Kurt Busiek

Kurt Busiek
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Kurt Busiek at the Stumptown Comics Fest, 2012
Born(1960-09-16) September 16, 1960 (age 56)
Boston, Massachusetts
Notable works
Astro City
The Avengers
AwardsSee below


Kurt Busiek (/ˈbjuːsɪk/; created Sept 16, 1960) can be an American comic publication writer. His function contains the Marvels limited series, his personal series entitled Astro Town, and a four-year operate on The Avengers.

Early life

Busiek was created in Boston, Massachusetts. He was raised in various cities in the Boston region, including Lexington, where he befriended upcoming comic book originator Scott McCloud. Busiek didn't browse comics as a young child, as his parents disapproved of these. He begun to read them frequently around age 14, when he found a duplicate of Daredevil #120 (Apr 1975). This is the first component of a continuity-heavy four-part tale arc; Busiek was attracted to the copious background and cross-connections with various other series. Throughout senior high school and university, he and McCloud employed making comics.During this time period, Busiek acquired many letters released in comic book notice columns, and originated the idea the fact that Phoenix was another being who acquired impersonated Jean Gray, which therefore Grey hadn't passed away — a premise which produced its way from freelancer to freelancer, and that was eventually found in the comics. Busiek points out, "A year or two afterwards, after I’d damaged in, I went to my initial convention as an expert, in Ithaca, NY, and I remained at Roger Stern's home. And we had been talking about just how much we enjoyed the brand new X-Men, and he stated, 'It's only a pity there is no way to create Jean Grey back again,' and I stated, 'Sure there's a means, there's always a means.'"


Over the last semester of his senior year, Busiek posted some test scripts to editor Dick Giordano at DC Comics. non-e of them marketed, but they do get him invites to pitch various other materials to DC editors, which resulted in his initial professional function, a back-up tale in Green Lantern #162 (March 1983). After composing four fill-in problems of Power Guy and Iron Fist, he was presented with the series as his initial regular project. Busiek was a enthusiast of the task his forerunner, Mary Jo Duffy, experienced carried out on Power Guy and Iron Fist, and emulated her lighthearted, funny approach, being unsure of the editorial personnel disapproved of the approach and experienced taken Duffy from the series due to it. He was terminated from your series for the same factors as Duffy, after just six problems as its regular article writer. In 1985, he published a Crimson Tornado limited series.In 1993, Busiek and artist Alex Ross produced the Marvels limited series which, mainly because comics historian Matthew K. Manning records, "reinvigorated colored comics like a genre, continued to be an acclaimed masterpiece, and spawned a lot more than its own reasonable talk about of imitators." Busiek and Pat Olliffe crafted the Untold Stories of Spider-Man series from Sept 1995. He produced the Thunderbolts, several super-villains disguised as super-heroes, with the ultimate page from the first problem of the series exposing the Thunderbolts were in fact the Experts of Bad, a shock twist cautiously guarded by Marvel. In Feb 1998, Busiek released The Avengers vol. 3 with penciler George Pérez and Iron Guy vol. 3 with musician Sean Chen. Busiek and Carlos Pacheco collaborated in the Avengers Forever limited series in 1998–1999. This changed the Avengers: Globe in Stores series that your two acquired previously prepared to focus on. Busiek continuing as author of The Avengers through 2002, collaborating with performers such as for example Alan Davis and Kieron Dwyer. His tenure culminated using the "Kang Dynasty" story. In 2003, Busiek re-teamed with Pérez to make the JLA/Avengers limited series.Busiek spent some time working on a variety of game titles in his profession, including Arrowsmith, The Liberty Task, The Power Firm, Shockrockets, Superman: Key Identity, JLA, as well as the award-winning Kurt Busiek's Astro Town. In the 1990s, focus on a few of Busiek's more difficult, less mainstream tasks, especially Astro Town, was repeatedly postponed by health issues as a result of mercury poisoning.In 2004, Busiek began a fresh Conan series for Dark Equine Comics. In Dec 2005, he agreed upon a two-year exceptional agreement with DC Comics. During DC's Infinite Turmoil event, he teamed with Geoff Johns on the "TWELVE MONTHS Afterwards" eight-part tale arc entitled "Up, Up and Apart!" that encompassed both Superman game titles. Furthermore, he began composing the DC name Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis from problems #40–49. Busiek became the only real author of the Superman series with concern #654 (Sept. 2006) and Carlos Pacheco became the series' designer. Busiek and Pacheco created a protracted storyine offering Arion getting into discord with Superman. The plotline concluded in Superman Annual #13. Busiek published a 52-concern every week DC miniseries entitled Trinity, starring Batman, Superman and Question Woman. Each concern aside from the first presented a 12-web page main tale by Busiek, with artwork by Tag Bagley, and a ten-page back-up tale co-written by Busiek and Fabian Nicieza, with artwork from various performers, including Tom Derenick, Mike Norton and Scott McDaniel.Busiek teamed with Alex Ross on Dynamite Entertainment's Kirby: Genesis, an eight-issue miniseries which debuted in 2011. The series, that was their 1st full cooperation since Marvels 17 years earlier, featured a big group of Jack port Kirby's creator-owned heroes, the privileges to that have been obtained by Dynamite, such as for example Silver Celebrity, Captain Triumph, Galaxy Green, Tiger 21 as well as the Ninth Males. Ross co-plotted, dealt with styles, and oversaw the series general with Busiek, who scripted the storyplot.In June 2013, Busiek relaunched his Astro Town series within DC's Vertigo line. Busiek commented that "Astro City's been aimed at a far more advanced reader, that i think fits Vertigo. Plus our backlist product sales are nearer to a Vertigo design than DCU."

Personal life

Busiek is married to Ann Busiek. Both Kurt and Ann Busiek had been rendered by Alex Ross as New Yorkers who respond to the invasion of Sterling silver Surfer and Galactus on web page 17 of Marvels #3. Kurt can be later utilized as the model to get a wandering drunk on web page 33 from the same issue.


Busiek's work offers won him numerous honours in the comics market, like the Harvey Honor for Best Article writer in 1998 as well as the Eisner Honor for Best Article writer in 1999. In 1994, with Marvels, he earned Greatest Finite Series/Limited Series Eisner Honor and the very best Carrying on or Limited Series Harvey Honor; aswell as the Harvey Award for Greatest Single Concern or Tale (for Marvels #4) in 1995. In 1996, with Astro Town, Busiek won both Eisner and Harvey honours for Greatest New Series. He earned the Best Solitary Issue/Single Tale Eisner 3 years inside a row from 1996–1998 for Astro Town, as well as for Conan: The Tale #0 in 2004. Busiek earned the Best Carrying on Series Eisner Honor in 1997–1998, aswell as the very best Serialized Story honor in 1998. Furthermore, Astro Town was honored the 1996 Greatest Single Concern or Tale Harvey Prize, as well as the 1998 Harvey Prize for Best Carrying on or Small Series.Busiek was presented with the 1998 and 1999 Comics Buyer's Instruction Awards for Beloved Article writer, with additional nominations in 1997 and each year from 2000 to 2004.


Dark Horse Comics

Military of Darkness #1–3 (text message content) (1992–1993) Conan #1–28, 32, 39, 45–46 (2004–2007) Conan: The Frost-Giant's Little girl and Other Tales #1 (2005) Conan: Reserve of Thoth #1–4 (2006) Jonny Demon #1–3 (1994) Teen Indiana Jones Chronicles #1–8, 11 (1992–1993)

DC Comics

Actions Comics #837–843, 850, 852–854 (2006–2007) Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #40–49 (2006–2007) Astro Town vol. 3 #1–37 (2013-2016) DC Comics Presents: Hawkman (2004) DCU Key Files & Roots #1 Green Lantern #162, 185 (back-up tales) (1983–1985) Iron Lantern #1 JLA #61 (back-up tale), #107–114 (2002–2005) JLA Key Files & Roots #1 (2004) Justice Group of America #224, 231–232, 240 (1984–1985) Star of Wonder Girl #1–4 (1986) 9-11: The World's Finest Comic Reserve Writers & Performers Tell Stories to keep in mind, Quantity Two ("Astro Town" tale) (2002) UTILITY COMPANY: UTILITY COMPANY #1–18 (2002–2003) UTILITY COMPANY: Bork (2002) UTILITY COMPANY: Josiah Power (2002) UTILITY COMPANY: Manhunter (2002) UTILITY COMPANY: Sapphire (2002) UTILITY COMPANY: Skyrocket (2002) UTILITY COMPANY: Striker Z (2002) UTILITY COMPANY: Witchfire (2002) Crimson Tornado #1–4 (1985) Display '94 #7 (1994) Sterling silver Age group: Green Lantern #1 (2000) Superman #650–675, 712, Annual #13 (2006–2011) Superman: Top secret Identification #1–4 (2004) Superman: THE PERSON of Metal Annual #5 (1996) Stories from the Green Lantern Corps Annual #3 (1987) Tangent Comics: Ocean Devils #1 (1997) Trinity #1–52 (2008–2009) Valor #20–23 (1994) Thursday Comics #1–12 (2009) Question Girl #318 (1984) World's Finest Comics #308–309 (1984) DC Comics and Marvel Comics JLA/Avengers #1–4 (2003–2004) Milestone Mass media Icon #11 Static #12 Wildstorm Arrowsmith #1–6 (2003–2004) Astro Town: Astro Town: A Visitor’s Information #1 (2004) Astro Town: Regional Heroes #1–5 (2003–2004) Astro Town: The Dark Age group Reserve One #1–4 (2005) Astro Town: The Dark Age group Reserve Two #1–4 (2007) Astro Town: The Dark Age group Reserve Three #1–4 (2009) Astro Town: The Dark Age group Reserve Four #1–4 (2010) Astro Town: Supersonic Astro Town: Samaritan (2006) Astro Town: Beautie #1 (2008) Astro Town: Astra #1–2 (2009) Astro Town: Gold Agent #1–2 (2010) Astro Town/Arrowsmith #1 (2004) Astro Town Particular #1 (2004)

Dynamite Entertainment

Darkman vs. The Military of Darkness #1–5 (2006–2007) Kirby: Genesis #0, 1–8 (2011–2012) Vampirella Experts Series #4–5 (2011)

Eclipse Comics

Airboy-Mr. Monster Unique #1 (1987) (Liberty Task house advertisement) Liberty Task #1–8 (1987–1988) Vendors Of Loss of life #1–4 (1988) Miracleman: Apocrypha #2 (1992) Mr. Monster's Super Duper Particular #7 (1987) (Liberty Task house advertisement) Total Eclipse Particular: The Seraphim Objective #1 Zot! #7 (back-up story)

Harris Comics

Creepy 1993 Fear Book #1 (1993) Vampirella vol. 2 #2–4 (1992) Vampirella: Morning hours IN THE US #1–4 (1991–1993)

Image Comics

Kurt Busiek's Astro Town #1–6 (1995–1996) Kurt Busiek's Astro Town vol. 2 #1/2, #1–15 (1996–1998) New Shadowhawk #1–7 (1995–1996) Regulators #1–3 (1995) Shockrockets #1–6 (2000) Spartan: Warrior Nature #1–4 (1995) Superstar: As Seen On Television #1 (2001) Shadowhawk Particular #1 (1994) Shadowhawks Of Tale #1 (1995) Shattered Picture #4 (1996) Teeth & Claw (renamed The Autumnlands: Teeth and Claw) #1- (2014-) Speed: Thrill FROM THE Run after #1–3 (1995–1996) Youngblood Strikefile #8 (1994)

Marvel Comics

Amazing Dream #16–18 (1995–1996) The Amazing Spider-Man Annual '97 (1997) Avengers: Avengers #0 (1999) Avengers vol. 3 #1–15, 19–56 (1998–2002) Avengers Annual #9 (back-up tale) (1990) Avengers/Squadron Supreme '98 Avengers 1999 Avengers 2000 Avengers 2001 Avengers Forever #1–12 (1998–1999) Avengers: The Ultron Essential (2001) Avengers/Thunderbolts #1–6 (2004) Captain America/Resident V '98 (1998) Darkman #1–6 (1993) The Defenders vol. 2 #1–12 (2001–2002) Iron Guy: Iron Guy vol. 3 #1–25 (#14–25 co-plot) (1998–2000) Iron Guy/Captain America '98 (1998) Iron Guy 1999 Iron Guy: The Iron Age group #1–2 (1998) Marvel Age group Annual #1 (1985) Marvel Vacation Particular #4 (1995) Marvel Super-Heroes #9, 12–13 (1992–1993) Marvel Year-In-Review '92 (1992) Marvels #1–4 (1993–1994) Marvels: Vision Of The Video camera #1–6 (2009–2010) Optimum Protection #1–3 (2000–2001) Optimum Security: Dangerous World #1 (2000) Night time Thrasher #15–18, 20–21 (1994–1995) Open up Space #1 (1989) The Purchase: Defenders Against THE PLANET EARTH #1–6 (2002) Power Guy and Iron Fist #90, 92–100, 102, 105 (1983–1984) The Spectacular Spider-Man #176–177 (1991) Spider-Man: Legacy of Bad #1 (1996) Spider-Man Team-Up #7 (1997) (offering the Thunderbolts) Spider-Man Unlimited #2–5 (1993–1994) Spider-Man and X-Factor #1-3 (1994) Unusual Stories vol. 3, #1 (1994) Stories from the Marvel Universe #1 (1997) Thor: Godstorm #1–3 (2001–2002) Thunderbolts: Thunderbolts #0 (1999) Thunderbolts #1–34 (1997–2000) Thunderbolts '97 Untold Stories of Spider-Man: Untold Stories of Spider-Man #1–25 (1995–1997) Untold Stories of Spider-Man '96 Untold Stories of Spider-Man '97 Untold Stories of Spider-Man: Unusual Encounter #1 (1998) Internet of Spider-Man #81–83 (1991) IMAGINE IF #13, 23, 26, 44, 46, 47, 60–62 (1990–1994) What The--?! #3–4, 8, 17 (1988–1992) Question Man Annual #1 (1992)

Topps Comics

Jack Kirby's Sterling silver Celebrity #1 (1993) Jack port Kirby's Teenagents #1–4 (1994) Satan's 6 #4 (1993) Topps Comics Presents #0 (1993) Triumph #1 (1994)