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February 26th, 2011 · No Comments

Paul Kupperberg

Things I’ve Learned Along the Way
By Paul Kupperberg
© Paul Kupperberg

It’s a day that will live in infamy: April 3, 1975. That was the day I received a phone call from Charlton Comics assistant editor Nick Cuti with the news that the company was buying one of my scripts, a five-page sword & sorcery tale for one of their horror anthologies. I was also given the go-ahead to write up two other story ideas that I had pitched.

It was my first professional sale. The page rate was five bucks per; the best $25 I ever earned!

I went from there to writing for DC Comics several months later. I eventually wrote something on the order of four or five comic books a month for them on characters ranging from Arion to Zatanna, including a couple of years where I was one of the main writers on Superman, as well as handling Superboy and Supergirl. I was always busy and there was always a new assignment waiting for me when I turned in the latest script. I also did a little work for Marvel Comics in Crazy Magazine and the occasional commercial or custom comics job. I even managed to squeeze in two novels (comics related, featuring Spider-Man and the Hulk for a Marvel Novel Series published by Pocket Books). When someone asked me what I did for a living, I answered that I was a comic book writer. No better job in the world. I had it and intended to do it for the rest of my life.

Except I forgot to consult with the comic book field.

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