TULSA — University of Oklahoma graduate Sterling Gates came back to his hometown for the Green Country Comics and Gaming convention last weekend. The comic writer spoke to fans, signed autographs and provided tips for aspiring creators in multiple panels during the weekend event at Marriott Tulsa Southern Hills, 1902 E 71.
Gates, who now lives in Los Angeles, is the writer of the upcoming comic-book miniseries “Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S.” The new miniseries will look at a spy organization in the DC Comics superheroes universe. The first issue goes on sale Oct. 30.
“It is essentially a story about Steve Trevor and ... a super spy organization,” Gates said. “Steve Trevor is Wonder Woman's ex-boyfriend. In ‘Forever Evil,' the whole premise is that the Justice League is gone, presumed dead. ... And Steve Trevor is sure Wonder Woman is not dead.”
DC Comics fans may remember Trevor from the “Wonder Woman” mythos. Trevor was played by Lyle Waggoner in the 1970s TV series “Wonder Woman,” which starred Lynda Carter as the Amazon warrior. In “A.R.G.U.S.,” Trevor's devotion to Wonder Woman is again important.
“It's a love story without a love interest,” Gates said. “Steve Trevor is trying to come to terms with the fact that Wonder Woman might be dead, though he doesn't believe it. And if anyone is going to find a way to rescue her, it's going to be him.”
Gates talked about his life growing up in Tulsa, and how comic books helped him cope after the death of his father.
“My parents owned a comic store here in Tulsa when I was a kid in the 1990s,” Gates said. “So my entire house was full of comics. ... As a result, my childhood was basically full of Marvel and DC Comics.”
Gates' father died in 1998, and the family decided to sell the store. Gates' mother told him to take anything he wanted from the store before they wholesaled the inventory. One comic that he found especially connected with him.