Dann Thomas

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Dann Thomas
Born Danette Maxx Couto
(1952-01-30) January 30, 1952 (age 65)
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer
Notable works
All-Star Squadron
Arak, Son of Thunder
Avengers West Coast
Infinity, Inc.
Young All-Stars
Spouse(s) Roy Thomas

Dann Thomas (born Danette Maxx Couto[1] January 30, 1952)[2] is an American comic book writer and is the wife of comic book writer and editor Roy Thomas. She has at times collaborated with her husband 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]

Biography[edit]

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. Roy Thomas explained in 2011 that "Dann and I co-wrote Infinity from the beginning, coplotting it, with Dann usually, if not always, doing the first draft on the script, which I then rewrote. Not that she was openly credited as co-writer right away; I had to take it slow in that area."[6] Dann Thomas co-wrote Wonder Woman #300 (Feb. 1983)[7] and, as Roy Thomas noted in 1999 "became the first woman ever to receive scripting credit on the world's foremost super-heroine."[4] A rare example of Dann Thomas' solo writing appeared in the Wally Wood's T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents series published by Deluxe Comics.[8] Roy Thomas' contractual obligations to DC Comics prevented him from working on the series but Dann Thomas was able to work on it.[9]

Dann Thomas' last new comic book writing appeared in Cadillacs and Dinosaurs #9 (Nov. 1994), published by Topps Comics.[10]

Tributes[edit]

The superheroine Firebrand of the All-Star Squadron takes her civilian name, Danette Reilly, from Dann Thomas.[11] 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).[12]

Bibliography[edit]

Blue Comet Press[edit]

  • Crime Smasher Special Edition #1 (1987)

Dark Horse Comics[edit]

  • Cormac Mac Art #1–4 (1990)

DC Comics[edit]

Deluxe Comics[edit]

First Comics[edit]

Hero Comics[edit]

  • Captain Thunder and Blue Bolt #1–10 (1987–1988)
  • Captain Thunder and Blue Bolt vol. 2 #1–2 (1992)

Marvel Comics[edit]

Star*Reach[edit]

  • Within Our Reach #1 (1991)

Topps Comics[edit]

References[edit]

  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 30, 2010. 
  3. ^ Catron, Michael (August 1981). "Personal Notes". Amazing Heroes. Stamford, Connecticut: 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. ^ Thomas, Roy (2011). Alter Ego: Centennial (PDF). Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 45. ISBN 978-1-60549-031-1. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ Dallas, Keith (2013). "Chapter Five: 1984". American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1980s. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 121. ISBN 978-1605490465. 
  9. ^ Boyd, Jerry (February 2017). "Lightning Does Strike Twice! How the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents stormed back into comics in the 1980s". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (94): 63–65. 
  10. ^ Dann Thomas at the Grand Comics Database
  11. ^ Thomas, Roy (January 2002). "Hail, Hail, Now the Gang's Really All Here!". Alter Ego. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing. 3 (12): 31. 
  12. ^ 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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