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Month of Art Stars: Artist’s Choice – Rudy Nebres

Every day in June I featured the work of a great artist, only instead of me picking the artist to feature, they were 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!

I ended up with more suggestions than there were days in the month, so enjoy a few BONUS installments!

The first bonus installment is the pick of Mike Deodato, who draws the most popular ongoing comic book title right now, Dark Avengers. Here‘s Mike’s Deviant Art page.

Mike’s pick is Rudy Nebres.

Here’s Mike making the pitch for Rudy…

Sadly, the comic business seems to be going the way of other industries. Shiny and new is coveted more than sturdy and well-made. Flashy is desired more than experienced. When a friend’s 4-year-old water heater broke down, yet his relative’s water heater built in 1954 is still working fine, you know something is wrong with the world.

I know of quite a few top-flight comics artists who simply are not getting the attention they should.

Rudy Nebres is every bit as great now as he was in the ’70s, yet his assignments are few and far between…and in a market that loves rendering and finesse, he’s among the best.

And Mike’s right, Rudy Nebres is strikingly consistent for an artist who has been in the business for close to forty years.

Here’s some Dr. Strange pages from the mid 1970s…

There’s a strong Gene Colan element to this work, and Colan is certainly still a viable comic book artist in the marketplace (if he so chose to pursue it, of course).

Here is some of Nebres’ Warren work from Eerie…

And here is some more 1980s, Nebres work, via some covers…

Here is Nebres in the 1990s, via a Vampirella cover (Vampirella is a character he has done a lot of work on)…

Here is Nebres in the 2000s, via a Negation cover…

a pin-up….

and here are some sample pages from a Crossgen Chronicles….

The guy’s still got definite chops! With Marvel having 145963059 books released every month, they really ought to give Nebres a shot on some of them!

Thanks to Mike for the pick! Sorry I held you off for awhile, but I figured this would be a strong beginning to the “extra” period!


Mr. Deodato has just redeemed himself for ~1,000,000 of his superfluous thongs with this suggestion.

Man, that’s some nice art. It also makes me miss CrossGen; for all its faults, it really was putting out some pretty books.

Rudy Nebres ALWAYS Rocks.

Here´s one of the Greatest MASTER in comics.

Anatomy,composition,lihjt & Shadow,Crosshatching,paintings… Nebres really knows and use on his owrks.
Here in Brazil He have a lot of fans,from his great Conan stories and YES…. Mike Deodato is a huge fan of him… Deodato posted this link on Twitter :)

See ya.

Man, does this bring back memories. I used to love Nebres’ work in Marvel’s B&W magazine line (esp. the Iron Fist/kung fu stuff). His figure work was fluid and his ink wash finishes were gorgeous. Although his rather “unconventional” approach to page and panel layout (that is, when he bothered to use panels) in the early days sometimes made it hard to tell what was going on, the drawing was so beautiful it didn’t really matter.

I remember when Nebres took over Doc Strange, following Gene Colan’s 70s stint. I was prepared to be disappointed, but came away thinking he did a really nice job. His work was very dynamic. Plus, as the third and fourth scans bear out, he drew a sexay Clea.

Cool…one of the best artists to come from the Philippines. IIRC, his fellow Filipino comic book artist contemporaries were Tony De Zuniga, Alfredo Alcala, Ernie Chua/Chan and Alex Nino.

Wow, thanks for that! All those Filipino artists from the seventies were/are great. I’m glad to see that Nebres and DeZuniga are still working.

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July 3, 2009 at 4:27 pm

@Movilla: I’m not sure what you mean by Nebres’s “contemporaries,” but there were many more than the ones you name working in the US comics industry at the same time (and presumably even more in the Filipino comics industry). The most prominent one you don’t mention is probably Nestor Redondo. For a longer list and some interesting history, I recommend Comic Book Artist, vol. 2, issue 4, with a gorgeous Alex Nino cover.

On the general topic, for my tastes too many of Filipino artists, Nebres among them, concentrate(d) on a beautiful surface “finish” at the expense of storytelling and a certain kind of direct “energy.” De Zuniga, Nino, and the too-little-known Steve Gan were among the exceptions (as was Ernie Chan, but I just don’t like his art). I confess, however, to a weakness for Alfredo Alcala’s gloriously “shiny” inks, at least on his own art and over some pencilers. (I think he obscured too much of Don Newton’s lovely Batman penciling.)

Rudy’s one of the best. I’ve worked with him and can attest he still has the chops! Wish more folks hired him for work these days!

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