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The return of the greatest game ever – Name That Artist!!!!

Can you stand the suspense? Simply look below the break and start the guessing!

I never know how difficult these are. Anyway, click on the images to check them out in more detail. Answer in the comment section. You know you want to!

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Scott McDaniel?

or Sam Keith?

kelly jones

Hmm… Somebody is experimenting with their own “Sin City” style. Could it be Bret Blevins? Something about the eyes…

Frank Miller in DARK KNIGHT RETURNS II?

Was this from the mid-1990s Huntress miniseries that was drawn by Michael Netzer?

I am pretty sure it is Scott McDaniel, didn’t he go through a ‘Frank Miller’ phase around the time he was pencilling Daredevil?

Peter Gasston

March 9, 2009 at 9:56 am

I remember this series; Huntress, early 90s I believe, after Sin City, when everyone was trying to draw like Frank Miller. I’m tempted to say Scott McDaniel, but I don’t think it is. Someone more unexpected; Vince Giarrano?

Scott McDaniel definitely went through a Sin City phase, but I think it was on Daredevil.

It’s definitely Netzer.

It looks just like Scott McDaniel’s work on the Daredevil: Fall From Grace storyline. At first, that’s what I thought it was.

Wow, that is tougher than it should be. Initially thought McDaniel, then briefly played with early Jae Lee, then thought you might throw Kyle Hotz at us as a dark horse candidate, but now I’ll answer…

McDaniel? NO LEE! No. McDaniel. Final answer. McDaniel.

….Netzer?

Actually yeah, it IS Netzer.

Man, you people are too good. It’s Michael Netzer on the 1994 Huntress mini-series, written by Chuck Dixon. Four issues of blood and gore! Contradicting so much from the 1989-1990 Cavalieri/Staton ongoing! Fine stuff all around!

I LOVED that Cavalieri series. Is it even considered to be in continuity anymore?

Jamie Tarquini

March 9, 2009 at 11:15 am

Scott McDaniel is my only guess…. after reading Sin City a few hundred times. :)

It definitely looks like McDaniel’s Miller-aping days, but I also think Netzer is correct.

The Mad Monkey

March 9, 2009 at 11:23 am

It’s Michael Netzer (formerly Michael Nasser).

Tom Fitzpatrick

March 9, 2009 at 11:37 am

I vote for Scott McDaniel.
Reminds me of Elektra: The Roots of Evil mini-series.

Matt Lazorwitz

March 9, 2009 at 11:57 am

Mike Netzer. It’s from the four issue Huntress mini-series he did with Chuck Dixon

My guess is Lee Beremjo.

Adendum: Beremjo with a really weird inker.

Yeah, this was the series that Miller specifically “called out” Netzer for for ripping off his style.

Netzer, Jim Lee and I believe Scott McDaniel (with Tim Sale being the notable exception).

I jumped down to the bottom of the page to not see the other responses. It looks like Peter Snejbjerg?

EDIT: Dang I stink! The eyes tricked me!

T.: Parts of it have to be in continuity, because the Huntress is still Helene Bertinelli (isn’t she?). Dixon wiped away the New York setting, putting the Bertinellis in Gotham, and in this mini-series, the man who raped her is still alive even though he died in the ongoing, but as far as I know, the ongoing is still pretty much status quo, except for tweaking things now and then. I could be wrong, though. Brian would know, wouldn’t he?

“Helena,” of course. Minor typo.

Michael Nasser/Netzer

I want to say Jae Lee, but even I don’t really believe that. But the complete absence of backgrounds is compelling…

Hmm… I thought Kelly Jones…

Kelley Jones… I think the second pic gives it away. It looks a lot like the work he did portraying Lucifer in Gaiman’s Sandman.

I was thinking Batman: Red rain, but yeah… definite Kelley jones influence there… VERY dark inks…

It’s gotta be Kelly Jones, but I’ve got no idea where it’s from.

I guess not.

I also thought Sam Kieth at first, but I like Kelley Jones. Jeez what a Miller rip.

Yep, definitely looks like Michael Netzer.

Also, if you like guessing the artist: http://www.ferretpress.com/weblog/labels/guess%20the%20artist.htm

194 pages of artists to guess, and counting!

It’s probably this Michael Netzer guy who I don’t know in the slightest, but I didn’t realise they were all the same artist so my guesses for the first three images were: Scott McDaniel, Peter Snejbjerg, Jim Lee – but thinking about it all three of them are better than this artist.

The Mad Monkey

March 10, 2009 at 4:41 am

And yet…after Greg even confirms the answer, people are still trying to guess…AND CONTINUE TO GUESS WRONGLY!!!

…wow…

Yes, I did post my answer after Greg’s confirmation (I accidentally skipped over it…sorry, Greg)…but, at least I got it right…

…wow…

This is one that would be extremely difficult to guess just from looking at the art. I got it right only because I remembered that Netzer had done the Huntress miniseries using a style that was _________ Frank Miller, but not as good. You can fill in the blank with “inspired by” or “ripped off from,” depending on how charitable you want to be. But it was a style that Netzer used only briefly — I don’t recall his doing much work around this time except for the Huntress series. Most of his earlier work (back in the 1970s and 80s, when he went by Mike Nasser) looked very much like Neal Adams, maybe with some Rich Buckler thrown in, but not as good. I think he also went through a period when his work looked something like Walt Simonson, but not as good.

So THIS is what Miller was talking about in one of the Sin City letter columns. He had said that both Jim lee and Mike Nasser (he then added something along the lines of ‘or Netzer or whatever it is you’re calling yourself ‘) were aping his style and he was getting tired of it. I knew what he meant with Jim Lee, I had already thought the same thing when I saw DeathBlow. I never knew what Nasser/Netzer had done.

Don’t you guys mean Jae Lee??

Nope. Jim Lee copied Frank Miller’s Sin City style (badly) in Deadpool. Then when he hired Tim Sale to take over the art he asked Tim Sale to do the same (which he did well).

Deathblow, not Deadpool

If I may, a word about “aping” someone else’s style. There isn’t an artist around today who doesn’t develop through stylistic “aping”, to one degree or another, from predecessors. We can find reference sources for the most individualistic work in the comics and notice this phenomenon. There is also an element of tribute to other artists who’ve popularized a certain look, especially on a one shot short series such as this. What I can say that achieving this look was a gradual departure which built up during several issues of Detective, prior to this series. It was encouraged by the editors then, which alongside with my reverence for Sin City, was a good enough reason to do it at the time.

I certainly have no regrets about it, as it was a fine developmental experience. Much better than if I’d have always worked in a singular style. Frank Miller’s criticism, though somewhat true, misses the point about why it was done this way. While he talked about creative independence, he didn’t mention the many sources he himself “aped” in achieving the Sin City look, the least of which were Steranko’s Chandler, a handful of South American artists, and possibly even myself in a single work I produced in 1978 for Hot Stuff, some years before Frank even appeared on the comics scene: http://michaelnetzer.com/rEvolution/content/view/18/87/

So it’s not the “aping” that should be at issue, rather with what skill, passion and dedication it was done, and whether it pays tribute to its sources by striving to enhance the form. At the time these were produced, Jim Lee and Tim Sale were also criticized by Frank, both of whom produced exemplary new work in their own unique way. I believe we all contributed to well remembered projects of that era.

It might be prudent to keep such things in mind when considering a work such as the Huntress. All the comments are appreciated and a special thanks to Greg for including these in this fun game.

I’m sure every artist has “aped” someone else at some time.

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