Jack C. Harris
|Jack C. Harris|
|Born||August 30, 1947|
Early life and career
Jack C. Harris attended the Philadelphia College of Art and graduated with a BFA. He served in the Signal Corps while in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. He was hired by DC Comics as part of the company's "Junior Woodchuck" program and became the assistant to editor Murray Boltinoff before being promoted to the post of editor himself. Harris wrote text articles and letters columns for various series and his first published comics story was "Political Rally Panic" in Isis #3 (February–March 1977).
Harris wrote several issues of Kamandi, an assignment he considered a personal favorite. As writer of the Wonder Woman comic book, he returned the series to a contemporary setting to reflect the timeframe change made from the World War II era to the present day in the television series. Harris was briefly writing every DC feature starring a female character. He and artist Trevor Von Eeden proposed an all-female superteam named the "Power Squad" to DC but the idea was not approved for publication.
In 1992, Harris and artist Joe Quesada co-created an updated version of the Golden Age character the Ray. At Marvel Comics, Harris co-created the character Annex in The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #27 and wrote a limited series featuring the new character the following year. In 1994, Harris wrote the graphic novel Batman: Castle of the Bat, painted by artist Bo Hampton. A Hulk and the Human Torch story written by Harris and drawn by Ditko in the 1980s was published by Marvel as Incredible Hulk and the Human Torch: From the Marvel Vault #1 in August 2011.
Harris edited the first appearances of several new characters in their own eponymous series including Black Lightning, Shade, the Changing Man, and Firestorm. As editor of the Legion of Super-Heroes title, Harris hired Steve Ditko to draw several issues, a decision which garnered a mixed reaction from the title's readership. Harris edited the Madame Xanadu one-shot in 1981, which was DC's first attempt at marketing comics specifically to the "direct market" of fans and collectors.
Among the new talent Harris helped to enter the comics industry was the writing team of Dan Mishkin and Gary Cohn and artists Trevor Von Eeden, John Workman and Bob Smith. On the advice of artist Joe Staton, Harris gave British artist Brian Bolland his first assignment for a U.S. comics publisher, the cover for Green Lantern #127 (April 1980).
- Adventure Comics #459-462 (Wonder Woman) (1978-1979)
- The Amazing World of DC Comics #8, 11, 16 (1975-1977)
- Batman: Castle of the Bat #1 (1994)
- Cancelled Comic Cavalcade #2 (Kamandi) (1978)
- DC Comics Presents #3 (Superman and Adam Strange) (1978)
- DC Special Series #9 (Wonder Woman) (1978)
- DC Super Stars #14 (Two-Face), 17 (Legion of Super-Heroes) (1977)
- Detective Comics #484-495 (1979-1980)
- Dragonlance #28 (1991)
- Elvira's House of Mystery #1 (1986)
- Ghosts #77, 112 (1979-1982)
- Green Lantern #132 (Adam Strange), 168-169 (Tales of the Green Lantern Corps) (1980-1983)
- House of Mystery #251-256, 258, 276-281, 298, 308 (1977-1982)
- House of Secrets #152 (1978)
- Isis #3-8 (1977-1978)
- Kamandi, The Last Boy On Earth #52-59 (1977-1978)
- Karate Kid #11, 15 (1977-1978)
- Men of War #12-26 (Codename: Gravedigger) (1979-1980)
- Metal Men #51 (1977)
- Mystery in Space #111 (1980)
- The Ray #1-6 (1992)
- Secrets of Haunted House #22-41, 43, 45 (1980-1982)
- Sgt. Rock #364-365, 368, 370, 374, 378-379, 381, 383, 388, 392, 400 (1982-1985)
- Sgt. Rock Special #9 (1990)
- Showcase #101-103 (Hawkman and Adam Strange) (1978)
- Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #240 (1978)
- The Superman Family #182-185, 187-190, 195-199, 201-202, 208 (Supergirl) (1977-1981)
- Time Warp #1-2 (1979-1980)
- The Unexpected #190, 192, 199, 201-202, 204-205, 208, 212, 215-216 (1979-1981)
- The Warlord #48-49 (Claw the Unconquered) (1981)
- Weird War Tales #51-53, 67, 69, 74, 122 (1977-1983)
- Who's Who in the DC Universe Update 1993 #2 (1993)
- Wonder Woman #242-254 (1978-1979)
- World's Finest Comics #263 (Adam Strange), 271 (1980-1981)
- Heavy Metal #v6 #9, 11 (1982-1983)
- The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #27 (1993)
- Annex #1-4 (1994)
- Incredible Hulk and the Human Torch: From the Marvel Vault #1 (2011)
- Marvel Comics Presents #36 (Patsy Walker) (1989)
- Moon Knight #16 (1982)
- Spider-Man: Web of Doom #1-3 (1994)
Nintendo Picture Books
- The Legend of Zelda: Molblin's Magic Spear (1990) Molblin's Magic Spear is a children's picture book based on the Legend of Zelda series. It takes place during the storyline of the original game. It was written by Jack C. Harris and illustrated by Arthur Ellis and Kim Ellis. It was published by the Golden Books division of Western Publishing on February 1, 1990.
- Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
- Daudt, Ron E. (2010). "Jack C. Harris Interview (Pt. 1)". TheSilverLantern.com. Archived from the original on March 21, 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
- Jack C. Harris at the Grand Comics Database
- Daudt, Ron E. (2010). "Jack C. Harris Interview (Pt. 2)". TheSilverLantern.com. Archived from the original on March 21, 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
- McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1970s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 179. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9.
To reflect the modern setting of CBS-TV's The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, scripter Jack C. Harris and artist Jose Delbo produced a story where Earth-1's Amazon helped her Golden Age counterpart apprehend the Angle Man in May's Wonder Woman #243.
- Harris in Daudt (Pt. 2): "At one point, and I don't know why this happened, I was doing every DC super heroine at the time. I was writing Isis, I was writing Batgirl, I was writing Supergirl, I was writing Wonder Woman and I was editing Starfire. Those five female characters I was doing...All at the same time. For some reason I was the guy who writes the female characters. I don't know how it happened. I thought it was kind of cool."
- "The all-female DC Comics' team book that wasn't". DC Women Kicking Ass. August 3, 2011. Archived from the original on March 20, 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2012.
- Manning, Matthew K. "1990s" in Dolan, p. 252: "Longtime DC writer/editor Jack C. Harris reworked the Golden Age character of the Ray into a new hero, assisted by future superstar artist Joe Quesada"
- Cowsill, Alan; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2012). "1990s". Spider-Man Chronicle Celebrating 50 Years of Web-Slinging. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 203. ISBN 978-0756692360.
The debut story of Annex was written by Jack C. Harris and drawn by Tom Lyle.
- Harris in Daudt (Pt. 2): "I did a Marvel Team-Up that Ditko drew that was The Hulk and Human Torch team-up that never saw the light of day."
- Armitage, Hugh (April 22, 2011). "Lost Steve Ditko Comic Unveiled". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on March 26, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
- Jack C. Harris (editor) at the Grand Comics Database
- Harris in Daudt (Pt. 2): "Some of the fans loved it and some hated it. Nobody was lukewarm about it. It was a very Ditko type of feeling. You hated it or you loved it and there was nothing in between."
- Catron, Michael (June 1981). "DC Taps Fan Market for Madame Xanadu". Amazing Heroes. Seattle, Washington: Fantagraphics Books (1): 25.
Madame Xanadu, a 32-page/$1.00 comic that marks DC's first attempt at marketing comics specifically to fans and collectors, went on sale in early April. The book contains a 25-page tale by Steve Englehart and Marshall Rogers entitled 'Dance for Two Demons'.
- "Amethyst Special Feature: Interview with Gary Cohn and Dan Mishkin". TangognaT Who loves palindromes?. March 15, 2009. Archived from the original on December 7, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
Gary Cohn: Dan and I have been friends since our mid-teens...We were seriously trying to break into comics and had started a correspondence with an editor at DC, Jack Harris, that eventually led to our first sales.
- Romero, Max (July 2012). "I'll Buy That For a Dollar! DC Comics' Dollar Comics". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (57): 39–41.
'On the Day of His Return', written by Dan Mishkin and Gary Cohn. It was their first sale and they were stunned it was drawn by Steve [Ditko].
- Bolland, Brian (2006). "The 1970s - Green Lantern". In Pruett, Joe. The Art of Brian Bolland. Image Comics. p. 102. ISBN 1582406030.
- "Our Faculty - Jack C. Harris". School of Visual Arts. 2012. Archived from the original on March 21, 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2012.
- Harris, Jack C. (1990). The Legend of Zelda: Molblin's Magic Spear. Golden Books. p. 24. ISBN 978-0307125712.
- "DC Profiles #9: Jack C. Harris" at the Grand Comics Database
- Jack C. Harris at the Comic Book DB
- Jack C. Harris at Mike's Amazing World of Comics
- Jack C. Harris at the Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators
|Wonder Woman writer
|World's Finest Comics editor
|Green Lantern editor
|The Warlord editor
|The Unexpected editor
|Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 2 editor
Mike W. Barr