He became the writer that killed Gwen Stacy, he had a decent run on Spidey and FF, but Gerry's work never really appealed to me on those two titles. I did like his early work on DD from 1971-72, issues 82-92 or there abouts.
Solid writer, never broke the core standards of a character or the concepts that were central to what made a comic work. He understood that it was easy to tear up the tracks, but the mess left behind wasn't nice.
Swamp Thing is the standout comic of his from the early 70s. He also had a hand in maintaining solid sales on several mainstream characters at both DC and Marvel. This would include the return of the X-men comic with Dave Cockrum in the late 70s.
Conan was his diamond. but I also enjoyed his final moments on Avengers (Kree-Skrull War), and the overall tone of most of the Marvel comics that came out under his tenure as editor-in-cheif. This would include the definitive work of Steve Gerber, Steve Englehart, Marv Wolfman that I will mention below.
I also enjoyed almost anything that Roy did in tandem with Gil Kane. That would include but not be limited to:
Captain Marvel 17-21
Giant Size Conan 1-4 (Hour of the Dragon adaptation),
Amazing Spider-man 101 & 102
Warlock in Marvel Premere 1 & 2
Gullivar Jones, Wariror of Mars from Creatures on the Loose 16,17,18
Early 70s work with Neal Adams on Batman and Green Lantern/Green Arrow. However, the GL?GA material doesn't hold up very well over time.
SE's earlist work at Marvel was the Beast series in Amazing Adventures. His early scripts show great promise. He had a keen awaereness of inner workings of the characters he worked on, and strong dialog that was true to the characters, yet fresh and original. My favorite work of his was not Avengers, and especially not the Celestial Modanna series. I consider his earlier Avengers material superior, and his Dr. Strange work with Brunner and especially Gene Colan to be outstanding. When he shifted to DC, his JLA run was good, but his Batman run with Marshall Rogers was the motar and bricks that Frank Millar would stand upon to do the Dark Knight material.
Loved Howard, but I still think his Man-Thing stories are more interesting and opens the door for the material that Peter David would explore with Hulk, and even lends direction to themes that Alan Moore and Neil Gaimen would use in the 80s and early 90s with Swamp Thing and Sandman.
adding Marv Wolfman to your list...
Marv is the standards bearer for one series in the 70s and one in the early 80s Noone could follow or match him on them either. Ariche Goodwin and Gerry Conway had a brief stint on Tomb of Dracula, but it was Marv Wolfman that define the characters, established the scope and range of how to tell tales of vampires, horror and suspense in an ongoing series. Steve Bissette called it the best graphic horror novel ever done. Many aspects of what Marv did here are the guidelines for Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
His early 80s series is the work he did with George Perz on the New Teen Titans. Strong characters, solid plotting. Dick Giordano mentioned somewhere that this title was the framework for DCs super-hero franchise in the 80s. A lot of their other titles built on the material and the styles that Marv Wolfman/Geroge Perez established here.
- jb the ib