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Mark Gruenwald

Contribution History:
Date User Field Old Value New Value
2006-08-25 08:06:07 Darth Kramer Suffix none
2006-08-25 08:06:07 Darth Kramer Birthplace Oshkosh, WI
2005-12-22 16:49:32 Skyhawke Suffix none
2005-12-22 16:49:32 Skyhawke DOB June 18, 1953
2005-12-22 16:49:32 Skyhawke DOD August 12, 1996
2005-12-22 16:49:32 Skyhawke Bio Mark Gruenwald (June 18, 1953-August 12, 1996) was an American comic book writer and editor. Gruenwald got his start in comics fandom, publishing his own fanzine, Omniverse, which explored the concept of continuity. In 1978 he was hired by Marvel Comics, where he spent the rest of his career. Hired initially as an assistant editor, Gruenwald was promoted to full editorship by Jim Shooter. In the late 1980s he became executive editor, with a particular remit as the keeper of Marvel continuity. Most fans, as well as Gruenwald's colleagues at Marvel, believe that had there not been a restructuring of the entire company by the owners in the early 1990s, he would have become editor-in-chief. As a writer, Gruenwald is best-known for a long (1985-1995) stint as the writer of Captain America, and for the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe. However, his magnum opus is widely regarded to be his mid-1980s 12-issue miniseries Squadron Supreme, which told the story of an alternate universe where a group of well-intentioned superheroes decide that they would be best suited to run the planet. In 1996, Gruenwald succumbed to an unexpected heart attack. As per his request, he was cremated, and his ashes were mixed with the ink used to print the first trade paperback compilation of Squadron Supreme. Gruenwald was famous for a seemingly near-perfect recollection of even the most trivial details; an annual contest where fans tried to stump him with obscure questions was eventually discontinued by Marvel as it became clear he would never lose. In the years since his death, many projects have been dedicated to his memory, especially those involving complicated continuity that would have delighted him (the JLA/Avengers crossover or the Earth X trilogy to name two). In the DC Universe, a building in Gotham City was named the Von Gruenwald Tower, and in the novel Captain America: Liberty's Torch, the lawyer kidnapped to defend the similarly kidnapped Captain in a mock trial before a militia is named Mark Gruenwald, and is described with the same general physical attributes and personality as the "real" one.


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