Oooh, this is a big one.
I don't often get starstruck in comics, to be honest, but communicating with some particular folks just seems to have me shaking my head in amazement. It was that way with the great Steve Gerber, with my good friends Len Wein and Marv Wolfman, and with the incredible Jose Louis Garcia Lopez, among others. It's not anything they're doing intentionally, it's just that I somehow get transported back to the time when, as a kid, getting a comic that one of these people worked on was enough to make the whole day feel like I was having a rainbow sundae.
Dan Mishkin is one of those guys. His work always seemed fresher, funnier, and more alive than the average comic writer. He made the first "funny" superhero comic I'd ever read that was ACTUALLY funny, in Blue Devil (I hadn't been around for Jack Cole's Plastic Man, and the like). And amazingly, he made a girls' comic, with co-writer Gary Cohn, that somehow actually managed to FEEL like a girls' comic, and not some fifty year old balding guy's idea of what girls might like that might also make a lucrative toy tie-in.
That comic was Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld, with art by another of my favorites, the under-rated Ernie Colon. To say I loved this book is an understatement. It might be more simple to say I read each issue to tatters, which is true. When I became a pro at DC many years later, I tried at least twice to bring characters from that series to the DCU proper for cameos, but was told that they were saving the concepts for something. I hope that something has Dan as the writer, or I don't know if whatever it is can truly be called Amethyst.
I missed Dan's Wonder Woman at the time he wrote it, and it apparently has not been collected, but the few issues I've been able to read definitely show Dan's gifts, because it shows one of the most human portrayals of Diana I've ever seen.
Dan took the time to answer these questions after taking a five day (!) bike ride, and man, this was just good fun. Thank you so much, Dan!