Grant Morrison (b. Glasgow, 31 January 1960) started out in comics writing and drawing "Gideon Stargrave" in Near Myths in 1978. He also created the strip Captain Clyde for a local newspaper, The Govan Press, and four issues of DC Thomson's science fiction comic Starblazer, before concentrating on writing. He scripted "The Liberators" for Warrior, and at Marvel UK he wrote back-up strips for Doctor Who Weekly and had a run on Zoids with artist Steve Yeowell.
In 1986 he sold his first script, a "Future Shock", to 2000 AD, and the following year wrote his first serial for the title, the pop-culture-meets-Lovecraft superhero strip "Zenith", drawn by Yeowell from character designs by Brendan McCarthy.
Like many British creators of the time, he was recruited by DC Comics in the USA, where he wrote Animal Man, Doom Patrol, and the Batman graphic novel Arkham Asylum among other titles. He became one of the writers associated with DC's Vertigo imprint for mature readers, most notably writing the anarchist superteam The Invisbles.
He continued to work in British comics, writing St. Swithin's Day, drawn by Paul Grist, for Trident Comics, a Smiths-inspired contemporary story about a teenager plotting to assassinate Margaret Thatcher, and "The New Adventures of Hitler", about the young Adolf Hitler's stay in Liverpool, drawn by Yeowell, which caused controversy when it first appeared in the Scottish cultural magazine Cut, and was reprinted and concluded in Fleetway's political anthology Crisis.
In the early 1990s he wrote "Dare: The Future", a political take on Dan Dare drawn by Rian Hughes, for Fleetway's Revolver, which also concluded in Crisis, and "Bible John: A Forensic Meditation", drawn by Daniel Vallely, an experimental exploration of a series of murders in Glasgow in the late 1960s, for Crisis.
In 1993 Morrison, Mark Millar and John Smith took over 2000 AD for an eight-week run called the "Summer Offensive". Morrison wrote "Judge Dredd" and the psychedelic "Really and Truly", and co-wrote the controversial "Big Dave", a satire of British tabloid attitudes starring "Manchester's hardest man", with Millar.
In America from 1996 on he moved into the superhero mainstream, writing Justice League of America and The Flash, and the crossover event DC One Million, for DC, and X-Men, Fantastic Four and Marvel Boy for Marvel. In 2005 he wrote Seven Soldiers, a series of interlinked miniseries revamping obscure DC characters, and All-Star Superman, a twelve-part series drawn by Frank Quitely. The following year he was one of the writers on 52, a year-long weekly series revamping the entire DC universe, and wrote the follow-up, Final Crisis, in 2008. He is currently masterminding a revamp of the Batman line, including writing Batman and Robin.