Comics Writers Don’t Just Write Comics
About Comics has just released the full line-up of stories for their
Comic Prose anthology of prose short stories by comics writers. Until
now, the only list that had been available was the one used in the book’s
The stories, a mix of new material and reprints, include:
- Kurt Busiek, “A Personal Touch”: A single man responds
to an irresistible personal ad, and gets more than he bargained for,
from the writer of Astro City, JLA/Avengers, and Conan.
- Max Allan Collins, “Laura”: This short mystery tale features
the comic book detective Ms. Tree. This work brought Collins a nomination
for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award.
- Paul Dini: “It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, it’s
Feldman”: The writer of wacky comics like Harley & Ivy and
contemplations of the superhero like Superman: Peace On Earth combines
the two to bring us Feldman, the one friend a hero really needs.
- Mike Baron, “Ring of Fire”: from the writer behind Nexus
and The Badger comes an explosive tale of the dangerous side of rock
- Dennis O’Neil, “Report on a Broken Bridge”: This
tale about the investigation into a rich man’s suicide first appeared
in 1971 while O’Neil was turning out his classic run on Green
Lantern/Green Arrow, and reflects both his writing strength and his
- Steve Englehart, “How Coyote Dissed the Sky”: Englehart’s
comic book character Coyote, star of the fondly-remembered Epic Comics
series, returns in this never-before-seen prose story.
- Jeff Millar, “Toto, I Have a Feeling We’re Not in Kansas
Anymore”: this energetic 1975 comedy about the Des Moines, Iowa
being attacked by monsters is the only prose short story by the writer
of the comic strip Tank McNamara
- Nat Gertler, “Life in Fur”: a coming of age tale of a
young werewolf, from the co-writer of the forthcoming Complete Idiot’s
Guide To Creating A Graphic Novel.
- Marv Wolfman, “Celiphyss”: the creator of such popular
characters as Blade, Bullseye, and most of TV’s Teen Titans spins
a science-fiction action tale about a man’s desperate hunt for
a curative plant.
- Neil Kleid, “Open Call”: a young superpower adventurer
takes his shot at the big time in this humorous tale from Kleid, who
was recently award a Xeric Grant.
- Bill Mumy & Peter David, “The Black ‘59”: Mumy
(co-creator of Trypto the Acid Dog) and Peter David (writer of, well,
everything) team up for this chilling tale of a guitar that might be
too good, or just the opposite.
The book, originally solicited for May, is now at the printer and should
reach comic shops in early June. It’s a 176 page 5.5x7.75”
trade paperback, priced at $9.95.
Coyote is a trademark of Steve Englehart.