John Ostrander: Telling The Story

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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  1. Brad Sawyer says:

    Mr. Ostrander-

    I’ve found a interesting review of Firestorm #95 that maybe you’d like to look at… Personally, it kind of got on my nerves a little. Sure the reviewer has the right to speak his own opinion, but I can’t help but think it smacks a little of ignorance and the reviewer thinking he knows everything. What bugged me was when he said things like:

    “In issue #95, I get the whole look. He’s a fire pixie, whatever.”

    and there’s this:

    ” We feel disillusioned and completely betrayed. Firestorm, who is depicted returning to a valley laid to waste by sectarian and political upheaval, might as well put himself on trial as a white man, indirectly responsible for centuries of exploitation, local government interference, and human trafficking. Maybe that’s why I can’t take him seriously. The irony is lost on him. Still, DC shoots themselves in the foot with Firestorm #95. Firestorm is condemning their very line of prestigious characters. Why couldn’t the JLA do something about the suffering in Africa?”

    The reviewer makes a few comparisons to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and his novel American Gods, so that’s good I guess (even though American Gods came out long after Firestorm #95 was made) Maybe I’m being a little too over protective of the book, character, and the great fire elemental Firestorm stories you wrote, because they are some of my all time favorite stories. Well, if you want to read the review, here is a link:


    I’m probably just over reacting and being too over protective maybe?