Writer Don McGregor has earned acclaim in almost every genre comics
has to offer, winning accolades and creating controversy with such
legendary projects as Killraven and The Black Panther for Marvel
Comics in the 1970s.That same decade, he pioneered the modern
graphic novel with Sabre: Slow Fade of an Endangered Species, which
predated by two months Will Eisner's famed A Contract with God.
Continuing into the 2000s, McGregor has remained a vibrant
contributor to comic books and syndicated comic strips, and has seen
regular reissues of his landmark graphic novels and other works.
McGregor broke into comics writing in 1971, penning character-driven
horror and science-fiction stories for Warren Publishing's legendary,
black-and-white comics magazines Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella.
Earning an editorial job at Marvel Comics, McGregor continued in
horror with Morbius, The Living Vampire (in the black-and-white
magazine Vampire Tales) and in science fiction with Killraven / War of
the Worlds in Amazing Adventures. He picked up superheroes with
Luke Cage, writing that character's namesake series, and the Black
Panther in Jungle Action, where he created a 13-part story arc one
critic has called "Marvel's first graphic novel." Establishing himself as
the definitive Black Panther writer, he has revisited the character twice
more, teaming with legendary artist Gene Colan in the 1980s on
"Panther's Quest" in Marvel Comics Presents, and with Dwayne Turner
in the bookshelf-format miniseries Panther's Prey in the 1990s.
Graphic Novel Pioneer
In 1978, working with artist Paul Gulacy and with publisher Dean
Mullaney of the start-up Eclipse Books, McGregor created Sabre, the
first graphic novel to be sold in comics stores. McGregor then created
the beloved Detectives Inc. series of two graphic novels, and wrote
short stories in Eclipse Magazine. In the 1980s, he created
Ragamuffins for Eclipse Comics, Nathaniel Dusk for DC Comics and
Alexander Risk for New Media Publishing. The following decade, he
wrote the adventures of James Bond 007 and Zorro for Topps Comics,
creating the breakout character Lady Rawhide for the latter. His artist
colleagues, aside from those mentioned, have included Rich Buckler,
Marshall Rogers, P. Craig Russell, Herb Trimpe and the late Billy
McGregor has also written two prose books: Dragonflame and Other
Bedtime Nightmares (Fictioneer, 1978) and The Variable Syndrome
(Fictioneer, 1981). As well, he wrote and directed a film version of
Detectives Inc., which he later adapted as the second Detectives Inc.
In the 1990s, McGregor became one of the primary writers of the Zorro
canon, with Topps Comics' Zorro and his original creation Lady
Rawhide; Image Comics' adaptation of the movie The Mask of Zorro;
two years of the syndicated ZorroPapercutz's 2005 "American
manga"-style Zorro comic-book series, later collected in a trade
For his latest developments, including upcoming Marvel Masterworks
collections of his writing, see our News section.