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I’ve seen others like this but this one gets my vote for the letter O. Can you name them all? Available here
In addition to my commission from Adam Hughes I got this adorable piece from Bill Walko.
Yesterday was John Ostrander’s 62nd birthday and there is no way I can let it go by without noting it.
John Ostrander is responsible for a lot of great comics I love - Suicide Squad is at the top of the list - but more importantantly he is responsible for two of the most kick ass women in the DCU, Oracle and Amanda Waller.
He didn’t create Barbara Gordon, of course. That was Carmine Infantino. And he isn’t responsible for putting her in a wheelchair; that was Alan Moore and DC editorial. What he is responsible for, with his wife Kim Yale, is looking at the character in a new way and creating the persona of Oracle.
While other editors had viewed Barbara Gordon as excess, unwanted baggage on the way to the “adult” comic world of the Dark Knight, he and Kim saw Barbara Gordon, now crippled and without a place in the DCU, as a smart, computer-savvy asset. Oracle is now one of the most famous female characters in DC. Last year, when I ran a tournament to name the “Most Kick-Ass DC Woman” the title was won, to the surprise of many, by Barbara Gordon as Oracle. It delighted me that John stopped by the blog and left a note on it.
Oracle got her start in the Suicide Squad working for another of John’s creations, Amanda Waller.
Just as Oracle offers a different face for female superheroes, so does Amanda Waller. A woman of color and size, Amanda Waller stands out from the sea of thin white women in comics. She’s not a great character, however, because of how she looks, but because of who she is — a tough, take no shit patriot who can and will stop or destroy anything that stands in the way of her plans. She’s so well defined that the mere mention of her name creates a sense of what she’ll bring to a story or how she’ll interact with a character.
So thanks John Ostrander. Thanks for your great writing and thanks for creating female characters who aren’t like every one else and, of course, kick ass.
One of my favorite portraits of Barbara Gordon as Oracle by the talented 89g.
Yes I know there are handles. I’m ignoring them for prettiness.
Thank you for all your work, but thank you in particular for one of the best pages featuring Oracle ever. From JLA Classified #14