Happy Birthday Geoff Johns!
The whole team at Comic Booked would like to wish a very happy birthday to writer Geoff Johns! Johns is the Chief Creative Officer of DC comics and is best known for his work revamping several major characters and series such as the Green Lantern, The Flash, and even the Teen Titans! Arguably, his most ambitious projects to date have been the back to back maxi-series events for DC Comics, Blackest Night and Brightest Day; the latter of which is still being published. Johns also co-owns his own comic shop, ‘Earth-2 Comics’, in Northridge, California and shares a writing studio, The Empath Magic Tree House, with writers Jeph Loeb and Allan Heinberg.
Geoff Johns was born in Detroit, Michigan on January 25th, 1973; growing up in the nearby suburbs of Grosse Pointe and Clarkston. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1995 and moved to Los Angles California, where he proceeded to get a job interning for Richard Donner. Donner, director of such films as The Goonies and the first two Superman movies, had always been an inspiration to Johns, and is regarded in many ways to be his mentor. While in New York City on the set of Donner’s 1997 film Conspiracy Theory, Johns reignited his passion for comics after meeting with DC Comics personnel Eddie Berganza.
Berganza invited Johns to tour the DC Comics offices and pitch some ideas to them for new series. A year later, Johns pitched Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E., a new series based around the Star-Spangled Kid and her stepfather, to DC Comics editor Chuck Kim. In 2000, Geoff Johns was offered co-writing duties on JSA by writer James Robinson, who was impressed with Johns after seeing his work on Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E.. Not long after coming onboard JSA, Johns became the regular writer of the current The Flash ongoing series for DC and went on to write several short Avengers series for Marvel Comics in 2001 and 2002.
Johns returned to DC in 2003 to oversee the re-launch of both the Hawkman and Teen Titans series, which began the seemingly never-ending barrage of amazing ‘rebirths’ and events that Johns would be providing us with over the next few years. Johns went on to bring Hal Jordan back from the dead in the Green Lantern: Rebirth mini-series and the subsequent following Green Lantern ongoing series which featured the critically acclaimed Sinestro Corps War storyline and paved the way for both Blackest Night and Brightest Day. He also penned the DC Comics crossover event Infinite Crisis and was one of four writers working on the weekly released follow-up series 52. In 2006, Geoff Johns reunited with his former boss and mentor Richard Donner to work together on the Superman series Action Comics, followed by a relaunch of the Booster Gold series with co-writer Jeff Katz in 2007 and the 2009 miniseries The Flash: Rebirth which was centered on the return of classic Flash, Barry Allen. Over the next two years, Geoff Johns had the rare pleasure of retelling the origins of both Superman and Batman in 2009’s Superman: Secret Origin and 2010’s Batman: Earth One; the latter of which is set out of continuity and is supposed to be the first in a new series of books that will redefine Batman.
Johns isn’t just a one trick pony either! Outside of comics, he has written episodes of several major television shows like Smallville, Justice League Unlimited, Blade the Series, and Robot Chicken! He is also the principal writer of DC Universe Online (Reviewed Here)!
Overall, Geoff Johns has had a pretty busy couple of years, and if there was ever a man that deserved a happy birthday, it is this guy! So happy birthday Geoff, from the whole team here at Comic Booked!