Industry Giants Part 1

Chris Ware

For fans of legend Chris Ware there are few comics rarer than Eclipse GN #11 Floyd Farland ( Fall 1987 ). It is an elusive collectible that happens to be Ware’s first published work in a comic book format. Ware was published in the Daily Texan as far back as 1986 and it is where many of his most famous characters have their origins. Ware was so upset with his work on Floyd that he offered ( and still does? ) any buyer an original art piece if they send him a copy!

Floyd Farland

Floyd Farland

So why buy Guerrilla Groundhog 2?

Guerrilla Groundhog #2

Guerrilla Groundhog #2

It turns out Floyd was advertised in the back. Now an ad might not be a first appearance depending on what you believe but this ad has panel work by Ware and it predates the GN making it an essential part of any Ware collection.

Floyd Farland ad

Floyd Farland ad

 

If you are looking for more info on Ware’s early strips check here.

Katsuhiro Otomo

Who knows if a live Akira film will ever get made. Epic/Marvel editions still sell for decent money and are pretty tough to find in shops. Latter issues are especially hard to come by. The introductory issue is not the first appearance of Akira though. This is often true of many foreign comics that have become popular when translated for Americans. Works were printed in the original languages and despite being foreign should still be considered the first published work.

Akira #1

Akira #1

In 1982 Akira was serialized in Weekly Young Magazine 週刊ヤングマガジン

Katsuhiro Otomo created Akira and it remains his most prolific work. He was first published as a writer and penciller for Action Magazine in 1973, A Gun Report.

Masamune Shirow

Shirow’s seminal work has seen recent interest from collector’s thanks to an upcoming Dreamworks production starring Scarlett Johansson. Ghost was first serialized in Young Magazine in 1989 and later printed in a six issue mini by Dark Horse. The Wizard supplement below is also seeing interest but appears to have had a healthy print run. If I were looking for the mini comic I would search for a sealed edition of Wizard Magazine.

Ghost in the Shell - Wizard Preview

Ghost in the Shell – Wizard Preview

Shirow’s first published comic work in the US was Black Magic for Eclipse but it too was published earlier in Atlas Magazine.

Black Magic #1

Black Magic #1

His other early works: Bike Nut, Areopagus Arther, Colosseum Pick and Yellow Hawk were published in manga books Kintalion, Funya and Atlas. Good luck finding those!image03

Art Spiegelman

Widely known for his masterpiece Maus, Art had his comics published long before the serialized RAW magazine release of Maus.

Art’s first published comics were for Topps, Bazooka Joe Gum in 1966.

Bazooka Joe Gum

Bazooka Joe Gum

I am still trying to track down his first one and get some sort of confirmation that he even did strips for this product. I know he did art for Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages as well.

His first published comic book work was in…

Witzend #2

Witzend #2

and Maus originally first appeared in…

Funny Aminals #1

Funny Aminals #1

 

( This comic is worth a look for Crumb collectors too! )

Maus was later serialized in RAW and they are impossible to find cheap. Each issue came with an ashcan size Maus comic. For fans of independent comic creators like Ware and Clowes please check out this publication!

Adam Hughes

It’s becoming more widely known that Eagle 6 is the first published work for Hughes. ( Hughes did not do the cover for Eagle 6 ) His work has made him one of the most popular cover artists working today.

Eagle #6

Eagle #6

Eagle #6 - Adam Hughes Pin-up

Eagle #6 – Adam Hughes Pin-up

Hughes went on to do more obscure work for titles like Star Rangers, Warriors, The Maze Agency, Blood of Dracula and others. He is often collected for his covers and his earliest DC cover is still pretty easy to find!

Justice League America #31

Justice League America #31

If you are looking for something a bit more rare try this. This previews issue features Hughes on the cover with the art above in black and white!

Previews

Previews

 

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