What Seven People Alive or Dead Would You Invite to Dinner?

I just finished re-reading Starman 37, Talking With David '97. James Robinson brings together Al (The Atom) Pratt, Charles (Dr. Mid-Nite) McNider, Dinah (The Black Canary) Lance, Zatara, Rex (The Hourman) Tyler, The Red Bee (Richard Raliegh) and Terry (Mr. Terrific) Sloane. Along with David Knight, Jack has dinner and advice from these dead heroes. It got me to thinking of that old conversation starter, Who would you invite to dinner?

I've been fortunate to meet certain celebrities. Working Country radio for twenty years, I've been fortunate enough to meet Garth Brooks, Brooks and Dunn, Reba McEntire, George Strait, Shania Twain, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, and Keith Urban, just to name drop a few. It's a photo op. I get to say hello; your music is great and it's both an honor to meet you and be a part of your musical career. If you're not a Country fan, imagine I'm talking about The Beatles, The Stones, Ozzy Osbourne, or an artist from your favorite genre of music.

Which brings me back to my point. If I were to choose seven people, alive or dead, or a comic book character or creator, who would it be?

I've had the opportunity to meet some of my favorite creators, like Chris Jones, Terry Beatty, Tom Nguyen and Doug Mahnke at conventions. I've had an opportunity to do a phone interview with William Katt about his The Greatest American Hero comic series. I met Adam West once in Chicago at a Batman-The Green Hornet convention. Who would I want to meet?

I invite you to list your choices in the comments below.

List items

  • Mr. Nice. He wrote Star Wars after the first film came out in 1977. He was an editor at Marvel and later at DC guiding James Robinson's vision on Starman. As much as I would be excited to meet the creators behind my favorite book, I would like to meet Mr. Goodwin and hear how he encouraged creative talent.

  • I had an opportunity to talk to him by phone about his The Greatest American Hero comic book series. It is on my bucket list to meet him one day at a comic convention. I would be interested in hearing stories about his family, his mother was Della Street on Perry Mason. He worked with Stephen J. Cannell and Robert Culp. Not only did he star in GAH, but he was in Carrie, House and Butch and Sundance: The Early Years. I wonder what went into his developing The Greatest American Hero as a comic book.

  • I would just like to hear it all first hand.

  • The one question I would never ask any creator is Where do you get you ideas from? I'm not sure what I would ask, but I am curious as to what stands out as things to update and leave behind as far as the Ultimate universe/

  • Astro City is probably the pinnacle of his work, along with Trinity; his Justice League Crime Syndicate stories, and The Avengers with George Perez.

  • The man who created Blade and re-invigorated the Teen Titans with George Perez; and, with Perez changed the world again with Crisis on Infinite Earths.

  • There are a lot of artists I would like to meet and would like to have met. I think Mr. Aparo represents The Bronze Age of comics that I am a fan of. Aquaman, The Spectre, The Phantom Stranger; and, Batman, The Brave and The Bold and Batman and The Outsiders.