Softly: A Living Legend Passes
An obituary, written by Harlan Ellison, to honor his long time friend the editor and agent Julie Schwartz. While it appeared in several other sources first, in September 2004 it was printed in the DC Comics series "DC Comics Presents," a series of one-shots to honor the legacy of Schwartz. There was a series of eight comics; four of them included a remembrance by writer Alan Moore, and the other four included this piece by Ellison. In DC Comics appearance it was accompanied by two photos: one of Schwartz, writer Ray Bradbury, and Ellison's wife Susan Ellison; the other a photo of Stan Lee, Ellison, and Schwartz.
The essay was also printed in a variety of sources, including:
- Comics Buyer's Guide #1581 (March 5, 2004): possibly its first appearance
- Comic Book Resources, March 18, 2004
- Locus #518 (Locus Publications, March 2004)
- Rabbit Hole #34 (Vol. 9, No. 2 – Spring 2004)