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Encyclopedia > Tony Isabella

Tony Isabella (born December 22, 1951) is an American comic book writer and commentator, best known as the creator and writer of Black Lightning, DC Comics' first major African American superhero. December 22 is the 356th day of the year (357th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Black Lightning is the first major African-American superhero to have been published by DC Comics. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... For the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode, see Super Hero (Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode). ...



Marvel Comics

He began as an editorial assistant at Marvel Comics in 1972. At Marvel, he wrote Ghost Rider, It, the Living Colossus in Astonishing Tales, Luke Cage in Hero for Hire and Power Man, Tigra in Marvel Chillers, The Champions, and Captain America. He also served as editor of Marvel's black and white magazine line for a time. Marvel Comics (Stan Lee is behind many of the superheros) is an American comic book line published by Marvel Publishing, Inc. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Ghost Rider is the name of several fictional supernatural anti-heroes in the Marvel Comics universe. ... It, the Living Colossus was a Marvel Comics chararcter of the 1970s. ... Astonishing Tales was the name of an anthology comic book series published by Marvel Comics from 1970-1976. ... Luke Cage, born Carl Lucas and once called Power Man, is a fictional character, a Marvel Comics superhero. ... Luke Cage, a. ... At least two comic book characters have been called Power Man: Luke Cage, a Marvel Comics superhero, briefly adopted the name Power Man. ... Tigra (Greer Grant) is a comic book superheroine in the Marvel Comics universe. ... The Champions (of Los Angeles) are a short-lived superhero team from the mid-1970s, published by Marvel Comics. ... Captain America, the alter ego of Steve Rogers,[1] is a fictional comic-book superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. ...

DC Comics

For DC Comics, he worked as a writer and story editor. In addition to two runs on Black Lightning (one in the 1970s, the other in the 1990s), in the 1980s he revamped Hawkman and Hawkwoman with artist Richard Howell in the mini-series Shadow War of Hawkman. The mini-series led to a regular series which he initially wrote. DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... Black Lightning is the first major African-American superhero to have been published by DC Comics. ... For other meanings of the term, see Hawkman (disambiguation) Hawkman is a fictional DC Comics superhero. ... Hawkwoman is the name of a fictional characters, superheroines in the DC Comics universe. ... Richard Howell (Newark, Delaware, in 1753; died in Trenton, New Jersey, 28 April, 1802) was a state Governor of New Jersey from 1794 to 1802. ...

Other Work

He is the co-author (with his fellow Comic Buyer's Guide columnist Bob Ingersoll) of the short story If Wishes Were Horses... (which was published in The Ultimate Super Villains, ISBN 1-57297-113-4, in 1996) and the novels Captain America: Liberty's Torch (1998 ISBN 0-425-16619-8) and Star Trek: The Case Of The Colonist's Corpse (A Sam Cogley Mystery) (2003, ISBN 0-7434-6497-4). Robert Bob Ingersoll is an American lawyer and writer. ... This article is in need of attention. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... Captain America, the alter ego of Steve Rogers,[1] is a fictional comic-book superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. ... The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an American science fiction franchise. ...

He writes a regular column for the Comics Buyer's Guide, called Tony's Tips. This has resulted in a regular (and, given the different demands of the medium, much more frequent) online column/blog called Tony's Online Tips. Comics Buyers Guide (CBG) is the longest-running periodical reporting on the comic book industry. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

He has also recently worked on translating foreign language Disney comics and revamping the wording for the US such as "Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge #354". Also, he has recently announced on his column that he plans on doing new comic book work. He has said that he will work on comics for Heroic Publishing, probably working on that company's superheroine Tigress (not to be confused with the Marvel superheroine Tigra mentioned above or the DC characters). Tigress (Kassidy Farrell) is the latest incarnation of the superheroine Tigress. ...

Christian-themed story arc

Tony Isabella had written at one time a story arc in Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze) where Johnny Blaze became a Christian, and in doing so, freed himself of the curse. Isabella said in May 2007, "I’d written a story wherein, couched in mildly subtle terms, Blaze accepted Jesus as his savior and freed himself from Satan’s power forever." Johnny Blaze, or John Blaze, is a fictional, supernatural superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Christianity. ...

CCM sightings said on the subject, "According to Isabella’s account, the story arc took two years to unfold, and was approved by several editors. But when the story reached the big twist -- and a certain mysterious drifter was going to be revealed as Jesus Christ -- an assistant editor 'took offense' and intercepted the issue right as it was about to go to the printer and completely rewrote the story."

Isabella says, "To this day, I consider what he did to my story one of the three most arrogant and wrong-headed actions I’ve ever seen from an editor."[1]

External links

  • Tony's Online Tips
  • Official Message Board
Preceded by
John Warner
Captain America writer
Succeeded by
Jack Kirby
Preceded by
Steve Gerber
Daredevil writer
(with Bob Brown in late 1975)
Succeeded by
Marv Wolfman

  Results from FactBites:
Tony Isabella: Black Thought (6807 words)
TONY: When I learned...online...that Judd was using Jeff Pierce in Green Arrow and The Outsiders, I e-mailed him in the hope that I might be able to alleviate some of the damage.
And, though I wish someone else had the job, we need a Tony Isabella to remind creators that their best interests and the best interests of their creations are not always going to be a high or even any kind of priority for their publishers and their other business partners.
TONY: As I recall it, I told DC all the things I thought were offensive in the two scripts they had bought for the series, which they had asked me to rewrite prior to taking over the book with the third issue.
World Famous Comics >> Columns (630 words)
Tony Isabella, best known as the creator of Black Lightning, DC Comics' first fl super-hero, writes this popular Web column.
Tony has worked as editor for both DC and Marvel after breaking into the business as Stan Lee's assistant.
He has written characters like The Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers, Captain America, Daredevil, Doc Savage, Dracula, Elvira, Fantastic Four, Ghost Rider, Green Arrow, Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor, Hawkman, Incredible Hulk, Mickey Mouse, Star Trek, Star Wars, Superman and Tarzan.
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