Tuesday, January 3, 2017

How To Break Into The Comics Biz!!

During her Chicago days, one of the other residents in Linda Danvers' apartment building had the bad fortune to to be a young actor with a side job as a courier for a corrupt businessman:

John Ostrander?!?!?!

Yup, it's THAT John Ostrander!

See, writer Paul Kupperberg was friends with Ostrander, who at the time was a young Chicago actor whose was just beginning to break into comics with a couple of gigs for First.

So Kupperberg decided to give his buddy a role in the comic he was writing. Of course, one of the perks of putting a friend into your comic book is that you can rag on him a little bit:


Plus, that irresponsibility gets him kidnapped and beat-up by super-villains:

Of course, Ostrander would escape the clutches of The Gang, and go on to co-create Amanda Waller, write the post-Crisis Suicide Squad, and all sorts of other stuff,

Thus, in answer to the question "how do I break in to comics?," the answer is a) know someone in the biz who will actually put you into comics books, and b) live in the same building as Supergirl!

From The Daring New Adventures Of Supergirl #4-5 (1983)


SallyP said...

Wow!i have always enjoyed his writing, but who knew he was such beefcake?

George Chambers said...

When I first read this, I knew nothing about Ostrander, so I paid little attention. Instead, my thoughts were: 1) How did it take Supergirl more than one panel to defeat the Gang? And 2) Migawd, Brains' HAIR? How much product did she use to get it like that, and how did she get through doorways?