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 Frank Miller!
Frank Miller is one of the most famous comic book creators in the history of comics, as his recent work as co-director of the film Sin City (adapting his Dark Horse Comics series) and as director of the film The Spirit (adapting Will Eisner’s comic book series) have placed him firmly within the mainstream consciousness. Even before that, though, Miller was very famous for his work on the series 300 (adapted into a hit film a few years back), Batman: Year One (the inspiration for the hit film Batman Begins), Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Daredevil: Born Again and his initial run on Daredevil. And that is only a PARTIAL list of the notable works by Miller!
But when Miller first broke into comics in the United States when he was barely 21 years old in 1978, you would never guess that this guy was going to be such a superstar.
In June 1978, he had his first two comics published, one for Gold Key and one for DC Comics.
The DC Comics work appeared in Weird War Tales #64, written by Wyatt Gwyon…
His Gold Key work was in Twilight Zone #84….
Very soon he got his first Marvel work and soon after that he was working on Daredevil and, well, the rest is history.