John Ostrander: Narrative Selection

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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5 Responses

  1. Matt Young says:

    Thanks, John. Good communications advice. Working on that one.

  2. Mark Turner says:

    No glazed eyes over here on this article. Thanks for the great advice and reminders!

  3. The fine line to walk though… I find… is where information is crucial to the enjoyment of the character / beat / moment. But my rule of thumb has been “if it requires explanation, it most likely isn’t going to hold the attention of the reader.” … and then I find a new way to approach the script.

  4. Jon S. says:

    Hey, Mr. Ostrander you should check out this link, you might get a kick out of it:


  1. May 10, 2012

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