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Top 50 Comic Book Artists #35-31

Here are the next five artists that you voted as your favorites of all-time based on over one thousand ballots cast! Click here to see the writers #35-31 on the countdown. Click here to see a master list of all artists listed so far.

New format! The comprehensive career retrospective was taking way too long (and for some of these people, it was getting nuts detailing their decades long career in comics), so now for each writer and artist, I’ll detail “Five Notable Works” by them.

35 Steve McNiven – 291 points (4 first place votes)

Steve McNiven first came to prominence working at CrossGen on Meridian…

By the time he left CrossGen, McNiven was already a hot talent. He began working for Marvel on a new Fantastic Four series, Marvel Knights: 4…

After a prominent stint on New Avengers, McNiven took on his biggest assignment to date, drawing the massively popular Marvel crossover Civil War, with writer Mark Millar…

He reunited with Millar to do a stint on Wolverine, telling stories set in the future called “Old Man Logan”…

Currently, McNiven and Millar are working on their creator-owned title for Marvel’s ICON line, Nemesis…

Here is a sample McNiven page…

34 Barry Windsor-Smith – 294 points (3 first place votes)

After getting his start working on short stories in British versions of Marvel Comics, Barry Windsor-Smith soon began working for Marvel Comics proper during the late 1960s.

However, it was a brand new comic, Conan the Barbarian, working with Roy Thomas adapting Robert E. Howard’s Conan character, that made Windsor-Smith a star…

He worked on Conan in various capacities for a number of years (plus other assignments for Marvel) before he pulled back from mainstream comics for a number of years, choosing to do comics on his own terms.

He came back to Marvel in the 1980s to work on a few assignments, most famously a few special issues of Uncanny X-Men with writer Chris Claremont…

In the early 1990s, Windsor-Smith wrote and drew the most definitive origin for Wolverine yet, Weapon X, in the pages of Marvel Comics Presents…

He was soon hired by Valiant Comics to be their chief designer (he also wrote and drew a number of comics for Valiant)….

By the time Windsor-Smith parted ways with Valiant, they were a massive success.

After leaving Valiant, he did a series for the Ultraverse as well as a notable comic anthology for Dark Horse called Barry Windsor-Smith: Storyteller…

For the last decade or so, Windsor-Smith has been working on an epic story called Monsters. From what we’ve been shown so far, it looks magnificent.

Here is a sample Windsor-Smith page…

33 Jim Aparo – 298 points (4 first place votes)

It seems hard to believe, but Jim Aparo had a hard time breaking into the comic business. He actually ended up working in advertising throughout his 20s and into his 30s before he got a break at Charlton Comics. He soon became one of their most prolific artists, and when Charlton’s Dick Giordano moved to DC, he brought Aparo along with him, debuting on Aquaman for DC…

He soon began a looong and famous run on Brave and the Bold with writer Bob Haney…

During this time, Aparo also became a notable fill-in artist on ALL of the Batman titles. Aparo had the distinction of not only being good, but also of being FAST.

During the 1970s, he drew an acclaimed (if controversial) run on Spectre with writer Michael Fleisher…

During the 1980s, after the Brave and the Bold ended, Aparo drew the spin-off of the canceled title, Batman and the Outsiders, with Aparo co-creating a number of characters with the book’s writer, Mike Bar…

Aparo continued to work for DC (especially on Batman titles) well into the 1990s and early 2000s…

Aparo passed away in 2005.

Here is a sample Aparo page…

32 Moebius – 305 points (10 first place votes)

Jean Giraud was in his early 20s when he began to work with writer Jean-Michel Charlier on the western comic book Fort Navajo. The character of Lieutenant Blueberry became so popular that he eventually spun off into his own magazine…

Moebius was the name Giraud took for his comic book work having to do with science fiction and fantasy, and those ended up becoming perhaps his most well-known works (although Blueberry is still pretty darn famous).

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During the 1980s, Marvel (through their Epic line) reprinted translated versions of pretty much all of Moebius’ most classic works, and that’s what I’ll be presenting here.

First, with writer Alejandro Jodorowsky, the Incal series…

plus Moebius’ most notable works as writer/artist – Arzach…

and the Airtight Garage…

Plus, in 1988, Moebius did a famous Silver Surfer one-shot with Stan Lee, titled Parable…

Here is a sample Moebius page…

31 Gene Colan – 335 points (4 first place votes)

Gene Colan began working in comics in the late 1940s and worked steadily for Timely and DC Comics for the next decade plus, always doing solid work, but not the distinctive work that he is known for now.

It was not until he began working for Marvel again (having left Timely when it was Atlas Comics and the company nearly went out of business) in the mid-1960s that his sense of style was fully appreciated.

While working on Iron Man in Tales of Suspense (Colan’s first Silver Age stories for Marvel were Sub-Mariner ones in Tales to Astonish), Colan became the regular artist on Daredevil, a gig he would hold on to for a number of years, through a variety of writers on the title…

Along with writer Marv Wolfman and inker Tom Palmer, Colan worked on Tomb of Dracula for a number of years…

During this time, he also drew Howard the Duck for Marvel…

In the 1980s, after a split from Marvel, Colan went to work for DC, becoming the regular Batman artist for awhile and co-creating Night Force with Wolfman…

Colan has worked for a number of different companies since the 1990s, including going back to Marvel for another stint on Daredevil.

He recently won an Eisner Award with writer Ed Brubaker for “Best Single Issue” for a 2009 issue of Captain America.

Here is a sample Colan page…

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Not the ones I voted for but Windsor-Smith and Moebius were both considered (and Jim Aparo too, had I given the matter more thought and were I more immersed in older DCU). And I’m not disputing the other two either.

Moebius should have been higher in my opinion if for no other reason than his work being so different and varied compared to most people on the list. But I’m glad he made it at all!

Matches the writer list: I didn’t vote for any, but have no complaints abut any!

Good stuff!

all great choices, not a big fan of the selection for Moebius sample, but oh well. I honestly can’t tell who I like most, out of this selection.

I was one of the ones who put Aparo as my #1. To me, his is the definitive Batman, not only the one I grew up with but the most consistent depiction of Bruce and co. His Spectre and Phantom Stranger were great and characters rarely looked better than when they appeared in Brave and the Bold. He was truly one of the greats.

Jim Aparo was just on the cusp of my list. After Adams in the 70’s, Aparo drew Batman the way I remember him through the 80’s.

Happy to see Aparo make the list. Gives me some hope for who I think was my #1 choice. JA was such a solid artist for so long – his B&B run is astounding for the number of different characters he was asked to draw and did draw. He was distinctive without being “in your face – look at my art” as, cough, some others on this list are. He told a story. (It’s storytelling that dictated most of my list of artists). I didn’t have Aparo on my list – but he was under consideration. Glad others pushed him over the line.

Wow… there are some heavy hitters today.

Jim aparo! Great!
colans art is good but hasnt aged very well…

Thomas Morrison

December 9, 2010 at 8:35 am

Man! The big boys come out so early!!! If this is what 35 to 31 looks like, who is going to be on the rest of the list!?! I love all these guys! Smith was even on my top 10 list. His Conan work was a revelation for me when I 1st saw it in the early 80’s and is still an inspiration and a bench mark for me! His later work is not nearly as strong but is still pleasant and above par.
I’m afraid for the fact that such great names are coming out so early doesn’t bod well for the rest of the list. What undeserving hot shot has taken the place of what truly great artist?
Let’s see what we have left –
Neal Adams
John Buscema
We probably wont see many on my list like –
Basil Wolverton
Frank Frazetta
Kevin Nolan
Lou Fine

Moebius, Frazetta, Jordi Bernet, Joe Kubert, Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Jim Steranko, Neal Adams, Jack Kirby…my heroes.

Thomas Morrison

December 9, 2010 at 8:42 am

Brian, thanks for posting a random page from Aparro’s Aquaman. His Aquaman work was some of his strongest work! Great stuff!!!

Part of me is encouraged to see such great artists making it onto the list, but another part of me is discouraged that they didn’t rank higher. It makes me worry about who DID make it higher.

Aparo was my #11. Very glad to see him make the list.

If you say Batman, I see Aparo.

It is quite curious to see who are on higher positions…
Moebius’ range is indeed worth noting, he does both these far out scifi pics and gritty and realistic westerns (I’m not that much a fan of westerns but have enjoyed Blueberry, and recommend it for others).

Beside those mentioned by Thomas, we haven’t yet seen Miller, Quitely, Williams III, Jimenez or Ditko who I’m quite sure will be here.

And I’m curious to see how some artists I rated highly have fared, like Sam Kieth or P. Craig Russell, both of which still stand a chance (I have given up hope on Ted McKeever and some more obscure artists).

Barry Smith is the first from my artists list (#8) to show up. When I was a brand new Marvelite in ’73 or ’74 I stumbled upon a couple of rather crumpled back issues of Avengers# 98 and 99. The art was a revelation, so much better (as was Neal Adams) than anything appearing in comics just a couple of years later (save maybe Starlin). You could have included a little sample of his initial Avengers Kirby-style to show how odd it appears against his later work.

That Aquaman/Black Manta cover makes me wish I’d thought harder about Jim Aparo, Just incredible.
Gene Colan was a good storyteller and a key part of a couple of really memorable runs, but somehow his art never moved me or whatever. Similarly, Moebius, whose work always enticed me but never involved me.

As for the new guy, nngghhh, That is an insultingly lame interpretation of my dear FF. I cringed when it first came out and I cringed again when it scrolled up on my screen just now. Not a fan.

Thomas Morrison

December 9, 2010 at 9:54 am

I really like McNiven’s work and am happy to see him on this list. I first saw him on Civil War and was really impressed with his work. He is definitely the best part of CW.
That Nemesis cover looks really strong and makes me want to go out and buy it.
We’ve had some really great artists in the last 10 years. Some of my favorites have been
John Cassaday
Adi Granow
Darwyn Cooke
Steve Epting
Esad Ribic
Stewart Cameron
to name a few. I’m sure we’ll see most of these guys further on up the list.
Their work is really great and pushes the art form from what came before to new exciting directions!

APARO!!!!!!!! Now, if my vote for Haney (seriously) got him onto the writer’s list, we’re set.

Man, I just never could get into Colan. Maybe because it was late 70’s – early 80’s, and not the classic stuff.

FYI, Moebius’ Surfer was originally a 2-part story.

APARO!!!!!!!! Now, if my vote for Haney (seriously) got him onto the writer’s list, we’re set.

I would LOVE if Haney made it.

Great to see some love for Jim Aparo! I am pretty sure one of my old-school favorites will not rank. He doesn’t seem to get much love or press these days (he died too long ago, I guess), but it’s Dick Dillin. One of the longest, most impressive runs ever — nearly 100 issues, I think? — on “Justice League of America.”


December 9, 2010 at 10:56 am

That sample page shows NOTHING of Gene Colon’s skill and I’m kinda offended by your choice. Good list, except for McNiven. I wish his example showed off his funny lipped mouths.

Liefeld all the way, baby!

When I close my eyes and picture Batman in my head, I picture Aparo’s Batman.

Wow. We’ve got some of the heavy hitters today, don’t we? BWS was my number ten, and Moebius was my number four. Colan and Aparo are both incredibly good choices; though neither were in my Top Ten I can easily see them being on this list. They’re both incredibly talented artists and skilled storytellers. McNiven I’m not a fan of, but his soft, illustrative style (if not his basic storytelling choices) are an obvious draw (no pun intended) for people.

Glad to see McNiven on there, I overlooked him but I wouldn’t have found room for him on my list anyway. Also, Jim Aparo was certainly one of the better bat artists of that era so that’s good he’s on there. Never much of a fan of Colan-too much shading made the art look too moody and depressing all the time, even when he did some Disney Comics work back in the 90s.

Aargh! I just realized I left Aparo off my list. *facepalm* He’s been a favorite of mine for years and his Batman is still what I think of when I think of the character…

Wow, I’m glad to see that I wasn’t the only one who had Moebius at #1! Of course I had Charlier at #2 on my writer list, and I have less hope that he’ll make it. I’m re-reading their complete run on Blueberry and I’m becoming more and more certain that it’s now my favorite comics epic of all time. It’s a crime that most of the saga has never been printed in America, and it’s all out of print now. Moebius almost made it onto my writer’s list as well. The writing on “The Airtight Garage” is subtly brilliant.

I agree that that was a bad choice of sample page for Gene Colan. I would’ve recommended a Doctor Strange page, or Daredevil. Night Force could’ve been a good choice, too.

Dillin was my number 1 pick. JLA 64 to JLA 183, minus the reprint issues.

Thomas Morrison

December 9, 2010 at 1:03 pm

For me it very much depends on who is inking Colan. For example is you have Palmer inking Colan, you’ve got a real treat on your hands, some other inkers just muddy up his noir-sque work.

Aside from Aparo, who I love but didn’t make my top 10, these artists all fall into the category of “I can see why people like them, but they’re just not my cup of tea.” Don’t know what it is, but I’ve just never been crazy about them despite recognizing their skill and talent.

Barry Windsor-Smith was the #3 on my list. Even though I got into comics in the early 90s (Jim Lee’s X-Men made me do it), I really feel like it was discovering the masterpieces of the 80s that turned me into a lifer, so my voting tended to be 80s heavy. There are four artists that I think completely and totally changed the way comics looked in the 1980s, so those were my top four votes (Frank Miller, Sienkeiwicz, Gibbons, and Barry). As a kid devouring X-Men back issues, I will always remember thinking Uncanny #s 186, 198, and 205 looked like nothing I had ever seen; they looked like ART instead of illustration (though I don’t mean to devalue illustration).

Colon and Moebius weren’t guys that made my list of 25ish candidates, but I’m very pleased to see them here.

McNiven is a guy whose career could have been infinitely better on different projects. On pure talent and ability, he’s one of the best artists of his generation. But Jesus, he needs to get a restraining order on Mark Millar. Seriously, if he were working on more interesting projects, people would think of him in a much higher light.

Aparo is a guy that I’ve never loved. First, I think he has the same disease as Steve Dillon and Mike Grell, which is every single face looks EXACTLY the same. But the bigger issue for me with Aparo is that, IMO, he was always good, but never great. The best comparison I can think of is former NBA center Robert Parish. Parish had an abnormally long career, was a major contributer on some really good times, made a handful of all-star teams, and won three titles. But there was never a single year of Parish’s career that you could make a legit argument he was one of the ten best players in the league. And that’s how I feel about Aparo. His art was consistently professional, good, and dependable, but never dazzling. You could always do far worse than him, but you could also do better.

(But I would be remiss if I didn’t admit that Aquaman cover is pretty fucking good.)

Thomas Morrison

December 9, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Third Man – When you speak about Aparo do you mean his 80’s work or over all. Growing up in the 80’s I never really liked him. I use to see him on the Outsiders and while, like you said, it was competent work, it just wasn’t inspired work. Only in the last 10 years did I pick up a few of his Aquaman’s from the late 60’s early 70’s. My gosh that guy was on fire! he was really hot and inspired. You can still see some of his greatness in his 70’s work like Phantom Stranger, The Spectre and later Batman, but I think the best stuff that I’ve seen from him is Aquaman. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.
Speaking of Barry, it’s a shame Brian didn’t put some interiors of his later Conan work. He seemed to grow and get more beautiful with each issue up until the very last one! And not only was his drawing amazing his coloring was equally inspired!

Aparo’s Batman, for me, is THE BATMAN. It’s like Curt Swan’s Superman. Anyone think Swan is going to show up?

I mean, I’m in my mid-30’s and I started to read Batman when he was draw by Aparo. Death in the Family, The Ten Nights of the Beast, The Outsiders, A lonely Place of Dying… I love all these stories.

Not crazy about Aparo (to me, his work looks quite dull, average and unremarkable) or Colan (he could do moody realistic shadows, but his anatomy and posing was wonky and he often made people look inappropriately goofy). The others I like, especially Moebius. His artbook “40 Days dans le Désert B” is astounding:

A fantastic collection of creators! All artists whose work I love.

Gene Colan was my #1 artist. In addition to his versatility (he could do horror, humor, super-hero, war, romance, adaptations, sci-fi), his art had texture and lighting in a different class than his peers. While not a realist, Colan crafted believable characters with well-defined faces. Colan’s composition was original and often startling. His pages had flow and balance, mixing action with character moments while stretching a breaking panel boundaries and shapes.

Above all, Colan’s best work (and there was quite a lot of “best,” from his early horror and romance comics through the Eisner-winning Captain America 601) was stunningly gorgeous. Who else had his work shot from pencils because it was too beautiful and delicate to see ruined by inks? Colan’s art is always a pleasure to look at.

Much of Gene Colan’s best work can be found in Essential Tomb of Dracula vols. 1-4, Essential Dr. Strange vols. 2-3, Essential Howard the Duck, Essential Marvel Horror, essential Daredevil vols. 2-5 or so, Amazing Adventures of the Escapist #2, Nathaniel Dusk vols. 1 & 2, Essential Captain America vol. 2, Stewart the Rat, Phantom Zone, Jemm Son of Saturn, Silverblade, and Curse of Dracula. If the inker is Tom Palmer, Klaus Janson, or Steve Leiloha, chances are it’s the good stuff.

BWS was also on my list, and Moebius is one of many foreign artists whose work I’ve seen makes me want to see more. Steve McNiven did some nice work on Meridian, but his Marvel work hasn’t connected with me- the surface seems so rubbery, despite many other strong qualities. Jim Aparo was never a favorite of mine, but I can’t deny the man’s skill.

Ah, now we’re getting into it. Jaime Hernandez was the first on my list to show up until now, but you can bet I voted for Colan and Aparo.

@ Thomas Morrison:

Aparo’s BATO was not great, but it was serviceable.

However, Haney-Aparo THE BRAVE & THE BOLD was one of the all time great runs. On the whole, I would rate him as a Top 5 Batman artist. Aparo is one of two correct answers (Ramona Fradon is the other) for “who is the definitive Aquaman artist?” He is also a candidate for the definitive artist on The Spectre.

You would be hard pressed to find another that “owns” more characters that were created by other people.

“That sample page shows NOTHING of Gene Colon’s skill and I’m kinda offended by your choice.”

I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’m offended by the sample page, but it’s nowhere near his best. I think Colan was especially well-suited to darker titles like “Tomb of Dracula” and Night Force.” As for that Detective cover (with Batman tied to the tracks), it’s really showcasing how heavy-handed Dick Giordano’s inking was. You can’t see any Colan in that thing; there’s nothing of him left! Giordano’s work is so obvious. Even just as inker, he overpowers the penciller with his own style.

As for Aparo, the first two covers he drew for the “Where Were You On The Night Batman Was Killed?” arc (seen here, featuring a bunch of criminals around Batman’s grave and then just featuring Riddler) represent some of his best work, I think. So does that awesome Aquaman cover Brian included. Sometimes he could be a bit too cartoony, but when he nailed it, he nailed it.

The Aquaman cover is Nick Cardy. Aparo never did any covers for his initial Aquaman run.

Thomas Morrison

December 9, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Rebis, That’s funny because when I think of Colan I think of realism. I’m not saying he doesn’t do cartoony, it’s It’s just that I haven’t seen that much of it. (That detective cover with the Joker is awful!!!)

If you want to see Colan do cartoony, Howard the Duck is the best place for it. In fact, go read Howard the Duck (if you haven’t) anyway, as it’s one of the 2 or 3 best comics of its time and still entertaining today.

Gene Colan! Whoo-hoo! Another from my list appears.
Once, a few years back, a friend of mine whose tastes in comics I had always respected before surprised me by saying that he didn’t care for Colan. I had to supress the urge to ask him how much acid he liked to put in his oatmeal every morning.

I never cared as much for Barry Smith’s stuff after he started using the “Windsor.” Just got too busy.

Nice to see Moebius here, but the sample page has got to be from my single least favourite thing he ever did.
(Come to think of it, all latter-day standalone Surfer & Galactus stories are probably my least favourite Stan Lee comics as well, even the one with Kirby.)

Thomas Morrison

December 9, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Re. Brian Cronin –
Nick Cardy – now there’s a GREAT artists name that we won’t see here on this list.

Jim Aparo was my number 10. His Batman is, to me, the definitive image of the character.

As some others have noted, that’s not the best example of Gene Colan’s work: I would have picked something from Tomb of Dracula where he really hit his career high-water mark. Also, an Incal age would have been more appropos for Moebius. Sorry to be nit-pickety.

Only in comics can people compare the talents of such people as Aparo and Moebius, who strike me as a real apples-to-oranges pair!

"O" the Humanatee!

December 9, 2010 at 10:50 pm

@Rebis: Dick Giordano is widely held, including by me, to be one of the great comic book inkers. But Colan, because of his use of pencil shading, was notoriously difficult to ink well. Only a few inkers really suited him: Tom Palmer above all, but also Frank Giacoia and Steve Leialoha – maybe a few others I’m not thinking of. (I’ll have to disagree respectfully with Mike Loughlln on Klaus Janson, who, though a great inker, was for my tastes too heavy-handed.)

Actually, that Detective cover – especially Batman’s body – looks like it might have been laid out by Ross Andru, who I think was doing a fair number of cover layouts for DC at the time. But I certainly can’t prove it.

I’m delighted to see both Jim Aparo and Gene Colan show up, as I voted for both.

Man, Smith’s art on Weapon X was just RIDICULOUSLY awesome! Gene Colan was my #10!

The Crazed Spruce

December 9, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Haven’t seen enough of McNiven’s work to judge, but it looks great. Same goes for Moebius (but replace “great” with “spectacular”).

Barry Windsor-Smith, Jim Aparo, and Gene Colan were all part of my massive 11th place tie. Still haven’t cracked either of my lists yet. (Aparo gives me hope that my #2 will show up, though. Don’t want to give away who he is, but let’s just say that he was to Superman what Aparo was to Batman.)

The artists from #31-34 are all fantastic, and although I ended up not voting for any of them, they were all in my top 20. I’m glad they made it on the list. And I have to say, like many of others commenting here, that I also consider Aparo the definitive Batman artist.

My 1st two show up I think – Colan was about #4, Aparo a guilty pleasure snuck in about 9. The best showcase of Gene Colan was Dr Strange, 1st with Roy Thomas & Tom Palmer in the late 60s, then his stuff with Englehart. I’d say Colan was right up there with Adams & Steranko in the 60s playing about with breaking conventional grids, use of layouts, lighting, etc.
I read recently (could’ve been someone reviewing Giordano’s bio) that his DC work was very unpopular. Surprising – although not his very best, I still liked his 80s Batman – the character was made for Gene’s moody art. Anyone with any thoughts?

Aparo for me was reading my brother’s Haney-run Brave & Bold’s plus Jim’s Batman stuff. After Adams, I too see Aparo when I think of Batman (afraid my list’s very Batman-centric!) although Don Newton, Marshall Rogers, etc, run them close. The B&B’s in the 20c & 100-page eras were fantastic done-in-one action-detective-adventure yarns.

Great selection of artists.

I’m one of the 10 that had Moebius at number one. I was starting to get a bit worried that he wouldn’t make, but there is hope for humanity after all. The man blows my mind. He’s the second from my list to appear (I had sale at 10).

I agree with The Third Man about McNiven. He’s clearly a very talented artist, but I have very little enthusiasm for his stuff because it’s usually with Millar.

BWS did not make my top 10, but he’s an artist a rate very highly, and would probably be in the next 10 to 20.

Colan’s done some great stuff too. And I’d agree with everyone else here that Aparo’s Batman is probably the definitive version, though I haven’t read much of it.

I’ve heard about Moebius pretty much my entire life, but I’ve never really been too exposed to his work. That Silver Surfer sample page doesn’t really get my blood pumping but the Incal, Arzach and Airtight Garage covers look pretty sweet.

Pretty sure your first Aparo example, the cover of Aquaman #42, is a Nick Cardy peice. Aparo did the interior.

Damn you Brian Cronin and arbitrary 10 man limit!

I feel guilty for not voting for Gene Colan.

“That Silver Surfer sample page doesn’t really get my blood pumping”

It’s just about the poorest, most unrepresentative example you could imagine. It barely even looks like Moebius.
It looks like someone asked him to dash off his impression of Walt Simonson at a party.

I gave serious thought to Barry Windsor-Smith but decided my sample size – those iconic X-Men and the Marvel Comics Presents Wolverine were pretty much all I’d seen of his – was too small. But his style was so distinct and beautiful, I’m glad he’s on the list.

Colan and Aparo fall into the category of solid professional but I’d never buy a book just for their art. Most of my exposure to Aparo was through Batman and Outsiders, and the contrast when Alan Davis took over did not favor Aparo. I remember Aparo always drew Halo with what looked like a six inch waist, which bothered me more than it should have.

Does anyone else think Colan was a bizarre choice to illustrate Iron Man, a character that seems to demand crisp lines and sharp angles? Dracula was a perfect book for him.

Nah, Colan’s my favorite Iron Man artist ever, actually.

TODAY Iron Man is all TECHNO-FUTURISTIC-WHATSITS, but as the character-concept was originally conceived, it was more “Man in the Iron Mask” than SUPER-ELECTRIC-MAGIC-TECHNOLOGY-POWER-GO… And there were a lot of dark, even horror-tinged elements to it. The Iron Man suit was a prison, cutting Tony Stark off from the world around him physically and emotionally. And Colan made Iron Man’s world look paranoid, claustrophobic, and kinda spooky. In other words, perfectly capturing the mood of the book.

McNiven is ok but nothing special to my mind.

BWS is great, his is the style Dave Sim aped on early Cerebus until he realized he could draw things his own way. If BWS ever finished his Robin Hood book, we’d probably all love that. Anything he draws is lovely, though. And there’s a short story of his, “The Beguiling”, that a Canadian comics store took its name from.

Aparo — I’ve just read a few scattered 90s Batman books with his art. Lovely stuff.

Moebius — I like some of the stuff like what we see on that Airtight Garage cover. He’s actually got a similar look to BWS. Who lettered that Surfer page, btw?

Colan — I can’t remember, but based on your sample page, I believe it’s him that did some beautiful work that’s in the first Iron Man Essential volume. Just looks great in B&W. Didn’t he draw the Detectives, Inc for Eclipse, and Nathaniel Dusk for DC? I think the latter was one of the first attempts to print straight from an artist’s pencils.

And since it’s coming up here, only 1 of my artists have made it so far (Xaime) (and if he made it, another pick, his bro Beto, probably won’t at this point), 2 I’m pretty sure definitely won’t (actually both artistic duos), 2 I’m not hopeful about, and 4 that almost definitely will.

Where can I get info about BWS book, Monsters? Never heard of this project. I’m drooling here, people. oh wait…..to the internets search area!

A real shame he hasn’t done as much mainstream work the past 10 years as I (my greedy self ) want.

Colan was my first artist to make it. I still have hope for the other 9.

The new Captain America promo piece is a prime example of why I picked Steve McNiven as my number 1!

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