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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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  • 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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  • 1st 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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  • 1st published cover art in comics by Todd McFarlane
  • *partial cover, specifically the image of Scorpio Rose
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  • 1st published art in the comic book industry by Greg Horn
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  • 1st published artwork by J Scott Campbell
  • *at 15 years old, JSC submitted the winning concept to Nintendo Power Magazine's 'Invent the Ultimate Video Game' contest (video game does not exist)
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  • 1st published artwork by Jim Lee (interior inks)
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  • 1st published interior artwork by John Buscema
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  • 1st interior artwork by Jock
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  • 1st published interior art and story by Sam Kieth
  • 1st appearance of Max the Hare
  • * the character appearing in these pages does not appear to have any relation to The Maxx
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  • 1st published artwork in the comic book industry by Steve Ditko
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  • 1st published cover art by Stephen Platt
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  • Origin of Kratos
  • 1st published interior art by Andrea Sorrentino
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  • 1st published cover art by Francesco Mattina
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  • 1st attributed published work by John Romita Sr, he previously did many uncredied ghost artist works for Lester Zakarin.
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  • 1st published interior art by Bill Sienkiewicz
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  • 1st published interior art by Amanda Conner
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  • 1st published interior color art by Marie Severin

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