Jewish Comic Book Creator: Brian Michael Bendis

Brian Michael Bendis is among the best known and most successful active creators in the comic book industry. Known for his character driven storytelling and his memorable dialogue, Bendis is one of the few active comic book creators to have created numerous important new characters while still breathing new life into existing franchises. He also brought depth, maturity and diversity to a medium that needed it. 

Some of his more notable creations:

Miles Morales - Spider-Man

Jessica Jones


Maria Hill

Daisy Johnson

He also wrote my favorite Kitty Pryde Panel:

Looks like I’m on Team Stark for Civil War II

“A mysterious new Marvel character comes to the attention of the world, one who has the power to calculate the outcome of future events with a high degree of accuracy,” according to the synopsis. “This predictive power divides the Marvel heroes on how best to capitalize on this aggregated information, with Captain Marvel leading the charge to profile future crimes and attacks before they occur, and Iron Man adopting the position that the punishment cannot come before the crime.”

When writer Brian Michael Bendis pitched Alias, a series about a heavy-drinking, swearing, down-on-her-luck, ex-superheroine-turned-private detective, he was careful to add that he was prepared to tone it down. But Bill Jemas, the president of Marvel, went for it without hesitation, in all its profane glory. Marvel wouldn’t just publish it without a Comics Code seal—it would also create a whole new line of “Adults Only” superhero comics, called MAX. The first issue leaped in with both feet. “Fuck! This is— fuck! “God Fucking Dammit!” comprised the entirety of the first page’s dialogue. As it turned out, though, the obscenities were just a bit of throat-clearing before the comic settled into complex, sympathetic characterization and the smart, rat-a-tat dialogue that marked David Mamet screenplays or Richard Price novels. Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos retrofitted their bruised underdog heroine, Jessica Jones, into Marvel’s history, making her an aging alumnus of the early-1980s Avengers (code name: Jewel), and her emotional interactions with Marvel fixtures like Luke Cage, Matt Murdock, and Steve Rogers simultaneously satisfied fanboys’ desires for in-jokes and added dimensionality to decades-old characters. Despite its achievements, it was the reference to rough sex (between Jessica and Luke “Power Man” Cage) that got all the attention. After a printer in Alabama refused to handle the first issue, Marvel had to take it elsewhere for publication.

Soon after, Jemas withdrew Marvel’s membership from the Comics Code Authority, just like that, after nearly fifty years.

(From Marvel Comics: The Untold Story. Read more here.)