Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Tony Isabella learned to read from comic books at the age of four and never stopped loving them. In 1972, that passion took him to Marvel Comics where he began his career as an assistant to Stan Lee and Roy Thomas.
Isabella was the creator of Black Lightning and co-creator of Misty Knight and Tigra. Isabella has been a writer for Captain America, Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Incredible Hulk, Mickey Mouse, Spider-Man, Star Trek, Star Wars and Superman. In his 44-year career, Isabella has been an editor for Marvel and DC.
He was a pioneer in comic book retailing as a store owner and distributor, winning national recognition for his efforts in this area. He has served as a judge for the prestigious Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards and also for the Glyph Comics Awards, which honor comics created by or starring characters of color.
He created Black Lightning, the first black hero to star in his own DC Comics title. There have been several Black Lightning action figures and the character has appeared on Batman: The Brave and the Bold animated series and in the animated direct-to-DVD feature: Superman Batman: Public Enemies.