Tom Veitch

For the Scottish professional footballer, see Tommy Veitch.
Tom Veitch
Born (1951-09-26) September 26, 1951
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer
Notable works
Star Wars
Notable collaborations
Greg Irons

Tom Veitch (born September 26, 1951)[1] is an American writer known for this work in the comic book industry. He is also a novelist and a poet.

He is the brother of comics writer/artist Rick Veitch.

Comics career

Veitch was a contributor to the underground comix movement of the early 1970s. His collaborations with underground comix artist Greg Irons (the creative team known as "GI/TV") included such titles as Legion of Charlies, Deviant Slice and contributions to many other underground comix, including Skull Comix and Slow Death Funnies.

Creator-owned comics by Veitch include The Light and Darkness War with artist Cam Kennedy, published by Marvel Comics and Titan Books, and The Nazz with artist Bryan Talbot, Clash with artist Adam Kubert, and My Name Is Chaos with artist John Ridgway, each published by DC Comics.

He is known for initiating the Dark Horse Comics line of Star Wars comic books, with Dark Empire and Tales of the Jedi. For DC Comics Veitch wrote 18 issues of Animal Man,[2] along with two Elseworlds series featuring Kamandi and an elder Superman.

Prose and poetry

Veitch's novels include: The Luis Armed Story (Full Court Press, 1978); Eat This! (Angel Hair Books, 1974); and Antlers in the Treetops, written with poet Ron Padgett (Coach House Press, 1970). His poetry collection Death College and Other Poems, with an afterword by Allen Ginsberg, was published in 1976 by Bill Berkson's Big Sky Books.

During his years as a Benedictine monk, Veitch formed friendships with two former Trappists. One of those men, whose religious name was Elias, agreed to be interviewed by Tom and discuss his inner spiritual life, covering a period of more than fifty years. The result was the book The Visions of Elias, published in 2016 by Sky River Books.[3][4]


  1. Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  2. Irvine, Alex (2008). "Animal Man". In Dougall, Alastair. The Vertigo Encyclopedia. New York: Dorling Kindersley. p. 27. ISBN 0-7566-4122-5. OCLC 213309015
  3. "Arlington author pens story of former Weston monk". August 12, 2016.
  4. "'A Profound Communion' (Bennington Banner newspaper page image)".

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