Roy Thomas joined the Marvel Bullpen as a writer and editor under Stan Lee, scripting key runs of nearly every title for the time: Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers, Dardevil, Dr. Strange, Sub-Mariner, Thor, X-Men and more. He wrote the first ten years of Marvel's Conan the Barbarian and Savage Sword of Conan, and launched such series as Defenders, Iron Fist, Invaders and Warlock. At DC, he developed All-Star Squadron, Infinity INC. and related titles, proving instrumentals in reviving the Golden Age Justice Society of America. Thomas later became editor of Alter Ego, a magazine devoted to comic-book history and co-scripted the sword-and-sorcery films Fire and Ice and Conan the Destroyer.
Artist Howard Chaykin has been an industry legend for more than three decades. After introducing Dominic Fortune in Bizarre Adventures and drawing Marvel's Star Wars adaptation, he revamped DC's Blackhawk and lent his unique perspective on past decades to American Century, Twilight, Pulp Fantastic and City of Tomorrow, among others. Chaykin's seminal work writing and illustrating the politically charged series American Flagg! has influenced a generation of writers and artists. He remains a leading creative force in the industry, having illustrated Punisher War Journal, Wolverine, Blade and more for Marvel Comics.