Roger McKenzie (comics)

This article is about the comic book writer. For the English musician, see Roger McKenzie.
Roger McKenzie
Born November 8
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer
Notable works

Roger McKenzie (born November 8)[1] is an American comic book writer best known for his work on Daredevil with Frank Miller.


McKenzie's first comics work was a seven-page short story title "Ground Round" in Vampirella #50 (April 1976) published by Warren Publishing.[2] He wrote stories for Warren's black and white magazine titles Creepy, Eerie, and Vampirella from 19761982. He worked for DC Comics as well, creating the western character Cinnamon and several stories for the company's horror titles.[2]

McKenzie and Frank Miller's first collaboration was on a two-page story entitled "Slowly, painfully, you dig your way from the cold, choking debris..." published in DC Comics' Weird War Tales #68 (October 1978).[2] McKenzie became the writer on Marvel Comics' Daredevil with issue #151 (March 1978), and gave the series a dark tone reminiscent of his horror writings. Miller joined McKenzie on the series starting with #158 (May 1979).[3]

Other Marvel Comics titles McKenzie contributed to include Battlestar Galactica (19791980) and Captain America (19781980).[2] McKenzie and artist Don Perlin developed the idea of Captain America running for the office of President of the United States.[4] Marvel originally rejected the idea but it would be used later by Roger Stern and John Byrne[5] in Captain America #250 (October 1980).[6] McKenzie and Perlin received credit for the idea on the letters page at Stern's insistence.[7] McKenzie and Perlin would also receive credit in the follow-up story in What If? #26 (April 1981).[2]

McKenzie has written for a variety of independent publishers such as Pacific Comics, Comico Comics, Pied Piper Comics, and Eclipse Comics.[2]

In 2014 McKenzie founded Checkmate Comics. He also serves as Executive Editor of the Charlton Neo line of comics, where he writes for The Charlton Arrow[8] and Charlton Wild Frontier.[9] Since February 2015, he has been writing the Spookman weekly comic strip with Sandy Carruthers for Pix-C, a web comics site.[10]


Charlton Neo

Checkmate Comics

DC Comics

Marvel Comics

Pacific Comics

Warren Publishing



  1. Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Roger McKenzie at the Grand Comics Database
  3. Sanderson, Peter; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1970s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 189. ISBN 978-0756641238. Initially, Miller collaborated on Daredevil with writer Roger McKenzie.
  4. Brady, Matt (November 28, 2002). "Looking Back:Stern & Byrne's Captain America". Newsarama. Archived from the original on January 25, 2009. Retrieved February 20, 2012. The story, according to Stern, actually began a year previous, when Roger McKenzie and Don Perlin were the creative team on Captain America, and Stern was an editor at Marvel. McKenzie and Perlin wanted Cap to run for office and win, setting up four years’ worth of stories in and around Washington, D.C. and the duties of the president. While it could’ve made for a great pop-culture civics lesson, Stern 86’d the idea.
  5. Cronin, Brian (May 10, 2010). "The Greatest Roger Stern Stories Ever Told!". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on February 20, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  6. Captain America #250 at the Grand Comics Database
  7. Khoury, George. "The Roger Stern Interview: The Triumphs and Trials of the Writer". Marvel Masterworks Resource Page. Archived from the original on February 20, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2012. I made sure that 1) Roger McK. and Don knew about it, and 2) they were credited with the idea on the letters page.
  8. "The Charlton Arrow". Charlton Neo. n.d. Archived from the original on April 7, 2015.
  9. "Charlton Wild Frontier". Charlton Neo. n.d. Archived from the original on April 4, 2015.
  10. "Pix-C Web Comics". Charlton Neo. n.d. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015.

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Preceded by
Steve Gerber
Captain America writer
Succeeded by
Peter B. Gillis
Preceded by
Jim Shooter
Ghost Rider writer
Succeeded by
Michael Fleisher
Preceded by
Battlestar Galactica writer
Succeeded by
Steven Grant and Walt Simonson
Preceded by
Peter B. Gillis
Captain America writer
Succeeded by
John Byrne and Roger Stern
Preceded by
Jim Shooter
Daredevil writer
(with Frank Miller in late 1980)
Succeeded by
Frank Miller
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