James Hudnall, comic writer with a purpose, passes away at 61
Long-time comic book creator James Hudnall passed away on Tuesday.
A U.S. Air Force veteran, Hudnall got his start in the comic book industry in 1985 when he became the marketing director for Eclipse Comics, who published Hudnall’s first book ESPers in 1986. He would later work on titles for both Marvel Comics and DC Comics, including Alpha Flight, Strikeforce: Morituri, Action Comics, Superman, and Lex Luthor: The Unauthorized Biography.
Hudnall co-founded the Ultraverse at Malibu Comics, penning Ultraverse Origins, Hardcase and Ultraverse Year Zero: Death of the Squad. He would also go on to write books at Image Comics including Solar Lord and The Psycho.
Hudnall was nominated for an Eisner award for Sinking, a fictional biography of a schizophrenic. He received an Inkpot Award in 2017 in recognition of his career in comics.
Hudnall’s legacy also extends to other media, as he was instrumental in introducing Japanese Manga to English-speaking audiences, including working on Area 88 while at Eclipse and translating several popular manga series for VIZ Media including Silent Mobius. In 1998, Hudnall’s Harsh Realm was adapted into a television series by X-Files producer Chris Carter. In 2009, Hudnall worked for Andrew Breitbart’s Big Hollywood which later became Breitbart News, and also contributed to the Libertarian-leaning website PJ Media.
More recently, Hudnall had taken to YouTube to create a video series titled Creative Secrets, in which he shared tips and advice for aspiring writers. He was also partnering with artist Matt Cossin to crowdfund an independent comic book project titled Agenda: Superheroes with a Purpose (which is still open as an Indiegogo in-demand store here).
Condolences to Hudnall’s family and friends.
Source: Bounding into Comics