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Animal Man:

Jerry Prosser Era (1994-1995)

With Jamie Delano’s departure, DC / Vertigo handed over the scripting reigns on Animal Man to Jerry Prosser. Prosser, who wasn’t as known to comics readers, took the title in a decidedly different direction. If Grant Morrison had made the title postmodern and Delano had made the title horrific, Prosser would make the title cosmic — and confusing.

Buddy Baker, who Delano had killed off in his final issue, quickly was reborn, now with hair striped white and black. Buddy became more peaceful as his friends worked with the church he had helped found. On an existential search for truth, Buddy began experiencing bizarre revelations of various higher powers. Finally battling the evil Spider Queen, Buddy realized the cliché that the truth he sought was within him. In a mystical experience, Buddy realized that everyone jointly formed the body of God — and the Soul of the World. Shortly after he defeated the Spider Queen, Annie gave birth to his second daughter, never given a name but said to be the human incarnation of the collective World Soul.

Prosser’s run concluded in late 1995 with issue #89, which was also the title’s last issue. With the title’s glory years long enough gone, few mourned its passing. Prosser’s work had been seen as confusing and as adding nothing to the title despite its inflated rhetoric.

Animal Man #80

“Homecoming” -- 24 pages

  • written by Jerry Prosser; pencils by Fred Harper; inks by Jason Temujin
  • a mysterious being offers Animal Man the choice of two futures

cover by Rick Berry; published by DC Comics / Vertigo; $1.95; cover-dated Feb 1995
Animal Man #81

“Shaman’s Return” -- 24 pages

  • written by Jerry Prosser; pencils by Fred Harper; inks by Jason Temujin
  • begins the “Wild Type” storyline
  • as Buddy’s religion unravels, Maxine reaches into the Red and helps Buddy to return to life

cover by Rick Berry; published by DC Comics / Vertigo; $1.95; cover-dated Mar 1995
Animal Man #82

“Weekend Safari” -- 24 pages

  • written by Jerry Prosser; pencils by Fred Harper; inks by Jason Temujin
  • part two of the “Wild Type” storyline
  • Buddy returns to life on the Montana compound and learns about Maxine’s TV show

cover by Rick Berry; published by DC Comics / Vertigo; $1.95; cover-dated Apr 1995
Animal Man #83

“Money Trial” -- 24 pages

  • written by Jerry Prosser; pencils by Fred Harper; inks by Jason Temujin
  • part three of the “Wild Type” storyline
  • Animal Man stops a mob from killing baboons

cover by Rick Berry; published by DC Comics / Vertigo; $2.25; cover-dated May 1995
Animal Man #84

“Bedtime Story” -- 24 pages

  • written by Jerry Prosser; pencils by Fred Harper; inks by Jason Temujin
  • Maxine is abducted by gray aliens, hallucinates on their spaceship, and is then returned home

cover by Rick Berry; published by DC Comics / Vertigo; $2.25; cover-dated June 1995
Animal Man #85

“The Ant Mystic” -- 23 pages

  • written by Jerry Prosser; pencils by Fred Harper; inks by Jason Temujin
  • part one of “Anima Mundi”

cover by Rick Berry; published by DC Comics / Vertigo; $2.25; cover-dated July 1995
Animal Man #86

“The Little Idea that Could” -- 23 pages

  • written by Jerry Prosser; pencils by Fred Harper; inks by Jason Temujin
  • part two of “Anima Mundi”
  • Buddy is captured by Anansa the Spider Queen in the land of Pandemonium

cover by Rick Berry; published by DC Comics / Vertigo; $2.25; cover-dated Aug 1995
Animal Man #87

“The Hidden Stone” -- 23 pages

  • written by Jerry Prosser; pencils by Fred Harper; inks by Jason Temujin
  • part three of “Anima Mundi”
  • Buddy discovers the White Queen’s plan and that she has kidnapped Maxine

cover by Rick Berry; published by DC Comics / Vertigo; $2.25; cover-dated Sept 1995
Animal Man #88

“Birth Pains” -- 23 pages

  • written by Jerry Prosser; pencils by Fred Harper; inks by Jason Temujin
  • the birth of Buddy and Annie’s child draws near

cover by Rick Berry; published by DC Comics / Vertigo; $2.25; cover-dated Oct 1995
Animal Man #89

“Birth Pains, Part Two” -- 23 pages

  • written by Jerry Prosser; pencils by Fred Harper; inks by Jason Temujin
  • Annie gives birth while Buddy has his final confrontation with the White Queen

final issue; cover by Rick Berry; published by DC Comics / Vertigo; $2.25; cover-dated Nov 1995


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