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Gerry Conway Dishes on the Creation of Black Lightning

black_lightning1News broke recently that Greg Berlanti was working on a Black Lightning television show. Today it’s reported that the show has been picked up by Fox. That seems to have prompted comic legend Gerry Conway to Tweet out some history about the character.

Debuting in 1977 at DC Comics, the character’s creators are credited as Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden. But Conway indicates that’s not the whole story and that Bob Kanigher deserves some credit as well. Kanigher is primarily known as the creator of Sgt. Rock.

Isabella took exception to some of Conway’s recollections responding on Twitter:


Conway has made further updates and a retraction on his Tumblr:

Open Mouth, Insert Foot, Part Infinity

For what it’s worth (since I can’t seem to comment directly on Tony Isabella’s Facebook post, I’ll post my response to it here) I’m perfectly willing to admit my memory of events is faulty. I constantly am asked questions about things that I wrote forty to fifty years ago and I’m often embarrassed to admit I don’t remember. I wrote a lot of stuff, did a lot of stuff, offended a lot of people, and hopefully supported many others. One fact I am sure about, is that memory is fungible and affected by many factors. Honestly, my memory of the sequence of events is different from Tony’s, but given his firm adherence to his version, I accept it totally and offer my apologies. Rather than diminish Tony’s work (though that was the outcome) I simply wanted to acknowledge Bob Kanigher’s. In my memory there was more of a direct connection between Kanigher’s creation (which we backed away from as soon as he delivered those first scripts, and tried to fix but absolutely couldn’t) and the Black Lightning that came after. I feel protective of the older forgotten writers of the 60s, especially Kanigher, who was treated horribly by DC at the time (though no worse than Bill Finger, Gardner Fox, and Bob Haney) when the company replaced them with a new generation of writers like me. In my desire to gain justice for Bob I did a major injustice to Tony. Obviously I was wrong. Sorry, Tony.

And the Isabell responded:

I thank Gerry for his retraction and his apology.

I consider the matter closed and ask my friends here to do the same.


Archie and the Gang Head to Television in Riverdale

LifeWithArchie_37-0ARArchie Comics has announced Riverdale, a one-hour drama based on the iconic Archie comic book characters, has landed at Fox. Warner Brothers Studios is producing along with studio-based Berlanti Productions.

Riverdale offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surrealistic twists of small-town life plus the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. Set in the present in the small fictional town of Riverdale, New York. The show will focus on the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge, and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books—including Archie’s rival, Reggie Mantle, and his slacker best friend, Jughead Jones. Popular gay character Kevin Keller will also play a pivotal role. In addition to the core cast, Riverdale will introduce other characters from Archie Comics’ expansive library, including Josie and the Pussycats.

The show will be produced by Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions, written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

After the company’s successful twisted take Afterlife With Archie, we’ve wanted something like this in comics for quite some time. It being on television instead? We’ll take!

Green Lantern Sequel Being Worked On

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A sequel to Green Lantern movie (which hasn’t even been released) is already being worked on.  Warner Bros. anticipating a hit and following the success of Marvel’s movie schedule, set the sequel in motion.

The Hollywood Reporter got the exclusive scoop that:

The studio has hired Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim, all of whom worked on the ‘Lantern’ screenplay, to write a treatment for the second installment.  ‘Lantern’ is shooting in New Orleans under the direction of Martin Campbell with Ryan Reynolds starring as the emerald ring-wielding DC Comics superhero who is part of an intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps.  Development on a second installment this far out from a movie’s release date is rare, signaling the studio’s confidence in what it sees so far.  It also appears to be the first moves the studio is making under its newly configured relationship with DC.

Berlanti, Green, and Guggenheim have also been tapped to work on a treatment for the Flash, another DC property.  Ryan Reynolds was also rumored to play the lead in the Flash before he was cast as Hal Jordan in Green Lantern.

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