up reading The Flash. I had old issues, some of them from
the Jay Garrick era, and I loved them. Flash was easily
my favorite character, the coolest of the heroes.
signing at a convention.
they killed the Flash in Crisis, I was stunned. He was my
hero. I always preferred DC to Marvel, because comparing
Flash to Quicksilver, there’s no chance for the non-Flash.
I returned to
buying comics in the early 1990s after not reading much
but those things friends or family bought me for years.
I picked up a Flash issue and it was amazing. There was
no question that it had to be the best comic ever. I read
issue 82 first and it was brilliantly written, but more
reason for that was Mike Wieringo.
and Waid were the team. Waid had a take on the Flash that
no one else could ever duplicate. Wieringo had a look for
the Flash that was totally in-line with what I thought the
Flash would look like when I was a kid playing superheroes
on the playground.
Wieringo’s Flash was nearly the perfect vision. His
pencils were amazing. I totally understood what he was going
for and they played so well off of the writing that The
Flash run from the early 1990s is still my all-time favorite
as an "action artist," not a "violence
Wieringo died on Sunday. He was 44.
actually seen his stuff before Flash. I didn’t realize
that until years later. I had been given a copy of Doc
Savage: Doom Dynasty for my birthday one year. It was
good stuff, but I didn’t pay much attention to it.
I still liked comics, but it wasn’t nearly as much
my thing by that point. I reread it a few years back and
I loved the art. I got it. I got what Wieringo was doing
there, partly because I got what he was doing in Flash
and could tie them together.
the Justice League Unlimited Annual that he did
the cover for and some pencils. It was another great one.
to show just how much I enjoyed his stuff, I even bought
several of his issues of Fantastic Four. I hated
to admit it, but Waid and Wieringo could even make the boring
Marvel characters enjoyable.
late 90s time with Marvel was actually very good. His recent
work with Peter David on Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man
was good stuff, too. Even his work at Image on Tellos
(Wieringo's personal favorite) is worth looking
at for Wieringo’s art alone.
great retrospective from TwoMorrows Press.
work in The Flash was actually pretty limited.
He did 10 issues with Waid in 1993-4 and the covers for
a couple of dozen more issues. When I think of The Flash
in the 1990s, I think of Waid and Wieringo.
two of them created Bart Allen, aka Impulse, the
character that would eventually spin-off and give Humberto
Ramos, my second favorite artist, a chance to shine.
two of them created a universe in which the Flash still
lives in my mind. When I heard that Waid was taking back
over Flash and relaunching the series, I was hoping that
we’d get a Wieringo and Waid reunion.
it’s not going to happen.
note: Mike Wieringo's family has asked that if fans are
so inclined, they donate to The
Hero Intitiative, the organization that helps out creators
in financial binds, especially those too old or infirm to
work, and/or the ASPCA
in honor of the guy who signed himself "'Ringo."
including an Amazon Box below, even though it seems a little
crass, because if you don't know Wieringo's work, you owe
it to yourself to try it. Or you might just find a book
you didn't know he'd done, and want to get it.