JOHN OSTRANDER: Our Final Frontier

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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9 Responses

  1. Martha Thomases says:

    He was also on the Bill Maher show Friday and, IMO, even more eloquent about exploring.

  2. Jess Willey says:

    Neil DeGrasse Tyson wrote one of my favorite travel books. it was called The Pluto Files. Well- if by travel book I mean book about a place that while reading it I had the urge to drop everything and head there immediately. Only the lack of cheap public transit to the kupier belt stopped me.

  3. Mike Gold says:

    I don’t think Pluto has done well by DeGrasse Tyson. I’m a big fan of his (Tyson’s, not necessarily Pluto’s), but, damn, c’mon. Why dump on Pluto?

    I suspect the big, invisible hand of the Disney Empire lurking here.

  4. Mindy Newell says:

    Saw Dr. DeGrasse Tyson on Bill Maher Friday night, too, Martha and John. Love that guy!

  5. Mindy Newell says:

    P.S.: I am SO pissed off about the cuts to NASA and the end of the shuttle! The one thing that I’m really disappointed in Obama about. (Yeah,yeah, I know that’s lousy syntax! But so is “Where no man has gone before.” :-D )

  6. Jess Willey says:

    Mike Gold: Pluto Files makes Tyson’s argument very well. In fact he points out Disney might play a part in why America is one of those countries uncomfortable with Pluto not being a planet. The fact that their might be Kupier Objects bigger than Pluto makes things a lot more interesting. Pluto goes from being a small, dinky, awkward and oddball planet to the prototype for finding something new and different. It’s not the end of the solar system but the beginning of the frontier.

  7. What I miss about the various Star Trek TV shows is the sense of wonder of space and of space travel. The more recent space TV shows (like BSG, Caprica, and Firefly) they seem only show the dangers and never the wonder and beauty of space.

    I also like Dr. DeGrasse Tyson and Derrik Pitts they seem to be the only 2 that try and make a case for the human race to return to space.

  8. Mike Gold says:

    Not to belabor a point, but to thrust it in a somewhat different direction:

  9. Sean D. Martin says:

    Manned probes can get us there cheaper and without the risk to human life.

    They can? Well, that’s a neat trick.