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 Kurt Busiek!
Kurt Busiek is one of the most notable comic book writers working today, having done acclaimed runs on titles like Avengers, Thunderbolts, JLA, Superman, Untold Tales of Spider-Man plus his creator-owned series, including his most famous series, the long-running Astro City. Besides continuing Astro City and doing some work for Boom!, Busiek will soon be doing a brand-new series for Dynamite with Alex Ross (who Busiek famously worked with on Marvels) revitalizing a number of characters created by Jack Kirby, like Silver Star and Captain Victory.
Busiek's first professional comic book work was a back-up story in March 1983's Green Lantern Corps #162.
The Green Lantern, Liana, discovers a previously unknown planet in her space sector where a race of metallic creatures are living. The problem is that their magnetic field around their planet is going haywire, causing recurring bursts of lightning that are killing the inhabitants of the planet one by one. When Liana tries to help them, they rebuke her. She decides then to show them what the problem is...
Good work for a first comic book story!!