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Artist's Firsts

Featured Category of Select Favorite Artists and Where They Got Their Start  Utilize the Key Collector Comics eBay Links to contribute to the continued development of this resource. 

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  • First published art in comics by Clayton Crain (cover), signed Klayton Krain
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  • First cover art in the comic book industry by Steve Ditko
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  • First professionally published cover art in the comic book industry by Skottie Young
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  • First professionally published interior artwork in the comic book industry by Skottie Young
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  • First interior art work in the comic industry by Peach Momoko in a story titled 'Shaman Himiko'
  • Cover art by Frank Frazetta
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  • 1st published cover art in the comic book industry by Marc Silvestri
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  • 1st published interior artwork in the comic book industry by Marc Silvestri
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  • 1st professionally published interior art by J. Scott Campbell (as Jeffery Scott), two pin-ups and a caricature page featuring the artists who worked on the issue
  • *search J. Scott Campbell under Artist Search to view art credits prior to this issue
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  • 1st published artwork in the comic book industry by Michael Turner, co-penciled interior art with Marc Silvestri
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  • 1st published cover art in the comic book industry by Michael Turner
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  • 1st published artwork in the comic book industry by Mike Deodato Jr.
  • Adaptation of the 1987 CBS pilot script that became a television show starring Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton, written and produced by George R.R. Martin
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  • 1st published cover art by Alex Ross for Marvel
  • *Epic is a defunct imprint of Marvel Comics
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  • First published cover art by Alex Ross for DC
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  • 1st professionally published cover art in the comic book industry by John Tyler Christopher
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  • 1st published artwork in the comic book industry by Tony S. Daniel
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  • 1st published work by Don Rosa, art and script
  • Nominated for a Harvey Award
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  • 1st published artwork in the comic book industry by Terry Moore (interior)
  • Full black & white issue of pin-pup art by various creators featuring anthropomorphic characters in swimsuits
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  • 1st interior artwork on Vampirella by Jose 'Pepe' Gonzalez, highly-regarded Spanish artist for his Vampirella work
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  • 1st professionally published artwork in the comic book industry by Ken Kelly
  • *Ken Kelly painted the cover but Frank Frazetta repainted the woman's face
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  • 1st published cover art by Adam Hughes
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  • First published cover art by Dan Parent
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  • 1st published art in the comic book industry by John Byrne
  • Independent one-shot created for the Alberta College of Art & Design student exhibition
  • *value unknown
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  • ERG-1 becomes Wildfire
  • 1st published artwork (inks) in comic books by Mike Grell
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  • 1st published work in the comic book industry by Jonathan Hickman
  • 6-issue series written, illustrated, lettered, inked and colored by Hickman
  • 2008 Eisner Award nominee for Best Limited Series
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  • 1st published interior artwork and story by Dan Mendoza
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  • 1st published cover art in the comic book industry by Jenny Frison
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  • 1st appearance of Deathlok, Luther Manning
  • 1st appearance of Major Ryker
  • 1st professional interior published artwork in comics by George Perez
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  • 1st commissioned cover art in the comic book industry by Jenny Frison
  • *although Voltron was published first, this cover of Hack/Slash was her first job in comics
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  • 1st published cover art in the comic book industry by Jee-Hyung Lee
  • Promotional comic created by Marvel in conjunction with Child Life Council for Children's Hospitals
  • Reported to have a print run of 250,000 copies
  • Includes a pin-up poster of Iron Man and Fing Fang Foom
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  • Partial cover art by Todd McFarlane, specifically the image of Scorpio Rose
  • *this issue went on-sale the same day as Infinity Inc. #14

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