Wednesday, April 3, 2019


I had another fascinating conversation with Eric Anthony of the Cave of Solitude podcast.  We talk about The Girl in the Bay, Impossible Incorporated, the nature of reality and other fun things.  You can listen to it below.  Enjoy!

Friday, March 22, 2019


Here's a gentle reminder that The Girl in the Bay #3—with art by the wonderful Corin Howell—is out from Dark Horse/Berger Books on April 3rd.

And, on that very same day, you can pick up the cosmic conclusion of IDW's Impossible, Incorporated, with art by one of my all-time favorite collaborators, Mike Cavallaro.

I'm very proud of both these series and I hope you'll check them out.  (And, yes, there will be collected editions coming soon:  I.I. in May and Girl in August.)  

Friday, March 1, 2019


Just came across this Constantine: City of Demons interview from October's New York Comic Con.

You can watch the abbreviated version of City for free (yes, I said free) on the CW Seed app or buy the DVD—which is a longer cut with more story—right here.  It's also available for streaming on Amazon, Google Play and other platforms.

City of Demons is one of the finest animated projects I've ever been involved in and, if you're a John Constantine fan, I think you'll enjoy it.  

Monday, February 25, 2019


"To penetrate into the essence of all being and significance and to release the fragrance of that inner attainment for the guidance and benefit of others, by expressing, in the world of forms, truth, love, purity and beauty — this is the sole game which has intrinsic and absolute worth. All other happenings, incidents and attainments in themselves can have no lasting importance."

Avatar Meher Baba

Saturday, February 23, 2019


A kind soul on Twitter brought this to my attention:  a letter teenage JMD wrote to the Sub-Mariner comic in 1970.

I have no memory of this but, man, that kid was obsessed with Doctor Strange. (Guess it paid off in the end!)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019


Speaking of podcasts:  I had a great time talking to novelists, and all-around good guys, Brian Keene and Christopher Golden for their Defenders Dialogue podcast.  We talked about, no surprise!, my 80s run on The Defenders—as well as Moonshadow, Blood: a tale, Kraven's Last Hunt, The Girl in the Bay and other fun things.  You can listen to our conversation right here:

Tuesday, February 19, 2019


Here's part two of my interview with The Retro Project.  (You can find part one here.)  Enjoy!

Saturday, February 16, 2019


It's been a little over a week since The Girl in the Bay debuted—I've been overwhelmed by the positive response the book has been getting—and I thought I'd share the essay I wrote for our first issue, which explores the origins of the story.

If you haven't read Girl, I hope this entices you to pick it up.  At the very least I hope you enjoy my musings on the creative process.

One thing I’ve learned in my years as a professional writer is that stories have lives of their own; that they exist independently, in another rarified sphere, and that some of us, for reasons that remain unfathomable to me, are chosen by those stories to be their vehicles, to share them with the world.  How many times have I found myself in bed or in the shower or just stretched out on my office floor, eyes closed, lost in a hypnogogic state, watching an entire movie play out in my head?  Images erupt, unbidden, dancing across the movie screen of my imagination.  It’s like a download from some cosmic computer:  worlds unfold, characters live and breathe, struggle, triumph and die, and I observe it all with curiosity, wonder and immense gratitude.

I don’t know where these mind-movies come from—some would say the unconscious, but I believe the unconscious is just a doorway to something bigger, more mysterious, and far more magical—and, really, I don’t want to know.  The fun is in the effort to translate that story-download into words, giving it life on the page.

A few years ago I was at a spiritual retreat center in South Carolina—a place I go regularly to slough off the world and sit in the silence—when the download started again.  This time it was the tale of a teenage girl, eighteen years old in 1969, who meets with a tragic death—and yet, impossibly, doesn’t die.  She’s resurrected, fifty years later (but mere minutes to her), in a world that is both familiar and terrifying:  the world of 2019.  I followed Kathy Sartori—the name came later—as she tried to solve the mystery of her own death and of the doppelgänger with her face and name who’d lived out Kathy’s life in the five decades that had passed.

Every day the download would begin again and every day I’d race back to my cabin, flip open my laptop, and, like a dutiful secretary, do my best to transcribe the information that had been dictated by the Story Gods.  By the time the retreat was over, I had pages and pages of notes.

Which I promptly forgot about.

That’s not unusual.  Ideas come and go in the writing life.  On occasion those ideas take root quickly and the stories find their way into the world with astonishing speed.  But, more often than not, they sit quietly in a file on my computer, gestating, evolving, waiting for me to periodically revisit them—adding details here, new characters there.  And that’s as it should be.  You see, another thing I’ve learned over the years is that stories don’t just have lives of their own, they have their own timing, as well; and, however anxious I may be to tell the story right now, I’ve learned to surrender and allow the tale unfold in its own way, on its own unique schedule.  It knows, even if I don’t, when all the elements are in place, when it’s exactly the right moment to be birthed, like Athena leaping from Zeus’s forehead.  That’s sometimes meant waiting years—on several occasions it’s been decades—till all the elements were in place. 

In the case of The Girl in the Bay, those elements were Karen Berger and Corin Howell.

Karen and I have a shared history that began on many of the same Brooklyn streets that Kathy Sartori walked.  My respect for KB, as both an editor and a friend, is boundless—and when she launched Berger Books, we both knew this was an opportunity to work together for the first time since the early, and creatively exhilarating, Vertigo days.  The first idea I pitched her didn’t resonate—she’s not an easy sell!—but when I shared Kathy’s tale, Karen responded enthusiastically, offering ideas and insights that helped me see my own story more clearly, the mark of a truly gifted editor. 

Karen also has a great eye for new talent and soon brought Corin Howell to my attention.  Corin’s relatively new to the business, but Karen had faith in her talent and, with each new character design, each stunning page Corin turned in, she proved that Karen’s faith wasn’t misplaced:  I can’t imagine The Girl in the Bay without her—or without the superb contributions of colorist James Devlin and letterer Clem Robins.  What was once my story alone is ours.  And now that you hold the book in your hands, it’s yours, too.

We hope you enjoy our tale of murder, time travel, personal identity and cosmic mystery.   And we look forward to more downloads, and more stories of Kathy Sartori, to come.

©copyright 2019 J.M. DeMatteis  

Wednesday, February 6, 2019


The first issue of The Girl in the Bay is on sale today, courtesy of the fine folks at Dark Horse/Berger Books.  It's a dark, twisty tale of time travel, doppelgängers, mysticism and murder. Very excited about this series—and so happy to be working with my old friend Karen Berger and the wonderful Corin Howell.  

Check out the trailer below.  And I hope you enjoy The Girl in the Bay.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019


Here's an interesting (well, I hope it's interesting!) chat I had with The Retro Project podcast.  It's a very different kind of interview and I suspect you'll enjoy it.

Thursday, January 31, 2019


"This whole universe, with all its vastness, grandeur and beauty, is nothing but sheer imagination."
Avatar Meher Baba 


This weekend I'll be in Dallas for the North Texas Comic Book Show—along with Mike Zeck, Bob McLeod, Neal Adams, Amy Chu and many more.  My son, Cody, will be manning the table with me and I'm looking forward to a fun weekend.

If you're in the area, come by and say hello!

Saturday, January 26, 2019


Today's the birthday of another all-time Marvel great, Sal Buscema!

Working with Sal on Spectacular Spider-Man remains one of the highlights of my career. The man can draw everything—from big action to quiet human moments— and weave it all together with grace and power.

You can't force creative chemistry, you can't make it happen. Working with Sal, the chemistry was there from the first page, first panel. We intuitively understood each other and the stories just flowed between us. The result, I think, was some of the best work either of us has ever done (I'm especially fond of this story).

So here's to a fantastic collaborator and a truly good person: A very happy birthday, Sal—and many more!

Thursday, January 24, 2019


Today’s the birthday of the great John Romita, Sr.  I bow to no one in my respect for Steve Ditko—the man was off-the-charts brilliant—but Romita Sr's Spider-Man will always be my Spider-Man.  John's a true master—and an incredibly nice man—and I'm very grateful that I got to work with him on one memorable story:  “The Kiss” in Webspinners #1.

I remember talking to him on the phone when we were collaborating on that story and he was working so hard to get those pages the way he wanted them: drawing and redrawing, worrying over the art.  He could have just knocked them out and they would have looked beautiful; but, even after decades in the business, John wouldn't settle.  And the result was pretty damn brilliant.

I also remember being at a Spider-Man writer's conference in the 90s when Romita, Sr joined us for the day—and he kept throwing one fantastic idea after another on the table. The man's not just a consummate artist:  He's a consummate storyteller. 

Here's a taste of the "The Kiss," which tells the tale of the last night Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy spent together, before her tragic death…

Happy Birthday, John!  Here's to many more!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019


Check out this screen-grab that a sharp-eyed Spidey fan over on Twitter just sent to me.  It's from the trailer for the new Spider-Man movie, Far From Home. Peter’s on a class trip to Europe, sailing the waterways of Venice.
Look at the name of the hotel.

What a sweet acknowledgement!