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Gray Area, Schmuggy and Bimbo up next for John Romita Jr.

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 3:44 pm •  Published: August 6, 2010

With the success of “Kick-Ass,” Romita has seen demand surge for other creator-owned properties.

“The Gray Area”: A brutal police officer is killed and finds himself an agent of an afterlife police force. The series was created by Glenn Brunswick and Romita. Originally published by Image Comics, “The Gray Area” will be republished by Marvel later this year. Stephen L’Heureux is attached to the film adaptation as a producer, and Mark Kratter is set as the screenwriter.

“Schmuggy and Bimbo”: Writer Howard Chaykin is working with Romita on this creator-owned series. “It’s based on two leg-breakers that grew up with my parents in Brooklyn back in the ’40s,” Romita said. “There’s some international intrigue and some spy stuff involved in this.”

“Jack the Cop”: Romita says he plans to write this screenplay on his own. “If I can go without sleep for six months,” he adds.

He also has at least one Marvel character he’d still like a crack at: Dr. Strange.

“I’d like to try a series with a guy like … Neil Gaiman, or any other really wild and visual writer. There’s something about that character that just brings out the best in me. And I have a couple of ideas. But again, it’s never been an A-list character, so it would be an interesting attempt.”

— Matthew Price

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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