Ah, comics. Good ol’ comics.
The first one I ever bought was House of Mystery #112, July 1961. Actually, my dad bought it for me — he too loved comics, and still does. I don’t have that issue anymore, though I wish I did. Another comic I bought on the newsstand was Fantastic Four #1. Yeah, I really wish I still had that one. It’d sure take the sting out of paying college tuition.
By October of 1989, I was the regular writer on the Star Trek: The Next Generation title for Bob Greenberger at DC. One day I went into NYC to have lunch with Bob and Brian Augustyn, another DC editor pal. It was my birthday, and we went to Mickey Mantle’s restaurant. I mentioned that I had spent the morning pitching ideas to the editors in charge of Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter, my two favorite DC superheroes, but they were all booked up. Bob and Brian coaxed out of me what I liked about those characters and on the spot we concocted a new one. His name was Darkstar, and his title, Darkstars, ran for three and a half years from October 1992 on.
All in all, I’ve written nearly two hundred comics. And though I’ve had to back-burner comic writing lately, I hope to get back into it as time allows.