I asked some of Mr Waid’s colleagues if they had any kind words for him, and here’s what they had to say:
“Mark Waid is one of the best writers in the business. He’s why The Flash is my favourite character.” – Geoff Johns
“Mark’s a terrific writer, a terrific person and a terrific scholar, and he’s devoted to comics. His love for the medium and the characters shows in everything he does.” – Kurt Busiek
“...he is straight-up one of my favourite people in comics.” – Matt Fraction
“Master of the medium.” – Greg Rucka
“Mark’s the guy you want to have dinner with. He’s got all the best stories.” – Jonathan Hickman
“Mark is a major talent – hard to sum up – just read him!” – Gerry Conway
“I think Mark Waid is the best DC writer of the last 25 years. His Flash run is the best run at the company since their 1980s heyday. I've read most DC Comics from the 60s on and I'd rank Kingdom Come as the best ever. My all-time personal favourite comic.” – Mark Millar
“There’s a whole cottage industry in comics built on favors people owe Mark Waid. He’s done something kind and generous for virtually everyone I know, and he never talks about it, never mentions it. He’s that guy, that one guy that the industry spins around and most people aren’t even aware of it.
With me, he helped a hairdresser with no writing experience take the leap from fan to pro, just because he’s that guy. When my 8 year old son’s dog was poisoned (he survived!), Mark tracked down a guy selling a complete collection of every DC Heroclix, because he knew my son loved the game. He bought the entire collection and sent it to my son, so he wouldn’t grow up thinking all strangers are mean.
But beyond that, holy hell, what a writer. When a towering achievement like KINGDOM COME is actually not the high point of your career, that’s amazing to me. He puts heart in every story he writes, whether it’s Archie or Daredevil or Fantastic Four or one of his terrifyingly brilliant original creations.
He makes characters better for having written them. He’s the one we all envy, for his immaculate craftsmanship and peerless ability to charm, surprise and delight. He just writes the best comics ever.
Because he’s that guy.” – Gail Simone
As for myself, if there is one word I can use to define Waid’s career on my own, it would be consistency. Waid has had many projects over the years as we’ve seen throughout this article and all of them have been well received and lauded as high examples of the craft that is writing comics. This is a rare thing indeed for any writer to consistently put out great work after great work, especially in the comic book medium. I’ve seen great writers have AMAZING pieces of work, but over the years the quality drops drastically, to the point where I’m amazed that they are the same person that wrote the classics I read yesteryear.
Waid doesn’t have that problem, his work so consistently amazing that it boggles the mind why he is not mentioned in the same breath as such greats as Brian Michael Bendis, Alan Moore, and Grant Morrison more often. He is truly one of a kind in the comic book industry, and will continue to be so as long as he decides to grace us with his work.
I asked the man himself what he thought of his career, and I’ll let him tell us about his career with these inspiring words, “Nothing that hasn’t already been said by thousands of angry message board posters.”
Thank you Mark, and may we continue to read such amazing stories by an amazing writer. Cheers all.