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Paul Dini
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Dini in 2019
Paul McClaran Dini

(1957-08-07) August 7, 1957 (age 64)
Alma materEmerson College
OccupationComic creator, writer
Years active1979–present
Notable work
Batman: The Animated Series
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Batman: Arkham City
Batman: Streets of Gotham
Tower Prep
(m. 2005)
AwardsInkpot Award 2013

Paul McClaran Dini (/ˈdni/; born August 7, 1957)[1] is an American screenwriter and comic creator. He has been a producer and writer for several Warner Bros. Animation/DC Comics animated series, including Tiny Toon Adventures, Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, The New Batman/Superman Adventures, Batman Beyond, and Duck Dodgers. He developed and scripted Krypto the Superdog and contributed scripts to The Transformers, Animaniacs, Freakazoid!, and Static Shock. After leaving Warner Bros. Animation in early 2004, Dini went on to write and story edit the popular ABC adventure series Lost. He has written a number of comic books for DC Comics, including Harley Quinn and Superman: Peace on Earth. October 2010 saw the debut of Tower Prep, a new live action/drama series Dini created for Cartoon Network. It was announced that after two decades of doing DC-related animated projects, Paul Dini had gone over to Marvel Comics to serve as a writer and producer for Ultimate Spider-Man and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H..

Early life

Paul Dini was born in New York City, the son of Patricia (McClaran) and Robert Dini, an advertising executive. He attended Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, California on an art scholarship. He attended Emerson College in Boston, where he earned a BFA degree in creative writing.

During college, he began doing freelance animation scripts for Filmation,[2] and a number of other studios. In 1984, he was hired to work for George Lucas on several of his animation projects. Dini later returned to the Star Wars universe in 2007 to script several episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.



Dini wrote a number of episodes of the 1983–85 animated TV series, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe which years later became favorites amongst the show's fans over the Internet, as well as contributing to interviews on the released box sets of the series, though Dini has made no secret of his distaste for Filmation and the He-Man concept. He wrote an episode for the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon in 1983; an episode of the Generation One Transformers cartoon series, "The Dweller in The Depths," and an episode of the 1985 G.I. Joe cartoon called "Jungle Trap" and contributed to various episodes of the Star Wars: Ewoks animated series,[3] several of which included rare appearances from the Empire. He also wrote the Jem episode "Music Is Magic" for the show's second season.


In 1989, Dini was hired at Warner Bros. Animation to work on Tiny Toon Adventures. Later, he moved onto Batman: The Animated Series, where he worked as a writer, producer and editor, later working on Batman Beyond. He continued working with WB animation, working on a number of internal projects, including Krypto the Superdog and Duck Dodgers, until 2004. In 1989 and 1990, he contributed scripts to the live-action television horror anthology series Monsters: "One Wolf's Family" and "Talk Nice to Me". Along with Bruce Timm he created the animated series Freakazoid!.

He has earned five Emmy awards for his animation work. In a related effort, Dini was the co-author with Chip Kidd of Batman Animated, a 1998 non-fiction coffee table book about the animated Batman franchise.

Dini and Bruce Timm introduced Harley Quinn in Batman: The Animated Series as her first appearance was the episode "Joker's Favor" and in 1994, they adapted the character into comics in The Batman Adventures: Mad Love one-shot.[4] Harley Quinn was integrated into the mainstream DC Comics continuity in the Batman: Harley Quinn one-shot published in 1999.[5] Dini has written several comics stories for DC Comics, including an oversized graphic novel series illustrated by painter Alex Ross[6] featuring Superman,[7] Batman,[8] Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman, and the Justice League. A hardcover collection of the Dini and Ross stories was published in 2005 under the title The World's Greatest Super-Heroes.[9]


Best known among Dini's original creations is Jingle Belle, the rebellious teen-age daughter of Santa Claus. Dini created Sheriff Ida Red, the super-powered cowgirl star of a series of books set in Dini's mythical town of Mutant, Texas. He collaborated with Kevin Smith on Clerks: The Animated Series. In 2001 Dini made a cameo appearance in Smith's film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back during the scene in which Jay and Silent Bob wear ridiculous looking costumes for a film being directed by Chris Rock, in which Dini says to them "you guys look pretty bad ass".

He and Bruce Timm collaborated on the Harley and Ivy limited series for DC in 2004.[10] Dini became the writer for DC Comics' Detective Comics as of issue #821 (Sept. 2006)[11] and created a new version of the Ventriloquist in #827 (March 2007).[12] While Grant Morrison was starting a seven-year Batman story on the Batman title composed of long, interlinking arcs, Dini wrote a number of done-in-one stories over the following year as well as two crossovers with Morrison's Batman, one focusing on the resurrection of Ra's al Ghul and another on the return of Hush.[13] After Morrison's "Batman R.I.P." storyline in 2009, creators were moved around titles and Dini started writing two new Batman titles Batman: Streets of Gotham[14][15] and Gotham City Sirens.[16][17] Streets of Gotham started and ended with story arcs about Hush while Gotham City Sirens focused on the women of Gotham; he wrote the bulk of both titles during their existence including the first and last issue of both.

In 2006 he announced that he was writing a hardcover graphic novel starring Zatanna and Black Canary. The following year he was the head writer of DC's weekly series, Countdown.[18] Dini co-wrote a draft script for the ill-fated Science Ninja Team Gatchaman movie, which never saw the light of day, resulting in him leaving the project. Dini wrote a series for Top Cow Productions, based in a character he created, Madame Mirage.

In July 2008, Dini started a partnership with GoAnimate to launch his Super Rica & Rashy series on the platform. Dini writes episodes released on the website on a regular basis. He lets anyone use his characters to create their own stories using the website's online animation creation application.

He returned to write the animated version of Batman in Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Legends of the Dark Mite". In the very same episode, he appeared in an animated form in a comic book convention parody scene, where he was wearing Harley Quinn's costume, along with Bruce Timm wearing Joker's costume next to him. He would go on to write several additional episodes for the series, including "Chill of the Night!", which contained a team-up between Batman and Zatanna, one of Dini's favorite characters. Dini penned the storyline for the Rocksteady Studios video game Batman: Arkham Asylum, released on August 25, 2009. He wrote three episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars: "Cloak of Darkness," "Holocron Heist," and "Voyage of Temptation."

On February 14, 2008 the first edition of Dini's column, "200 Words with Paul Dini" was released on the iFanboy site.[19]


Dini is the main creator of the Tower Prep series. On August 4, 2010, it was confirmed that Dini will be involved in Marvel Comics' upcoming animated series Ultimate Spider-Man, which is set to air on Disney XD in 2012. He worked on Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., an animated series centered around the Hulk and his supporting cast.[20]

Dini worked with Rocksteady studios once again to create Batman: Arkham City, which was a sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum. He wrote a five-issue comic series set in the game continuity. A building in Arkham City is named Dini Towers in tribute.

Dini wrote the script for Bloodspell, an original graphic novel starring Black Canary and Zatanna.[21] He also performed rewrites on Disney's dark fantasy film Maleficent.[22][23]

Paul Dini and his wife, magician Misty Lee, created an online interview feature called "Monkey Talk" on Kevin Smith's website, Quick Stop[24]

His graphic novel Dark Night: A True Batman Story, based on a mugging he experienced in 1993, was published in June 2016.[25]

Dini and his wife Misty Lee appeared on Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor podcast on April 6, 2016.

Dini wrote the "Actionland!" chapter in Action Comics #1000 (June 2018) which was drawn by José Luis García-López and Kevin Nowlan.[26]


In September 2020, DC Comics announced that Dini would be among the creators of a revived Batman: Black and White anthology series to debut on December 8, 2020.[27]

Personal life

Dini and his wife, magician and voiceover actress Misty Lee,[28] live in Los Angeles.[29] Their two Boston terriers, Mugsy and Deuce, were featured in "Anger Management", a 2012 episode of The Dog Whisperer, in which they sought Cesar Millan's help with their dogs' behavioral problems. Around this time, Dini began an extensive weight loss and exercise regimen, having reached a weight of 320 pounds.[30][31]

Screenwriting credits




  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on February 18, 2011. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  2. ^ Contino, Jennifer M. (April 2000). "I'll Be There With Belles On! Paul Dini". Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  3. ^ "One on One with Paul Dini". Hobo Trash Can. January 3, 2006. Archived from the original on July 17, 2012.
  4. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1990s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 265. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Writer Paul Dini and artist Bruce Timm partnered for a special set in the animated world of the Dark Knight. Revealing the origin of the Joker's lover, popular made-for-TV character Harley Quinn, the storytelling duo crafted a sweetly disturbing award-winning tale. ((cite book)): |first2= has generic name (help)
  5. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 289: "Harley Quinn finally made her way into the DC Universe in her own one-shot prestige-format special by writer Paul Dini alongside artist Yvel Guichet."
  6. ^ Smith, Zack (December 2012). "Paul Dini & Alex Ross Discuss a Treasured Format". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (61): 69–77. From 1998 to 2003, [Paul Dini and Alex Ross] produced a series of fully painted oversized books featuring DC's biggest heroes.
  7. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 286: "Alex Ross teamed up with writer Paul tell a powerful story of the Man of Steel. In this beautiful sixty-four-page oversized one-shot...Superman fought a battle even he couldn't truly win: the war on poverty and hunger."
  8. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 289: "The second in the oversized prestige-format tabloid collaborations between writer Paul Dini and painter Alex Ross, Batman: War on Crime was just as successful as its predecessor, and just as beautiful."
  9. ^ Dini, Paul; Ross, Alex (2005). The World's Greatest Super-Heroes. DC Comics. p. 404. ISBN 978-1401202545.
  10. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dougall, Alastair, ed. (2014). "2000s". Batman: A Visual History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 274. ISBN 978-1465424563. Writer Paul Dini and artist Bruce Timm crafted this tale set in the DC Animated Universe and starring the odd couple of Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. ((cite book)): |first2= has generic name (help)
  11. ^ Manning "2000s" in Dougall, p. 290: "Paul Dini came aboard Detective Comics as its new ongoing writer as of this issue."
  12. ^ Manning "2000s" in Dougall, p. 293: "Paul Dini and artist Don Kramer introduced a new Ventriloquist in this self-contained issue."
  13. ^ Manning "2000s" in Dougall, p. 300: Detective Comics #846 "This issue began writer Paul Dini and artist Dustin Nguyen's 'Heart of Hush' story."
  14. ^ Manning "2000s" in Dougall, p. 305: "Paul Dini and artist Dustin Nguyen introduced this ongoing series."
  15. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (June 17, 2009). "Dini Takes it to the Streets of Gotham". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on October 9, 2012. Retrieved June 17, 2009.
  16. ^ Manning "2000s" in Dougall, p. 306: "The villainous version of the Birds of Prey premiered in this new ongoing 'Batman: Reborn' series by writer Paul Dini and artist Guillem March."
  17. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (June 18, 2009). "Dini's Sirens Blare in Gotham City". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on October 9, 2012. Retrieved June 18, 2009.
  18. ^ Khouri, Andy (May 22, 2007). "Darkseid Rules: In-Depth with Paul Dini and Countdown". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on December 22, 2008.
  19. ^ "200 Words with Paul Dini #1 – Sweethearts". iFanboy. February 14, 2008. Archived from the original on July 22, 2012. Retrieved January 15, 2011.
  20. ^ "Marvel Television Panel NYCC Highlights featuring Jeph Loeb". October 16, 2011. Archived from the original on April 25, 2012.
  21. ^ Arrant, Chris (May 12, 2011). "Paul Dini, Joe Quinones working on Zatanna/Black Canary team-up". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on June 15, 2011.
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  24. ^ Tweedle, Sam (n.d.). "Everybody Has Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey: A Conversation with Paul Dini and RaSHy". Confessions of a Pop Culture Addict. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  25. ^ Kit, Borys (December 1, 2015). "Paul Dini Revisits His Traumatic Past With Dark Night: A True Batman Story (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 24, 2016. Just like Batman, who was born out of a tragic mugging that killed his parents, Dini also lived through a violent assault that altered his life.
  26. ^ Johnson, Jim (April 18, 2018). "Action Comics #1000 Shows Superman Still Looks Good at 80 Years Old". Newsarama. Archived from the original on April 26, 2018. Paul Dini’s whimsical 'Actionland' features the welcome return of José Luis García-López to the pages of Superman, evocative of the pre-Crisis era for those who miss it.
  27. ^ Adams, Tim (September 9, 2020). "DC's Batman: Black and White Anthology Series Returns in Late 2020". Archived from the original on September 9, 2020. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  28. ^ David, Peter (2009). More Digressions. Second Age, Inc. p. 96.
  29. ^ Krug, Kurt Anthony (October 22, 2016). "Mt. Clemens native Misty Lee hangs with Houdini, Princess Leia, Spidey". Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on May 18, 2017.
  30. ^ "Anger Management". Dog Whisperer. Season 9. Episode 6. August 4, 2012. National Geographic Channel.
  31. ^ National Geographic Channels (4 August 2012). "Dog Whisperer: Anger Management". Nat Geo TV Blogs. National Geographic Society. Archived from the original on 4 July 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  32. ^ "Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour Or Less) 1991". Archived from the original on July 23, 2013. Retrieved January 15, 2011.
  33. ^ "2000 Harvey Awards". Archived from the original on August 27, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  34. ^ "Inkpot Award". San Diego Comic-Con. 2016. Archived from the original on January 29, 2017.
Preceded byKelley Puckett The Batman & Robin Adventures writer 1995–1996 Succeeded byTy Templeton Preceded byJames Robinson Detective Comics writer 2006–2009 Succeeded byGreg Rucka Preceded byn/a Gotham City Sirens writer 2009–2010 Succeeded byTony Bedard Preceded byn/a Zatanna writer 2010–2011 Succeeded byChris Roberson