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 Dwayne McDuffie!
The late Dwayne McDuffie was a popular comic book writer who created a number of notable characters for Marvel Comics and, most importantly, his own company, Milestone Media. He later became an acclaimed animation writer (where he also adapted one of his Milestone characters, Static, into a popular animated series).
McDuffie broke into the world of comics in the late 1980s as an assistant editor at Marvel Comics.
In 1988, McDuffie’s first writing assignment was published, a short Wonder Man story in Solo Avengers #13, co-written by fellow assistant editor, Gregory Wright (art by Jackson Guice).
In the story, Wonder Man is working as a stunt man for a film and quits after feeling disrespected by the director. Some unknown creature ends up possessing the film’s star, thinking him to be Wonder Man (because, naturally, they looked a lot alike). When the entity discovers its mistake, it then attacks Wonder Man in different forms…
The next year, in 1989, McDuffie had his first solo comic book story(although here, too, he worked with another writer, Robin D. Chaplik, for the plot of the series) on the prestige format two-issue series, She-Hulk: Ceremony (art by June Brigman and Stan Drake).
Here are the first few pages…
Soon after She-Hulk: Ceremony came out, Damage Control (created by McDuffie) debuted and his comic-writing career began to take off!