John Ostrander: The Spectre – What Was I Thinking?

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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6 Responses

  1. George Shuma says:

    One of the great series from an era that all to few great series. Thanks to you and Tom both for producing it. I followed it in first run, loved it then and love it now!

  2. Jake Modica says:

    I have been waiting for more trades to give as gifts for years! Best series of the 90s and a great series of all time.

  3. Alexander Simpson says:

    Dear Mr Ostrander,
    I’m not sure if you read these comments but I have no clue of any other way to get in touch with you. I’m hoping you do, I’ve been a long time fan of your work (relatively, I’m only 18) and I’ve really enjoyed the comics you’ve written or co-written. To get to the point, up until last week I had a girlfriend who’s also a fan of your work but to a much greater degree and although we broke I had promised her a signed copy of one of your comics as a birthday present in two weeks but the one I had ordered online was a fake.
    So please all I’m asking Mr Ostrander is if you would do the honor of sending me a signed copy of any issue of the suicide squad (her favourite series) addressed to her for her birthday, I would not mind paying for it or paying for the shipping as well (I live in the UK) because it would mean a lot to the girl I love as well as to me as a fan.
    Please send me an email if you’re willing or simply to decline.

    I really hope you get this and I look forward to hearing from you.

  4. Andrew Laubacher says:

    Haven’t seen you post for awhile, Jawn. Lookin’ forward to your reaction to the new SW film here. But I was wonderin’, your character Quinlan Vos appeared in a background cameo in Phantom Menace, unidentified and with no dialogue. You don’t get a piece of that, do you? At least Quinlan is theoretically still a part of the official SW canon.


    Andrew L.

    • Andrew Laubacher says:

      Sorry, for some reason, this was the first of your recent posts to come up. I’d forgotten about the most recent ones. My bad!

  5. Riichard E. Marvin says:

    Just got my hands on issue 51 of The Spectre last week–the Joker issue. This series never dates but been having a heck of a time tracking it down. 15 to go. I was smart enough to hang on to Suicide Squad and Grimjack all these years. Would love to see more of him. You’ve provided years of great reading in the DC Universe and thank you for that.