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A Month of Writing Stars – John Rozum

Every day this month I’m going to feature a current comic book writing “star,” someone who I think is a very good writer.

I’m mostly going to try to keep from the biggest names as much as possible, because, really, do I need to talk more about the awesomeness of Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Warren Ellis?

Here is the archive of previously featured writers.

Today we look at a guy who knows a thing or two about monsters (and chasing monsters, too!).


John Rozum first broke into comics while still in college during the late 80s, doing some one-page gag bits for Marvel, particularly What If…?, like this one on What If…Aunt May had claws like Wolverine?

Rozum was friendly with Dwayne McDuffie, so when Milestone was created, Rozum pitched some ideas and had two series.

One was the acclaimed Xombi, about a man who was turned into, well, a zombie of sorts. Denys Cowan did the art and it was a very cool book with an interesting spiritual feel for a book that heavily involved science as well.

I bet a lot of folks recall the super-cool Xombi full page ad that ran in DC book during 1994 (the one about what magic really is).

The other book he created was an interesting look at superheroes and sidekicks called Kobalt. Here, Rozum was able to use his keen sense of humor to good effect, as the book was a bit of a sardonic take on superheroes.

Rozum also had a quick run on Hardware.

Rozum’s perhaps most notable project was writing the X-Files comic for a number of years for Topps.

In a nice piece of casting, DC hired Rozum to do Scooby Doo (which he still writes for).

I love the way he writes all-ages comics – he makes sure that he’s never talking down to the audience.

His all-ages skill must be popular, as DC has hired (and is currently hiring him) to do a bunch of different all-ages licensed comics…

Perhaps his most notable ORIGINAL work was Midnight, Mass. about a husband and wife who are occult experts.

It’s one of those works that SCREAMS “Adapt me! Adapt me!” and I believe attempts to turn it into a TV series have come and gone over the years.

Here‘s a link to his website.


Tom Fitzpatrick

January 13, 2009 at 4:16 am

Now, The X-Files book I definitely remember.

He wasn’t too bad doing those.

Does anybody have a scan of that Xombi ad?

Cool! As I noted a few days ago in expressing hope that Rozum would be included, I discovered the two MIDNIGHT, MASS. minis last year & loved ‘em. Had no idea he was doing all-ages stuff, but good on him.

The only thing he’s done that I’m really familiar with is Midnight Mass, which is an underappreciated jem. I always wondered what happened to him; I never thought to look at Scooby-Doo. I guess it’s work…..

Midnight Mass was a great read. Interaction of the main characters had that crispness that makes a good series spin. The back story, only slightly revealed in the run, would have led to numerous plot possibilities. I was very surprised that no new ongoing or limited series came out after its original run. A real winner.

Xombi was sweet and one of my fav Milestone titles! The scene where the entity (supervillain? golem?) assembles itself from all the meat in the vicinity would be a Cool Comic Book Moment.

Midnight, Mass. seems ideal for Sci-Fi Fridays or CW Thursdays, for sure. It’d be a great pairing with Supernatural.

Ohh, I’d forgotten about Midnight Mass but that book was awesome. I’d be interested to see more of his original work.

Xombi was great.

As an fyi, Xombi was the first return of Milestone character..he showed up as the Alternate Universe Green Lantern in the previous JLA arc.

Midnight MASS is all kinds of awesome. I gotta find the last few issues of the second mini, Here there be monsters.

I love me some Rozum. Xombi was and still is a personal favorite of mine and I still break it out and re-read it every now and then. Midnight, Mass was good fun in the same vein and I’d love to see more of it at some point. Or at the very least get some TPB’s for it.

Thank you, Brian, and to everyone who left comments.

For anyone interested I also did a two-issue Scarecrow ‘upgrade” in Detective Comics a little over a year ago, and”The Foundation” for Boom! Studios which is now available as a tpb.

I’m still doing a lot of the kid’s oriented material for DC, which I really enjoy doing. I’ve now written over 100 Scooby-Doo stories over the past decade, which is the longest job I’ve ever had. I’m also writing “The Secret Saturdays” which can be found in “Cartoon Network Action Pack.”

As for more adult fare, I’m about to script an issue of “The Brave and the Bold” featuring the Spectre and one of the Milestone characters shown above. There’s some other stuff going on too, in and out of comics, but it’s really too early to say anything.

The “news” portion of my website is the best place to find out what I’m up to, and hopefully this coming summer the rest of the website will be given a long, long overdue upgrade which will include lots of ehind the scenes material on “Xombi” and “Midnight, Mass.”

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