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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.


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.


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 serves as executive producer and writer on the TV series Supernatural during 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 writer. This TV show also named an important character after executive producer Robert Singer.

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

See also[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". 

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Comic Book Resources
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:27:06 -0700

According to People's unnamed source, Warburton "recently inked a deal with Amazon and Sony" to reprise the role, with "Tick" creator Ben Edlund on board to produce and write. Multiple outlets have picked up on this story online, all sourcing back to ...

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

Will Patrick Warburton triumphantly return as The Tick in a new series? Amazon streaming is betting on it. The wrap is reporting that Warburton and writer creator Ben Edlund will be working on a pilot episode for Amazon based upon the 2001 Fox series ...

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Cinema Blend
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:45:00 -0700

Speaking with MovieWeb about The Tick's upcoming reboot/reimagining, actor Patrick Warburton shared quite a few unofficial tidbits, saying The Tick's creator Ben Edlund has developed the beloved hero with a new direction in mind. “I think Ben's newest ...

Comic Book Resources

Comic Book Resources
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:57:52 -0700

Although the only official word of a live-action revival of the beloved, absurd 2001 superhero series The Tick has been a tweet from creator Ben Edlund, original star Patrick Warburton is ready and willing to take part. Caught for comment on the rumors ...

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Unleash The Fanboy
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 06:10:38 -0700

This is a great example of how the series was clearly limited in its attempts to appeal and be appropriate for a younger audience. There is much at work here. Ben Edlund even has a writing credit and most of it works pretty well. Even the material that ...

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Unleash The Fanboy
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:45:31 -0700

Will Amazon's remake be able to pull more from the comic (created in 1986 by Ben Edlund) and its rogues gallery? Warburton, as well as a legion of fan, have spoken disparagingly about Fox's handling of the show. The time slot put it up against the ...


Fri, 05 Sep 2014 05:00:00 -0700

The Patrick Warburton live-action version of The Tick, which was cancelled back in 2002 by Fox, is apparently in talks of being revived by Amazon. Creator Ben Edlund, who also created the "Tick" comic book, is coming back to write and produce the ...
Paste Magazine
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 11:28:32 -0700

Series creator Ben Edlund confirmed the news on Twitter. Like the rest of Amazon's pilots, The Tick is expected to stream for free through the online retailer's website at an unspecified future date. The fate of the series will then be partly up to ...

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