Dann Thomas (born Danette Maxx Couto, January 30, 1952) is a comic book writer, as well as the wife and collaborator of comic book writer and editor Roy Thomas.
Life & Career Edit
Dann Thomas' earliest comic book credit appears on "The Sea of No Return" (credited as "Adapted from a story by Danette Couto") in Savage Sword of Conan #66 (July 1981). Her husband credits her with the original idea for Arak: Son of Thunder, noting, "Danette Couto (soon to be Dann Thomas) had this idea: What if a Native American had discovered Europe?" They married in May 1981 and she legally changed her first name from Danette in the early 1980s.
She began co-writing the Arak title with issue #12 (Aug. 1982) and would work with Thomas on most of his projects afterward. Dann Thomas co-wrote Wonder Woman #300 (Feb. 1983) and, as Roy Thomas noted in 1999 "became the first woman ever to receive scripting credit on the world's foremost super-heroine." She also collaborated with her husband on All-Star Squadron, the Crimson Avenger miniseries and Avengers West Coast. Dann Thomas' last new comic book writing appeared in Cadillacs and Dinosaurs #9 (Nov. 1994), published by Topps Comics.
The superheroine Firebrand of the All-Star Squadron takes her civilian name, Danette Reilly, from Dann Thomas. Dann Thomas co-wrote later issues of All-Star Squadron, subsequent to the introduction of Firebrand. Another character based upon Dann Thomas is a woman named Danette who appeared in the story "What If Conan the Barbarian Walked the Earth Today?" published in What If? #13 (Feb. 1979).
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