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My Back Pages Archive

This is an archive of all the installments of the “My Back Pages” feature, which examines the first U.S. professional work by notable comic book creators.

Here are the creators featured so far…

1. George Perez

2. Alex Maleev

3. Doug Moench

4. Jason Aaron

5. Frank Miller

6. David Finch

7. Dwayne McDuffie

8. J.M. DeMatteis

9. Ivan Reis

10. Ron Garney

11. Steve McNiven

12. Mark Waid

13. Bill Mantlo

14. Paul Levitz

15. Chris Bachalo

16. Barry Windsor-Smith

17. Gail Simone

18. Steve Englehart

19. David Mazzucchelli

20. Bill Sienkiewicz

21. Denny O’Neil

22. J. Michael Straczynski

23. John Buscema

24. Stuart Immonen

25. Stan Lee

26. Warren Ellis

27. John Romita Jr.

28. John Romita Sr.

29. Chris Claremont

30. Kurt Busiek

31. Steve Ditko

32. Jack Kirby

19 Comments

I’d love to see Howard Chaykin, Walt Simonson, Brian Bolland, and Chris Claremont featured here.

More suggestions: Adam Hughes, Jae Lee, and Mike Mignola,.

Garth Ennis!

Garth Ennis!

Ennis was already quite established when he made the move to American comics, so it’s a bit weird seeing his first US pro work, as he already was a “name” (same with Morrison, Moore, Gibbons, etc.).

Hi Brian. First, I love this series of articles, so thanks for the entertainment. Second, here’s a few friendly suggestions for creators whose early work I’d love to see highlighted: Norm Breyfogle, Art Adams, Neal Adams, any Kubert, either Romita, Walt Simonson. Thanks!

Ennis was already quite established when he made the move to American comics, so it’s a bit weird seeing his first US pro work, as he already was a “name” (same with Morrison, Moore, Gibbons, etc.).

would you put up their first pubished UK work for ennis and morrison then?

would you put up their first pubished UK work for ennis and morrison then?

I would, but I don’t have them. That’s why I went with the U.S. aspect of it all. I just don’t have access to the earliest work of, say, Frank Quitely.

@ ap0k

I’m pretty sure Art Adams’ first work was the Longshot miniseries (though if I’m on wrong on that, somebody please let me know), which is also sort of what he became famous for, so he might not be the best target for a feature like this.

And Romita Jr. I believe got his first penciling gig on Iron Man #115, which also turned him into the regular penciler on the series. Just 13 issues later was the famous “Demon in a Bottle.”

I’m pretty sure Art Adams’ first work was the Longshot miniseries (though if I’m on wrong on that, somebody please let me know), which is also sort of what he became famous for, so he might not be the best target for a feature like this.

Yeah, that’s the “problem” with Adams exactly.

Wow, Longshot was Adams’s first work? That’s incredible, that has to be one of the most impressive debuts ever then. His style was already pretty kick-ass by then.

“And Romita Jr. I believe got his first penciling gig on Iron Man #115″

His first Marvel gig was on Amazing Spider-Man Annual #11, a short piece called “Chaos at the Coffee Bean”. His work was VERY John Buscema influenced, with a little Romita Sr. sprinkled in. It was pretty underwhelming to say the least, but by the time he started working on Iron Man he had improved leaps and bounds (although I wonder how much of that was Bob Layton’s inks over his pencils).

There’s actually a “Marvel Visionaries” book out for JR Jr., and it’s amazing to see how he evolved from his early Spider-Man and Iron Man work to his current style.

Keith Giffen, Gene Colan, Marshall Rovers and Joe Casey.

Mark J. Hayman

March 28, 2011 at 6:12 am

Marshall “Rovers” is the cutest typo I’ve seen this month. I agree, however. Rogers! And John Cassaday. He couldn’t have been born that polished.

Cassaday’s early stuff was really stiff, as I remember it. I recall seeing something in Wizard about how they didn’t even ink it, they just photocopied his pencils. The biggest problem, from what I remember seeing again, is that all his figures looked really stiff and posed, they were rather lifeless.

Thanks for this last month’s worth of postings. Fascinating stuff and some fond memories.

I’m surprised that John Byrne is not on this list. Will he be included soon?

Considering some of my fav artists…

Giffen, began his career in MArvel Preview 4 ( the starlord cover, on a story bt bIll mantlo, late 75) soon afterwards et did the the breakdowns for Wally Wood on the “all star comics” revival in ’76 (issue 60 , just after ric estrada left)

DC did publish some years ago a book called “The art of walter simonson” where his first published work is reprinted ( U.F.O , from weird war tales in ’73, with Howie Chaykin as the model for the main character)

Steven McMullan

April 3, 2011 at 10:05 pm

This needs to become a regular feature.

Geoff Johns and Scott Snyder.

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