James D. Hudnall

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James D. Hudnall
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James Hudnall by Michael Netzer
BornJames David Hudnall
(1957-04-10)April 10, 1957
Santa Rosa, California
DiedApril 9, 2019(2019-04-09) (aged 61)
Area(s)Writer, Letterer
Notable works
Alpha Flight
Strikeforce: Morituri

James David Hudnall (April 10, 1957 – April 9, 2019) was an American writer who began his career in the comic book field in 1986 with the series Espers , published by Eclipse Comics.[ citation needed ] He later worked for Marvel and DC on such titles as Alpha Flight , Strikeforce: Morituri , and his own creation Interface, which was a sequel to Espers. He also wrote graphic novels such as Lex Luthor: The Unauthorized Biography , Sinking, Streets and The Psycho.[ citation needed ]

Comic book publication of comics art

A comic book or comicbook, also called comic magazine or simply comic, is a publication that consists of comic art in the form of sequential juxtaposed panels that represent individual scenes. Panels are often accompanied by brief descriptive prose and written narrative, usually, dialog contained in word balloons emblematic of the comics art form. Although comics has some origins in 18th century Japan, comic books were first popularized in the United States and the United Kingdom during the 1930s. The first modern comic book, Famous Funnies, was released in the U.S. in 1933 and was a reprinting of earlier newspaper humor comic strips, which had established many of the story-telling devices used in comics. The term comic book derives from American comic books once being a compilation of comic strips of a humorous tone; however, this practice was replaced by featuring stories of all genres, usually not humorous in tone.

Espers (comics)

Espers was an independent comic book series created and written by James D. Hudnall. It centered on a disparate group of people with various psychic powers who are brought together under duress and later coalesce as a team. Espers was published intermittently in the 1980s and 1990s by four different companies, including Eclipse, Marvel, and Image, and was re-numbered from issue 1 again each time.

Eclipse Comics was an American comic book publisher, one of several independent publishers during the 1980s and early 1990s. In 1978, it published the first graphic novel intended for the newly created comic book specialty store market. It was one of the first to offer royalties and creator ownership of rights, and the first comics company to publish trading cards.


His series Harsh Realm was adapted to television by X-Files producer Chris Carter in 1998. Hudnall and co-creator Andrew Paquette sued Carter and Fox Television when they failed to give them credits on the show. The suit was later settled and as part of the settlement Hudnall and Paquette received credit in the opening titles of the show, [1] [2]

<i>Harsh Realm</i> television series

Harsh Realm is an American science fiction television series about humans trapped inside a virtual reality simulation. It was developed by Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files and Millennium, and began airing on the Fox Network on October 8, 1999. The series fared poorly in the ratings and was removed from the schedule after three of its nine episodes had aired. The remaining six episodes premiered on the FX Network. Repeats of the series began airing Fall 2007 on CBC Country Canada.

<i>The X-Files</i> American science fiction drama television series

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Hudnall's other works includes: The Age of Heroes, Aftermath, Shut Up And Die, Two to the Chest, Chiller, Devastator, Hardcase and The Solution .[ citation needed ] He wrote a libertarian leaning blog under the Pajamas Media group, a network of political blogs.[ citation needed ]

Hardcase is a comic book series written by James Hudnall for Malibu Comics’ Ultraverse imprint, which lasted 26 issues. The series was about Tom Hawke, who became one of the first publicly known Ultras.

Early life

Hudnall's parents divorced when he was two and his mother remarried to a man in the US Navy. The family settled in San Diego, California in the 1970s, and after graduating from Point Loma High School, Hudnall joined the U.S. Air Force in 1976. He was stationed in England.[ citation needed ]

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After his discharge from the Air Force, Hudnall went to Coleman College in San Diego where he majored in computer science. He worked as a computer software consultant in Orange County, California, Sonoma County, and briefly in England. On returning to the states, he settled in Orange County, Ca where he began to read comics again. This renewed his interest in the medium and got him interested in writing, which was an earlier ambition. Hudnall attempted to self-publish a comic in 1982.[ citation needed ]

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Comics career

In 1985, he started working with Eclipse Comics as a marketing director. In 1986 his first comic, Espers . From there, he went on to work for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Image, Dark Horse and Malibu.[ citation needed ]

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Hudnall switched from writing comics to internet development in the late 1990s, while producing more limited work over the years, such as Trigs for Humanoids and 2 To the Chest from his own company Dark Planet Productions.[ citation needed ]

In 2009, he began writing for the Andrew Breitbart blog Big Hollywood. [3]

Hudnall later went into digital comics in 2012 when David Lloyd created the online comics anthology Aces Weekly with Val Mayerik.[ citation needed ]

In the fall of 2013, Hudnall released his first novel, The Age of Heroes: Hell's Reward, which is part of a planned series.[ citation needed ] A second series of novels, the Secret Team, is slated to debut in 2015.


Comics work includes:



Hudnall had diabetes, which in 2015 led to the amputation of his right leg. [4] He died April 9, 2019, one day prior to his 62nd birthday. [5]

Awards and recognition

His graphic novel, Sinking, which is the fictional autobiography of a schizophrenic, earned him an Eisner Award nomination. [6] The Brazilian translation of Lex Luthor: The Unauthorized Biography, published by Editora Abril in 1990, won the Brazilian award Troféu HQ Mix for best special edition.[ citation needed ] [7] In 2017 Hudnall received the Inkpot Award for his career in comics at San Diego Comic Con International. [8]


  1. 1 2 Kaplan, Don (October 19, 1999), "https://nypost.com/1999/10/19/harsh-creators-sue-for-credit/ ‘HARSH’ CREATORS SUE FOR CREDIT," New York Post. Retrieved August 24, 2017
  2. (February 3, 2017), "Powerless Easter Egg Compares Lex Luthor to Donald Trump," Comicbook.com. Retrieved August 24, 2017
  3. James Hudnall Receives Prosthetic Leg Thanks to Hero Initiative Help, by Meagan Damore, at Comic Book Resources; published November 4, 2015; retrieved September 4, 2017
  4. Comic Book Veteran and Creator of Harsh Realm and The Psycho James Hudnall Has Passed Away, by John F. Trent, at Bounding Into Comics; published April 9, 2019; retrieved April 10, 2019
  5. 1993 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners, Comic Book Awards Almanac
  6. Portal Oficial do, Troféu HQ Mix (2017-08-03). "3.º Troféu HQ Mix". Wikipédia, a enciclopédia livre (in Portuguese).
  7. "I Won an Ink Pot Award". July 26, 2017.

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Preceded by
Bill Mantlo
Alpha Flight writer
Succeeded by
Fabian Nicieza