David Mazzucchelli’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 David Mazzucchelli!
David Mazzucchelli is one of the most acclaimed comic book artists of the past 25 years. After first gaining attention as the regular artist on Daredevil with writer Denny O’Neil, Mazzucchelli drew even more attention during his association with Frank Miller on the classic Daredevil storyline, “Born Again.” Mazzucchelli left Daredevil to work on the even more famous “Batman Year One” storyline with Miller.
Mazzucchelli then left superhero comics to work in independent comics (as well as illustration and design work), with perhaps his greatest work to date being his brilliant 2009 graphic novel, Asterios Polyp, which he had been working on for years. Everyone is dying to know what Mazzucchelli will produce next!
In his early days, though, like pretty much every other artist, he had to take any assignment he could get, which leads to his first two comic book assignments that I’ll show you today.
First, a February 1983 fill-in issue of Master of Kung-Fun #121…
And then, a February 1984 fill-in issue of The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones #14…
That nebbishly looking guy causes trouble for Indy later on in the issue…
Look how strong his storytelling skills were right from the start!
Two months after the Indiana Jones issue, the 24-year-old Mazzucchelli began work on Daredevil and the rest was history.