Mary Sue, Gary Stu: FU, 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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2 Responses

  1. Elayne Riggs says:

    Broccoli? I say it's spinach and I say the hell with it! By purest coincidence, whilst reading this I just finished eating my lunch, which included lots of both broccoli and spinach.I don't know that I've ever considered "Mary Sue" to be a pejorative category. I kind of like that fiction. Doctor Who is like the best Mary Sue fiction example around, and everyone seems to like that. I don't mind critics using categories, but they ought not assume every category is automatically a negative. I had a brief discussion about this once with Neil Gaiman over the use of the term "plot coupons." Pointing out that some trope or other exists in a work of fiction is all well and good; you just have to careful when assigning value judgments to those tropes.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I think that is great that you think that way, and I have to agree. :D~teB360…