I recently began rereading my Waid run of Flash, devouring the issues. It is these issues that made Wally West the Flash for me. It isn't Barry. It's Wally ... that Wally.
I am also enjoying reading the letter columns, a part of comics that I miss in this internet driven world. In Flash #102, a letter writer commented that Waid must have a special someone in his life given how he can write the loving relationship between Wally and Linda.
Here is editor Brian Augustyn's response.
Waid's special woman was Kara Zor-El.
Remember, at this point in DC history, we were in the Matrix Supergirl era, a year before PAD's title.
There was no Kara Zor-El.
How great to hear that a creator I admire has an unabashed love for Supergirl.
Not that this should come as a surprise ...
Waid was the editor on Christmas With The Super-Heroes #2, the famous issue with 'Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot'. That is the issue where Kara tells Deadman to continue being a hero, even if no one knows you are doing it, even if no one remembers you.
I have written about that story as have many others. For Supergirl fans, it was a balm to our battered fandom, a eulogy for Kara.
I have heard rumors that Waid 'got in trouble' for that story.
Waid also added Supergirl to his Legion of Super-Heroes run ... a mix of my two favorite DC properties.
In her own book, Supergirl was a petulant, immature, selfish, angst-ridden young woman. With Waid, she was a hero, leaping into action and trying to help. While I struggled with reading Joe Kelly's book, Waid reminded me about all the things I love about Supergirl.
I am hoping to meet and chat with Waid at the Boston Comic-Con. I just want to thank him for being in Supergirl's corner all these years.