Dan Mishkin is an American comic book writer, and co-creator (with Gary Cohn) of the DC Comics characters Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld, and Blue Devil.
As an adolescent, Dan Mishkin formed a writing partnership with Gary Cohn. Mishkin recounted, “We met in junior high school and we were part of a small crowd of good friends, who are still friends to this day. We talked and loved comic books and had a lot of other interests. At one point, when we were 16, Gary said, ‘I’m going to be a writer.’ … my thought was, ‘I didn’t know you were allowed to say that!’ It was a real eye-opening experience for me, because Gary kind of led the way and said, ‘If you’re the sort of person who is always thinking of and telling stories, you can make this your life’s work.”
Mishkin and Cohn entered the comics industry together following a correspondence with Jack C. Harris, an editor at DC Comics. Their first work for the company was the three-page short story “On the Day of His Return” published in Time Warp #3 (February–March 1980) and drawn by Steve Ditko. They wrote several stories for various mystery titles as well as the “OMAC” backup in The Warlord.
In 1983, Mishkin, Cohn and artist Ernie Colón created Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld. The following year, the writing team and Paris Cullins introduced Blue Devil. DC gave both series a promotional push by featuring them in free, 16-page insert previews.
Among other work, Mishkin had a run on Wonder Woman from 1982 through 1985 with artists Gene Colan and Don Heck. Mishkin and Colan reintroduced the character Circe to the rogues gallery of Wonder Woman’s adversaries. He was one of the contributors to the DC Challenge limited series in 1986. Mishkin and Jeff Grubb authored the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (1988–1991) and Forgotten Realms (1989–1991) comic books, and Mishkin also wrote a Dragonlance (1988–1991) comic. In 2001, he worked with artist Tom Mandrake on the short lived series Creeps and in 2006 on the children’s book The Forest King: Woodlark’s Shadow.
Mishkin organized the Kids Read Comics convention in Chelsea, Michigan in June 2009.
Mishkin and Ernie Colón collaborated on The Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation Into the Kennedy Assassination in 2014.