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Ben Edlund
Ben Edlund by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Edlund at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011.
Born 1968
Pembroke, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Artist

Ben Edlund (born 1968 in Pembroke, Massachusetts) is a comic book artist and writer and television screenwriter. Prior to his involvement in TV, he was best known as the creator of the satirical superhero character The Tick. He serves as an executive producer and staff writer for The CW series Supernatural.

Background[edit]

Edlund was born and raised in Pembroke. He attended Silver Lake Regional High School and was voted by classmates as "Most Artistic" for both the 8th grade and 12th grade yearbook superlatives. At the age of 17, without a driver's license, Edlund was forced to ride with friends and frequent their favorite hangouts. One particular destination, the New England Comics store, spawned Edlund's interest in the comic book medium, which later launched his art and writing career.

Creation of The Tick[edit]

While still in high school, he began developing his satirical superhero, The Tick, who became the mascot of the New England Comics newsletter. Edlund was invited to create a comic book series based on the character by New England Comics when, due to a production mix-up, the publisher needed a new title fast. Edlund graduated from high school in 1986 and continued to draw his popular character while majoring in film at Massachusetts College of Art. The debut issue of The Tick took a year and a half for Edlund to develop.

While still in college, Edlund was approached by Kiscom, a New Jersey-based toy licensing and design company, who wanted to develop merchandising off The Tick. Sunbow Entertainment, a New York-based animation company, paired Edlund up with writer Richard Libmann-Smith. After having their premiere episode turned down by FOX, the duo got approval with a refined version.

In 1994, The Tick debuted as an animated series on FOX and lasted three seasons. The program led to various toy and merchandising deals. The limited scope of merchandising compared to other contemporaneous animated series led Edlund to express contentment in his character as a "much more sincere proposal."[1] The Tick appeared on the FOX network in late 2001 with a short-lived live-action series.

Screenwriting[edit]

In the late 1990s, Edlund collaborated with indie filmmaker Lisa Hammer and her husband, Eric Hammer, on the film Crawley. The Hammers would later work with Edlund again during the creation of The Venture Bros. which draws inspiration from The Tick.

In the 2000s, he was employed by Joss Whedon at Mutant Enemy, first on Firefly and then later on the final seasons of Angel, writing and directing the Hugo Award nominated episode, "Smile Time." Edlund credits Whedon with his education on creating character arcs for television.[2] Edlund also had a hand in creating characters for Whedon's successful web-series Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, to which he contributed "Bad Horse" and the henchman sidekick "Moist."

In 2005, Edlund served as co-executive producer on Point Pleasant. He also wrote the Star Wars: The Clone Wars second season episode "Grievous Intrigue".

He served as executive producer, writer, and occasionally director on the TV series Supernatural from season 2 to season 8. On that show, there was a character, a writer/prophet named Chuck Shurley, who went by the pen name "Carver Edlund", a combination of Edlund's last name and that of Jeremy Carver, another Supernatural producer and writer. (The show also named another important character after executive producer Robert Singer.)

In 2013, Edlund left the writing staff to join Supernatural creator Eric Kripke's new television series, Revolution.

After Revolution was canceled in 2014, Edlund joined the new show Gotham as a producer and writer.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reber, Deborah Tick Fever Endures: Ben Edlund Talks About the Evolution of Everyone's Favorite Blue Superhero Animation World Magazine, Issue 2.4 (July 1997). Retrieved on 5-16-09.
  2. ^ WhedonAge.com (August 1, 2009). "Ben Edlund (Supernatural) @ Comic-Con '09". 

External links[edit]


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Tue, 05 May 2015 21:05:19 -0700

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Wed, 20 May 2015 09:41:15 -0700

Ben Edlund delivered a masterful episode with “On the Head of a Pin” and all of the actors brought their A-games to the stage for it, particularly Jensen Ackles. Ackles deftly portrayed Dean's internal war between the side of himself that enjoys ...

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Mon, 18 May 2015 15:12:32 -0700

... the writing duties of the digital comic's four chapters, after breaking the story in the writers' room along with the rest of the Revolution creative team including Kripke, O'Bannon, Paul Grellong, David Rambo, Trey Callaway, Anne Cofell Saunders ...

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Tue, 05 May 2015 04:37:30 -0700

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Fri, 27 Jun 2014 04:37:30 -0700

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Mon, 08 Sep 2014 09:05:21 -0700

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Sat, 01 Jun 2013 11:35:40 -0700

I'm excited for Season 2 because of news out of Australia that says Ben Edlund, Supernatural's most celebrated writer and executive producer, is leaving the CW show to help out his old pal and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke at Revolution. It may not ...
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