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My intention was to radicalize and realign the character of Buddy Baker and leave him for someone else to pick up and develop. As it transpired, however, I was asked to continue the series into a regular monthly comic book and I suddenly found myself lost for ideas. Having no desire to produce yet another grittily realistic exploration of what it is to be superhuman and/or an urban vigilante with emotional problems, I cast desperately around for a new direction. What I finally came up with was ‘The Coyote Gospel’, which became the template for the further development of the entire series and which remains one of my personal favorite stories. Hilariously enough, during the writing of ‘The Coyote Gospel’ I was utterly convinced that what I as writing was utterly unreadable gibberish and that it would be the final nail into the coffin of my fledgling career as a writer of American super-hero comics. The success and popularity of the story took me entirely by surprise and encouraged me to go on to produce the entirely unreadable gibberish which has since become my stock-intrade. At the same time, ‘The Coyote

Gospel’ initiated a plotline which was ultimately resolved in ANIMAL MAN #26, my final issue as writer. Hints as to the nature of this plotline were introduced as early as issue #8 and new readers should there for not be too baffled by the appearance of a mysterious computer screen, a mysterious figure in the bushes, and an equally mysterious Native American physicist. These are simply teasing subplot elements and should not be allowed to affect your enjoyment, or otherwise, of the main story. New readers may also find themselves mildly baffled by portentous references to an ‘Invasion’ in the stories ‘Birds of Prey’ and ‘The Death of the Red Mask’. INVASION was, in fact, the name of a DC crossover series, in which a gang of unpleasant characters from outers space launched an entirely unprovoked assault on our dear planet Earth. Most of the DC super-hero titles at that time were woven in and out of the main INVASION storyline and ANIMAL MAN was no exception. So it was that, between issues #6 and #7 and #8, Animal Man participated in the

DCU BY GRANT MORRISON - BOOK 1  
DCU BY GRANT MORRISON - BOOK 1  
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