Chuck Dixon began his writing career in 1984 with his then wife, Judith Hunt, on the series Evangeline for Comico Comics. A year later, Marvel Comics editor Larry Hama tapped to contribute backup stories for The Savage Sword of Conan. In 1986 things really picked up steam when he started writing Airboy for Eclipse Comics, while continuing to work at Marvel. More of his time was spent at Eclipse however, and launched Strike! with Tom Lyle and Valkyrie with Paul Gulacy, both in 1987. was also wrote Alien Legion under Marvel’s Epic Comics imprint. A three issue adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit followed in 1989, as well as Marc Spector: Moon Knight in the same year.
Dixon was back at Marvel in 1990 writing Punisher: Kingdom Gone, which led to the monthly The Punisher: War Journal position, along with occasional Punisher titles. This success at Marvel drew the eye of DC Comics editor Denny O’Neil, who offered the chance to produce a Robin miniseries. Two sequel miniseries followed, Joker’s Wild and Cry of the Huntress, which led to writing an ongoing Robin series. He continued to write for Robin, a total of 100 issues, as well as an extended run on Detective Comics, from issues #344-738. was key in many Batman events, running from KnightFall all the way to No Man’s Land, working primarily with Graham Nolan. He became the quintessential Batman writer, creating many spin-off series like the aforementioned Robin, along with Nightwing (writing 70 issues), Batgirl, and Birds of Prey. In turn he is the co-creator to many, now historic DC characters including Bane (along with co-creators Doug Moench and Graham Nolan) and Stephanie Brown (Batgirl).
He is credited in the Batman - The Animated Series episode "A Bullet For Bullock" "based on the DC comic book story by Chuck Dixon"
During his run on multiple Batman and Punisher titles, Dixon also managed to launch Team 7 at Wildstorm and Prophet at Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Studios. His work slate increased even further as he contributed to Catwoman and Green Arrow regularly too, having roughly seven titles released each month between 1993 and 1998.
In 2002 joined the ranks of creators at CrossGen and slowly began to leave regular writing duties for Robin, Nightwing, Birds of Prey, and Batgirl. Although, he did co-write Batgirl: Year One with Scott Beatty in 2003. took over many comic titles vacated by the departing Mark Waid, such as Sigil and Crux. Over the next year also created and launched his own titles, Way of the Rat, Brath, The Silken Ghost, and El Cazador, as well as edited the non-Sigilverse The Crossovers. He also continued Waid’s popular comic with a series of one-shots, titled Archard’s Agents. The last was released just before CrossGen’s collapse and bankruptcy, forcing all titles the company released to be cancelled. had just joined the creative team on Sojourn at the time and had only produced and released one issue. ’s own Way of the Rat #24, Brath #14, and El Cazador #6 were the last comics released by the troubled publisher.
Back With DC
After CrossGen Comics completely dissolved, he spent the next few years writing for various smaller publishers, along with a few projects with Image and IDW Publishing. His 2006 Free Comic Book Day Transformers comic led to him writing Transformers: Evolutions. returned to DC in 2004 with the revival series Richard Dragon, a 1970s Kung-Fu character. He briefly wrote Nightwing again before focusing on titles within the Wildstorm imprint, now owned by DC Comics. He collaborated with Ryan Benjamin on the well received Grifter/Midnighter miniseries. In 2007 began the six part series Connor Hawke: Dragon’s Blood, which focused on the son of Green Arrow, who had inherited the mantle from his father under ’s run on the series in the late 1990s. The following year returned to the title he is most known for, Robin. At the same time, he signed a last minute deal to write Batman and the Outsiders after Tony Bedard (the original writer) was forced to drop out due to commitments to Final Crisis-related work.
DC No More
Not long after his return to Robin, suddenly announced via his online forum, that he was no longer “employed by DC Comics in any capacity”. The reason for his departure is unknown; has remained silent as to why he was let go from DC. His writing commitments have become even more diverse since leaving DC. He began working on The Man With No Name and an adaptation of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, both for Dynamite Entertainment. has also been a driving force behind the current G.I. Joe series at IDW, which sported a rebooted continuity. In 2009 he returned to one of the first characters he has written, Airboy, with a one-shot published by Moonstone Books entitled Airboy 1942: The Best of Enemies.
Characters Created by Chuck Dixon