Dear Max Allan Collins
I am a fan of your work – love Ms. Tree. She rocks. I’d like to see her stuff reprinted in its entirety, but that’s an entry for another day. I’m here to talk about Johnny Dynamite. This nearly mythical Comics Media/Charlton character has intrigued me for ages. He is just so freakin' cool and Pete Moris simply cannot be beat. Once upon a time, I had some money. I chose to spend it on other comics, where I should have been tracking down old issues of Johnny Dynamite. Now I am broke – I won’t be able to buy those for a long, long time. It's a real heartbreaker.
I understand that you acquired the right to the Johnny Dynamite character in the 1980s as part of the demise of Charlton. I further understand that some of the original Johnny Dynamite stories were reprinted has been sporadically reprinted. That was very nice of you but what the world is really crying out for (ok - maybe not the 'world' per se, but I can't be the only one) is a comprehensive collection of Johnny Dynamite stories from the 50s. That way I can get a Pete Morisi fix whenever I need one. My hardboiled heart won't mend until I see it on my bookshelf. Please.
Thanks in advance,