Kurt Busiek (born September 16, 1960) is a comic book writer. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in various towns in the Boston area, including Lexington, where he befriended another future comic book writer, Scott McCloud.
Kurt has worked on a number of different titles in his career, starting in 1982 with a Green Lantern #162 backup story. These include Arrowsmith, The Avengers, Icon, Iron Man, The Liberty Project, Ninjak, The Power Company, Red Tornado, Shockrockets, Superman: Secret Identity, Thunderbolts, Untold Tales of Spider-Man, JLA, and (perhaps most notably) the Marvels miniseries followed by Homage Comics Kurt Busiek's Astro City. As a fan, he created the theory that Jean Grey had never died and became the Phoenix, which was later integrated into the comics.
In 1997, Busiek began a celebrated stint as writer of Avengers alongside artist George Perez. Perez departed from the series in 2000, but Busiek continued as writer for two more years, collaborating with artists Alan Davis, Kieron Dwyer and others. Busiek's tenure culminated with the Kang Dynasty storyline. In 2003, Busiek re-teamed with Perez to create the JLA/Avengers limited series.
In 2003, Kurt began a new Conan series for Dark Horse Comics but has since moved on. In December 2005 Busiek signed a two-year exclusive contract with DC Comics. During DC's Infinite Crisis event, Kurt teamed with Geoff Johns on a One Year Later 8-part story arc (called Up, Up and Away) that encompassed both Superman titles. As well, he began writing the DC title Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis and wrote from issues 40-49. Kurt is currently the writer of Superman.
Work on some of Kurt's more challenging, less mainstream projects, most notably Astro City, has been repeatedly delayed by a series of health problems. It turns out that his severe sinus problems, which resisted all treatment, had been brought about by mercury poisoning.  Template:Cite newsgroup
Kurt's work has won him several awards in the comics industry, including the 1998 and 1999 Comics Buyer's Guide Awards for Favorite Writer, with additional nominations in 1997 and every year from 2000 to 2004. He has also received numerous Squiddy Awards, having been selected as favorite writer four years in a row from 1995 to 1998, and as a member of the favorite creative team for 1996, 1999, and 2003. In the Squiddy Awards, he was also named the favorite poster (among professional comics creators) to the rec.arts.comics.* newsgroups five years in a row from 2000 through 2004. He is rumoured to be the writer of DC's next "crisis" with the ominous name "Final Crisis"
- Cyberforce #?? (Backup Story)
- Kurt Busiek's Astro City #1-6
- Negative Burn Winter 2005 (Short Comics Story)
- New Shadowhawk #1-7
- Regulators #1-3
- Savage Dragon Team-Ups TPB
- Shadowhawk: Images Of Tomorrow #1
- Shadowhawks Of Legend #1 (Framing Sequence)
- Shattered Image #1-4
- Spartan: Warrior Spirit #1-4
- Velocity: Thrill Of The Chase #1-3
- Youngblood Strikefile #8 (Short Comics Story)
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Links and References
- Interview at Silver Bullet Comics
- Interview at Marvel Gazette
- The Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators
- Comic Book Awards Almanac
- Press Release about his exclusive contract with DC