Medium Rare, by John Ostrander

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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  1. Vinnie Bartilucci says:

    There was a black western a few years back (and no, I don't mean Harlem On The Range) featuring a few rap stars, and they were being interviewed on the radio and mentioned that there were a lot of black cowboys – many escaped slaves at first, later emancipated ones moving west for the proverbial chance at the dream. I found it interesting, but I didn't feel ashamed in the entertainment industry for not showing us them before."When you omit any one group – women or people of a certain age or people of color or different races or different sexual orientation, we say that they don’t matter. They have no stories in which we might be interested and to which we need to listen."That's a little more broad a brush than I'd use. It may be a case that the people writing the stories (mostly white males for many years) simply didn't know any good stories about other groups, and didn't feel the need to research any since they had plenty of stories about white males to tell. Or they thought the public they were writing for wouldn't find the stories interesting. Complacent and skittish about change is sometimes just that and no more.It's always fun when a film that caters to a non-majoirty demographic is a big hit – it's like Hollywood suddenly noticed the pile of money on the table. Wild Hogs was panned by the critics, but it's the most successful film a lot of those actors, including Travolta, have made. Suddenly movies for boomer-age people are getting made. If "The Bucket List" is a hit, watch how many films for older folks get green lighted.Every time a non-majority writer or director has a "crossover" hit (another phrase that could easily have unsavory connotations attached to it) it's another sign that you really can enjoy the work of people not like you, and that's good news. But just cause only person in 100 did a good thing, it doesn't mean the other 99 are (fill in your favorite label).

  2. Rick Taylor says:

    The person I was referring to was Bob Blaek the Bronze Buckaroo.

  3. Glenn Hauman says:

    The phenomenon goes on to this day: note the tremendous success of Tyler Perry and his movies– and his almost complete lack of coverage in the mainstream press.

    • Marilee J. Layman says:

      Glenn, I read about them in the WashPost, usually on the front page of the Style section, whenever they come out.