John Ostrander: Where The Hell Have I Been?

John Ostrander

John Ostrander started his career as a professional writer as a playwright. His best known effort, Bloody Bess, was directed by Stuart Gordon, and starred Dennis Franz, Joe Mantegna, William J. Norris, Meshach Taylor and Joe Mantegna. He has written some of the most important influential comic books of the past 25 years, including Batman, The Spectre, Manhunter, Firestorm, Hawkman, Suicide Squad, Wasteland, X-Men, and The Punisher, as well as Star Wars comics for Dark Horse. New episodes of his creator-owned series, GrimJack, which was first published by First Comics in the 1980s, appear every week on ComicMix.

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5 Responses

  1. Martha Thomases says:

    Glad you made it, kiddo. Hang in there. And enjoy the imaginary donuts.

  2. Mindy Newell says:

    Well, John, you described the medical procedures you’ve had very well. Couldn’t have done better myself! :-) I Especially love your description of the catheter bag. I’m gonna start calling it a “Gucci” at work.

    I don’t know why urologists just pull the stents out without at least a little bit of anesthesia–a couple of whiffs of nitrous oxide would do it. I do know that it is such a quick thing–as you described it–that it’s felt that the time (and expense) of recovering you isn’t worth it–and I get that the MD is saving you some money. But every time I’ve been in on one of those things I wince. So I feel for you, my friend.

    As I told you, Glenn (my brother) also had a “surprise” bypass. These days he’s playing tennis, working out, and doing his road bicycle thing–and I’m talking 70 or 100 miles easy. Don’t know when he’s going (he might have already been and is back), but he and a bunch of buddies are doing the North Carolina mountains ride.

    So hang tough, John. And know that we’re all with you.

  3. mike weber says:


    I have to go in for a chemical stress test on my heart, the day before my birthday (10/21) and possibly for a second dose of the same ON my birthday.

    I have a serious needle phobia.

    Judging by the pictures i’ve found online, they stick a honkin’ BIG needle in your arm to pump stuff into you – not an IV, a BIG damned syringe-full.

    Kate says all they need to do is show me the needle, and that’ll be stress enough.

    My hospital time lately hasn’t been nearly as scary as yours – but in mid-July, i went in on a Tuesday for a colonoscopy … and then on Wednesday for an emergency appendectomy…

    The surgeon reported that the appendix was necrotic.

    The path report said there was a polyp inside it…


    Oh – and i don’t get any caffeine (or even CHOCOLATE) for TWENTY-FOUR HOURS before the stress test…

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