. ^ "She Never Slept: 2013 Inkwell Awards". Archived 2016-09-13 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ "2013 Inkwell Awards 2013 Ceremony". Inkwell Awards/YouTube, June 27, 2014. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  11. ^ Doran, Michael (September 19, 2016). "HARLEY QUINN #1 Sells Nearly 400k; More August 2016 Sales Estimates and Comparisons". Newsarama.
  12. ^ Lodderhose, Diana (November 11, 2016). "Jessica Chastain Boards ‘Painkiller Jane’ For Lotus Entertainment & Solipsist Films". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  13. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (March 22, 2017). "Graphic Novel ‘The Pro’ Hooks Movie Deal At Paramount". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  14. ^ "BATWING #19". DC. 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  15. ^ Davis, Lauren. "WC10: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti". Comic Book Resources. April 5, 2010
  16. ^ Rogers, Vaneta. "Amanda Conner's POWER GIRL Girl Power", Newsarama, December 7, 2009