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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 Gail Simone!
Gail Simone has been writing regularly for DC Comics for almost eight years now, with acclaimed runs following Chuck Dixon on Birds of Prey and following Jodi Picoult on Wonder Woman. During a tie-in to Infinite Crisis in 2005, Simone created a new group of anti-heroes, the Secret Six, who she has written ever since (first as a mini-series and now in their own well-reviewed ongoing series!).
Before working as a comic book writer, Simone wrote a humor column on Comic Book Resources called “You’ll All Be Sorry.”
In 2000, she got her first comic book gig, writing two stories in Simpsons Comics #50 for Bongo Comics.
Here’s the first story…
Lisa soon discovers what the scheme is…
And she enlists Bart’s help to stop the gangsters…
Very clever stuff.
Right after that tale, Simone had her next comic story, an amusing look “behind the scenes” at Bongo…
Simone began writing regularly for Bongo and then began work at Marvel, as well, in 2001, writing Deadpool and its successor series, Agent X. In mid-2003, Simone took over Birds of Prey and has been writing for DC (and Wildstorm, where she created the well-received series, Welcome to Tranquility) ever since (she currently writes the current volume of Birds of Prey and the Secret Six ongoing series).
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