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Jason Aaron’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 Jason Aaron!


Jason Aaron is currently one of the most acclaimed writers working in comics today. From his award-winning work on the Vertigo title, Scalped, to all of his great Marvel work (including somehow managing to write Punisher MAX as good as Garth Ennis, which I believe is against the law in many states), Aaron is tops. I would read a Care Bears comic if Aaron wrote it.

Aaron had an interesting debut in American comics. He won a Marvel writing contest and was given an eight-page story in the back of 2001’s Wolverine #175.

Drawn by Udon Studios (whose work, while I enjoy it in general, probably did not match Aaron’s story particularly well), the story involves Wolverine on the run from some bad guys chasing him with guns and dogs. He then comes across a woman whose car has broken down. Knowing that if the bad guys catch up to her, they’ll likely kill her, Wolverine feverishly works to fix her car so that they can both escape. As he works on her car, the two talk (she not knowing what trouble is about to come upon them) about life and the storm that her knees tell her is about to come. She is a religious woman, and she asks if Wolverine prays…

Man, imagine this story with art by RM Guera, Laurence Campbell, CP Smith or someone like that? It’d be a lot cooler. It’s still an impressive first work from Aaron, and certainly prepares you for the themes and approach that he’d be using in Scalped years later.


I love how it jumps straight from Logan ready for action to it already being over. Aaron shows he gets Logan in just eight pages.

And for anyone interested, this was reprinted in 2009’s Dark Reign: The List – Wolverine #1, also by Aaron.

It’s cool how, in his very first published work, Aaron is already setting the stage for the themes he’s still exploring in his current run on “Wolverine”.

Tom Fitzpatrick

March 5, 2011 at 7:21 am

I guess I’m used to the ol’ sledgehammer in the face style of writting from SCALPED, PUNISHERMAX, and THE OTHER SIDE.

This was rather toned down (if not watered). Still, it’s cool.

I’ll read anything Aaron writes. It’s hard picking a favorite, but I think it might be his Ghostrider run, that was crazy fun.

Eh, I’ve seen that same Wolverine story many times, there’s been variations on it since the 80s, although I guess it’s not bad for a first work, given some of the other stuff we’ve seen.

Pretty solid work for his first published comic work. Not a surprise, considering how good Aaron is.

This is a great idea for March’s feature, and I’m glad to see that writers are being showcased as well as artists. Looking forward to the rest of the installments.

Ed (A Different One)

March 5, 2011 at 11:25 am

Aaron is one of those guys who really gives me a lot of hope for the future of comics. Just look around at the great work he has done already, and then realize that he’s really just getting started in his career. I’m not one to throw around superlatives lightly, but I wouldn’t be surprised if someday we looked back at Aaron as the greatest voice of this generation of comic writers.

I remember entering that contest.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if someday we looked back at Aaron as the greatest voice of this generation of comic writers.”

I agree wholeheartedly. Just think – he’s only had two creator owned projects so far, his best is (probably) yet to come….

The story is good. But I can’t believe Marvel published that artwork in one of their top titles.

Have you seen their top titles? They’ve got some fugly artwork going on over there.

I have this!! I remember reading this when it was published, and I thought that it is a cool writer to hunt down his work.

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