Don McGregor

Don McGregor is an American comic book writer best known for his work for Marvel Comics, and the author of one of the first graphic novels.He broke into comics with stories in Warren Publishing's Creepy and Eerie, and later Vampirella, drawn by artists including Richard Corben and Reed Crandall. He went on to Marvel to write 'Killraven' (in Amazing Adventures) and Jungle Action, with the Black Panther, and stories for the Marvel characters Luke Cage, Morbius the Living Vampire, and Spider-Man, and created the detective feature "Hodiah Twist", seen in the black-and-white magazines Marvel Preview #16: Masters of Terror (1973) and Vampire Tales #2 (1975).


With artist Paul Gulacy, McGregor created one the first modern graphic novels, Eclipse Enterprises' Sabre: Slow Fade of an Endangered Species, a near-future, dystopian science fictionswashbuckler that introduced the title character. McGregor's work premiered in August 1978, two months before Will Eisner's better-known graphic novel A Contract with God. Sabre was additionally the first graphic novel sold through the new "direct market" comic-book stores.He also authored Detectives Inc., a pair of graphic novels set in contemporary New York City and starring the interracial private eye team Ted Denning and Bob Rainier.Detectives Inc.: A Remembrance of Threatening Green (1979), with DC Comics artist Marshall Rogers, and Detectives, Inc.: A Terror Of Dying Dreams, with veteran Marvel artist Gene Colan, who would become a frequent collaborator, comprised the series.


McGregor is one of the primary writers of the Zorro canon, with a dozen issues of Topps' Zorro (#0-11, Nov. 1993 - Nov. 1994) and the spinoff Lady Rawhide #1-5 (Oct. 1996 - June 1997; reprinted by Image Comics as Zorro's Lady Rawhide: Other People's Blood #1-4, March-June 1999); two years of the Zorro newspaper comic strip (with artists Tod Smith and Thomas Yeates, premiering April 12, 1999, with the first year collected in a 2001 Image Comics book); Zorro #1-6 (May-Oct. 2005), with artist Sidney Lima, from the NBM Publishing imprint Papercutz; and 2010's Zorro: Matanzas, a sequel to the Topps series, with penciler Mike Mayhew, for Dynamite Entertainment.

photo of Don McGregor ©Luigi Novi