Check out this roundup of the creative teams that revolutionized comicsPart Three: KURT BUSIEK and GEORGE PEREZ
By Christopher Lawrence Posted 05/23/08
THE TEN GREATEST, MOST GROUNDBREAKING CREATIVE COLLABORATIONS IN WIZARD'S HISTORYKURT BUSIEK / GEORGE PEREZ During the mid-to-late-1990s, the "traditional" superhero story became something of a lost art form.
Pushed by the likes of Watchmen and Dark Knight and pulled by the thematic milieu of Vertigo, the classic, PG-rated tale of good versus evil found itself languishing at the back of the comics industry bus. Icons, the market seemed to say, were no longer as interesting as anti-heroes, the good guys no longer as cool as the grim.
Fortunately, neither Kurt Busiek nor George Perez got the memo.
Drawn together for Marvel's "Heroes Return" relaunch, Busiek and Perez did more than just bring back Earth's Mightiest Heroes, they catapulted them to prominence, rocketing Avengers Vol. 3 to the top of the comic sales charts, while driving themselves into the realm of mega-superstardom.
"Someone [at Marvel] had thought George was the guy to return the Avengers to glory, and offered him the book," Busiek remembers. "Clearly it was the right choice."
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