John Ostrander: Getting Old in the Comic Industry

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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3 Responses

  1. Enero says:

    I would absolutely love to see more Ostrander work. Maybe the Big 2. Maybe a creative-owned Image title. Something outside the realm of Star Wars. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got the entire Legacy and Agent runs, but what can I do? Are letters, blogs, and other columns really the best/only place to make that happen? Short of bribery, blackmail, or otherwise “incapacitating” current creative teams, I mean.

  2. Enero says:

    Surely anybody at Marvel you put Star Wars: Agent of the Empire in front of would recognize that Jahan Cross would be perfect for SHIELD (or as it’s now known “Secret Avengers”). If only he didn’t have to come from so long ago or so far away.

    Or take DC’s Team 7. If DC wanted to tell the nu-origin story of Amanda Waller and other disparate characters they could’ve gone to the guy who did it right the first time and who can write disparate characters in his sleep. Maybe then it wouldn’t be getting cancelled.

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