Dann Thomas

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Dann Thomas
Born Danette Maxx Couto
(1952-01-30) January 30, 1952 (age 64)
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer
Notable works
All-Star Squadron
Arak, Son of Thunder
Avengers West Coast
Infinity Inc.
Young All-Stars

Dann Thomas (born Danette Maxx Couto[1] January 30, 1952)[2] is an American comic book writer, the wife of comic book writer and editor Roy Thomas. She has at times collaborated with Thomas on All-Star Squadron, Arak, Son of Thunder, the Crimson Avenger miniseries and Avengers West Coast.

She married Roy Thomas in May 1981[3] and legally changed her first name from Danette in the early 1980s.[4]


Dann Thomas' earliest comic book credit appears on "The Sea of No Return" (credited as "Adapted from a story by Danette Couto") in Savage Sword of Conan #66 (July 1981).[5] Her husband credits her with the original idea for Arak, Son of Thunder, noting, "Danette Couto (soon to be Dann Thomas) had this idea: What if a Native American had discovered Europe?"[1] She began co-writing the Arak title with issue #12 (Aug. 1982) and would work with Thomas on most of his projects afterwards. Dann Thomas co-wrote Wonder Woman #300 (Feb. 1983)[6] and, as Roy Thomas noted in 1999 "became the first woman ever to receive scripting credit on the world's foremost super-heroine."[4] Dann Thomas' last new comic book writing appeared in Cadillacs and Dinosaurs #9 (Nov. 1994), published by Topps Comics.[7]

The superheroine Firebrand of the All-Star Squadron takes her civilian name, Danette Reilly, from Dann Thomas.[8] Dann Thomas co-wrote later issues of All-Star Squadron, subsequent to the introduction of Firebrand. Another character based upon Dann Thomas is a woman named Danette who appeared in the story "What If Conan the Barbarian Walked the Earth Today?" published in What If? #13 (Feb. 1979).[9]


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  1. ^ a b Thomas, Roy (July 2005). "Roy Thomas Checklist". Alter Ego. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing. 3 (50): 23. 
  2. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010. 
  3. ^ Catron, Michael (August 1981). "Personal Notes". Amazing Heroes. Seattle, Washington: Fantagraphics Books (3): 23. 
  4. ^ a b Thomas, Roy (Summer 1999). "The Secret Origins of Infinity, Inc.". Alter Ego. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing. 3 (1): 27. 
  5. ^ Savage Sword of Conan #66 (July 1981) at the Grand Comics Database
  6. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 200. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. The Amazing Amazon was joined by a host of DC's greatest heroes to celebrate her 300th issue in a seventy-two-page blockbuster...Written by Roy and Dann Thomas, and penciled by Gene Colan, Ross Andru, Jan Duursema, Dick Giordano, Keith Pollard, Keith Giffen, and Rich Buckler. 
  7. ^ Dann Thomas at the Grand Comics Database
  8. ^ Thomas, Roy (January 2002). "Hail, Hail, Now the Gang's Really All Here!". Alter Ego. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing. 3 (12): 31. 
  9. ^ Christiansen, Jeff (January 3, 2004). "Danette". The Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe. Archived from the original on July 7, 2013. 

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