Giffen started his comic book career in the 1970s, with the black-and-white series “The Sword and the Star” in Marvel Preview. He then went on to draw the Defenders, gaining a fan following in the process. He began drawing and then also writing the title Legion of the Superheroes, a run that would span the 80s and 90s, and co-created the late 80s Justice League International along with JM DeMatteis and Kevin Maguire. Since then, he has written and/or drawn literally scores of different comics, including 52, Countdown to Final Crisis, and the Marvel Annihilation event.
A Jack Kirby influence is often very present in Giffen’s art. In an interview with “Kirby Collector” magazine, Giffen had this to say about the impact of Jack: “Jack was something that grew on me, like a taste for martinis. It was only after I began I realized all the work he had done and all the memories I had that were locked into him that I began to understand how important he was.”
Below are a few of the many covers of comics featuring Giffen’s work: