Another proud Birthday shout out to a man who has accomplished one of my most significant dreams.  Write for comics as a career, work your way to the top, and then bring your creator-owned character to life at your own company! (In that exact order too)

In the year 1962 an epic artist/writer was born and put on the path he was destined for. In the 1990′s Joe was known for his work with Valiant Comics books. You may know his work, such as Ninjak and Solar, Man of the Atom. He later worked on numerous books for DC and Marvel Comics.

Here’s where it gets even more awesome! In ’98 he was promoted to editor of Marvel Comics’ Marvel Knights line, then 2 years later he became editor-in-chief of the company. Wait, it gets better. THEN He was named Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment in 2010! But I guess it just wasn’t the right fit so he left his editor-in-chief role in January 2011, being replaced by Axel Alonso.

This Bad-ass is Joe’s character named Ash. It ran from November 1994 to 1999. It was a story based around a firefighter who got trapped in a burning building with technology from the future. He gained a variety of different fire abilities and started the super hero life, dawning the name, Ash. One of the many unique things about this comic is that he was kind of a super hero in civilian mode too! Very cool.

Look at that happy guy! He’s probably thinking, ” I just read The Crimson Blur’s Birthday article he wrote for me!” Not to mention he’s made his career off of something he has a passion for. And he’s great at it!

So Happy Birthday Joe! And thanks for all of the amazing art and legendary stories. They will live on in comic book history!

Make sure you guys follow Joe and see what he’s up to on twitter!!/joequesada

While you’re there, add me too!!/TheCrimsonBlur