Peter Tomasi
Tomasi at a signing for
Detective Comics #1,000 at Midtown Comics in Manhattan
Born (1967-08-18) August 18, 1967 (age 54)
NationalityAmerican
Area(s)Writer, Editor
Notable works
Batman and Robin
Brightest Day
Green Lantern Corps
Nightwing
Superman

Peter J. Tomasi is an American comic book editor and writer, best known for his work for DC Comics. As an editor, he oversaw numerous comic books featuring the Justice League, including series starring various members of that team such as Batman, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, and the Flash. As a writer, he has written titles featuring Batman-related characters, such as Batman and Robin and The Outsiders, and Green Lantern-related series such as Blackest Night (alongside Geoff Johns), Brightest Day and Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors. He also wrote the screenplay for the animated movie The Death of Superman.

Early life

Peter Tomasi became a fan of comics at a young age through the Batman comic books his father bought him, and through TV shows such as the Super Friends animated series and the Adam West Batman series. Batman was the first superhero who entered his consciousness, as it was the first character he dressed up as for Halloween, and the first comic book whose creators he recognized. Specifically he cites the work of Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adams as the first to draw him into the character, as well as Bob Haney's work on The Brave and the Bold and that of Jim Aparo.[1]

Career

Starting as an editor at DC Comics in 1993, and working on such titles as Green Lantern, the Batman titles, Aquaman, Hawkman, and JSA,[2] Tomasi was an occasional writer on various titles, including JSA, The Outsiders, Steel, and The Light Brigade. In 2003, DC promoted him to Senior Editor.[3]

In 2007, Tomasi left his 14-year role as an editor and transitioned to writing.[4] He began on the limited series Black Adam: The Dark Age. In 2008, he wrote Requiem, a tie-in to Final Crisis that paid tribute to the fallen Martian Manhunter.[5] Tomasi wrote the Nightwing title for 14 issues until its cancellation in April 2009 due to events in the "Battle for the Cowl" storyline.[6][7][8] In 2011, Tomasi took over as writer on Batman and Robin with issue No. 20 from Paul Cornell, writing the three part "Tree of Blood" storyline that ran until issue No. 22.[9]

From 2009 to 2010, Tomasi co-wrote the creator-owned title The Mighty with Keith Champagne,[10][11] as well as Green Lantern Corps through the "Blackest Night" storyline.[12]

Tomasi autographing an issue of Super Sons during a 2019 signing at Midtown Comics in Manhattan
Tomasi autographing an issue of Super Sons during a 2019 signing at Midtown Comics in Manhattan

Tomasi co-wrote the "Blackest Night" follow-up maxiseries Brightest Day in 2010–2011, with Geoff Johns.[13][14] During that same period, he was the regular writer on the monthly Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors and The Outsiders, which ended in 2011 as part of DC's The New 52 line-wide relaunch.[15] As part of that relaunch, Tomasi became the writer on the relaunched volumes of Batman and Robin[16] and Green Lantern Corps which were released in September 2011.[9] As part of the DC Rebirth relaunch of DC's titles, Tomasi and artist Patrick Gleason became the creative team on Superman vol. 4 in June 2016.[17][18] Tomasi and Jorge Jimenez produced a new version of the Super Sons beginning in 2017. The two new super-kids are Damian Wayne, son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul, and Jonathan Kent, son of Superman and Lois Lane.[19] The series ran for 16 issues and one annual. Tomasi and Gleason crafted the "Never-Ending Battle" chapter in Action Comics #1000 (June 2018).[20] Tomasi launched the Adventures of the Super Sons limited series in August 2018.[21]

He penned the screenplay for the animated feature film The Death of Superman. Directed by Jake Castorena and Sam Liu, this is the eleventh film in the shared animated film continuity series: The DC Animated Movie Universe and the first of a two-part animated feature based on the comic book story arc of the same name, with part one released on August 7, 2018.

Tomasi became the new writer for Detective Comics as of issue No. 994.[22] He concluded his run with Detective Comics issue No. 1033.

Personal life

Tomasi has a son. In a February 2011 interview with Comic Book Resources, Tomasi discussed how his then-eight-year-old son influenced his approach to writing Damian Wayne in Batman and Robin. Tomasi also spoke about his son's influence on the way he writes Superman's son, Jon.[1]

Bibliography

DC Comics

Dark Horse Comics

References

  1. ^ a b Renaud, Jeffrey (February 9, 2011). "The Bat Signal: Peter J. Tomasi". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
  2. ^ Peter Tomasi (editor) at the Grand Comics Database
  3. ^ Weiland, Jonah (July 2, 2003). "Peter Tomasi promoted to Senior Editor at DC". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
  4. ^ Arrant, Chris (January 15, 2010). "More Exclusive Contract Signings, Peter Tomasi Stays at DC". ComicVine. Archived from the original on June 26, 2016. Tomasi, who worked in-house at DC as an editor for 14 years, transitioned to being a freelance writer in 2007 working primarily for DC.
  5. ^ Brady, Matt (July 9, 2008). "Remembering the Martian: Tomasi on FC: Requiem". Newsarama. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016.
  6. ^ Brady, Matt (September 9, 2007). "Baltimore Comic-Con 07: Peter Tomasi Talks Nightwing". Newsarama. Archived from the original on November 30, 2009.
  7. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (October 16, 2007). "Strange How the Night Moves: Tomasi talks Nightwing". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on June 2, 2016.
  8. ^ Brady, Matt (November 4, 2008). "Robin, Nightwing, Birds of Prey to End in February". Newsarama. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016.
  9. ^ a b Peter Tomasi at the Grand Comics Database
  10. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (November 17, 2008). "Tomasi and Champagne Introduce The Mighty". Newsarama. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016.
  11. ^ "First Look: The Mighty #1". Newsarama. November 20, 2008. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016.
  12. ^ Brady, Matt (January 14, 2009). "Rocking the Corps: Peter Tomasi Talks Green Lantern Corps". Newsarama. Archived from the original on June 26, 2016.
  13. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "2000s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 341. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Co-written by Geoff Johns and Peter J. Tomasi, and illustrated by Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark, and Joe Prado, Brightest Day was the start of the next chapter in the history of the DC Universe. ((cite book)): |first2= has generic name (help)
  14. ^ Siegel, Lucas (January 11, 2010). "Update 4: DC's Brightest Day w/ David Finch!". Newsarama. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved January 11, 2010.
  15. ^ Brady, Matt (December 16, 2008). "Life Without Batman: Peter Tomasi Talks The Outsiders". Newsarama. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016.
  16. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dougall, Alastair, ed. (2014). "2010s". Batman: A Visual History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 320. ISBN 978-1465424563. Readers were witness to an interesting father/son dynamic in the pages of this restarted title. Written by Peter J. Tomasi with art by Patrick Gleason.. ((cite book)): |first2= has generic name (help)
  17. ^ Damore, Meagan (April 14, 2016). "Tomasi Paves the Way to 'The Final Days of Superman' & 'Superman: Rebirth'". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on June 9, 2016.
  18. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (May 31, 2016). "Tomasi, Gleason Talk the Death of Superman, 'Truth, Justice & Family' in Rebirth". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on June 16, 2016. Over the past decade, writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Patrick Gleason have enjoyed great success together on Green Lantern Corps and Batman and Robin. This June they'll reunite for Superman, now shipping twice monthly as part of DC Comics' line-wide Rebirth relaunch.
  19. ^ Johnston, Rich (April 11, 2016). "Jorge Jimenez' Sketches For Super Sons – Damian Wayne And Jonathan Kent". Bleeding Cool. Archived from the original on August 7, 2018.
  20. ^ Johnson, Jim (April 18, 2018). "Action Comics #1000 Shows Superman Still Looks Good at 80 Years Old". Newsarama. Archived from the original on August 20, 2018. Retrieved August 24, 2018. No less fitting is Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason's 'Never-Ending Battle,' which is not only a delightful ode to Superman's 80 years of existence, but also to their own run on the Superman series, which is going to be missed.
  21. ^ Cohen, Jason (May 19, 2018). "Peter Tomasi Returning for Adventures of the Super Sons Maxiseries". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on July 10, 2018.
  22. ^ Couto, Anthony (July 20, 2018). "Tomasi & Mahnke Take Over Detective Comics With An Eye On #1000". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on July 29, 2018.
Preceded byJudd Winick The Outsiders writer 2005 Succeeded byJudd Winick Preceded byBob Schreck Batman group editor 2006–2007 Succeeded byMike Marts Preceded byDave Gibbons Green Lantern Corps writer 2007–2008 Succeeded bySterling Gates Preceded bySterling Gates Green Lantern Corps writer 2008–2010 Succeeded byTony Bedard Preceded byFabian Nicieza Nightwing writer 2008–2009 Succeeded byKyle Higgins Preceded byFrank Tieri The Outsiders writer 2009–2010 Succeeded byDan DiDio Preceded byPaul Cornell Batman and Robin writer 2011 Succeeded byJudd Winick Preceded byScott Kolins Green Lantern Corps writer 2011–2013 Succeeded byVan Jensen and Robert Venditti Preceded byJudd Winick Batman and Robin vol. 2 writer 2011–2015 Succeeded byn/a Preceded byFrancis Manapul and Brian Buccellato Detective Comics vol. 2 writer 2015–2016 Succeeded byJames Tynion IV