George Perez’s Back Pages
Welcome to the new second bit for March (A Month of LGBT Comics is the other bit)! I had this idea for a bit awhile back, but Travis Pelkie reminded me I should actually, you know, DO it via an e-mail suggestion a month or so ago. So thanks, Travis!
In any event, the idea for the bit is that I’ll share with you the first (or if not the first, very close to the first) American professional work by a notable comic book creator. It’ll be a barrell of laughs! The first honoree is the legendary George Perez! (here is an archive of the creators who have been featured so far)
George Perez broke into comics as an assistant for Rich Buckler in 1973. He worked for him for awhile before getting his first professional work, a short two-page story in the back of August 1974’s Astonishing Tales #25, which featured the debut of Buckler’s brand-new creation, Deathlok. The young Perez (who would be roughly 20 years old at the time) drew the “behind the scenes” story of how Buckler and Doug Moench invented Deathlok.
Two months later, in Monsters Unleashed #8, Perez was given his first major assignment, a Gullivar Jones story, inked by Duffy Vohland and Buckler. Here are the first four pages of the fourteen page tale…
Check back every day this month to see which notable comic book creator we’ll be featuring that day!