My introduction to independent comics was a Howard Chaykin Cody Starbuck story in the first issue of Star*Reach. Starbuck was a swashbuckling space pirate and over the years I followed his all-too infrequent adventures.
Cody Starbuck made appearances in Star*Reach 1 and 4, Cody Starbuck (self-titled issue published by Star*Reach), Heavy Metal issues 2 – 6 and a portfolio of prints published by Sal Q. (I still have mine!) The Star*Reach Companion reprinted earlier Cody Starbuck stories.
There was also another Cody Starbuck story published in Spain back in the early 80’s. Sadly, I like many Chaykin / Cody Starbuck fans never got a chance to see it.