DC Made a Spotlight Profile on a Fictional Writer

In the latest Comic Book Legends Revealed, find out how DC came to give a fictional writer a spotlight on themselves as a sort of weird “farewell.”

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DC gave a spotlight profile on Barry Jameson, who was a fictional pseudonym of David Michelinie.



As I noted in a recent Comic Book Legends Revealed, in 1975 Carmine Infantino was trying to get DC to make more ties to the then-popular (but already on the way out of the mainstream) martial arts trend in the popular culture. At the time, Paul Levitz was 19 years old and was an associate editor for Joe Orlando, whom Infantino had asked to create a Kung Fu comic book title. Levitz and Carl Gafford discussed the concept and Gafford suggested that why not use Legion of Super-Heroes’ Karate Kid because that way you could appeal to both Legion fans AND martial arts fans alike. !

Orlando got into it and Levitz got the chance to write the Karate Kid series, which debuted in early 1976.

However, Infantino felt that Levitz was too inexperienced at the time to write the series, so he told Orlando to get rid of him. David Michelinie was brought on board with the second issue.

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This second issue, however, featuring Karate Kid battling Major Disaster, was based on a plot by Levitz. Originally Michelinie had planned to do the book WITH Levitz, and he decided they should find a pseudonym to use for their work together and Michelinie came up with “Barry Jameson”, a reference to his middle name (Barry) and that of his father. name (James), so it was Barry, the son of James.

However, for some reason this issue was the only one that involved Levitz and Michelinie working together (or rather, Michelinie working off of a Levitz plot), so Barry Jameson turned out to be just a pseudonym for Michelinie by himself- same. He used it for the rest of his run as Karate Kid writer, but oddly enough, when he finally left the book, he then started using it for short stories in House of MysteryAs House of Mystery #257…

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Eventually, however, Michelinie dropped the alias (shortly before leaving the DC era to go work for Marvel), and hilariously enough, he received a bit of a farewell as in Secret Society of Super Villains #12, DC posted a profile on Barry Jameson, who was apparently quitting comics to go study molecular chemistry in Canada…

The whole profile is a tongue-in-cheek look at how Jameson clearly isn’t a real person, including the opening “Barry Jameson was created to write. He has almost no life other than his machine. to write” and the ending, where Jameson named his favorite writers, and he chose pseudonyms used by other DC writers, like Sergius O’Shaughnessy by Denny O’Neil, Virgil North by Mary Skrenes, and Bart Regan by Robert Kanigher. I don’t know who Wesson Smith was. If anyone else does, please let me know, I’ll edit it in there! EDITED TO ADD: Reader FreedyJay says Smith was the pseudonym of Martin Pasko. So this is it ! Thank you, Freedy!

Anyway, it was a very cute way to say goodbye to Michelinie’s pseudonym.


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