Adam-Troy Castro is a well-known author of science fiction, fantasy and horror whose short stories have received five nominations for the Nebula Award, two for the Hugo Award and one for the Stoker. In 2007 he and collaborator Jerry Oltion shared the Seiun Award for best work translated into Japanese, for their acclaimed novella “The Astronaut from Wyoming.” His prior books include Emissaries from the Dead (Harper Collins, first in a series of novels about interstellar investigator Andrea Cort), the Sinister Six trilogy and nonfiction volumes examining the Harry Potter phenomenon and the television show “The Amazing Race.” A full-time writer when he isn’t procrastinating, Adam lives in Miami with his wife Judi and a motley assortment of anarchist cats that includes Meow Farrow and Uma Furman. For further information, including essays, artwork, fiction excerpts and regular updates on forthcoming work, please check out Adam’s Web site at www.sff.net/people/adam-troy.
J. Jonah Jameson
By Adam-Troy Castro
This is one essay from the anthology Webslinger
The tangled web of vengeance, love and loss woven by Spider-Man comics and films is explored in this collection of insightful essays by acclaimed writers of comics and science fiction. A variety of topics—from the superhero’s sarcasm to the science behind radioactive spiders—are discussed in essays on “Turning Rage into Responsibility: A Psychology of Loss,” “Love Is Selfish: Can a Hero Afford Personal Attachments?,” and “Self Identity and Costume Design.” The popular rival Green Goblin, the bumbling-yet-influential media, and the part New York City itself plays in stories are skillfully explored, as well as the overall philosophy of mild-mannered Peter Parker and Spidey’s relationship with the rest of the characters in the Marvel universe.
About the Author
Gerry Conway has worked in comics since the age of 16 and is best known in Spider-Man circles for scripting the death of Gwen Stacy and for his co-creation of the Punisher. In addition, Conway has written several novels and worked in both film and television as a writer and producer. He lives in Los Angeles.