It’s been a long and winding road on the relationship between writer Tony Isabella and DC Comics. Back in the 70s Isabella created Black LIghtning, along with artist Trevor Von Eeden, the first African-American character to have his own title at DC. Then many things went pear shaped, and Isabella stood by his claim that he had not created the character as work for hire, but rather as a partnership, and next thing you know there’s a new character named Black Vulcan with similar powers on Super Friends, the unbearable 70s cartoon.
Isabella has been pretty vocal about his problems with DC and the dispute over Black Lightning over the years, but the Johns/DiDio regime made peace with him, allowing Black Lightning comics to be reprinted and there’s even a Black Lightning TV show in development, with Cress Williams cast as the hero.
And now Isabella himself is returning to DC Comics, as he blogged earlier today.
DC Comics/Entertainment has authorized me to release this statement on the company’s behalf and my own:
DC Comics/Entertainment and Black Lightning creator Tony Isabella have reached a mutually-beneficial agreement on Tony’s past and future contributions to the company. DC is pleased it will again have access to Tony’s talents and insights. Tony is thrilled to be once again associated with one of the top entertainment powerhouses of our era. This is good news all around.
With my numerous March professional and personal commitments now completed, and the publication of the above statement, I can return to full-scale blogging. Thanks for your patience during my hiatus.
I’ll be back tomorrow with more stuff.
It’s a nice turn around, a nice vindication for Isabella, and proof that old feuds can be settled with gains for BOTh sides.
Tune in tomorrow with more details, but with the Black LIghtning TV show in the works, might this have to do with NEW Black Lightning comics? Wait and see.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.