DC Entertainment mourns the loss of Harlan Ellison, a prolific and influential writer, known as well for his incredible storytelling as he was for his outspoken personality.
A winner of multiple Hugo, Nebula and Edgar awards for his science-fiction, fantasy and mystery stories, Ellison wrote or co-wrote for popular TV shows from the early 60’s through the 2000’s, including The Twilight Zone, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Masters of Science Fiction and Babylon 5. Among sci-fi fans, he’s best known for the Star Trek episode “The City on the Edge of Forever,” for which he received the Hugo and WGA (Writers Guild of America) awards for his original script, as well as the The Outer Limits episodes “Soldier” and “Demon with a Glass Hand,” which also won him a WGA award.
To comic book fans, Ellison is known for his collaborations with preeminent artists and writers adapting his most famous stories into graphic collections in the series Harlan Ellison’s Dream Corridor, including “Midnight in the Sunken Cathedral,” “Chatting with Anubis” and “Pulling Hard Time.”
Ellison’s comic book resume also includes creating stories for DC, due in part to his longtime relationship with DC editor Julius Schwartz. His most recently published story was 2014’s Batman ’66: The Lost Episode. This one-shot was based on his story outline for the 60’s Batman TV show that would have introduced Two-Face to the Caped Crusader’s television Rogues Gallery. The story outline was adapted to comic book form by DC legends Len Wein and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. Additional DC works include his 2013 graphic novel “Harlan Ellison’s 7 Against Chaos,” with Paul Chadwick and Ken Steacy, plus several scripts for Detective Comics.
In 1986, DC also released an adaptation of “Demon with A Glass Hand” as a graphic novel, written and drawn by Marshall Rogers.
Talented, polarizing, yet always entertaining, Harlan Ellison leaves an incredible storytelling legacy. He will be sorely missed.