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Name: Jeph Loeb  
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Date of Birth: 29th January 1958
Place of Birth: Stamford, Connecticut, USA
Profession: Writer
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Joseph "Jeph" Loeb III is a United States comic book writer, screen and television writer as well as television and motion picture producer. A three time Eisner Award Winner and five time Wizard Award Winner, Loeb has found tremendous success at both Marvel and DC where he has guided such diverse characters as the X-Men and Superman as well as Batman and Spider-Man. He is known for his extensive use of narration boxes as monologues to reveal the inner thoughts of his characters. Much of his most celebrated work has been in collaboration with artist Tim Sale. In 2003, Loeb teamed with superstar artist Jim Lee to create the year long mystery Batman: Hush, the highest selling DC comic in over 10 years. Hush, which spawned three lines of toys, posters and calenders, sat at the #1 spot for eleven of the twelve months it was in publication. The following year, Loeb launched "Superman/Batman" which toppled Hush's success. It is the only comic book title with a single writer for 25 consecutive issues working with a rotating group of artists, Ed McGuinness, Michael Turner, Pat Lee, Carlos Pacheco and Ian Churchill. In 2005, Loeb spun Supergirl out of Superman/Batman with artist Ian Churchill. Another phenomenon, Supergirl launched as the most successful single female character in nearly ten years.

He was born in Stamford, Connecticut. He reportedly read his first comic book during the summer of 1970. By winter of the same year, Jeph was apparently fascinated enough to convince his father to purchase the comic book collection of one Tom Chicarella on his behalf. Tom was from Brooklyn, New York City, New York and the sold collection reportedly included every issue published by Marvel Comics between 1961 and late 1970.

His later step-father was a vice-president at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts. Jeph however attended Columbia University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master's degree in Film. His instructors included MiloŇ° Forman and Paul Schrader.

His debut in film-making was his collaboration with Matthew Weisman in authoring the script of Teen Wolf. The film was released on August 23, 1985 and was a notable starring role for Michael J. Fox.

Loeb and Weisman then collaborated in writing the script of Commando. The film was released on October 4, 1985 and was a notable starring role for Arnold Schwarzenegger.

His next screen credit was the film Burglar, first released on March 20, 1987. The plot was based on the novels of Lawrence Block about fictional burglar Bernice Rhodenbarr. His collaborators were Weisman and Hugh Wilson. The film was a typical for the time tough-woman comedic role for starring actress Whoopi Goldberg.

His second film that year was Teen Wolf Too, a sequel of Teen Wolf. His co-writers were Weisman and Timothy Kring. The film was released on November 20, 1987. The film featured teen idol Jason Bateman and veteran actor John Astin.

Four years later, Loeb was working on a script for THE FLASH as a feature with Warner Brothers. While the script deal fell through, Loeb met then publisher Jenette Kahn who asked Loeb to write a comic book for DC. The result was Challengers of the Unknown vol. 2 #1 - #8 (March -October, 1991). The mini-series also featured notable guest appearances by Doctor Fate (Eric and Linda Strauss), Batman, James Gordon, Guy Gardner and Lois Lane. Most notably, it was the first of many collaborations with Tim Sale.

Jeph was also recruited as a writer and supervising producer for the hit show Smallville (TV series) for a number of seasons (2002-2005). Given his expertise on the Superman mythos and experience with writing the character in comics, he helped bring an authenticity to the show that fans loved.

Tragically, Jeph's son, Sam Loeb, passed away on June 17, 2005 at the age of 17 after a three-year long battle with cancer. Sam wrote in an issue of Tales of the Vampires with Jeph's long-term collaborator, Tim Sale. In 2006, Sam's final work will appear in Superman/Batman #26 which was nearly completed before his untimely death. His father will finish the work with the royalty of the comic book industry all of whom were friends of Sam, incluuding Michael Turner, Jim Lee, Joss Whedon, Brad Meltzer, Arthur Adams, Geoff Johns, Allan Heinberg and John Cassaday.

As of September 1, 2005, Loeb will begin an exclusive contract with Marvel. He is "working out the details" with how he will continue the newly launched Supergirl series. His first series will be Volume 3 of The Ultimates, with Joe Madureira on art.

Loeb currently shares his writing studio, The Empath Magic Tree House, with Geoff Johns and Allan Heiinberg.

He has since written scripts for both mini-series and on-going titles. His most famous work includes:

  • Superman
  • Superman For All Seasons
  • Batman: The Long Halloween
  • Batman:Dark Victory
  • Batman: Hush
  • Daredevil:Yellow
  • Spider-Man:Blue
  • Hulk:Gray

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