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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 professionally published art for Marvel by Mark Bagley (interior)
  • *previously won the Marvel Try-Out contest in 1983
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  • First professional artwork in the comic book industry by Mark Bagley
  • *Bagley's art previously appeared in a 1983 Marvel Try-Out book which was a contest for artists
  • First published artwork by Dave Johnson (back-up story)
  • First written work in comics by Cliff Biggers, co-creator of the Comic Shop News weekly newspaper (Cliff is also credited for the plot of Boffo Laffs #2 with scripts by Ward Batty, the other co-creator of Comic Shop News)
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  • First published artwork by Frank Miller at Marvel Comics, interior pencils
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  • First cover art by Alex Schomburg
  • 1st appearance of John Steele, Weapon 0 the original Super Soldier created from what would later be known as the Weapon X Program
  • 1st appearance and origin of Fiery Mask
  • 1st appearance of Monako, the Prince of Magic
  • 1st appearance of Detective Doc Denton
  • 1st appearance of the Texas Kid
  • 1st appearance of Phantom of the Underworld
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  • First written work in comics by Brian Michael Bendis
  • First artwork in comics by Brian Michael Bendis
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Battle Pope
  • First written work in the comic book industry by Robert Kirkman
  • First artwork in comics by Tony Moore
  • * Image reprinted this issue in 2005 with a nearly identical cover
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  • First cover art by Bruce Timm
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  • First cover art by Humberto Ramos
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  • First interior art in comics by Joe Madureira, in a story titled 'What's Wrong With This Picture?'
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  • First cover art by Clayton Crain, signed Klayton Krain
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  • First cover art in the comic book industry by Steve Ditko
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  • First cover art by Skottie Young
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  • First interior art by Skottie Young
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  • First interior art by Peach Momoko in a story titled 'Shaman Himiko'
  • Cover art by Frank Frazetta
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  • First cover art by Marc Silvestri
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  • 1st published interior artwork in the comic book industry by Marc Silvestri
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  • First interior art by J. Scott Campbell (as Jeffery Scott), two pin-ups and a caricature page featuring the artists who worked on the issue
  • First artwork in comics by Brett Booth
  • *previous to this issue his art appeared in an advertisement
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  • First interior art by Michael Turner, co-penciled interior art with Marc Silvestri
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  • First cover art by Michael Turner
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  • First artwork in comics by Mike Deodato Jr.
  • Adaptation of the 1987 CBS pilot script, written and produced by George R.R. Martin
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  • First 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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  • First cover art by John Tyler Christopher
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  • First artwork in comics by Tony S. Daniel
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  • First written and illustrated work in comics by Don Rosa
  • Nominated for a Harvey Award
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  • First interior art by Terry Moore
  • Full black & white issue of pin-up art by various creators featuring anthropomorphic characters in swimsuits
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  • First interior art by Jose 'Pepe' Gonzalez
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  • First cover art by Ken Kelly
  • *Ken Kelly painted the cover but Frank Frazetta repainted the woman's face
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  • First cover art by Adam Hughes
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  • First cover art by Dan Parent

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