Grant Morrison made his American comics debut with a run on Animal Man, an obscure DC Comics superhero blessed with the power to temporarily mimic the skills of animals. Paired with artist Chas Truog, Morrison told the story of a kind-hearted, vegetarian hero who loses his family and is pushed to the brink of insanity before confronting his author in the run's extraordinarily meta finale. "I'm the evil mastermind behind the scenes. I'm the wicked puppeteer who pulls the strings and makes you dance," Morrison tells his hero. "I'm your writer."