News about recent and upcoming work
Giffen currently works exclusively for DC comics, having signed a contract with them back in 2008 which appears to still be in effect.
Back Issue #91 (2016)
The latest issue of the always informative magazine treats us fans of Mr Giffen with an all-jerks issue starring the Green Lantern you love to hate, Guy Gardner! in a feature article outlining his history, plus there's an article revisiting the Heckler with quotes from Keith Giffen and Tom Bierbaum.
With the electronic edition at on $3.95 you really can't say no...
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The DC Comics
Mr Giffen is being kept busy in the DC universe:
- DC House of Horror (2017) #1 - Story by
A Halloween one-shot in which the members of the Justice League go sinister.
- Manhunter Special (2017) #1 - Co-writer
Big-game hunter and private detective Paul Kirk has marshaled his skills to fight crime as the masked vigilante known as Manhunter. But now crime has reached epidemic proportions that may push him to the limits—and draw the attention of the Golden Age heroes Sandman and Sandy! Plus: a short story featuring Etrigan the Demon by writer Sam Humphries and artist Klaus Janson and a Golden Age reprint.
- DC Challenge: Kamandi (2017) #1 and 8 of 12
In the spirit of 1985-1986's "DC Challenge," a 12-issue series where 12 writers and 12 artists were "carefully selected" and then paired at "random" to tell a story starring Jack Kirby's Kamandi, The Last Boy On Earth.
DC Reveals New Details For 2017's 'Kamandi Challenge'.
Dan DiDio will write a prologue which will run in the series' oversized first issue, with art by his O.M.A.C. collaborator Keith Giffen.
Dan had a list of people that he wanted to work on it as writers, and a list of people he wanted to work on it as artists. And I'm actually teamed up with Steve Rude for an upcoming story. The 12-page prologue that I'm doing the art for - that kind of came after the fact. I don't know how it came up, but Dan felt that he needed some type of prologue, a small story to get you into the main story. And I've got to assume that the reason he approached me was because we had so much fun doing O.M.A.C. together, which was another Jack Kirby character.
- Blue Beetle (2016) Writer #1..13
with art by Scott Kolins. It ships 24th August 2016, and unites Jaime Reyes with, according to Johns, 'His mentor, Ted Kord.'
Issue 1: Jaime Reyes is back home, but just when he thought he had a grasp on this alter-ego, the Blue Beetle, he discovers everything he believed about his scarab is a lie according to the mysterious Doctor Fate. With dire warnings about the symbiote that is fused to Reyes' spine, Kent Nelson, the original wielder of Doctor Fate's power, seemingly on verge of insanity, has he come to save Jaime as he claims...or will he try to eliminate the Blue Beetle, no matter the cost?
My initial reaction is to just start fresh. I mean, it is "Rebirth," and so we can use what worked about the characters and what might not have worked about the characters.
Sugar & Spike Join Blue Beetle
Scooby Apocalypse #1..? (2016) Co-writer
Scooby Doo for the 21st century: Shaggy Is a Hipster and Fred Has Tribal Tattoos... Only now, instead of Shaggy and Scooby looking for a sandwich instead of finding clues about a masked ghoul, we have Shaggy and Scooby looking for something to eat in the middle of the apocalypse... The characters demand the story, rather than the other way around... Giffen: None of them are fake. These are monsters, these are real monsters and the whole world has gone to hell in a hand basket. Yeah.
As this lives outside the DC universe it should be unaffected by Rebirth.
Legends of Tomorrow #1..6 (2016) Writer
The proposed Sugar & Spike miniseries was subsumed into this anthology series, and most reviewers agreed this story was worth the cover price on it's own - let's hope they turn up again sometime soon!
They're not spoiled kids anymore, explained DiDio,
but they're older and they're operating as private investigators handling problems and mysteries that the superheroes can't handle themselves...
So I'm being given a certain amount of leeway from DC, because if you were to go to DC and say, "Really? Did Batman used to wear, like, all different coloured Batsuits to fight crime?" Odds are the answer would be no, because Batman's progressed and he's got his own mythos now. But for the sake of Sugar and Spike, we're going to go, yeah, he kind of did, so let's tell a fun story about it. And that's pretty much what the Sugar and Spike strip is about, just so we can have a bit of fun with DC continuity...
I didn't go into this thinking I was going to completely redo the characters. I wanted to go into Sugar and Spike with as much respect as one can show to work that has been done before, and yet still tell the story I wanted to tell. I think if people see the Sugar and Spike strip, they'll recognize the characters by their personalities and how they interact, I hope....Some intersting news for #6:
Sugar & Spike have a unique clientele made up of today's A-list superheroes with embarrassing secrets in need of covering up. But our dysfunctional duo's world is about to get even stranger when a team of time-traveling heroes from the 31st century tasks them with an urgent case that promises to alter history itself. Behold the culmination of Keith Giffen's entire professional career (thus far)...Sugar & Spike and the Legion of Super-Heroes!
Justice League 3001 #1..12 (2015) - Writer
Ending in May 2016 with the issue titled Cancelled
this Justice League is one of the many, many, many, many varied earths - we're not even putting a number to it; it's out there somewhere - we can have the character come in and do what we wants. You know, if it's not "New 52"'s Earth, we get to pick and choose the things we like about the character and put the character in there.
- Legion of Superheroes ???
Giffen wrote a cameo appearance of the team for Legends of Tomorrow #6, and then in September 2016 DC annonced at the Baltamore Con that when Legion of Super-Heroes would return, one of the writers on the panel could be writing it; a panel made up of Dan DiDio, Tom King, Hope Larson, James Tynion IV, Paul Levitz, Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens and Yannick Paquette.
newsarama.com chatted to Keith in a series of interviews:
- On Second Chances, Deadlines, LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES
- on Grapples With JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL, Early IMAGE Work, 'Grim & Gritty' Era
- on Typecasting, Swiping Accusations, And What Kept Him Going In 90s
- On His Return To Comic Books, Blow-Ups With DC, ANNIHILATION, 52, More
GBBP 75: J.M. DeMatteis & Keith Giffen - GeekDad
J.M. DeMatteis and Keith Giffen chat with geekdad about Scooby Do, their longtime collaboration, how the industry has changed since the 70s, creator-owned work, and writing for different formats.