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Creators, Here and Gone…
Published on Thursday, October 28, 2010 by

So if you’ve been paying attention to this thread over on the forums, you’d know that I’ve been (slowly) going through my comics collection and inventorying it.

In the process of doing so (and I’m only 6 long boxes in out of 35-40) I’m discovering alot of things I didn’t remember. I’d forgotten that Salvador Larroca got his start on Ghost Rider, for example.

But what’s also surprising is the names of the creators. I see names flash by and I remember that these were the “best and the brightest” of that period. These were the big stars. These were the ones getting all the books, all the hype.

And yet, where are they?

Names like: Chuck Austen, Devin Grayson, Trent Kanigua, Bruce Jones and many others.

Whatever happened to them?

What is it that makes some creators show up in a flash and then fizzle out, well others have good and steady careers before hitting it big and yet others arrive in a flash and stay in a flash.

Chuck Dixon has been doing this for decades now. He’s never been a top writer. Never been overly hyped. Never been flashy. But he’s still around and still churning out good work.

Compare him to Bruce Jones who came in amid some hype (noted horror writer comes to comics). He got some top gigs and alot of press with his first work (Incredible Hulk). And then… gone the way of the dodo.

What is it that causes two such divergent career paths?

The trip down memory lane is interesting. Seeing all these people that have come and gone. Some were just one-hit wonders. Others had a pretty sustained, if short, career in the comics world. Others end up being nothing more then a minor blip.

I see someone like Ethan Van Sciver and I remember where he started from. I have the Hall of Heroes Cyberfrog that he signed and personally sent me, back in the AOL days, when he was a no-name and even before he signed with Harris to do Cyberfrog there. Now look at him. He commands his own panels at conventions. His name alone sells books.

Van Sciver and Trent Kanigua are interesting examples because both came from the same place, both first got noticed in the pages of Hall of Heroes. Trent had Creed and Van Sciver had Cyberfrog. Creed hit it bigger at the time, and the teen Kanigua (he was 16 at the time I believe), started a fast rise to fame. Van Sciver came along alot more slowly. The two could be considered studies in the case of “fast rise” versus “steady rise” and which is better.

When I see the news that Nick Spencer or J.T. Krul (for examples, not picking on them personally) have signed on to do yet another book, I have to wonder… Is it because they’re afraid of fading away so fast like so many others have through the years?

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