Wednesday, July 17, 2024


Had a wonderful chat with Shag of the JLI Podcast, discussing the latter years of working with Giffen & Company on Justice League International...and, of course, we take a deep dive into the DeMultiverse. You can listen right here

Had an equally wonderful talk with the Hines Brothers of the Screw It, We're Just Gonna Talk about Comics podcast. And you can hear that one here. 

And if you haven't checked out the DeMultiverse, I urge you to hop over to our Kickstarter page and join us on this incredible creative journey! 

Wednesday, July 10, 2024


Michael Zulli has passed away. Michael and I worked on a number of projects together in the late 90s/early 2000s. He wasn't just a brilliant artist, he was a brilliant man: deep, passionate, philosophical. During those years of collaboration, we spent many hours talking about the art of storytelling, the spiritual path, the search for God. 

Michael very generously gave me the painting below—the cover to one of our Seekers Into The Mystery issues—as a gift many years ago. It's hung in a place of honor in my house ever since. I look at it every day, a piece of Michael woven into my life.

Heartfelt condolences to Michael's friends and family. Safe travels, Mr. Zulli. Say hello to the Magician for me. 


Wishing a very happy Silence Day to my Meher Baba family around the world.

“To penetrate into the essence of all being and significance and to release the fragrance of that inner attainment for the guidance and benefit of others, by expressing in the world of forms, truth, love, purity, and beauty – this is the sole game which has any intrinsic and absolute worth. All other happenings, incidents, and attainments in themselves can have no lasting importance.”
                                                                        Avatar Meher Baba

Tuesday, July 9, 2024


The DeMultiverse campaign is LIVE NOW on KICKSTARTER! Want to know all about it? Watch the video below—then come join us on this amazing journey! We can't do it without you!

Monday, July 8, 2024


I talk with the the Words, Images, & Worlds podcast about the DeMultiverse, the creative process, Robin Lives! (on sale Wednesday) and other things.

Update: And here's more DeMultiverse talk—with Adam Chapman of the Comics Shenanigans podcast. We also talk about the difference between writing comics full script and plot-first, the value of letterers, and lots more. You can listen right here.

Sunday, July 7, 2024


Welcome the incomparable Matthew Dow Smith back to the DeMultiverse! Matt’s other projects have prevented him from returning to do the interior art for Godsend #2, but he's provided this striking variant cover! Main cover and interior art by Scott Koblish! Color: James Devlin! Letters: Taylor Esposito!

The Spellbound Comics DeMultiverse Phase II launches Tuesday, July 9th, on Kickstarter! Our prelaunch page is live now!  Come join us!

Saturday, July 6, 2024


More Kickstarter news: "Delightful" Danny Fingeroth...long time Spider-Man editor and author of the acclaimed Stan Lee bio, A Marvelous writing the foreword to the DeMultiverse collected edition! Welcome aboard, Danny!

Phase II of the Spellbound Comics DeMultiverse launches July 9th on KICKSTARTER! Come join us!

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Welcome the amazing Patch Zircher to the DeMultiverse! Patch has done this exceptional second cover for Wisdom #2! Main cover and interior art by the great Tom Mandrake! Color: Justin Prokowich! Letters: Taylor Esposito!

Phase II of the Spellbound Comics DeMULTIVERSE launches July 9th on KICKSTARTER! Come join us!

Friday, July 5, 2024


Death in the Family: Robin Lives!
#1 is out next week. Here's the hype, straight from the fine folks at DC Comics:


In 1988, DC fans made a seminal choice in the history of DC publishing — voting to kill off Jason Todd’s Robin in the Death in the Family storyline. Now, for the first time, we want to find out what would have happened if fans had voted to let him live. And it begins — with the murder of The Joker!

From the DC Vault: Death in the Family – Robin Lives #1

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Rick Leonardi
Colors: Rico Renzi
Letters: Taylor Esposito
Release Date: July 10, 2024

Here's a preview of our first chapter...

I've really enjoyed returning to Gotham City for this mini-series (and for the upcoming Caped Crusader animated series). Hope you all enjoy Robin Lives!


Two big Kickstarter announcements today. First up...

2024 Eisner nominee Liam Sharp is returning to the DeMultiverse! Liam—one of my all-time favorite collaborators—is once again providing the cover for our collected edition and (no surprise) it’s a beauty!

And if that's not exciting enough...

Superstar artist Darick Robertson, co-creator of The Boys, has entered the DeMultiverse—providing this powerful second cover for Anyman #2! 
(Main cover and interior art by the great David Baldeon! Color: Arthur Hesli! Letters: Taylor Esposito!)

Phase II of the Spellbound Comics DeMULTIVERSE launches July 9th on KICKSTARTER! Come join us!

Tuesday, July 2, 2024


We had some extraordinary visual storytellers on Phase 1 of the Spellbound Comics DeMultiverse: Shawn McManus on Layla in the Lands of After…David Baldeon on Anyman…Tom Mandrake on Wisdom…Vassilis Gogtzilas on The Edward Gloom Mysteries...and Matthew Dow Smith on Godsend. Shawn, David, Tom, and Vassilis are all returning for Phase 2 but, sorry to say, my pal Matt wasn’t able to come back for Godsend #2…

…BUT we’ve found a fantastic replacement in the great SCOTT KOBLISH! Scott—best known for his six year run on an obscure character named Deadpool (ever heard of him?)—brings storytelling dynamism, human emotion and cosmic power to our second chapter and we’re delighted to have him as part of the DeMultiverse! Welcome aboard, Scott!

(As for the estimable Mr. Dow Smith: We’ve got an upcoming announcement about him, too. He’s still part of the DeMultiverse: We couldn’t let him go!)

Monday, July 1, 2024


Phase 2 of the DeMultiverse launches one week from tomorrow on Kickstarter...featuring second issues of all five Spellbound Comics titles: Layla in the Lands of After (with Shawn McManus), Wisdom (with Tom Mandrake), Anyman (with David Baldeon), The Edward Gloom Mysteries (with Vassilis Gogtzilas) and Godsend (with our soon-to-be-revealed Mystery Artist)! (And if you missed the first issues, they'll be available, too!)

Big announcements to come!  Please join us!!


Monday, June 24, 2024


During our first DeMultiverse Kickstarter, we surprised our supporters with a bonus book, The Edward Gloom Mysteries: a supernatural adventure illustrated by the extraordinary Greek artist, Vassilis Gogtzilas (who co-created my IDW series The Adventures of Augusta Wind and provided ten remarkable illustrations for my novella, The Excavator). The response to Gloom was so positive that we’ll be offering a second issue as a Kickstarter bonus when we launch Phase II of the DeMultiverse on July 9th. (And, unlike Phase I, The Edward Gloom Mysteries will be offered immediately, not later in the campaign—and we’ll also be offering limited copies of our first issue to give new readers a chance to catch up.)

But why is it a bonus book and not part of the DeMultiverse proper—and why won’t it be included in our collected edition? Without diving into specifics, Gloom has had a somewhat tortuous creative journey and its inclusion in our campaigns is thanks to the good graces, and kind permission, of my buddy Chris Ryall, who’s been involved with the project for several years.

Our hope is to keep offering The Edward Gloom Mysteries as a DeMultiverse bonus with each campaign—and then Kickstart a collected edition once all four issues are complete (and we’ve got a lot of work in the drawer already!).

So we hope you’ll return with us to Amsterdamn City as Edward and his crew take on phantoms, monsters, and those strange, disturbing creatures called human beings. It promises to be a spooky and exciting ride.

Remember: July 9th on Kickstarter! Hope you join us!

Saturday, June 22, 2024


I had another great chat with Phil of the Capes and Lunatics podcast—doing a deep dive into the upcoming DeMultiverse Phase II launch, discussing my recent Spider-Man and Batman work, and other fun things. Enjoy! 

Friday, June 21, 2024


September will see the release of a new Doctor Strange Masterworks that will reprint Into Shamballa: the Doctor Strange graphic novel I did in collaboration with the late Dan Green. The book will also include a tribute to Dan that I wrote.

I'm delighted Shamballa will be returning, but sorry Dan's not here to see some of his finest work back in print.

Thursday, June 20, 2024


 The journey continues! Come join us!

Monday, June 17, 2024


We had great success when we launched our first DeMultiverse Kickstarter a while back. The response to Layla in the Lands of After, Godsend, Wisdom, and Anyman was so strong that, when folks voted on which book they'd like to see continue, the winner was...all of them. So that's what we'll be doing when Phase II of the DeMultiverse launches in July: presenting second chapters of all our Spellbound Comics series. More details coming soon!

And if you're wondering if you'll be seeing more of our bonus book, The Edward Gloom Mysteries...stay tuned!

Update, June 19th: BIG announcement coming tomorrow.  Watch this space!

Saturday, June 8, 2024


The third issue of Spider-Man: Shadow of the Green Goblin is out Wednesday.  (How'd that happen so fast?) Here's the hype, direct from Marvel:

WHO STALKS THE OSBORNS?! The biggest mistake of NORMAN OSBORN’s life is back to haunt him… and it ain’t who you think! Is PETER PARKER ready for a rematch with Proto-Goblin? Ready or not: IT’S ROUND TWO!

Written by: J. M. DeMatteis

Art by: Michael Sta. Maria, Chris Sotomayor

Cover by: Paulo Siqueira, Rachelle Rosenberg

Page Count: 28 Pages

Release Date: June 12, 2024

What's that you say? You want to read some preview pages? Well, here they are:

Tuesday, June 4, 2024


I had a wonderful chat with the fine folks at the Last Comic Shop podcast. You can listen here:

Thursday, May 16, 2024


Just heard that artist Don Perlin has passed away at the age of 94.

When I started working with him on Defenders in 1980, Don had been in the business for decades—he started in the late 1940s—but he never let the difference in our age or experience come between us: never talked down to me, never pulled rank. In fact, Don was such an enthusiastic collaborator, so bubbling with creative energy, that it sometimes seemed he was the wide-eyed new recruit, not me. We’d talk on the phone regularly and soon became friends: two kids from Brooklyn, separated by decades, but united by a love of comic books. If you’re working on a monthly series, you hope for an artist who’s a skilled visual storyteller. Don was certainly that—but he was also a warm, genuine human being.

Heartfelt condolences to Don's family and friends.

Friday, May 10, 2024


Tomorrow, May 11th, is National Twilight Zone Day (yes, there is such a thing) and, in honor the great Rod Serling and his astonishing creation, I re-present (with a few minor edits and updates) an essay I wrote back in 2009.

Our psyches are so tender, so innocently open, when we’re children that stories enchant us in primal ways they rarely can again. As a kid, I was a story addict—devouring everything from comic books (didn’t matter if it was Richie Rich, Archie, Superman or Spider-Man. I adored them all) to the legends of King Arthur (I was fixated on a knight named Sir Tristram, who, I decided, was so much cooler than that overrated bum, Sir Lancelot); John R. Tunis baseball novels (interesting, considering I was in no way a sports enthusiast) to history (I was obsessed with Remember the Alamo! by Robert Penn Warren. What boy in the 60’s, raised on TV Westerns, could resist Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie fighting, and dying, side by side?). And then there was the singular genius of Dr. Seuss: I have a clear memory of clutching my parents hands as we walked to Brooklyn’s Avenue J Library; then sitting, transfixed, in the children’s section, discovering Theodor Geisel’s absurd, illuminating universe for the first time.

All of those wonderful books impacted and influenced me (and, in the case of comic books, launched me on my career path), but some of the stories that left the deepest echoes in my young soul were stories that, for the most part, I first encountered on television:

There was The Wizard of Oz, played once a year, every year. (Can a child today, able to watch the film ad infinitum on streaming, possibly imagine the thrill of pulling a chair up close to the TV and waiting, with almost desperate anticipation, for that MGM lion to roar?) A Christmas Carol, which, every Christmas Eve in New York, would be played at least three times (on The Late Show, The Late, Late Show, and The Late, Late, Late Show. Two runs for the absolutely perfect 1951 version with Alistair Sim, with the 1938 Reginald Owen interpretation sandwiched in between. My mother would eventually shuffle off to sleep, but my father and sister always stayed up with me to watch them all). I adore Disney’s Peter Pan (the scene of Peter and the children flying over London is one of the most thrilling in screen history), but it was the Mary Martin version—which appeared on television with less frequency than Oz and so, in some ways, was even more of a special event—that first captured me. Especially the ending: The eternally-young Peter returns to London, not realizing that decades have passed, and is horrified to find Wendy ”ever so much more than twenty.” I was horrified, too—and deeply moved, in ways my young mind couldn’t really fathom, by the strange, sad tricks of Time.

Then of course there was the King of the Modern Imagination—a man who remains one of my heroes—Walt Disney: feeding me his dreams through the movie houses, certainly (the first movie I remember seeing was a re-release of Disney’s Cinderella, when I was two or three: sitting on my mother’s lap, watching those birds and mice caper across a mind-bogglingly huge screen), but far more intimately through weekly doses of Walt Disney Presents—which later became The Wonderful World of Color (made no difference to me, since we had a black and white television). The Disney story that impacted me more than any other was Pinocchio. I’m pretty sure I saw the movie—the Citizen Kane of animated films—when I was a kid, but what I remember most was a record I owned, which featured Jiminy Cricket himself narrating Pinoke’s story, with music and dialogue from the film. I would listen to that recording again and again and again; lost, in terror and amazement, in the belly of the great whale, Monstro.

When I finally got around to actually reading those childhood classics, my respect for the tales deepened even more. Okay, so I never actually finished Collodi’s Pinocchio—the Disney version is so perfect that it pretty much ruined me for any other interpretation—but Barrie, Dickens and Baum quickly became friends; Dickens and Baum two of the greatest friends I’ve ever had. I could write essays about all of these extraordinary tales—and, with time and luck, I will—but there’s another television-borne story I’d like to focus on here; actually a series of stories that permeated the deeps of my child-mind in wonderful—and wonderfully chilling—ways:

The Twilight Zone.

Unquestionably my favorite television show ever (the original Star Trek is a close second; but, sorry Captain Kirk, not close enough). I don’t know how many times I’ve started writing a new story and then suddenly realized that, in some way, it was done before, and better, on The Twilight Zone. Go to the movies, turn on your television, and you’ll see Rod Serling’s fingerprints everywhere. (And let’s give credit to Serling’s brilliant collaborators, Richard Matheson, Charles Beaumont and George Clayton Johnson—as well as to the man who influenced all of them, the literary god who looms so large on my altar, Ray Bradbury.)

I have a clear and powerful memory of the first Zone episode I ever saw (I was five years old, staying up late at my Aunt’s house on a Friday night): it was called “Time Enough At Last” and if you’re a TZ aficionado you probably know that it’s the episode featuring Burgess Meredith as a bespectacled bookworm who inadvertently survives a nuclear attack and becomes the last man on Earth (or at least in New York). Meredith’s character, Mr. Henry Bemis, is miserable, lonely, despairing. On the verge of suicide he stumbles through the ruins, looks up—and sees a library: a massive, glorious library that wouldn’t look out of place in Emerald City. In the next scene, Bemis has got books, miles of books, spread out across the library steps. He’s happier than he’s ever been. “Time enough at last,” he says, ready to begin the feast. And then his glasses slip from his sweaty face, fall—and shatter. An absolutely heartbreaking ending (so much so that my daughter, who, when she was younger, received an in-depth TZ education from her cultured father, still refuses to watch it. Oh, she knows what the ending is, she made me tell her. But just hearing about it made her cry).

Despite the tragic ending, despite the haunting—and, at the time of broadcast, frighteningly relevant—images of post-nuclear devastation (the episode never addresses the fact that Bemis will undoubtedly die of radiation poisoning; or perhaps the broken glasses themselves are the metaphor), the image that mesmerized me was the library. Equally significant was Mr. Bemis’s extraordinary solitude. I’ve always been someone who enjoyed the universes inside his own head as much as—sometimes more than—the alleged Real World, so, even at that young age, the idea of one man absolutely alone with all the books he could ever want was tantalizing. Magical.

In a strange way I grew up to become a kind of Mr. Bemis, spending decades alone in a room with stories as my only companions. Okay, so I’m writing them, and Bemis was reading them; but, in both cases, it’s about immersing your consciousness in alternate worlds; in preferring those worlds to the bogus reality being fed to us daily by the maya-weavers at CNN. And I have to wonder: Did my impressionable young mind respond so powerfully to that episode because it was in my nature to? Or did “Time Enough At Last” somehow dictate what that nature would be? Who I would become as I grew older?

Even more significant, I think, is the world view that those collective TZ episodes created. Serling, Matheson and the rest birthed a vision of a universe that moved and had purpose. A universe that was alive: conscious and interactive. Looking back, the vision could be cynical on occasion, cruel and unfair (the fate of poor Mr. Bemis being a prime example)—but, at its best (“Walking Distance,” “A Stop At Willoughby,” “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” and “The After Hours” come immediately to mind; you can read my list of favorite episodes here), the Zone universe was one that responded to our deepest wishes and our soul’s needs. It offered up opportunities for redemption (often to people society viewed as beyond saving) or, when necessary, a swift, cosmic kick in the pants. Years of spiritual search have convinced me that Serling and his collaborators were right: the universe is very much alive and interactive; is in fact a reflection of our own minds and hearts and truest, deepest Selves. Every day of our lives is a journey through “a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity.”

And again I wonder: Did the Zone somehow prepare me for the spiritual search that gripped my soul at a young age, perhaps even inspire it in some way? Or did I respond to those stories because, in my heart, I understood that The Twilight Zone reflected the truth of our lives far better than stories that claimed to be, excuse the expression, “realistic”? I tend to think the latter is true: When our souls are set aflame by an idea, a philosophy, a story, it’s because we’re responding to eternal truths that we already know and believe—even if they might seem (to our conscious minds) blazingly, brilliantly, new. Our deepest wisdom, our deepest joy, is already there, like a long-buried memory, inside us, just waiting to be reawakened.

At five years old, up past my bedtime, bathing in the television’s blue glow, Rod Serling’s universe wasn’t alien to me: I recognized it. I was home. So you could say I was born a citizen of The Twilight Zone. For that matter, I was born a citizen of Oz and Neverland, Dickens’s London and The Magic Kingdom. All these stories continue to echo through my consciousness and influence my work, and my life, in strange, miraculous ways I still don’t completely understand.

©copyright 2024  J.M. DeMatteis

Sunday, May 5, 2024


This Wednesday sees the release of Spider-Man: Shadow of the Green Goblin #2—continuing our exploration of Peter Parker's earliest days as a costumed hero. Here's the Marvel hype:

While NORMAN OSBORN deals with the fallout of an attempt on his son Harry’s life, PETER PARKER struggles to keep himself together. What better way to work out your problems than putting on the mask to take down FLINT MARKO: THE SANDMAN!

Written by: J. M. DeMatteis
Art by: Michael Sta. Maria, Chris Sotomayor
Cover by: Paulo Siqueira, Rachelle Rosenberg
Release Date: May 8, 2024

You can see some preview art below. Hope you enjoy our second chapter!

Sunday, April 28, 2024


Looking through some old files, I came across mad genius Keith Giffen’s plot for one of our Booster Gold issues. Keith didn’t write out a plot, he drew it, with impeccable visual storytelling and all the foundation I could possibly need to build my script on. 

And here are the finished pages that grew from Keith's foundation.  (Art by Chris Batista and Rich Perrotta.)

We miss you, Keith!