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Answer Man

Bob Rozakis
Rozakis at the Big Apple Convention, May 21, 2011.
Born Robert H. Rozakis
(1951-04-04) April 4, 1951 (age 63)
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Editor
Pseudonym(s)

The Answer Man

Boris Zabok[1]
Ted P. Skimmer[2]
Notable works 'Mazing Man
Spouse Laurie Rozakis

Robert "Bob" Rozakis (born April 4, 1951)[3] is a comic book writer and editor known mainly for his work in the 1970s and 1980s at DC Comics, as the writer of 'Mazing Man and in his capacity as DC's "Answer Man".

Biography

Rozakis is well known as DC's Answer Man, answering trivia questions from readers in the Daily Planet promotional page in many late-1970s comics. He has had an online presence in that capacity since the mid-1990s.

Rozakis got his start in the comics industry through his many letters to comic book letter columns. Among his earliest credits is that of editor on DC Comics "Pro-zine" ("Professional fanzine") The Amazing World of DC Comics[4] between 1974 and 1978. In addition to editing, Rozakis wrote for the bi-monthly publication and oversaw the letters page.

DC Comics

Comics credits

His first comics credit was in Detective Comics #445 (March 1975), as writer of the back-up feature "The Touchdown Trap", with back-up stories in Action Comics, The Flash and Batman Family soon following.[5] He was assistant editor to Julius Schwartz[4] on issues of Action Comics, Detective Comics, and Superman. His writing credits consist largely of back-up features, especially for Action Comics featuring Air-Wave, Aquaman, and the Atom. .

His credits during his 25-year career with DC total "almost four hundred stories" featuring most DC characters, "plus dozens of features, puzzles, and activities pages".[6]

In 1976, Rozakis and Paul Levitz co-wrote a revival of the Teen Titans.[7] Among his characters he created during this time are Duela Dent;[8] the Bumblebee;[9] and the Calculator,[10] a character who later played a major role in DC's Infinite Crisis event. Rozakis and artist Juan Ortiz crafted an origin for the Teen Titans in issue #53 of the series.[11]

He and artist Dan Spiegle created the character Mister E in Secrets of Haunted House #31 (Dec. 1980).[12] Rozakis wrote the Superman: The Secret Years miniseries and the comics adaptations of such movies as Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer (1985), Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987), and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989).[5] He was the writer of the syndicated comic strip The Superman Sunday Special for two years.

His most well-known writing came in the twelve-issue 1986 series 'Mazing Man, featuring the misadventures of self-declared homemade hero Sigfried Horatio Hunch III, which Rozakis co-created with artist Stephen DeStefano. The two returned to the character for three specials and for Secret Origins #16 (June 1987), to tell "The Closest Thing To A Secret Origin of 'Mazing Man You Will Ever Get". Rozakis co-created the series Hero Hotline with DeStefano, on which Rozakis provided the coloring.

Rozakis' comic book work in 1998-2000 was a variety of custom publications including the "Celebrate the Century" comic books [5] for the United States Postal Service, as well as publications for Con Edison, the San Francisco Giants and the United Nations Land Mine Awareness program. In 2008, he began writing a series of "alternate reality" articles titled "The Secret History of All-American Comics Inc." for Alter Ego and Back Issue magazines.

Production Department

Between 1981 and 1998, Rozakis ran DC Comics' production department, and as Executive Director of Production he was instrumental in the development of offset-printed comic books in a wide variety of formats. He was the leading proponent of "computerized color separations and typesetting, electronic page preparation, and computer-to-plate printing", and as a result of his efforts on DC's behalf, the look of comic books across the entire industry changed, DC won "over one hundred awards for printing excellence", and Rozakis himself was profiled in Publishing & Production Executive on two separate occasions.[6] In 2003, Rozakis announced his retirement from the comic book industry.

Personal life

Rozakis is married to prolific author Dr. Laurie E. Rozakis PhD, a professor of English, grammar expert and "author of more than 100 books",[13] and Bob Rozakis' co-writer on Detective Comics #464 (Oct. 1976).[5] The two have collaborated on The Complete Idiot's Guide to Office Politics[6][14] They have two children: son Charles "Chuck", who wrote his Princeton University thesis on the business viability of webcomics,[15] and daughter Samantha "Sammi".[13] In 1973, Laurie and Bob drove the DC Comicmobile, a van which sold comic books " like the ice cream man did".[16]

References

External links

  • Bob Rozakis at the Comic Book DB
  • "DC Profiles #6: Bob Rozakis" at the Grand Comics Database
  • "DC Profiles #88: Ted P. Skimmer" (a pseudonym used by Rozakis) at the Grand Comics Database
  • Bob Rozakis at Mike's Amazing World of Comics
  • Bob Rozakis at the DC Database Project
Preceded by
Bob Haney
Teen Titans writer
1976–1978
Succeeded by
Marv Wolfman

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