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Ivan Brandon (born 1976) is a comic book writer known for his work on titles such as DC Comics' Final Crisis Aftermath: Escape and Men of War as well as creator-owned series Viking, The Cross Bronx and NYC Mech, published by Image Comics. He is also the creator and producer of the Eisner-nominated anthology series 24Seven.
Ivan Brandon was born in New York City in 1976 to Cuban immigrants. He has an older brother, two younger brothers and a younger sister. Brandon's earliest exposure to comics came in the early 1980s, from the books that were passed down to him from his older brother, including such Marvel publications as Daredevil, The Amazing Spider-Man, Uncanny X-Men and Secret Wars. Brandon names Bill Sienkiewicz's work on New Mutants and Frank Miller's work on Daredevil and Elektra as having had an influential impact on him.
Brandon got his start at Beckett Comics, providing scripts for two series created by the company's founder Jeff Amano, Gene-Fusion and Ruule, as well as writing the first two issues of the Terminator 3 prequel series. Most of Brandon further body of work consists of creator-owned projects such as The Cross Bronx, a supernatural crime story produced with Michael Avon Oeming, NYC Mech with co-writer Miles Gunter and artist Andy MacDonald, and 24Seven, an anthology series that Brandon created and edited. April 2009 saw the debut of Viking, an Image Comics series based on Viking history about two young brothers attempting to work their way up the criminal food chain. Brandon stated that he was inspired by period dramas such as Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal and the parallels he perceived between Viking history and organized crime.
Also in 2009, Brandon started writing for DC Comics with Final Crisis Aftermath: Escape. For DC Comics' 2011 company-wide title relaunch The New 52, Brandon wrote Men of War, which lasted eight issues before its cancellation.