A Tribute to the of





Welcome to the latest edition of the Silver Age Sage: #420. If you're looking for a previous interview, please scroll down to the bottom of this page to the Special Features header. There you will find a list of links to all the creators who have been interviewed in the past.

Greetings, dear readers, and welcome back! We’re taking a short detour to the early Bronze Age this time around and the issue in the spotlight contained more than one “first” within its 48 pages (for only .25!) It’s Green Lantern #87 with a publication date of December 1971/January 1972. The lead story by Denny O’Neil and illustrated by the dream team of Neal Adams and Dick Giordano brought us a new Green Lantern, namely John Stewart, but…I’m taking you through the 13-pager after that titled “What Can One Man Do?” It’s a Green Arrow solo story, once again illustrated by Adams and Giordano, but with a spanking new writer working for Editor Julie Schwartz named Elliot Maggin,. No “S!” had yet been added to his moniker and if memory serves, the story was actually based on an essay he’d submitted for a class at school.

The first couple of pages are a bit of a rehash of where Oliver Queen, aka Green Arrow has found himself. The wealthy playboy is wealthy no more, having been snookered out of his business empire by unscrupulous men. So, he’s getting by as best he can in an apartment, likely on the wrong side of the tracks and spending a lot of time in a certain green costume.

As he goes about his business, we learn that the mayor of Star City has decided not to run for re-election this cycle. He and his backers discuss some likely candidates and ultimately settle on Oliver Queen. As it happens, Ollie is freshly back from patrol and is somewhat incredulous at the suggestion, but he is obviously at least a little intrigued. He begins to burn the landline (with an interesting page treatment by Neal Adams, showing the classic spiral phone cord in the place of some of the gutters on the page) to a few choice friends for advice. He starts with Dinah Lance, the Black Canary. She’s less than enthused. It soon becomes apparent that his other contacts share her skepticism as he calls Bruce (Batman) Wayne, Hal (Green Lantern) Jordan and Clark (Superman) Kent and to a man they suggest it wouldn’t be a great idea.

He continues to ponder things and again regains the cloak of Green Arrow when he comes upon a riot. As he’s trying to help calm things down, he actually takes a blow to the head from a youth, who immediately apologizes, but then a shot rings out and the young man is wounded. GA quickly gets him aboard a handy ambulance and accompanies him to the emergency room. As he waits, young Mr. Maggin quotes Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms” as a poignant backdrop in the captions, where no dialogue is needed.

Unfortunately the young man doesn’t make it and we get to see Neal Adams and Dick Giordano’s peak work with a close-up of an angered Green Arrow with tears running out of his domino mask. It has been a galvanizing moment and he decides to take the challenge to run for Mayor, bringing us full circle to the title, “What Can One Man Do?” Oliver Queen is about to find out.

I couldn’t help but be reminded of when Elliot S! Maggin ran for office himself in his current home state of California a handful of years ago, so while he was unsuccessful, perhaps he still felt that there was something one man can do.

I also noted that the first letter in the lettercol was by none other than John Workman,, another of my interviewees (along with Elliot, of course) that you can read here at the dear ol’ Silver Lantern.

Elliot must have pleased Julie Schwartz, because this first effort led to many, many more stories from the Maggin typewriter. He’s likely best known for his takes on the Man of Steel and some of you may know that I got to meet him in person at the Denver Con a few years ago. I further enjoyed his prose version of Kingdom Come and recommend it.

Elliot, along with Jim Shooter and Cary Bates, has always held a special fondness for me and it was fun to get to delve into this first tale from his fertile brain. Since this story resides in the Bronze Age, however, no rating at this time. Frankly, I’m just glad not to be doing another tribute to a deceased creator this time around.

Speaking of such, be sure to pick up a DC comic this month of October if you can. Most of them have a beautiful 2-page spread dedicated to Len Wein.

Okay, short and sweet and the next edition of the Silver Age Sage will be right here waiting for you on November 1st, so be sure to swing by during your web surfing sessions.

As usual, you can reach out to me at: professor_the@hotmail.com.

See you next time and…

Long live the Silver Age!



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Special Features

Gaspar Saladino Interview

Arnold Drake Tribute

Joe Kubert Interview

Joe Giella Interview

Carmine Infantino Interview

Sheldon Moldoff Interview

Neal Adams Interview (Pt. 1)

Neal Adams Interview (Pt. 2)

Ramona Fradon Interview

Bob Rozakis Interview

Dick Giordano Interview

Denny O'Neil Interview (Pt. 1)

Denny O'Neil Interview (Pt. 2)

Irwin Hasen Interview

Lew Sayre Schwartz Interview

Al Plastino Interview (Pt. 1)

Al Plastino Interview (Pt. 2)

Jim Mooney Interview

Russ Heath Interview (Pt. 1)

Russ Heath Interview (Pt. 2)

Frank Springer Interview (Pt. 1)

Frank Springer Interview (Pt. 2)

Jerry Robinson Interview (Pt. 1)

Jerry Robinson Interview (Pt. 2)

Jerry Robinson Interview (Pt. 3)

Joe Simon & Creig Flessel Interviews

Jim Shooter Interview (Pt. 1)

Jim Shooter Interview (Pt. 2)

Len Wein Interview #1

Len Wein Interview #2

Tony DeZuniga Interview

Jerry Grandenetti Interview

Murphy Anderson Interview

Mike Esposito Interview (Pt. 1)

Mike Esposito Interview (Pt. 2)

Stan Goldberg Interview

Marv Wolfman Interview

Bernie Wrightson Interview

Clem Robins Interview (Pt. 1)

Clem Robins Interview (Pt. 2)

Joe Rubinstein Interview (Pt. 1)

Joe Rubinstein Interview (Pt. 2)

Jack Adler Interview (Pt. 1)

Jack Adler Interview (Pt. 2)

Elliot S! Maggin Interview

Mike Grell Interview

Joe Kubert School Interviews

Anthony Tollin Interview

Sam Glanzman Interview

Ernie Chan Interview

Steve Skeates Interview (Pt. 1)

Steve Skeates Interview (Pt. 2)

Mike Friedrich Interview

Tom Orzechowski Interview (Pt. 1)

Tom Orzechowski Interview (Pt. 2)

Walt Simonson Interview

Gene Colan Interview

Gerry Conway Interview

Guy H. Lillian III Interview

Frank McLaughlin Interview

Al Milgrom Interview (Pt. 1)

Al Milgrom Interview (Pt. 2)

Irene Vartanoff Interview


Don Perlin Interview


John Workman Interview (Pt. 1)


John Workman Interview (Pt. 2)


Tom Palmer Interview

Paul Levitz Interview

Jay Scott Pike Interview

Jack C. Harris Interview (Pt. 1)

Jack C. Harris Interview (Pt. 2)

Carl Potts Interview

Larry Hama Interview

Joe Kubert School Interviews 2

Greg Theakston Interview (Pt. 1)

Greg Theakston Interview (Pt. 2)

Michael Netzer Interview (Pt. 1)

Michael Netzer Interview (Pt. 2)

Alan Kupperberg Interview

Joe D'esposito Interview

Steve Mitchell Interview (Pt. 1)

Steve Mitchell Interview (Pt. 2)

Ralph Reese Interview

Bob McLeod Interview

Bob Smith Interview

Jose Delbo Interview

Joe Staton Interview (Pt. 1)

Joe Staton Interview (Pt. 2)

Frank Thorne Interview

Bob Wiacek Interview

Nick Cardy Interview (Pt. 1)

Nick Cardy Interview (Pt. 2)

John Calnan Interview

Sy Barry Interview

Cary Bates Interview

John Severin Interview

Liz Berube Interview

Thom Zahler Interview

Paul Kirchner Interview

Sheldon Moldoff Interview #2

Mike Royer Interview (Pt. 1)

Mike Royer Interview (Pt. 2)

Joe Barney Interview (Pt. 1)

Joe Barney Interview (Pt. 2)

Ken Bald Interview

Sal Buscema Interview

Angelo Torres Interview

Alex Ross Interview

Howard Chaykin Interview


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