The Man of the day After Tomorrow, 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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4 Responses

  1. Chris Gumprich says:

    One thought on an excellent column."Comics" are not going to die anytime soon. "Comic books" probably will. In the same way that pulp magazines or the Saturday Evening Post didn't "die" so much as transform into something new — the paperback original replaced the pulp, and the subsequent growth of novels replaced fiction magazines. I'm not one to speculate on whether the future of comics is in paperbacks or the web (or both), but the comic story itself will be around for many years to come.

  2. John Trumbull says:

    Excellent column, John. There's a lot of truth in there.

  3. Anonymous says:

    "Sure, at the start it was a little Superman 90210, but so what? It translated the mythos into something recognizable for our era."Translated it, yes. Translated it into something entertaining, maybe, for teenage girls. Translated it into something of high quality, a definate no. Superman deserves better.

  4. michael underwood says:

    john, i have been a fan of yours since GJ#12. you have a thoughtful & thought-provoking writers mind. your Spectre should be considered an object lesson in the art form of American comic strips. your stated opinions ( to my knowledge ) have always been well constructed. however, while i agree w/ you that America's status & prosperity have been virtually eviscerated by ourselves & the former administrastion, i do believe the nation can, and will, rebound. comics will carry on, as will we all.