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365 Reasons to Love Comics #277

If I ever get around to doing another Judging Books By Their Covers, you will rest assured that this artist will be mentioned in positive terms (the Archive should also always be mentioned in positive terms).


277. Ryan Sook

When Ryan Sook first burst on to the comic scene, he was mostly compared to Mike Mignola, which comes as no surprise, as Sook himself admits that he was greatly influenced by Mignola’s work. In fact, Mignola even got Sook INTO comics, helping him show his samples to DC, which snared Sook a fill-in job at DC on an issue of Challengers of the Unknown (the one that was part of the Millennium Giants storyline, actually!)

365 Reasons to Love Comics #277


After that Sook actually worked WITH Mignola over at Dark Horse, working on a Dark Horse Presents story together.

Sook used his Mignola-esque style on a number of Buffy the Vampire Slayer stories for Dark Horse….


an issue of Superman with J.M. DeMatteis that led to him working with DeMatteis on Spectre for DC for a year…



But by the end of his Spectre run, he had moved beyond simply Mignola-esque artwork, with a more rounded art style…


He used this style in launching BPRD, where he was handpicked by Mignola, becoming the first artist to draw Mignola’s Hellboy creations in a series other than Mignola….


Sook’s style continued to develop, though, and soon, he had an even newer style of art.

Here is the new style, from an arc he did on Hawkman…


Here is Sook talking about the change in an interview at Comic Book Resources

My drawing style seems to continually evolve for lots of reasons, time, practice, inspiration. Mostly though I am trying these days to rely less on other comic art to influence my decisions and allow the story and the scripts to dictate the art direction. Trying to convey the emotions and mood of a scene (none being more or less easy) is really important to telling a story well, that’s usually what I’m thinking about when I’m setting a scene. Everything else is purely trying to draw something in a beautiful way.

Sook used this new style on an Arkham Asylum series, X-Factor for Marvel, and a Seven Soldiers mini-series for DC starring Zatanna.


Since he finished work on X-Factor awhile back, Sook has mostly been working on comic book covers and advertisements. His expert sense of design and flair fits this line of artwork perfectly.

Here is a series of ads he did for DC…




Remarkably cool, huh?

Here are a number of his covers for Dark Horse Comics and DC Comics…




He is one of the best cover artists working in comics today.

All these images are courtesy of Sook’s amazingly thorough website. Here is his website, where you can see even MORE of his amazing artwork. He is a couple hundred peoples shy of cracking 40,000 visitors – let’s put him over the top!!


I remember reading somewhere that Sook had a Batman Graphic Novel with Ed Brubaker all finished up, does anyone know what ever happened to that?

after Arkham Asylum I’ve been dying for more Sook Batman

Sook’s ads for Countdown have been light years better than Countdown itself. Wait, that’s not really saying much, is it? Sook rocks! There, that’s better.

“Sook’s ads for Countdown have been light years better than Countdown itself. Wait, that’s not really saying much, is it?” No, a light year is a helluva lot, so that IS saying much. Very much. And yes, Sook rocks.

Does Sook color his own stuff or does he have someone he regularly works with?

Ryan Sook is indeed a genius.

Apodaca – I think he colors his own work. I just read Silent War (And, geez, Sook was amazingly good there) and nobody was credited as colorist.

Come ON! This guy started by copying Mike Mignola and now he does Adam Hughes! Nothing new here!

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