Kurt Busiek will be in Singapore this week giving tips to aspiring writers at the Singapore Writers Festival, along with Mark Waid and Gail Simone, among others. The Malaysia Star profiles Busiek before the event:
An avid comic book fan himself, the father of two girls aged eight and six made his first foray into the comic book industry in 1982, when he noticed something was amiss with the comic book series about Power Man, an indestructible African American superhero, and his gong-fu-fighting sidekick Iron Fist.
“The comic book kept touting that a new writer would be writing the book, but when the next issue came, the editor was the one credited to the story,” he recalled.
It turned out that publisher Marvel Comics could not find a replacement. Busiek, then in university, sent in some drafts, and got the job immediately.
“And I wasn’t even really a fan of Power Man,” the gregarious man said with a chuckle.
He went on to become the man behind many big titles, including Avengers, Iron Man and Justice League Of America. In 1994, he won his first Eisner award, the comic book industry’s equivalent of a Booker Prize, for his work on Marvels, an ordinary man’s view of the Marvel Comics’ superhero world.