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The Harlan Ellison Comics Bibliography

This is a bibliography of all of the comics work of Harlan Ellison. Though comparatively his work in comics seems slight, he had a lot of influence over some of the best writers, artists and editors in the comics industry. A lifelong collector, Ellison's comic book collection spanned many generations, though in later years much of it was sold off to pay for medical and legal expenses. He was a huge supporter of independent comic book creators, and numbered as his friends such comics luminaries as: Neil Gaiman, Neil Adams, Julie Schwartz, Len Wein, Jim Steranko, Jim Valentino, Paul Chadwick, Ken Steacy, Don and Maggie Thompson, Roy Thomas... the list goes on.

List items

  • Adventure Comics #479, DC Comics, March 1981

    Dial H For Hero was a really cool concept where you could write in an idea for a superhero and they'd publish it for you in a comic. Harlan Ellison created the character of Silver Fog used in this issue.

  • Alter Ego #31, TwoMorrows Publishing, December 2003

    Contains Harlan Ellison's original story synopses for the Avengers/Incredible Hulk crossover story from Avengers #88 and Incredible Hulk #140.

  • Amazing Heroes #119, Fantagraphics, June 1987

    Harlan Ellison letter printed.

  • Amazing Heroes #44, Fantagraphics, April 1984

    Interview with Harlan Ellison.

  • Alter Ego #40, TwoMorrows Publishing, September 2004

    Coverage of the Julius Schwartz memorial. Contains a short memorial essay by Harlan Ellison.

  • Alter Ego #138, TwoMorrows Publishing, March 2016

    Long interview with Harlan Ellison on Captain Marvel and The Monster Society of Evil.

  • Amelia Rules #17, Renaissance Press, April 2006

    Harlan Ellison blurb.

  • Anthology of Slow Death GN, Last Gasp/Wingbow Press, 1975

    Introduction by Harlan Ellison. This collection of stories reprinted from the Slow Death comix series was published in conjunction with the legendary counterculture publisher Wingbow Press.

  • Anything Goes #3, Fantagraphics, March 1987

    Harlan Ellison makes a brief appearance in Dave Sim's Cerebus story.

  • Art of Al Williamson, Blue Dolphin Enterprises, 1983

    Harlan Ellison blurb.

  • The Avengers #88, Marvel Comics, May 1971

    Contains "The Summons of Psyklop" Adapted by Roy Thomas from a story treatment by Harlan Ellison. This issue is the first half of a two part story that concludes with The Incredible Hulk #140. The original Harlan Ellison plot treatment was actually first published in Marvel's in house fanzine Marvelmania #4. Be warned, this issue suffers from early 70s Marvel cheesiness, and Roy Thomas stretches the boundaries of intelligible scripting by working buckets of Ellison story titles and veiled Lovecraft references into his dialogue. The upshot is Ellison's core story is solid and Thomas adapts it well. The artwork is also on-point with pencils by the great Sal Buscema.

  • The Avengers #101, Marvel Comics, July 1972

    Contains "Five Dooms To Save Tomorrow" adapted by Roy Thomas from a story treatment written by Harlan Ellison originally as a Hawkman story for DC Comics. Editor Julius Schwartz rejected it as, "too adult for the average comic book reader." It was published with the names of the main characters changed in the seventh issue of Don and Maggie Thompson's fanzine Comic Art. Roy Thomas read it, got ahold of Harlan Ellison who gave his blessing and Thomas re-worked it into an Avengers story.

  • Avengers #27, Marvel Comics, April 2000

    Contains a reprint of Avengers #101, "Five Dooms To Save Tomorrow" by Harlan Ellison and Roy Thomas.

  • Batman #237, DC Comics, December 1971

    The main story is based on ideas suggested to the writer Denny O'Neil by Harlan Ellison and Bernie Wrightson.

  • Batman '66: The Lost Episode GN, DC Comics, January 2015

    Adapted by Len Wein, this story is based on Harlan Ellison's unproduced script for the 1960s Batman television series. The script would have introduced Two-Face to the show's rogues gallery.

  • Batman: Black and White GN, DC Comics, January 2003

    Contains a reprint of the Harlan Ellison story "Funny Money", from Batman: Gotham Knights #13.

  • Batman: The Dark Knight #4, DC Comics, September 1986

    Harlan Ellison makes a brief off camera appearance and has one of the best lines in the series.

  • Batman: Gotham Knights #13, DC Comics, March 2001

    Contains the short story, "Funny Money". Written by Harlan Ellison with art by Gene Ha.

  • Batman In The Seventies GN, DC Comics, January 2000

    Contains a reprint of Batman #237.

  • The Best of EC: Artist's Edition, IDW Publishing, July 2013

    Contains a Black and White Reprint of Harlan Ellison's "Upheval" story in Weird Science Fantasy #24.

  • The Best of Simon and Kirby, Titan Books, May 2009

    Blurb by Harlan Ellison.

  • Beyond Zero Hour, Wizard, January 1994

    Introduction by Harlan Ellison.

  • Bulletproof Comics #3, Wet Paint Graphics, September 1995

    Harlan Ellison letter printed.

  • Buried Treasure #2, Pure Imagination, June 1986

    Short essay by Harlan Ellison with an accompanying illustration by Frank Frazetta.

  • Chamber Of Chills #1, Marvel Comics, November 1972

    Contains an adaptation of Harlan Ellison's short story "Delusion For A Dragon Slayer", oddly re-titled "Delusions For A Dragon Slayer", by Gerry Conway and Syd Shores.

  • Combo #27, Century Publications, April 1997

    Interview with Harlan Ellison, "The Ultimate Collector".

  • Comic Book Artist #5, TwoMorrows Publishing, June 1999

    Harlan Ellison comments in "Clarification".

  • Comic Book Artist #23, TwoMorrows Publishing, December 2002

    Interview with Harlan Ellison, "Hell-Raisin' Harlan Ellison".

  • Comic Book Artist Volume 2 #6, Top Shelf, November 2005

    Volume 2 of Comic Book Artist under a new publisher. Harlan Ellison writes an appreciation of Will Eisner in: "Paying Homage: Tributes to The Great Will Eisner."

  • Comic Book Marketplace #50, Gemstone, August 1997

    Harlan Ellison writes, "A Testimonial for Julius Schwartz".

  • Comic Book Marketplace #108, Gemstone, December 2003

    Essay by Harlan Ellison: Comic of the Absurd. An appreciation of the works of George Carlson and Jingle Jangle Tales.

  • Comic Book Profiles #3, As You Like It Publications, June 1998

    An interview with Harlan Ellison about Neal Adams.

  • The Comic Reader #161, Street Enterprises, October 1978

    Harlan Ellison letter printed.

  • The Buyer's Guide For Comic Fandom #135, Alan Light Publications, June 18,1976

    Contains a transcript of a Harlan Ellison appearance on Tom Snyder's Tomorrow Show.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #530, Krause Publications, January 13, 1984

    Contains a news article detailing new stories by Harlan Ellison and Arthur Byron Cover for Daredevil #208 and #209.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #572, Krause Publications, November 2, 1984

    Contains a news article detailing Harlan Ellison signing contracts for a graphic novel adaptation of Demon With A Glass Hand and for a Kid Flash mini-series that never materialized.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #581, Krause Publications, January 4, 1985

    Harlan Ellison letter printed.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #647, Krause Publications, April 11, 1986

    Harlan Ellison letter printed.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #651, Krause Publications, May 9, 1986

    Harlan Ellison letter printed.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #655, Krause Publications, June 6, 1986

    Harlan Ellison letter and eulogy, "Remembering Mike Hodel".

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #660, Krause Publications, July 11, 1986

    Contains the original story synopsis for Harlan Ellison's Story in Detective Comics #567: "The Night of Thanks but No Thanks".

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #661, Krause Publications, July 18, 1986

    Harlan Ellison blasts John Byrne.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #685, Krause Publications, January 2, 1987

    Contains a news article detailing the Michael Fleisher lawsuit against Harlan Ellison and Gary Groth.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #696, Krause Publications, March 20, 1987

    Harlan Ellison participates in a round table interview about DCs new ratings system.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #698, Krause Publications, April 3, 1987

    Harlan Ellison letter printed.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #707, Krause Publications, June 5, 1987

    Harlan Ellison letter printed.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #724, Krause Publications, October 2, 1987

    Harlan Ellison letter printed.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #745, Krause Publications, February 26, 1988

    Harlan Ellison essay on Heroes, guest editorial.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #746, Krause Publications, March 4, 1988

    Harlan Ellison reviews the book "Quest" by Richard Ben Sapir, "No Dog's Death Today".

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #756, Krause Publications, May 13, 1988

    Harlan Ellison letter printed.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #761, Krause Publications, June 17, 1988

    Harlan Ellison letter printed.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #773, Krause Publications, September 9, 1988

    Contains a headline report on Harlan Ellison's article on comics for Playboy magazine.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #782, Krause Publications, November 11, 1988

    Harlan Ellison letter printed.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #816, Krause Publications, July 7, 1989

    Harlan Ellison reviews the new Batman movie.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #826, Krause Publications, September 15, 1989

    Harlan Ellison letter printed.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #836, Krause Publications, November 24, 1989

    Contains a Harlan Ellison essay: "Roses In December".

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #860, Krause Publications, May 11, 1990

    Harlan Ellison letter printed.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #863, Krause Publications, June 1, 1990

    Contains a headline article on Now Comics first issue of The Twilight Zone Comic with a Harlan Ellison interview.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #881, Krause Publications, October 5, 1990

    Contains a Harlan Ellison short story: "Darkness Upon the Face of the Deep". Interview with Harlan Ellison.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #894, Krause Publications, January 4, 1991

    Contains a headline news article on the end of Fish Police with comments from Harlan Ellison.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #943, Krause Publications, December 13, 1991

    Article by Harlan Ellison: "Xenogenesis Part 1"

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #944, Krause Publications, December 20, 1991

    Article by Harlan Ellison: "Xenogenesis Part 2"

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #949, Krause Publications, January 24, 1992

    Contains a headline article on Millennium's new Weird Tales with an adaptation of Harlan Ellison's "Shattered Like A Glass Goblin".

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #982, Krause Publications, September 11, 1992

    Essay by Harlan Ellison on The Shmoo.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #1000, Krause Publications, January 15, 1993

    Contains a news report on the Ellison's Watching segment on Sci Fi Channel.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #1086, Krause Publications, September 9, 1994

    Harlan Ellison letter printed.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #1115, Krause Publications, March 31, 1995

    Part 2 of a 3-part interview with Harlan Ellison promoting the launch of Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor. Part 1 can be found in Hero Illustrated (1993) #21, with part 3 appearing in Sci-Fi Universe (1994) #107.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #1121, Krause Publications, May 12, 1995

    Harlan Ellison writes a letter of apology to Don Heck.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #1189, Krause Publications, August 30, 1996

    Contains a headline article on Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor Quarterly.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #1258, Krause Publications, December 26, 1997

    Harlan Ellison letter expressing well-wishes for Stan Lee on his 75th birthday.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #1278, Krause Publications, May 15, 1998

    Harlan Ellison letter in response to Erick Larsen's comments regarding Peter David's contributions to comics.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #1354, Krause Publications, October 29, 1999

    Harlan Ellison interview and comments "Radio Tie-Ins Stretch From the Golden Age To Today and Beyond." More Ellison comments in Peter David's "But I Digress" column.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #1374, Krause Publications, March 17, 2000

    (Unknown?) Excerpts from Harlan Ellison. (Pending more research.)

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #1380, Krause Publications, April 28, 2000

    Contains a script excerpt and news article: Ellison Returns to Batman with "Funny Money".

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #1398, Krause Publications, September 1, 2000

    Guest columnist in Peter David's "But I Digress". Harlan Ellison warns about using real names in scripts and stories.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #1421, Krause Publications, February 9, 2001

    Harlan Ellison letter printed in "Tony's Tips".

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #1426, Krause Publications, March 16, 2001

    Harlan Ellison comments in headline news article: CBLDF cancels 2001 Making Waves cruise.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #1427, Krause Publications, March 23, 2001

    Guest editorial by Harlan Ellison: The Internet is Ripping Off Writers.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #1428, Krause Publications, March 30, 2001

    Harlan Ellison interviews an internet shoplifter.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #1436, Krause Publications, May 25, 2001

    Harlan Ellison letter printed. Ellison responds to a letter concerning the AOL lawsuit.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #1440, Krause Publications, June 22, 2001

    Harlan Ellison reports on the wedding of Peter David and Kathleen O'Shea.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #1459, Krause Publications, November 2, 2001

    Harlan Ellison quotes in Peter David's But I Digress column: A Night at MIT.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #1460, Krause Publications, November 9, 2001

    Harlan Ellison quotes in Peter David's But I Digress column: Who is this Peter Daaaaayvid and Why Was He At MIT?

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #1474, Krause Publications, February 15, 2002

    Contains a headline news article about Harlan Ellison resolving half of the AOL lawsuit. Cover photo of Ellison taken at the celebration of the wedding of Peter and Kathleen O'Shea David by Maggie Thompson.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #1481, Krause Publications, April 5, 2002

    Harlan Ellison letter printed.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #1530, Krause Publications, March 14, 2003

    Harlan Ellison reviews Superman/Aliens 2.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #1552, Krause Publications, August 15, 2003

    Contains a news article: DC greenlights a new Harlan Ellison project.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #1581, Krause Publications, March 5, 2004

    Harlan Ellison's eulogy for Julius Schwartz: Softly: A Living Legend Passes.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #1595, Krause Publications, Aug 2004

    Harlan Ellison script printed for Strange Schwartz Stories.

  • Comics Buyer's Guide #1627, Krause Publications, April 2007

    Harlan Ellison reviews the Frankenstein Trading Card Set.

  • Comics F/X #10, Mu Press, July 1989

    Harlan Ellison letter printed.

  • The Comics Journal #53, Fantagraphics, January 1980

    Contains a mammoth interview with Harlan Ellison. Comics writer Michael Fleisher sued Ellison and Groth for defamation over several comments actually intended as compliments in this interview. Fleisher would eventually lose the lawsuit, but not before he facilitated a permanent rift in Groth and Ellison's relationship. Many years later Ellison would bring suit against Groth and Fantagraphics over their somewhat liberal reconstruction of the events of the original Fleisher suit printed in their Comics Journal retrospective album, "We Told You So Comics As Art."

  • The Comics Journal #57, Fantagraphics, July 1980

    Harlan Ellison letter printed.

  • The Comics Journal #61, Fantagraphics, January 1981

    Contains a news report of the Michael Fleisher lawsuit filing.

  • The Comics Journal #63, Fantagraphics, April 1981

    Contains Harlan Ellison's plot treatment for, "The Other Place".

  • The Comics Journal #65, Fantagraphics, August 1981

    Harlan Ellison vs. Mr. X (Letters from Ellison to Groth)

  • The Comics Journal #67, Fantagraphics, October 1981

    Harlan Ellison sues Warren Publishing for plagiarism.

  • The Comics Journal #76, Fantagraphics, October 1982

    Harlan Ellison's An Edge In My Voice column: "Face To Face With The Beast In A Place With No Windows".

  • The Comics Journal #79, Fantagraphics, January 1983

    Harlan Ellison's An Edge In My Voice Column: "Gobbledygook on Olympus".

  • The Comics Journal #80, Fantagraphics, March 1983

    Harlan Ellison's An Edge In My Voice column: "Hysterical Paralogia Part 1".