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 Chris Bachalo!
Chris Bachalo is one of the most popular artists in comics today. After having great success drawing Shade the Changing Man for DC Comics, he followed that up with two highly-acclaimed Death mini-series with Neil Gaiman before moving to Marvel Comics, where he co-created Generation X. Since Generation X, Bachalo has done a number of high profile work for Marvel, primarily working with the X-Men group of titles (he's had, like, three separate stints as a regular artist on X-Men and Uncanny X-Men).
Shade the Changing Man was Bachalo's first regular assignment in comics. Here's a few pages from the first issue in 1990...
While Shade was Bachalo's first regular assignment, his first published work came about seven months earlier, with a fill-in issue of Sandman (#12)...
Boy, talk about hitting the ground running! Bachalo was great right from the word "go."