The 47 Comics Creators Thanked In The Suicide Squad – And Those Not

It is Suicide Squad co-creator John Ostrander who appears in The Suicide Squad, the third speaking role of the movie as Doctor Fitzgibbon. But the James Gunn film has many DC Comics creators to thank, especially given just how many comic book characters, concepts, and ideas feature through the movie. Given a massive forty-seven "Special Thanks" credits. Most of which I think I've got, though I'm missing a couple, feel free to mention in the comments if you have any more suggestions and I'll add them (with credit). But there are also a few notable names missing…

The 47 Comics Creators Thanked In The Suicide Squad - And Those Not
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  1. John Ostrander (above) – creator of the modern-day Suicide Squad, co-creator of Amanda Waller, John Economos, Flo Crawley, and Briscoe.
  2. Luke McDonnell – artist on the original Suicide Squad series, co-creator of John Economos, Flo Crawley, and Briscoe.
  3. Ross Andru – co-creator of Rick Flag, co-creator of original Suicide Squad.
  4. Ed Benes – co-creator of Savant
  5. Brian Bolland  – Justice League #190 cover with Starro possessing crowds.
  6. Norm Breyfogle – co-creator of the third Thinker, co-creator of Ratcatcher
  7. John Broome – co-creator of Captain Boomerang
  8. John Byrne – artist on modern-day's Suicide Squad's first appearance and co-creator of Amanda Waller, co-creator of Bloodsport.
  9. Amanda Conner  – developer of the current version of Harley Quinn
  10. Gerry Conway – co-creator of the second Thinker, co-creator of Weasel
  11. Federico Dallocchio – Suicide Squad New 52 reboot, solidifying the current team.
  12. Paul Dini – co-creator of Harley Quinn
  13. Scott Eaton – co-creator of Mongal
  14. Bill Finger – co-creator of Polka-Dot Man and Calendar Man.
  15. Gardner Fox – co-creator of the original Thinker, co-creator of Starro The Conqueror.
  16. Dave Gibbons – co-creator of a massive psychic squid landing on a city and co-creator of Javelin.
  17. Adam Glass  – Suicide Squad New 52 reboot, solidifying the current team.
  18. Alan Grant – co-creator of the third Thinker, co-creator of Ratcatcher
  19. Tom Grummett – co-creator of King Shark
  20. Carmine Infantino – co-creator of Captain Boomerang
  21. Geoff Johns – co-creator of the AI Thinker, co-creator of Double Down
  22. Dan Jurgens – co-creator of Blackguard
  23. Robert Kanigher – co-creator of Rick Flag, co-creator of original Suicide Squad.
  24. Rafael Kayanan, co-creator of Weasel
  25. Dale Keown – modern Suicide Squad covers, redesigned Mongal in Superman #170.
  26. Karl Kesel – artist on modern Suicide Squad's first appearance, co-creator of King Shark, co-creator of Bloodsport.
  27. Paul Kupperberg  – Relaunched Peacemaker, wrote Doom Patrol/Suicide Squad, co-creator of Judomaster appearing in the new Peacemaker TV show.
  28. Chris Lawton – co-creator of Kaleidoscope
  29. Nancy Mae Lawton – co-creator of Kaleidoscope
  30. Jim Lee – co-creator of Emilia Harcourt, Suicide Squad Rebirth relaunch.
  31. Steve Lightle  – not entirely sure. He drew a cover to Suicide Squad with the Joker and Batgirl. Any ideas?
  32. Jeph Loeb – Co-creator of modern Calendar Man.
  33. Al Milgrom – co-creator of the second Thinker
  34. Frank Miller – creator of Corto Maltese
  35. Sheldon Moldoff – co-creator of Polka-Dot Man and Calendar Man.
  36. Jimmy Palmiotti – developer of the current version of Harley Quinn
  37. Tim Sale – Co-creator of modern Calendar Man.
  38. Mike Sekowsky – co-creator of Javelin, co-creator of Starro The Conqueror.
  39. Gail Simone – co-creator of Savant
  40. Curt Swan – co-creator of Arm Fall-Off Boy
  41. Bruce Timm – co-creator of Harley Quinn
  42. Peter Tomasi – co-creator of Mongal
  43. Ethan Van Sciver – co-creator of Double Down
  44. John Wagner – co-creator of Ratcatcher
  45. Len Wein – scripter on modern Suicide Squad's first appearance, co-creator of Amanda Waller, co-creator of Javelin.
  46. Rob Williams – co-creator of Emilia Harcourt, Suicide Squad Rebirth relaunch.
  47. Patrick Zircher – Thinker redesign.

Notably, Gerard Jones, co-creator of Arm Fall-Off Boy, was not credited. He was also one of the co-creators of various Peacemakers, who are also not credited, Joe Gill, Pat Boyette, Chuck Wojtirkiewicz, Bob Layton, and Dick Giordano. And while Frank Miller named Corto Maltese as an island, the name is originally the character created by Hugo Pratt, and it was meant to be an in-joke. As I said above, any corrections, additions, or other spots, feel free to mention them in the comments below. Most appreciated.

UPDATE: Thanks to Matt Tonks for help on Calendar Man, Nick Pheas on Javelin, Joe Patrick on Tongal.

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