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Friday, September 16, 2016

Spawned by 'The Power to Read'

“When you have a novel set in a fictional history, you still should get your history right.” – Kurt Busiek

Born on this date in 1960, award-winning comics writer Busiek got started during his senior year in college when he submitted some sample scripts to editor Dick Giordano at DC Comics.   None of them sold, but they did get him invitations to pitch other material to DC editors, which led to his first professional work, a back-up story in Green Lantern.

By 1993, Busiek and was teaming with artist Alex Ross and together they produced the Marvels limited series which, as comics historian Matthew K. Manning notes, "reinvigorated painted comics as a genre, went on to become an acclaimed masterpiece, and spawned more than its own fair share of imitators."
Busiek has been the winner of numerous awards                             
 as “best writer” for the Marvel Series, The Avengers, which also have been made into several movies, and a version of Conan the Barbarian.  Since 2006 he’s also done extensive writing of stories about Spiderman, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.

“I could name you a dozen superheroes whose powers I'd like to have. But if I could have any power in the world, it would be the power to read or watch a creative work and absorb the technical skill of the people who made it,” he said.  “Because then I could have even more fun writing. That's my core identity. I'm a writer. I just love telling stories.” 

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