The Parting Glass, 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. Andrew Bergstrom says:

    Thanks John, your wisdom and insight will be missed here, and I'll continue to look for more on your message board!

  2. Mark Behar says:

    Thanks for everything, John! I always enjoyed the human touch that your column offered.

  3. Russ Rogers says:

    Thank you, John. I've enjoyed your comics writing for decades. And I've enjoyed your columns here for the last several months. You have been open, honest, brave and insightful. You can't ask anymore from a writer, except maybe grammar, spelling and punctuation. Those have been good too! I'm sad to see the shift in direction that ComicMix has to take now. The columns, your column will be greatly missed. It's not often that we get to acknowledge our heroes. It's too rare that we get a chance to meet them, shake their hand or interact with them (even virtually). John, you are a prolific artist and craftsman, whose body of work has stayed consistently strong for decades. Your intelligence, warmth, charm, humor, originality, cleverness and kindness shines through the work you do, both your columns and your comics. You're a good guy, Mr. Ostrander. And you are what I aspire to be. That's what heroes are for. I wish I had your eloquence and economy of language. I wish I could say what I need to say in fewer words and syllables. I wish I didn't sound so much like a flustered fan-boy geek. Oh well. Sometimes we have to be content and brave with what we are.I'm putting "Suicide Squad" and "GrimJack" on my Christmas list. And I will look for whatever comics you get to do here or elsewhere. Please continue your essays on your message board. If you write it, we will read. It was your writing that drew me to ComicMix to begin with. Rock On!

  4. Hilary Barta says:

    Farewell, John. I'll see you in the funny papers.