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 John Buscema!
It is no accident that when Marvel did a book titled "How to Draw the Marvel Way," John Buscema is the artist they used. Outside of Jack Kirby, Buscema was THE most prominent artist at Marvel during the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s (John Romita comes close, of course, but Romita stuck mostly to Spider-Man, while Buscema did EVERY comic).
Decades before he became the face of Marvel, Buscema actually got his start AT Marvel, well, Timely Comics, the precursor to Marvel, but still! Working for Stan Lee, Buscema began work as a staff artist in 1948 when he was just 20 years old.
His first comic book story appeared in August 1948, in issue #3 of Lawbreakers Always Lose.
Here it is...
In 1949, Buscema did one of his, if not his very, first comic book cover...