One of the pleasures of attending G-Fest this year in
Chicago was getting the
chance to meet one of my comic book heroes from days past, Tony Isabella. Mr.
Isabella has a long list of comic book credits (including a great run on
Hawkman!) but what he is most remembered for these days is the creation of the
character Black Lightning for DC Comics in the 1970s. After years of legal
wrangling with DC Comics about the creator's credit of that character Mister Isabella
and the company are now happily in collaboration again. Indeed, things have
been settled to the point that Mr. Isabella is a part of the production of the
newest DC TV show - Black Lightning! This mid-season replacement show premieres
next year on the CW and I can hardly wait!
Of course Mr. Isabella was at G-Fest in his capacity as a Kaiju fan and presided over a number of panels revolving around giant monsters both in their comic book form, novelizations and on screen. But being an old comic book fan what I was thrilled most about was the chance to get in him to sign my trade paperback copy of the original run of Black Lightning comic books. Luckily Mr. Isabella is an incredibly nice man and was willing to talk to an aging fanboy about his work. He even imparted some information about the production of the upcoming television show, his participation in it and the possibilities at this juncture of a second season. Let's just say I'm really looking forward to seeing Black Lightning finally hit the small screen next year.