Messner-Loebs wrote The Flash from issue #15 to issue #61, and along the way he broke new ground when he revealed the Pied Piper was gay, making him one of the first (if not the first) recurring gay characters in a DC comic. His other writing credits include stints on Wonder Woman, the Batman newspaper strip, Hawkman, and Thor, and he co-wrote The Maxx with Sam Kieth. One of his first series was the creator-owned The Adventures of Wolverine MacAlistaire, which has been published by Aardvark-Vanaheim and Fantagraphics, and in collected editions by IDW.Bill Messner-Loebs Homeless”), and the couple had been living in transient housing lately. Now, with the help of the Hero Initiative, they have moved into assisted living.
The Hero Initiative is a nonprofit that assists comics creators in need. They recently published a new limited edition of the long out-of-print JLA/Avengers crossover to honor artist George Perez, who has pancreatic cancer (see “Hero Initiative to Publish Limited Edition of ‘JLA/Avengers’”).