Tony Isabella

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creator and writer of Black Lightning; co-creator of Misty Knight and Tigra; writer Captain America, Champions, Daredevil, Dracula, Ghost Rider, Grim Ghost, Hawkman, Iron Fist, the Living Mummy, Luke Cage, Spider-Man, Star Trek and many others.

TONY ISABELLA, like Superman, was born in Cleveland, Ohio.  The 47-year comics industry veteran was an editor and writer at Marvel and other publishers. At DC, he created Black Lightning, the company’s first prominent African-American super-hero.  He co-wrote the prose novels Captain America: Liberty’s Torch and Star Trek: The Case of the Colonist’s Corpse. He’s the author of 1000 Comic Books You Must Read, one of the most successful books of comics history and nostalgia ever, and the odd-but-strangely-cool July 1963: A Pivotal Month in the Comic-Book Life of Tony Isabella Volume 1.  He was the lead reviewer and a contributing editor of Comics Buyer’s Guide for two decades.  He was a comics retailer and distributor for twelve years. He has done ghost-writing for several syndicated newspaper comics strips. He received the Inkpot Award at the 2013 Comic-Con International in San Diego, a Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention in Philadelphia and was inducted into the Hall of Heroes Museum Hall of Fame this year in Elkhart, Indiana. Cleveland Magazine named him one of that city’s most interesting people of 2018. Also in 2018, he became the second Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Hall of Heroes Museum in Elkhart, Indiana.

Tony’s most recent comics work was the six-issue Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands, marking his return to his creation. He writes the nigh-daily “Tony Isabella’s Bloggy Thing” and weekly “Tony’s Tips” review column. He lectures at colleges and libraries on comics history, comics writing and diversity in comics.  While developing several new projects for comics, movies and more, he is writing books that include both a “memoir-of-sorts” and compilations of his writings on comic books and his beloved B-movie monsters.

Perhaps most notable…Black Lightning is now a weekly, live-action series on the CW. The show has drawn much of its inspiration from Isabella’s comic-book work on the character.

Tony has heard of something called “retirement,” but it is an alien concept to him. His all-grown-up children Ed and Kelly having left the nest, he lives in Medina, Ohio with his wife Barbara and his cat Simba. Except for Simba, they have much better and saner jobs than Tony. The cat doesn’t need a job. She has Tony.


First non-witnessed signature is free, after that $5/each

All witnessed signatures $15/each

All items purchased at event from Tony Isabella will be signed for free


Friday at 3:00 pm in Grand Gallery E-F

Cheesy Monsters Raid Again!

Tony discusses his new book on some of those godawful monster movies of the past and gets a good laugh at their expense. Expect some corny jokes and bad one-liners from our closet Kaiju fan.

Saturday at 2:30 pm in Grand Gallery A-C

Jennifer Riker and Tony Isabella

Black Lightning Discussion

Tony Isabella (the creator of Black Lightning) and Jennifer Riker (Dr. Helga Jace) discuss the upcoming season of the CW show and what to expect for the new season.