Steven graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications, focusing on film studies, journalism and theatre arts. Dubbed a "prolific" writer by Hollywood icon Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk, V, The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation), Steven has been honored by the Arkansas College Media Association for his story writing prowess. He has also received recognition for his dramatic writing from the Eerie, Shriekfest and Screamfest horror film festivals. Publications include: Carroll County News, Saline Courier, Forum, Echo and Moroch.
NEW YORK — Peanut butter & chocolate, Michael Jordan & Scottie Pippen, and Batman & Robin are all perfect examples of successful, lucrative tandems. Comic books and horror might not be as largely accepted, but they often result in memorable media: EC Comics ("Tales of the Crypt"), "Swamp Thing" and "Creepshow" (1982) just to name a few. Now, one of the masters of horror is giving a famous Detective Comics' villain a go.
John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing, They Live) will co-write a 40-page issue for DC this fall starring none other than the Clown Prince of Crime: the Joker. The comic is part of the "Year of the Villain" crossover event in which a genetically enhanced Lex Luthor wreaks havoc on the DC Universe.
Carpenter is teaming with Anthony Burch (League of Legends,Borderlands 2) to pen the comic with artwork by Philip Tan (Uncanny X-Men, Spawn, Iron Man) and Marc Deering (Batman/Superman, The Eye of Ashaya).
Burch and Carpenter worked together on the Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack (2018) series.
“I’m proud to be reunited with Anthony on this project," Carpenter said in a statement as Burch seemed equally excited at the opportunity to work with John again on a project dedicated to one of history's most infamous baddies.
"I’m excited beyond words to be writing for Gotham’s greatest villain,” Burch said. “I hope the Joker’s exploits make you laugh, shudder, and grow nauseous all at once.”
For Carpenter, writing a storyline for the Joker was an easy decision.
“The Joker is the greatest villain in comics," Carpenter said.
Look for Carpenter's "Year of the Villain" issue on October 9.