DONNY CATES - is an American comic book writer, artist, and podcaster, known for his work on titles like Venom, Thanos, Doctor Strange, and Thor.


Donny Cates was born in Dallas, Texas. Raised in Garland, Texas, Cates states that he was taught to read by his father using comic books. Cates graduated from Garland High School and attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he would meet future artistic collaborators Tradd Moore and Geoff Shaw. Cates majored in sequential art, but left the school after being accepted into a Marvel internship program. While interning, Cates stole a Diamond Distributors Gem Award awarded to Astonishing X-Men #1. At the advice of Marvel editor Mark Peniccia, Cates left the program after a year to pursue writing his own comics. After a chance meeting with a Dark Horse Comics staffer at C2E2, Cates was given the opportunity to write short stories for the company.


Cates' first comic work was a short story in Dark Horse Presents vol. 2 #24, released in August 2013. Co-written by himself and Eliot Rahal, the title of this story was Hunter Quaid: Armageddon Outta Here. It was followed up three issues later with Hunter Quaid: The Only Things We Have to Fear… are Nazis and Creepy Monsters. Satisfied with these stories, Dark Horse gave Cates the green light for later projects like Buzzkill, The Ghost Fleet and The Paybacks. Between 2016 and 2017 Cates also wrote stories for IDW Publishing, including an entry in Star Trek: Waypoint and a one-shot, Star Trek: Deviations. Cates eventually began writing for Image Comics, where he released God Country. With this title he attracted the attention of editors at Marvel, who offered him a contract.[citation needed]

His first long-term Marvel works were runs on Doctor Strange and Thanos. After the success of these titles, Cates was given writing duties on Venom, where he was paired with artist and podcaster Ryan Stegman.[8] This led to him penning multiple company-wide events, including Absolute Carnage and King in Black.


Marvel Comics[edit]

  • Iron Man Presented by DJI #1 (with Rhoald Marcellius, June 2015)
  • Secret Wars: Battleworld #2: "Ross Against The Machine" (with Marco Turini, June 2015) collected in Secret Wars Journal/Battleworld (tpb, 248 pages, 2016, ISBN 978-0785195801)
  • Captain America: Steve Rogers #18–19 (co-writer with Nick Spencer, with Javier Pina and Andres Guinaldo, June–July 2017) collected in Captain America: Secret Empire (tpb, 136 pages, 2017, ISBN 978-1302908492)
  • Captain America: Sam Wilson #24 (co-writer with Nick Spencer, with Joe Bennett, July 2017) collected in Captain America: Secret Empire
  • Doctor Strange vol. 1 (January–July 2018) collected as Doctor Strange by Donny Cates (hc, 360 pages, 2019, ISBN 978-1302915292)
    • Volume 1: God of Magic (collects #381-385, tpb, with Gabriel Hernandez Walta and Niko Henrichon, 136 pages, ISBN 978-1302910648)
    • Volume 2: City of Sin (collects #386-390, tpb, with Niko Henrichon, Frazer Irving, and Chip Zdarsky, 112 pages, ISBN 978-1302910655)
  • Thanos vol. 2 #13–18; Annual #1 (with Geoff Shaw, January–June 2018) collected in Thanos Wins (tpb, 160 pages, 2018, ISBN 978-1302905590)
  • Doctor Strange: Damnation (co-writer with Nick Spencer, 4-issue limited series, with Szymon Kudranski and Rod Reis, April–July 2018) collected in Doctor Strange: Damnation The Complete Collection (tpb, 336 pages, 2018, ISBN 978-1302912604)
  • Venom vol. 4 (May 2018–April 2021)
    • Volume 1: Rex (collects #1-6, tpb, with Ryan Stegman, 136 pages, 2018, ISBN 978-1302913069)
    • Volume 2: The Abyss (collects #7-12, tpb, with Ryan Stegman, Iban Coello, and Joshua Cassara, 136 pages, 2019, ISBN 978-1302913076)
    • Volume 3: Absolute Carnage (collects #16-19, Web of Venom: Funeral Pyre #1, tpb, with Juan Gedeon and Iban Coello, 112 pages, 2020, ISBN 978-1302919979)
    • Volume 4: Venom Island (collects #21-25, tpb, with Mark Bagley, 136 pages, 2020, ISBN 978-1302920203)
    • Volume 5: Venom Beyond (collects #26-30, tpb, with Iban Coello, Juan Gedeon, and Luke Ross, 128 pages, 2021, ISBN 978-1302920210)
    • Volume 6: King in Black (collects #31-34 and Venom vol. 1 #200, tpb, with Iban Coello, Juan Gedeon, and Luke Ross, 200 pages, 2021, ISBN 978-1302926038)
    • Volume 1 (collects #1-12, hc, 280 pages, 2019, ISBN 978-1302919672)
    • Volume 2 (collects #16-25, hc, 248 pages, 2021, ISBN 978-1302923884)
    • Web of Venom: Ve'Nam (one-shot, with Juanan Ramirez, August 2018) collected in Venom Unleashed Vol. 1 (tpb, 136 pages, 2019, ISBN 978-1302917234)
  • Cosmic Ghost Rider (5-issue limited series, with Dylan Burnett, September 2018–January 2019) collected in Cosmic Ghost Rider: Baby Thanos Must Die (tpb, 112 pages, 2019, ISBN 978-1302913533)
  • Death of The Inhumans (5-issue limited series, with Ariel Olivetti, September 2018–January 2019) collected in Death of The Inhumans (tpb, 336 pages, 2018, ISBN 978-1302912604)
  • Venom Annual #1: "Tall Tales" (one-shot, with Kevin Walker, October 2018)
  • Marvel Knights 20th (co-writer with Matthew Rosenberg, Tim Howard, and Vita Ayala, 6-issue limited series, with Travel Foreman, Niko Henrichon, Damian Couceiro, Joshua Cassara and Kim Jacinto, November 2018–January 2019)
  • Web of Venom: Carnage Born (one-shot, with Danilo Beyruth, November 2020) collected in Venom Unleashed Vol. 1
  • Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 5 (January 2019–December 2019) collected in Guardians of the Galaxy by Donny Cates (hc, 328 pages, 2021, ISBN 978-1302926731)
    • Volume 1: The Final Gauntlet (collects #1-6, tpb, with Geoff Shaw, 144 pages, 2019, ISBN 978-1302915889)
    • Volume 2: Faithless (collects #7-12, Annual #1, tpb, with John McCrea, Cory Smith, Geoff Shaw, Dylan Burnett, Ariel Olivetti, and Tradd Moore, 176 pages, 2020, ISBN 978-1302915896)
  • Story in Free Comic Book Day 2019 Spider-Man/Venom (one-shot, with Ryan Stegman, May 2019)
  • Silver Surfer: Black (5-issue limited series, with Tradd Moore, June 2019–October 2019) collected in Silver Surfer: Black (tpb, 120 pages, 2020, ISBN 978-1302927844)
  • Absolute Carnage (5-issue limited series, with Ryan Stegman, August–November 2019) collected in Absolute Carnage (tpb, 200 pages, 2020, ISBN 978-1302919085)
  • Marvel Comics #1000: "The Route" (one-shot, with Geoff Shaw, August 2019) collected in Marvel Comics #1000 (hc, 144 pages, 2020, ISBN 978-1302921378)
  • Revenge of the Cosmic Ghost Rider: "Semper Fight" (with Geoff Shaw, December 2019)
  • Thor vol. 6 (January 2020–ongoing)
    • Volume 1: The Devourer King (collects #1-6, tpb, with Nic Klein, 144 pages, 2020, ISBN 978-1302920869)
    • Volume 2: Prey (collects #7-14, tpb, with Nic Klein and Aaron Kuder, 176 pages, 2021, ISBN 978-1302920876)
  • Incoming!: "45–48" (one-shot, with Ryan Stegman, February 2020)
  • Story in Free Comic Book Day 2020 Spider-Man/Venom (one-shot, with Ryan Stegman, July