John Ostrander: A Little Less Funny

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. Reg says:

    One of the truly great ones has exited stage left. I fondly remember his turn as the pool shark legend in The Twilight Zone episode where his character oozed poignancy. And as the quintessential ‘everyman’ in It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Trashing Ray and Irwin’s garage was the very first time I laughed until I cried. The Winters brought many, many days of Summer laughter. His genius will be sorely missed but long remembered.

  2. Neil C. says:

    I remember Jonathan Winters had his own show in the 70s, but I might be wrong. I also used to love Ernie Kovacs, my dad introduced me to them when I was quite young and I still laugh when I see the Narobi Trio.

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