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TONY ISABELLA
creator/writer of Black Lightning; co-creator of Misty Knight and Tigra; writer Captain America, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Spider-Man, Star Trek and many more

He was an editor and writer at Marvel Comics and other publishers. At DC, he created Black Lightning, the company’s first prominent African-American super-hero. He co-wrote the prose novels Captain America: Liberty’s Torch and Star Trek: The Case of the Colonist’s Corpse. He’s the author of 1000 Comic Books You Must Read and the odd-but-wondrous July 1963: A Pivotal Month in the Comic-Book Life of Tony Isabella. He’s received an Inkpot Award from Comic-Con International in San Diego and a Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award from ECBACC. Cleveland Magazine named him one of that city’s most interesting people of 2018. He was the second inductee to the Hall of Heroes Museum’s Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana.

His most recent comics work is the six-issue Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands, marking his return to his creation. He writes the daily “Tony Isabella’s Bloggy Thing” and the weekly “Tony’s Tips” review column. He lectures on comics history, comics writing and diversity in comics.

Black Lightning is now a weekly, live-action series on the CW. The show draws much of its inspiration from Isabella’s own work on his creation.