Secret Origins is the title of several comic book series published by DC Comics which featured the origin stories of the publisher's various characters. Secret Origins was first contained only reprinted material; the title became an ongoing reprint series in February–March 1973 which ran for seven issues and ended in October–November 1974. The title was used on various compilations of origin stories including Limited Collectors' Edition #C-39 and #C-45 as well as DC Special Series #10 and #19, its most well-known incarnation was a 50-issue series that ran from April 1986 to August 1990 plus three Annuals and one Special. An issue would clarify the post-Crisis origins of a number of characters two as most of the issues were double-sized, i.e. 48 pages. Roy Thomas was the initial writer/editorial consultant on the series. Three more specials followed in 1998–1999. In 2004, it returned to the all-reprint format with a Weird Secret Origins special featuring Doctor Fate, the Spectre, Animal Man, Metamorpho, Congorilla, El Diablo, the Bizarro World.
A new monthly incarnation focusing on characters in The New 52, launched in April 2014 with a June 2014 cover date. The first issue featured the origins of Superman and the Dick Grayson version of Robin; this series was cancelled as of issue #11 on sale in March 2015. 1: The Golden Age Superman. 2: The Blue Beetle, both the Dan Garrett and Ted Kord versions. 3: Captain Marvel credited by the Shazam! Title. Much of this was changed in the Legends crossover and Thomas himself would retcon this some months in SHAZAM! The New Beginning, all of, changed by Jerry Ordway in his graphic novel The Power of Shazam!. 4: Firestorm. 5: the original Crimson Avenger. 6: Halo of the Outsiders. This was the first double-sized issue. 7: Guy Gardner. 9: The original Star-Spangled Kid and Stripesy. 10: The Phantom Stranger. This was a Legends tie-in. 11: the Golden Age Hawkman. Both stories presented have been retconned, with Power Girl's backstory having been redefined by Geoff Johns in the pages of JSA Classified which served as part of the buildup to Infinite Crisis.
12: The Challengers of the Unknown. 13: Nightwing. 14: Suicide Squad. Another Legends tie-in, it served as a prequel to the series and was written by that series' writer, John Ostrander. 15: The Spectre. 16: Hourman. 17: Adam Strange. 18: The Golden Age Green Lantern Alan Scott. 19: Uncle Sam. 20: Batgirl. 21: Jonah Hex. 22: the Manhunters. This was a tie-in with Millennium as was the subsequent issue, aligned the various histories of the characters with the Manhunter name together. 23: the Guardians of the Universe written by Todd Klein. 24: Doctor Fate. Mark Waid became editor with this issue. 25: the Legion of Super-Heroes. 26: Black Lightning. 27: Zatanna, her father Zatara, Doctor Mist. 28: Midnight art by Gil Kane. Nightshade's origin doubled as an introduction/backdrop to a three-issue Suicide Squad arc where she returned to her place of origin to save her brother. 29: The Atom. 30: Plastic Man. 31: the Justice Society of America. A full-length story, Roy Thomas' last contribution to the series excluding the Grim Ghost story in #42.
32: the Justice League. In a full-length story by Keith Giffen and Peter David, the Justice League is formed by Green Lantern, the Flash, the Martian Manhunter and Black Canary. Superman and Batman were not founding members, Wonder Woman's revised continuity precluded her from the same; the events depicted were expanded upon in JLA: Year One and JLA: Incarnations. 33: Fire and Mister Miracle. This and the subsequent two issues dealt with members of Justice League International. 34: Captain Atom, G'nort and Rocket Red. 35: Booster Gold, Maxwell Lord, the Martian Manhunter rendered apocryphal by events and revelations in J'onn J'onnz' solo series. 36: Green Lantern Hal Jordan story by Jim Owsley. 37: The Legion of Substitute Heroes. 38: Green
James Bartholomew Olsen, better known as Jimmy Olsen, is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Olsen is a young photojournalist working for the Daily Planet, he is close friends with Lois Lane and Clark Kent/Superman, has a good working relationship with his boss Perry White. Olsen looks up to his coworkers as role models and parent figures. Jimmy Olsen first appeared around the Golden Age of Comic Books. In the Silver Age, he starred in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, he has appeared in most other media adaptations of Superman. He was portrayed by Tommy Bond in the two Superman film serials and Atom Man vs. Superman. Jack Larson played the character on the Adventures of Superman television show. Marc McClure in the Superman films of the 1970s and 1980s, as well as the 1984 film Supergirl. Michael Landes in the first season of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and Justin Whalin in the subsequent three seasons. Sam Huntington in the 2006 film Superman Returns, Aaron Ashmore in The CW's Smallville and Michael Cassidy in the 2016 film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
In the series Supergirl, he is portrayed by Mehcad Brooks. An unnamed "office boy" with a bow tie makes a brief appearance in the story "Superman's Phony Manager" published in Action Comics #6, claimed to be Jimmy Olsen's first appearance by several reference sources; the character was first introduced as Jimmy Olsen in the radio show The Adventures of Superman on April 15, 1940 in the episode "Donelli’s Protection Racket" "so the Man of Steel would have someone to talk to". With Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster creating and drawing the physical appearance and giving him a bigger personality, the character moved from the radio show back into the comics in 1941, first appearing as a named character in the story "Superman versus The Archer" in Superman #13, but after a handful of appearances, he disappeared again. In late 1953, while Jack Larson was playing the character on the Adventures of Superman television show where he was referred to as "Jim Olsen", the character was revived in the Superman comics after a 10-year absence and given his own title.
Jimmy is traditionally depicted as a bow tie-wearing, red-haired young man who works as a cub reporter and photographer for The Daily Planet, alongside Lois Lane and Clark Kent, whom he idolizes as career role models. In most depictions of the character, he has a strong friendship with Superman; as Superman's friend, Jimmy has special access to the Man of Steel, thanks to Superman's gift to Jimmy of a "signal watch", a wristwatch which, with the press of a button, emits a special ultrasonic frequency signal that Superman can hear anywhere on Earth. In many Silver Age of Comic Books, Jimmy was seen sharing adventures with Superman, who saved him from various predicaments ranging from dangerous to embarrassing. Beginning in 1954, Jimmy stars in his own comic book, Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, published from 1954 to 1974, which saw Olsen in a variety of slapstick adventures and strange transformations and without Superman; the stories in the title would feature outlandish situations, ranging from Jimmy being hurled back in time to Krypton before its destruction in issue #36 to dealing with gorillas of all sorts.
This version of Jimmy Olsen had his own fan club. Jack Kirby took over the Jimmy Olsen comic with issue #134, he began by introducing a secret "D. N. A. Project" to create Mutated Humans for Good, adding "the Hairies", superbeings from other planets and Morgan Edge... and reintroduced his 1940s Newsboy Legion characters. About halfway through his run, Kirby introduced vampires, the Loch Ness Monster, Victor Volcanum, the fire-eating archcriminal. Readership dropped back to its pre-Kirby levels. Kirby's tenure on the series ended with issue #148. In that series, Olsen became a more serious character who battled criminals as an investigative reporter known as "Mr. Action" in urban crime stories that involved Superman. Jimmy Olsen appeared in new stories in The Superman Family #164, 167, 170, 173, 176, 179, 182–222. Following Crisis on Infinite Earths, the entire Superman mythos was rebooted from scratch in the limited series The Man of Steel. Despite recent modernization efforts on Superman and his supporting characters, Jimmy Olsen has not been changed in the Modern Age.
He is still a cub reporter working for The Daily Planet, is still friends with Superman. His look was made over as he stopped wearing bowties, started wearing casual clothing. An interesting alteration to the relationship was that Jimmy designed the signal watch himself, leading to his first meeting with Superman. Superman considered confiscating the watch, but decided to trust Jimmy to use it responsibly. While Jimmy's transformations no longer occur as as they did in the Silver Age, Jimmy once became a type of "Elastic Lad" on contact with the Eradicator, he took the identity of "Turtle Boy" in a series of pizza commercials, made when he was temporarily laid off from the Planet. In the 1990s, Jimmy quit the Planet in a dispute over a story and went to Metropolis broadcaster Galaxy Broadcast
The Phantom Zone is a fictional prison dimension appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics in association with stories featuring Superman. It first appeared in Adventure Comics #283, was created by Robert Bernstein and George Papp, it was used in the Superman comics before the continuity was rebooted in the 1980s, after Crisis on Infinite Earths, has appeared since. The Phantom Zone was a "pocket universe" discovered by Jor-El that existed outside the space-time continuum. Criminals were punished by being sealed into capsules and rocketed into orbit in suspended animation with crystals attached to their foreheads to erase their criminal tendencies. Gra-Mo was the last to suffer the punishment, for it was abolished in favor of the Zone; the inmates of the Phantom Zone reside in a ghost-like state of existence from which they can observe, but cannot interact with, the regular universe. Inmates do not require sustenance in the Phantom Zone; as such, they were able to survive the destruction of Krypton and focus their attention on Earth, as most of the surviving Kryptonians now reside there.
Most have a particular grudge against Superman because his father created the method of their damnation, was the prosecutor at their trials. When they manage to escape, they engage in random destruction easy for them since, on Earth, each has the same powers as Superman. Superman periodically released Phantom Zone prisoners whose original sentences had been completed, most of these went to live in the bottle city of Kandor; the sole inmate of the Phantom Zone, not placed there as punishment for a crime is Mon-El, a Daxamite who fell victim to lead poisoning. Superboy was forced to cast him into the Phantom Zone to keep him alive, where he remained until the time of the Legion of Super-Heroes when Brainiac 5 created a medication that allowed him to leave safely. Green Lantern Guy Gardner once experienced an extended and tortuous stay after an explosion of a Green Lantern Power Battery sent him there, until rescued by Superman and Green Lantern Hal Jordan, who had believed him to be dead all that time.
Phantom Girl can enter or leave the Phantom Zone as she pleases, once did so to interrogate the prisoners about Jor-El. Superman develops communications equipment for the Phantom Zone, like the Zone-o-Phone, refinements to the projector. In addition, the city of Kandor uses the Phantom Zone with parole hearings sometimes chaired by Superman. However, since the departure of Kandor, that is, outside of Mon-El, most of the inhabitants were confined to lifers and not inclined to making conversation with their jailer; as for Superman himself, as much as he appreciates how the Zone is necessary to contain its Kryptonian inmates and shelter Mon-El, he privately harbors concerns about the justness of its penal use. This is illustrated in the acclaimed story, "For the Man Who Has Everything" by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, where Clark is ensnared in a fantasy illusion created by an alien parasitical plant called a Black Mercy; as his subconscious resists the illusion of a peaceful life on Krypton, among the first signs of its degeneration is the sight of his cousin, Kara Zor-El, hospitalized after being attacked by an anti-Phantom Zone militant who left literature protesting that the Phantom Zone is a method of torture.
In the Steve Gerber miniseries The Phantom Zone, it is revealed that the Zone not only has a breach through which other inmates had escaped, but were never heard from again. The imprisoned Superman and Quex-Ul use this method and travel through several dimensional "layers" seeking the exit into the physical universe, they encounter a Kryptonian wizard named Thul-Kar, who tells them he believed Jor-El's prophecy of Krypton's doom and entered the Phantom Zone through magic. Using the same breach, he discovered the truth about the Phantom Zone: all its levels are manifestations of the consciousness of a sentient universe called Aethyr; the Zone itself is an interface between the Earth-One dimension and Aethyr's mind, the outer layer representing its ability for abstract thought. Only by entering Aethyr's core realm can they escape back to Earth, dangerous since any being who tries risks either being destroyed or merging with Aethyr's essence. While Quex-Ul is killed by Aethyr, Superman manages to make his way out of the Phantom Zone and return to Earth.
Mister Mxyzptlk is possessed by Aethyr. During Superman's fight with the possessed Mr. Mxyzpltk-Aethyr empties the Phantom Zone of its inhabitants but is absorbed into Aethyr itself; as the Phantom Zone villains head to Earth to conquer it, Thul-Kar and Nam-Ek are absorbed into Aethyr. Superman awakes and sees that the Phantom Zone villains are wreaking havoc on Earth, causing destruction to the Capitol Building in Washington, D. C. and demanding Superman fight them. Superman battles the Phantom Zone villains in Washington. While fighting Faora Hu-Ul, he witnesses her disappearing. Mister Mxyzpltk reveals that his strong personality has taken over Aethyr and he absorbs all the rest of the Phantom Zone inhabitants into himself. Mxyzpltk-Aethyr leaves, intending to next take over the Fifth Dimension, Superman is left to put out the fires in Washington and rid Metropolis of Kryptonite. In the Post-Crisis DC Universe, the Phantom Zone first appears after Superman returns from space with a
José Edilbenes Bezerra, better known by his professional name Ed Benes, is a Brazilian comic book artist, known for his work for DC Comics, on such titles as Birds of Prey, Supergirl and Justice League of America. José Edilbenes Bezerra was born November 20, 1972, in Alto Santo, a small town in the Brazilian state of Ceará, in the northeast region of the country, he has lived in Limoeiro do Norte, a medium town in Ceará state, since he was 14 years old. He began drawing on his own in 1989, he took a correspondence art course, though he did not finish it. Benes' got his first professional work in 1993, after he mailed out sample art, was discovered by Neal Adams, who gave him the job of illustrating Samuree for Continuity Comics in 1993. In the 1990s Benes began to work for Marvel where he did art for multiple comic book titles, including a Captain Marvel six-part miniseries, he moved to DC Comics, where continued penciling more work for titles such as Gen¹³, Birds of Prey and Superman. In 2006 Benes was assigned to provide art to for writer Brad Meltzer's run on Justice League of America series, which he drew until 2009.
He subsequently contributed to Batman and Birds of Prey titles, Steel. In 2018, Benes released the first comic he wrote along with penciling, Nina & Ariel. Financed through crowdfunding, the title takes an adult comics approach inspired by Fire and Ice, where two female warriors try to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. Ed Benes began the Ed Benes Studio for aspiring comic book artists, which offers several courses on illustration and techniques in sequential storytelling, hosts lectures and workshops. Action Comics #836, Annual #13 Artemis: Requiem, miniseries, #1-6 Batgirl, vol. 4 #13 Batman #687 Batman: The Dark Knight, vol. 2, #8 Birds of Prey #56-65, 67, 70, 72, 75, 79-80 Birds of Prey, vol. 2, #1-4 Blackest Night: Titans, miniseries, #1-3 Codename: Knockout #15-18 Countdown to Infinite Crisis #1 DC Universe #0 Deathstroke, the Terminator Annual #3 Detective Comics, vol. 2, #10 Flash, vol. 2, Annual #7 Gen 13 #45-50, 52, 54-59, 61-63, 67, 71-74 Green Lantern, vol. 4, #49 Green Lanterns #8 Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #10 Gunfire #0, 6-7, 10-13 Justice League of America, vol.
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Fiction broadly refers to any narrative, derived from the imagination—in other words, not based on history or fact. It can refer, more narrowly, to narratives written only in prose, is used as a synonym for the novel. In its most narrow usage fiction refers to novels, but it may denote any "literary narrative", including novels and short stories. More broadly, fiction has come to encompass imaginative storytelling in any format, including writings, theatrical performances, films, television programs, games, so on. A work of fiction implies the inventive act of constructing an imaginary world, so its audience does not expect it to be faithful to the real world in presenting only characters who are actual people or descriptions that are factually true. Instead, the context of fiction understood as not adhering to the real world, is more open to interpretation. Characters and events within a fictional work may be set in their own context separate from the known universe: an independent fictional universe.
Fiction's traditional opposite is non-fiction, a narrative work whose creator assumes responsibility for presenting only the historical and factual truth. The distinction between fiction and non-fiction however can be unclear in some recent artistic and literary movements, such as postmodern literature. Traditionally, fiction includes novels, short stories, legends, fairy tales and narrative poetry, plays. However, fiction may encompass comic books, many animated cartoons, stop motions, manga, video games, radio programs, television programs, etc; the Internet has had a major impact on the creation and distribution of fiction, calling into question the feasibility of copyright as a means to ensure royalties are paid to copyright holders. Digital libraries such as Project Gutenberg make public domain texts more available; the combination of inexpensive home computers, the Internet and the creativity of its users has led to new forms of fiction, such as interactive computer games or computer-generated comics.
Countless forums for fan fiction can be found online, where loyal followers of specific fictional realms create and distribute derivative stories. The Internet is used for the development of blog fiction, where a story is delivered through a blog either as flash fiction or serial blog, collaborative fiction, where a story is written sequentially by different authors, or the entire text can be revised by anyone using a wiki. Types of literary fiction in prose include: Short story: A work of at least 2,000 words but under 7,500 words; the boundary between a long short story and a novella is vague. Novella: A work of at least 7,500 words but under 50,000 words. Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness is an example of a novella. Novel: A work of 50,000 words or more. Fiction is broken down into a variety of genres: subsets of fiction, each differentiated by a particular unifying tone or style, narrative technique, media content, or popularly defined criterion. Science fiction, for example, predicts or supposes technologies that are not realities at the time of the work's creation: Jules Verne's novel From the Earth to the Moon was published in 1865 and only in 1969 did astronaut Neil Armstrong first land on the moon.
Historical fiction places imaginary characters into real historical events. In the early historical novel Waverley, Sir Walter Scott's fictional character Edward Waverley meets a figure from history, Bonnie Prince Charlie, takes part in the Battle of Prestonpans; some works of fiction are or re-imagined based on some true story, or a reconstructed biography. When the fictional story is based on fact, there may be additions and subtractions from the true story to make it more interesting. An example is Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, a series of short stories about the Vietnam War. Fictional works that explicitly involve supernatural, magical, or scientifically impossible elements are classified under the genre of fantasy, including Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland, J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Creators of fantasy sometimes introduce imaginary beings such as dragons and fairies. Literary fiction is a term used in the book-trade to distinguish novels that are regarded as having literary merit, from most commercial or "genre" fiction.
Neal Stephenson has suggested that while any definition will be simplistic there is today a general cultural difference between literary and genre fiction. On the one hand literary authors nowadays are supported by patronage, with employment at a university or a similar institution, with the continuation of such positions determined not by book sales but by critical acclaim by other established literary authors and critics. On the other hand, he suggests, genre fiction writers tend to support themselves by book sales. However, in an interview, John Updike lamented that "the category of'literary fiction' has sprung up to torment people like me who just set out to write books, if anybody wanted to read them, the more the merrier.... I'm a genre writer of a sort. I write literary fiction, like spy fiction or chick lit". On The Charlie Rose Show, he argued that this term, when applied to his work limited him and his expectations of what might come of his writing, so he does not like it, he suggested that all his works are literary be
Edmond Moore Hamilton was an American writer of science fiction during the mid-twentieth century. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, he was raised there and in nearby New Pennsylvania. Something of a child prodigy, he graduated from high school and entered Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania at the age of 14, but washed out at 17. Edmond Hamilton's career as a science fiction writer began with the publication of "The Monster God of Mamurth", a short story, in the August 1926 issue of Weird Tales—now a classic magazine of alternative fiction. Hamilton became a central member of the remarkable group of Weird Tales writers assembled by editor Farnsworth Wright, that included H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard. Weird Tales would publish 79 works of fiction by Hamilton from 1926 to 1948, making him one of the magazine's most prolific contributors. Hamilton became a friend and associate of several Weird Tales veterans, including E. Hoffmann Price and Otis Adelbert Kline. In the late 1930s Weird Tales printed several striking fantasy tales by Hamilton, most notably "He That Hath Wings", one of his most popular and frequently-reprinted pieces.
Hamilton wrote one of the first hardcover compilations of what would come to be known as the science fiction genre, The Horror on The Asteroid and Other Tales of Planetary Horror. The book compiles the following stories: "The Horror on the Asteroid", "The Accursed Galaxy", "The Man Who Saw Everything", "The Earth-Brain", "The Monster-God of Mamurth", "The Man Who Evolved". Through the late 1920s and early 1930s Hamilton wrote for all of the SF pulp magazines publishing, contributed horror and thriller stories to various other magazines as well, he was popular as an author of space opera, a subgenre he created along with E. E. "Doc" Smith. His story "The Island of Unreason" won the first Jules Verne Prize as the best SF story of the year. In the 1930s, in response to the economic strictures of the Great Depression, he wrote detective and crime stories. Always prolific in stereotypical pulp magazine fashion, Hamilton sometimes saw four or five of his stories appear in a single month in these years.
In the 1940s, Hamilton was the primary force behind the Captain Future franchise, a SF pulp designed for juvenile readers that won him many fans, but diminished his reputation in years when science fiction moved away from space opera. Hamilton was always associated with an extravagant, high-adventure style of SF best represented by his 1947 novel The Star Kings; as the SF field grew more sophisticated, his brand of extreme adventure seemed more quaint and dated. In 1942 Hamilton began writing for DC Comics, specializing in stories for their characters Superman and Batman, his first comics story was "Bandits in Toyland" in Batman #11. He wrote the short-lived science fiction series Chris KL-99 in Strange Adventures, loosely based on Captain Future, he and artist Sheldon Moldoff created Batwoman in Detective Comics #233. Hamilton co-created Space Ranger in Showcase # 15 with Bob Brown. Hamilton was instrumental in the early growth of the Legion of Super-Heroes feature, as one of its first regular writers.
He introduced many of the early Legion concepts including the Time Trapper in Adventure Comics #317 and Timber Wolf in Adventure Comics #327. His story "The Clash of Cape and Cowl" in World's Finest Comics #153 is the source of an Internet meme in which Batman slaps Robin. Hamilton retired from comics with the publication of "The Cape and Cowl Crooks" in World's Finest Comics #159. In 1969, the Macfadden/Bartell Corporation published a collection of short science fiction stories "Alien Earth and Other Stories", where Hamilton's 1949 "Alien Earth" was featured along with novelettes by Isaac Asimov, Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke and others. On December 31, 1946, Hamilton married fellow science fiction author and screenwriter Leigh Brackett in San Gabriel and moved with her to Kinsman, Ohio. Afterward he would produce some of his best work including his novels The Star of Life, The Valley of Creation, City at World's End and The Haunted Stars. In this more mature phase of his career, Hamilton moved away from the romantic and fantastic elements of his earlier fiction to create some unsentimental and realistic stories, such as "What's It Like Out There?", his single most frequently-reprinted and anthologized work.
Though Hamilton and Leigh Brackett worked side by side for a quarter-century, they shared the task of authorship. In the early 1960s, it has been speculated that when Brackett had temporarily abandoned SF for screenwriting, Hamilton did an uncredited revision and expansion of two early Brackett stories, "Black Amazon of Mars" and "Queen of the Martian Catacombs"—revised texts were published as the novellas People of the Talisman and The Secret of Sinharat. Edmond Hamilton died in February 1977 in Lancaster, California, of complications following kidney surger
Phil Jimenez is an American comics artist and writer, known for his work as writer/artist on Wonder Woman from 2000 to 2003, as one of the five pencilers of the 2005–2006 miniseries Infinite Crisis, his collaborations with writer Grant Morrison on New X-Men and The Invisibles. Phil Jimenez was born and raised in Los Angeles and Orange County, California, he moved to New York City to attend college at the School of Visual Arts, where he majored in cartooning. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1991. After graduating from SVA, Jimenez was hired by DC Comics Creative Director Neal Pozner at age 21, with his first published work illustrating four pages in the 1991 miniseries War of the Gods. Pozner was HIV-positive when he and Jimenez started dating, was hesitant about dating someone younger and HIV-negative. Nonetheless, Jimenez became both Pozner's partner and caretaker, saying: Neal Pozner was my first editor, he was my greatest mentor at DC Comics, he was an talented man, with some strong opinions about the way things should be done.
I developed a crush on him the minute I met him, I wanted to know more about him, I wanted to be with him all the time. So I'd hang out with him at work, in the offices, far than I had any reason to. I would buy clothes, and I mustered the nerve to ask him on a date. And he was 15 years older, and he had been my boss. And so, against his better judgement, he said yes, and it ended up being a wonderful relationship. Following Neal Pozner's death in 1994, Jimenez wrote and illustrated the 1996 DC miniseries, based on a character from Pozner's late-1980s Aquaman series. In the last issue, Jimenez dedicated the miniseries to Pozner, wrote an editorial page in which he came out publicly for the first time. "It got over 150 letters," he says, "including the classic letter from the kid in Iowa:'I didn't know there was anyone else like me.' That's. It meant a lot to people."Much of Jimenez's work is related to works by George Pérez, whose art influenced Jimenez. Jimenez has worked on several Teen Titans-related series, was the main artist of Infinite Crisis, a sequel to Crisis on Infinite Earths, did a long run as writer/artist of Wonder Woman beginning with issue #164.
Pérez had worked on the series in the late 1980s to early 1990s. Pérez and Jimenez would co-write a two–part story together in Wonder Woman issues #168–169 in 2001. Jimenez would leave as series writer/artist with issue #188 in March 2003. Jimenez and Pérez have worked together in 2005–2006 in the miniseries Infinite Crisis and DC Special: The Return of Donna Troy. Jimenez is known for his work on various titles for DC Entertainment's "mature readers" imprint, including Swamp Thing, The Invisibles with writer Grant Morrison, his own creator-owned series, the sci-fi/fantasy mashup Otherworld. In 2003, Jimenez drew several story arcs of Morrison's New X-Men run, it was announced at the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con that Jimenez had signed an exclusive contract with Marvel Comics. He was one of the four artists working on Marvel's flagship title, The Amazing Spider-Man, the company's sole Spider-Man title, in which Marvel upped its frequency of publication to three issues monthly, inaugurated the series with the "back to basics" story arc "Brand New Day" at the beginning of 2008.
His first work on Spider-Man was in the Free Comic Book Day 2007: Spider-Man #1 comic book, with writer Dan Slott, which served as a prelude to "Brand New Day". Jimenez and writer Bob Gale co-created the Freak in The Amazing Spider-Man #552. Ana Kravinoff, the daughter of Kraven the Hunter, was introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man #565 by Jimenez and Marc Guggenheim. During his run, Jimenez drew the cover for The Amazing Spider-Man # 583. In 2009, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada announced that Jimenez would become the artist of Astonishing X-Men beginning with issue #31. Jimenez co-wrote the book The Essential Wonder Woman Encyclopedia with John Wells for Del Rey Books in 2010 and updated through Random House in 2015, he returned to DC Comics, illustrating a brief stint on Adventure Comics featuring the Legion of Super-Heroes, Fairest, a spin-off of Bill Willingham's series Fables. He appeared at the White House for the National Design Awards to present original art to First Lady Michelle Obama.
Jimenez appeared in a panel discussion on diversity in sci-fi/fantasy fandom in the March 19, 2015 episode of the Comedy Central humor and commentary program The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, along with Marvel Comics' director of content and character Sana Amanat, hip-hop artist Jean Grae and comedian Mike Lawrence. During the discussion, Jimenez commented, "It feels strange to me that we would partition race and nerd as if they were distinct things... All human beings are this combination of experiences and ideologies... Everybody's get some nerd in them, but the idea that, being a nerd is separate from one’s religious or moral or political beliefs is strange to me. We all bring everything to our decision-making on a daily basis."As part of the DC Rebirth relaunch of DC's titles, Jimenez was the writer and artist of the Superwoman series from 2016 to 2017. He got involved with Rebirth when he was assigned to be the artist of Superman but after DC changed their publishing plan, he was asked to work on Superwoman.