John Ostrander: Jack Kirby is Still King!

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. I’m just slightly younger than you, John. I have no problem talking at conventions with anyone my age or younger, but when it came to the giants of the Silver or Golden ages of comics, I always froze up. I made myself talk to a few because I knew I might never get the chance again. Julie could tell. Every preface I made, he came back with a retort that put this rookie in his place. Murphy Anderson was as polite as anyone could be, but clearly I couldn’t say a coherent line to him. Stan and Jack I never spoke to because nothing I could come up with was remotely worth their time. I’m a chatterbox with any other class of comics pros, but I certainly understand where you’re coming from in regards to meeting Jack for the first time.

  2. Mindy Newell says:

    John, did you read THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY, by Michael Chabon?