Poet (John Simon)

John Simon

Religion: not determined yet

Name: Poet

Alter Ego: John Simon

Classification: hero hero  

Publisher(s): Image Top Cow

First Appearance: Rising Stars #1 (Aug. 1999): "Nova Placenta"

            NOTE: This is our current best assessment of the first appearance of this character, but this has been flagged in our database as uncertain.

Creators: J. Michael Straczynski, Keu Cha, Jason Gorder

Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes

Number of Appearances: 27

Teams/Affiliations: The Specials

Gender: male


From: Steven M. Bergson, "Jewish Comics Exhibit Notes", 4 December 2004 on the Hadassahfink's Home Page website (; viewed 4 July 2007):

Rising Stars #16
Poet [John Simon] travels to Jerusalem, where Laurel Darkhaven is preparing to bring peace to the Middle East by using her superpower to destroy both the Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall. Her theory is that the Jews and the Arabs will have a common loss (their respective holy places) and will come to peace in their mourning. Poet offers a different plan. He suggests to her that if she can use her powers to make the land of the Middle East region more fertile, there will be no need to fight over the productive areas of land. Laurel follows his suggestion, but dies in the process. Note: The Hebrew word on the cover has a typo...

cover of comic book Rising Stars #16, a story set in Israel which focuses on Jewish and Muslim themes

This character is in the following story which has been indexed by this website:
Rising Stars #1 (Aug. 1999): "Nova Placenta"

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