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Writing TitleWRITING FOR COMICS, continued

WHO'S WHO IN THE DC UNIVERSE

I wrote some of the entries in the original series, and the '87 update, mainly relating to The Omega Men and The Green Lantern Corps. In the beginning I was ghosting them for Len Wein, so didn't receive a writing credit in the books, but that changed with issue 5. This list may not be completely accurate, but I believe I wrote the following entries.

Issue 1: Auron

Issue 2: Blackfire

Issue 3: Broot

Issue 5: Citadel

Issue 6: Demonia

Issue 7: Elu

Issue 8: Felicity

Issue 9: Gordanians, Green Lantern Corps, Green Man, Guardians of the Universe

Issue 10: Harpis

Issue 12: Kalista

Issue 17: Nimbus, Omega Men

Issue 18: Primus, Psions

Issue 20: Ryand'r

Issue 21: Spider Guild

Issue 22: Starfire II

Issue 23: Tamaran, Tigorr

Issue 25: Vegan System (art also), Warlords of Okaara

Issue 26: X'Hal

Update '87 issue 1: Arisia, Baron Tyr

Update '87 issue 2: Ch'p, Ub'x

Update '87 issue 3: Green Lantern Corps, Guardians of the Universe, Katma Tui, Kilowog

Update '87 issue 5: Rocket Red Brigade, Salakk

Who's Who 17 cover

©DC Comics, Inc.

SECRET ORIGINS 23, Feb. 1988

I wrote "The Secret Origin of the Guardians of the Universe" for this issue, with art by Jonathan Peterson and Al Vey. I'd done a lot of research on the Green Lantern Corps, so that's why I was chosen. I made up some stuff for this that I think has been ignored since, as other writers did their versions.

That was the end of my comics scripting career at DC. In 1987 I went full-time as a freelance letterer, and that kept me quite busy. I did submit story ideas several times over the next few years, but while a few were accepted, none made it to final script and print.

© Neil Gaiman and Michael Zulli.

In 2007 I did another sort of writing for comics when I was asked to write the comics adaptation of Neil Gaiman's short story, The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch for Dark Horse Comics, art by Michael Zulli. This was an unusual assignment, since the art was all finished, and Dark Horse already had an adaptation script, but editor Diana Schutz wasn't happy with it, and Neil didn't have time to tackle it himself. I had fun doing the captions and dialogue, drawn mostly from Neil's original story, and Diana, Neil and Michael all seemed to be happy with the result.

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