Thursday, August 18, 2016

Steve Engelhart joins Hero Initiative at Baltimore Comic Con

Hero Initiative Hits Baltimore Comic-Con with Special Guest Steve Englehart

EDITORS NOTE: Engelhart is one of our favorite Avengers writers, and is responsible for some classic tales involving the Vision, Scarlet Witch, Mantis and the Swordsman during the 1970’s.  

from the official Baltimore Comic Con press release . . . . . . . .

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 9, 2016 - September 2-4, 2016 sees the return of the Baltimore Comic-Con to the Inner Harbor's Baltimore Convention Center. Hero Initiative will be at the Baltimore Comic-Con, and is happy to bring classic writer Steve Englehart, best known as one of the original writers of Dr. Strange, which is being adapted as a major motion picture in a few months, to the con.  

Steve Englehart began his career as an art assistant to Neal Adams before shifting over to try his hand as a writer. Initially doing uncredited work at Marvel for Gary Friedrich on titles like Sgt. Fury and his Howling CommandosIron Man, and Incredible Hulk, his abilities were recognized and his writing career began in earnest with an issue of Monsters on the Prowl. His first run on a title was in Amazing Adventures featuring the X-Men's Beast in the spotlight.
 
He went on to become writer on runs of DefendersAvengersDoctor Strange, and Captain America, including memorable storylines like "The Avengers/Defenders War", "The Celestial Madonna", and "The Serpent Crown". He also created Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu, Nomad (initially as an alter-ego for Captain America), and he also provided the retcon to explain the 1950s Captain America and Bucky characters as separate individuals from Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes.

After leaving Marvel Comics, Englehart landed at DC Comics, writing Justice League, and Detective Comics (collected as Batman: Strange Apparitions in trade paperback), which relaunched Batman as a noir hero and firmly establishing Joker as a homicidal maniac. He would later write Green Lantern CorpsBatman: Dark Detective, and the Millenium crossover series.

Englehart would return to Marvel, working on such titles as West Coast AvengersFantastic FourSilver Surfer, and Vision and the Scarlet Witch. He is also a co-founder of Malibu's Ultraverse (later acquired by Marvel), writing The Strangers and The Night Man (which later became a syndicated television series).

In addition to his comics work, Englehart has worked as a novelist and animation writer during his career. 
 
Steve will be at the Hero Initiative booth all weekend. Look for him there.

"How very exciting to have Steve return to the Baltimore Comic-Con" said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "The Hero Initiative serves a critical role in the support of comics professionals in need. We respect and support their mission, and we're happy they're able to bring such a fantastic star along with them this year."

 

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