Since 2011 Mike Carlin has been the Creative Director/Animation for DC Entertainment working with Warner Bros Animation on the animated projects featuring the DC properties on television and in direct-to-video movies. TV shows like TEEN TITANS, GO!, JUSTICE LEAGUE ACTION and the hotly anticipated 3rd Season of YOUNG JUSTICE. And feature length movies such as SON OF BATMAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK, DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: INTERGALACTIC GAMES, LEGO JUSTICE LEAGUE: ATTACK OF THE LEGION OF DOOM, TEEN TITANS: THE JUDAS CONTRACT, BATMAN & HARLEY QUINN and the recent BATMAN VS TWO-FACE featuring Adam West & William Shatner.
Mike attended the High School of Art and Design, where in 1974 he participated in an intern program with the same DC Comics– a program which ended, coincidentally enough, after Mike’s checkered performance. Subsequently Mike studied Cartooning with Harvey Kurtzman and Will Eisner at New York’s School of Visual Arts.
Fresh out of college in 1980, Mike began his professional comics career writing and drawing “Michael Carlin’s Page O’ Stuff” and “The Dirk McGirk Reports” for Marvel Comics’ Crazy Magazine. Mike– on his best behavior in the hallowed halls of Marvel– was tapped to be an Assistant Editor in early 1982 by Mark Gruenwald. Two years later Mike was promoted to full Editor and handed Captain America and Fantastic Four to supervise. While at Marvel, Mike wrote Captain America, Ka-Zar and The Thing.
Having missed the memos regarding Mike’s internship over a decade earlier, Dick Giordano hired Mike to work with John Byrne and Andy Helfer on the re-launch of the SUPERMAN titles for DC Comics in 1986. Six years later Mike had successfully helped build the SUPERMAN line into the best selling phenomenon it remains today with the infamous “Death and Return of Superman” storyline. Mike has also written STAR TREK, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, THE FLINTSONES & THE JETSONS and the METAL MEN for DC.
From 1993 to 2003, Mike was Executive Editor of the DC Universe of comic book characters (including the globally recognized icons SUPERMAN, BATMAN, WONDER WOMAN, GREEN LANTERN and FLASH) for DC Comics. Desiring to get back to the more creative side of the process Mike made the unusual move back to hands-on editing.
From 2003 to 2010 Mike was Senior Group Editor at DC Comics supervising the production of DC’s JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA line of titles.
Mike was co-writer, with Andy Helfer, of fifteen teleplays for the syndicated SUPERBOY television series, as well.