Thursday, April 10, 2008

Reprint This! Johnny Dynamite

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,
Scott

3 comments:

benday-dot said...

If strength in numbers counts here, sign me up too. Morisi was made for this kind of stuff... or is it the other way around. I love Vengeance Squad, but even for all I've seen of the original JD it was a series that was so much more. And... I really think I should have chosen the handle Johnny Dynamite for my CBR avatar!Craig.

Jeremy A. Patterson said...

This is a great idea!

J.A.P.

pam's son said...

Forget what Overstreet says, these books are not only priced much higher (in the real world) than listed,but are very hard to come by....in any condition

JD lost a lot of his edge when the comics code hit, but if you look at the pre-code issues they're graphic in real subject matter but never vulgar....more often suggestive rather than explicit. They'd make a great reprint today!