"He’s not dead, he’s up there fixing the sun. And when he’s done he’ll be back, and I’ll be here waiting for him."
— Lois Lane
Dwayne McDuffie was an American comic book writer, known mostly for his creation of the African-American superhero Static. Although originating in McDuffie's indie Milestone Comics label, Static eventually moved to the DC Universe, and his creator followed suit. McDuffie wrote for DC Comics, and contributed to various animated DC spin-offs, including Static Shock, Justice League and several direct to video movies. He was the main writer and editor for the Ben 10: Alien Force and Ben 10: Ultimate Alien animated series.Before Milestone, McDuffie also worked at Marvel Comics, where he created Damage Control, a series about the people who clean up the mess after superhero-supervillain battles. Much later, he returned to Marvel temporarily to write Fantastic Four, which had fallen into the hands of an editor who remembered McDuffie's love of the characters from the days when they were both lowly Marvel minions together.Sadly and shockingly to his fans, McDuffie passed away suddenly on February 22, 2011 due to complications during a surgical procedure he had the day before. His last work was the script for Justice League: Doom, the animated version of JLA: Tower of Babel. He was 49, having just recently had a birthday a day before his death.In honor of his work, the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity was created, for comics that promote, well, diversity.
Works by Dwayne McDuffie with their own trope pages include:
- All-Star Superman
- Ben 10: Alien Force
- Ben 10: Ultimate Alien
- Damage Control
- Justice League
- Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
- Justice League: Doom
- Static Shock
Other works by Dwayne McDuffie provide examples of:
- Author Tract: McDuffie would often include his thoughts on race relations in his work. One of the more notable examples would be an issue of Icon which talked about the historical importance of the Blaxploitation superheroes of the 1970s.
- Awesome McCool Name
- Child Prodigy: McDuffie went to college as a child.
- Deadpan Snarker: There's no better example than "Teenage Negro Ninja Thrashers", a mock pitch satirizing the state of black Marvel characters in the late '80s (along with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).
- Doing It for the Art: McDuffie was very passionate about his work, and one of his final online posts was him showing joy that Static, one of his original creations, was finally being made into an action figure.
- Executive Meddling: This sums it up pretty well. At least some of it, such as Hawkgirl's death ruining a planned romance arc, has been confirmed true.
- Long-Lost Relative: Keegan-Michael Key of Key & Peele is Duffie's paternal half-brother, but the two never met (or were aware of each other's existence) during Duffie's lifetime. The explanation is a bit complicated, so we'll let Key elaborate here.
- Promoted Fanboy
- Room Full of Crazy