John Ostrander: For What It’s Worth

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. George Haberberger says:

    “My heart remains with Cap but I think my brain may agree more with Iron Man. I think I have my own civil war, one that most of us have at one time or another – heart versus head.”

    As Winston Churchill said, “If you’re not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you’re not a conservative at forty you have no brain.”

    My favorite line from, “For What It’s Worth” is, “What a field day for the heat. Thousand people in the street. Singing songs and carrying signs, mostly say, ‘Hooray for our side.'”

    “Hooray for our side.” Nothing better captures the mood of the country today.

  2. Mindy Newell says:

    OH, HOW I LOVE THAT SONG!!!!!!!!!!

    Simon makes a good point–“Cap was not acting like a liberal but a libertarian.”

    Someone made a comment–it might have even been on my Facebook page when I posted about the movie, but I don’t remember where I read it–that it should have been Captain America who came down on the said of “law and order,” and that Iron Man should have been on the side of individualism–or libertarianism, given both their backgrounds.

    I thought that it made no sense for Black Widow to be on the government’s side, being that she came from a totalitarian system, and knew first hand the problems of restricting individual thought.

  3. Iñigo says:

    I noticed how the movie refrains from making strong arguments but I also thought I’d go with Cap. As he says, in governments there are always people with agendas.