John Ostrander: A Very Fond Farewell

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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8 Responses

  1. Mindy Newell says:

    Like Jack Parr, like Johnny Carson, Jon Stewart cannot be replaced. Like the two aforementioned gentlemen, he is an original. Yes, of course, all three built upon what had come before–before Jack Parr there was Steve Allen and Ernie Kovacs–but each in term transformed their shows into “something else” entirely.

    I will miss him, too, John.

  2. Jennifer says:

    The key phrase in this article is “yes, his opinions mostly coincide with mine.” That’s the only possible way you can see Jon Stewart as any kind of talent. His opinions don’t coincide at all with mine, so to me, he’s a jackass, and I generally find people who bow at his feet with such unquestioning adoration are jackasses, as well.

    An entertainer should be entertaining in all contexts. Yes, there will be people who like a performer and people who don’t, but it should not be entirely predicated on what their political views are, ever.

    If Jon Stewart were truly worth his salt, as only leftists claim him to be, he’d be able to see the good and bad in both Democrats and Republicans, and use it as the basis for his humor. But to take a side and then only criticize the other is unprofessional at best, and the work of an unworthy hack who should be folding sweaters at Nordstrom at worst. The saddest part is, Jon Stewart doesn’t even get the jokes his writers give him to tell.

    Good riddance Jon Stewart, mindless court jester to liberals.