David Michelinie

David Michelinie
David Michelinie
Born May 6, 1948 (1948-05-06) (age 63)
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer
Pseudonym(s) Barry Jameson
Notable works Action Comics
Amazing Spider-Man
Iron Man
Venom: Lethal Protector

David Michelinie (born May 6, 1948) is an American comic book writer.



Some of his earliest work is for DC Comics's House of Secrets and a run on Swamp Thing (Vol. 1, #14-18, 21 and 22), following Len Wein and preceding Gerry Conway, illustrated by Nestor Redondo. Michelinie did a run on Aquaman in Adventure Comics which led to the revival of the Sea King's own title in 1977. In the Aquaman story in Adventure Comics, #452, Black Manta killed Aquaman's son, Arthur Curry Jr. by suffocation. The infant's death has affected the character ever since. While writing the Karate Kid series, Michelinie used the name "Barry Jameson" as a pseudonym.[1]

His most famous works include two runs on the Iron Man series, with co-writer (and inker) Bob Layton, in the late 1970s and early 1980s which introduced the character's serious problem with alcoholism, his specialized power armor variants and his new enmities with Justin Hammer and Doctor Doom. He introduced one of Stark's closest comrades, the fearless pilot, Jim Rhodes. His most noted cliffhanger was when Tony Stark was thrown out of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s helicarrier and had to don his armor completely to use its flight function before he hit the ground. After leaving the title in 1981, Michelenie reunited with Layton on the book late in 1986, and along with penciller M. D. Bright, closed out preceding writer Dennis O'Neil's Advanced Idea Mechanics arc and launched the Armor Wars. Michelenie left Iron Man again after issue 250, closing his second collaboration with Layton with a sequel to their Iron Man-Doctor Doom time travel episode from issues 149-150.

From 1987 to 1994, Michelinie wrote the Amazing Spider-Man series which featured the art of Todd McFarlane, Erik Larsen, Mark Bagley and introduced the supervillain Venom. Michelinie had planned to introduce Venom earlier and included a "teaser" scene in Web of Spider-Man #18, in which Peter Parker is pushed by an offscreen Venom into the path of an oncoming train, the symbiote being immune to Spider-Man's "spider sense" that would have normally warned him of the attack. This was the first of what was to be several clues leading to the reveal of Venom. Michelinie left Web of Spider-Man shortly after and was not able to continue the introduction of Venom until his time of writing The Amazing Spider-Man. In 1994 he returned to DC Comics and became the writer of Action Comics. He also worked at Valiant Comics on the titles Rai, H.A.R.D. Corps and Turok: Dinosaur Hunter.

Michelinie has the record of having the second longest run as writer on The Amazing Spider-Man comic (behind only Stan Lee).[citation needed]

Michelinie and artist Paul Ryan are the only comic book creators to have contributed to the wedding issues of both Spider-Man (Peter Parker marrying Mary Jane Watson in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21, 1987),[2] and Superman (Clark Kent) marrying Lois Lane in Superman: The Wedding Album (1996).[3]

Michelinie returned to creating comics by teaming-up with Bob Layton and Dick Giordano to form Future Comics. The company closed down after only two and a half years in business in 2004.

In 2008, he and Layton collaborated again for a four-issue Iron Man: Legacy of Doom miniseries and Iron Man: The End #1 one-shot for Marvel Comics.

In the credits of numerous comics, his name is misspelled as "David Micheline".


DC Comics

Marvel Comics

Valiant Comics


Preceded by
Bill Mantlo
Iron Man writer
(with Bob Layton in 1978–1981)
Succeeded by
Dennis O'Neil
Preceded by
Tom DeFalco
Avengers writer
Succeeded by
Bob Budiansky & Danny Fingeroth
Preceded by
Roger McKenzie & Frank Miller
Daredevil writer
Succeeded by
Frank Miller
Preceded by
Danny Fingeroth
Iron Man writer
(with Bob Layton)
Succeeded by
Dwayne McDuffie
Preceded by
Jim Owsley
The Amazing Spider-Man writer
Succeeded by
J. M. DeMatteis
Preceded by
Roger Stern
Action Comics writer
Succeeded by
Stuart Immonen

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