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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 Steve McNiven!
Steve McNiven is one of the top artists at Marvel Comics. Pretty much every comic he draws for them becomes a top-selling book. This was almost certainly why they used him to open up the Brand New Day era in Amazing Spider-Man. His most popular series is still likely the Civil War crossover he did with Mark Millar (who he is currently doing the creator-owned Nemesis comic with). Here are a few sample pages from the Civil War story (inked by Dexter Vines)…
McNiven broke into comics working for CrossGen as a staff artist. In late 2000, he got his first break with a handful of pages of Meridian #6 (a book he ended up taking over from the original artist, Joshua Middleton, who was fired during the production of Meridian #6 for talking bad about Crossgen on internet message boards). The pages aren’t labeled and he did non-sequential pages, so there’s at least the possibility that I’m showing you the wrong pages (I don’t believe so, but just throwing it out there that there’s a chance).
These pages are inked by John Dell…
That same month (December 2000), McNiven did a fill-in issue of Sigil. The pages are inked by Batt (the first two) and Jordi Ensign (the last two)…
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