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Christopher J. Priest (born James Christopher Owsley in 1961) grew up in New York, and now lives in Colorado. In 1978 Priest began work as an intern at Marvel Comics, and was promoted to editor (the first African-American editor in mainstream comics) in charge of Spider-Man books in 1984. Priest became the first black writer in modern comics with his Falcon Limited series. He went on to write for nearly every major comics character published, including Power Man & Iron Fist, Conan The Barbarian, Wolverine, Green Lantern, The Ray and Black Panther. In 1993 Jim Owsley legally changed his name to Christopher Priest. He never discusses the real reason behind his name change, but insists every story you may have heard about it is absolutely true. In addition to his comics writing, Priest is an ordained Baptist minister serving in Colorado Springs, and a professional music producer. You can read more about and by Priest at

African-American Classics:
Graphic Classics Volume 22

144 pages, color, $15