Month of Art Stars: Artist’s Choice – Rick Leonardi
Every day this month I’m going to feature the work of a great artist, only instead of me picking the artist to feature, they will be picked by their peers, fellow professional comic book artists who are picking out artists (from the past and present) who they think deserve special attention. Do note that most artists I asked about this gave me multiple answers and I picked out one choice out of a number of suggestions, so these are not definitive answers, like “Artist X likes Artist Y and he thinks all other Artists are terrible!” Here is an archive of the artists featured so far!
Today, we have the pick of Casey Jones, a longtime freelancer who you probably know from an assortment of Marvel projects, most prominently work during Warren Ellis’ run on Excalibur, but more recently, he’s done an issue of Marvel Adventures: Avengers (and a couple of covers for the book) and an upcoming arc on Exiles. Here‘s his website.
Casey’s pick is Rick Leonardi!
Rick Leonardi is already in rarefied air in that he has worked pretty consistently as a comic book artist for the past twenty years or so. In addition, for a time there in the late 1980s, Leonardi was basically Penciler 1B to Marc Silvestri’s Penciler 1A as the art team on Uncanny X-Men, so that’s pretty impressive, stature-wise.
However, besides a good two years or so on Spider-Man 2099, it’s true that Leonardi has not exactly had any long, sustained runs on titles, being more of a fill-in guy or a short story arc guy, and he’s an excellent comic book artist, so it’s true that he likely deserves more attention, like maybe a shot at a major title (it’s good to see DC Comics at least using him – he’s the regular artist on Vigilante right now).
Leonardi is known mostly for his dynamic linework and his inventive “camera angles” in his panels.
I figured that a great way of taking a look at Leonardi’s work would just be to show you four pages from two comics by Leonardi.
First, Amazing Spider-Man #282…
Next, Uncanny X-Men #237…
Awhile back, I did a “Cool Comic Cover Gallery” feature on Leonardi, who does excellent covers (as his interesting angles make for extremely dynamic covers). Here are the ten covers I chose (making a point to not duplicate books here)…
Thanks for the suggestion, Casey!