Alex Maleev’s Back Pages
Every day this month I will share with you the first (at least as far as I know) U.S. professional work by a notable comic book creator. Here is an archive of the creators who have been featured so far.
Today’s featured creator is Alex Maleev!
Alex Maleev is best known today for his collaborations with writer Brian Michael Bendis. They had an extended run on Daredevil, are currently working on the creator-owned series Scarlett and will soon be doing a new Moon Knight ongoing series.
Here are some sample pages from Scarlett, to see what his work looks like nowadays…
Maleev first made a name for himself as a very young man in his native Bulgaria, specifically a series of great stories for the Bulgarian comic magazine, Riko.
In 1995, when he was roughly 24 years old, Maleev got his first professional work in the United States, drawing a mini-series for Acclaim Comics (originally known as Valiant Comics) for their licensed Magic the Gathering comic, specifically Fallen Empires on the World of Magic: The Gathering (a two-issue mini-series).
Here are some sample pages from the comic (which was inked by Rodney Ramos, as opposed to most of Maleev’s work, which he inks himself)…
About a year later, he worked on a Crow mini-series, The Crow: Flesh and Blood, for Kitchen Sink Comix. Here are a few pages from that comic…