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Writing TitleWRITING FOR COMICS, continued


Also in 1982, at the same time I was working on Green Lantern Corps stories, I was invited to submit story ideas for a new anthology DC was planning as a showcase for new talent, in fact a book by that very name. There was some grumbling about my appearing in the book: since I was on staff at DC, I was considered to have an inside track and an unfair advantage. I can only say that, while that was true, I never felt like I was being given special treatment, and I had a great time working on these stories.

"Class of 2064: Class Trip", 8 pages, NEW TALENT SHOWCASE #1, Jan. 1984. This storyline, continuing over three issues, has the first DC Comics art by Scott Hampton, and fine work it is. Scott was wonderful to work with, and he brought a lot to the table, always having a firm opinion on how things should be done. We had some fine wrangles on a few story points, but overall it was a great experience, and Scott and I remain friends and have continued to work together ever since. This series owes a lot to one of my favorite writers, Robert Heinlein. Though not well grounded in science, I did lots of research and tried to make the science fiction as believable as possible.

New Talent Showcase #1 page

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"Class of 2064: Between Earth and Sky", 8 pages, NEW TALENT SHOWCASE #2, Feb. 1984. More great art by Scott Hampton, as the plot thickens, and our teenaged tourists encounter the villains of the story while floating over The Grand Canyon. I gave Scott actual picture references for the Canyon, and he made it all work.

"Class of 2064: Dark Side of the Earth", 8 pages, NEW TALENT SHOWCASE #3, March 1984. Art by Scott Hampton. The big finale, a daring rescue, and who will get the girl?

"Class of 2064: Dragonfly part 1", 8 pages, NEW TALENT SHOWCASE #7, July 1984. The art on this two-issue story was by Terry Shoemaker, I believe also his first art for DC Comics. If anything, Terry did an even better job of realizing the science fictional ideas in my script about a solar-sail tourist vessel in space, and a new teenage heroine, Miranda Venezia.

New Talent Showcase 7 page

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"Class of 2064: Dragonfly part 2", 8 pages, NEW TALENT SHOWCASE #8, Aug. 1984. Impact with space debris has left the solar sail ship in tatters, and Miranda has to find a way to get herself and her passengers back safely. Fine art by Terry Shoemaker, wish we'd had a chance to do more.

"Arcana: The Dare", 8 pages, NEW TALENT SHOWCASE #12, Dec. 1984. I'd hoped this would be the beginning of a new series for this title, but only one was bought. The art was by Mike Chen and Joe Del Beato, who did a competent job. Some of the ideas begun here might make an appearance in new fiction someday if I ever have the time.


"70mm Dreams", 23 pages, BLUE DEVIL #11, April 1985. Regular artist Paris Cullins was usually running late on this title, and I guess that's why editor Alan Gold commissioned me to write this fill-in that was drawn by Tod Smith and inked by Mike Gustovich. The story takes BD into the nightmarish worlds of several movies, including the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland. Tod did a nice job with it, and I loved the cover by Paris.

Blue Devil 11 cover

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