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Top 50 Comic Book Artists #20-16

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 #20-16 on the countdown. Click here to see a master list of all artists listed so far.

NOTE: I’m fill in the five notable works per creator later on Thursday, I figure you folks have waited long enough for the results.

20 Bryan Hitch – 495 points (6 first place votes)

Bryan Hitch got his start in his native England, working on the Transformers and its spin-off, Death’s Head…

Throughout the 1990s, Hitch worked on a variety of different projects, including a number of Marvel UK works. For awhile, it seemed like he was going to be the “next big thing” on the X-Men books, but that did not seem to go anywhere. His career changed dramatically, though, when the regular artist on Warren Ellis’ Stormwatch missed some deadlines. Hitch filled in and soon became the regular artist. This new pairing inspired Ellis to create the Authority…

Almost instantaneously, Hitch went from “fill-in guy” to “superstar.”

He followed up Authority with a stint on JLA for DC…

and then one of his most famous projects, Ultimates with Mark Millar (two volumes worth)…

More recently, Hitch had a stint on Fantastic Four with Millar…

plus the mini-series Captain America: Reborn.

Here’s a sample page from Hitch…

19 John Romita Sr. – 505 points (7 first place votes)

John Romita has been involved with Marvel Comics back to the time when it was not even CALLED Marvel Comics, working on the Atlas Comics aborted relaunch of Captain America in 1954…

Romita would continue freelancing with Atlas while also working for DC before going to work for DC full-time in 1958 when Atlas was going through too much turmoil. Romita mostly worked on romance comics for DC over the next few years.

In the mid-1960s, Stan Lee needed more artists for Marvel, and he looked to get back the artists who had left him years earlier. He got Romita to return and made him the regular artist on Daredevil…

Eventually, Romita succeeded Steve Ditko on Amazing Spider-Man. First, while trying to emulate Ditko…

but soon developed his own distinct style, which helped define the look of the character (both as Spider-Man and as Peter Parker) for a generation of artists…

Romita became Marvel’s Art Director and stayed in that role for years. During this time, he also created most of the Marvel characters from this time, including a ton of notable characters (Wolverine, Punisher, etc.). But he always seems to fit in time for comic work, even to this day as he approaches his 81st birthday.

Here’s a comic he drew with Stan Lee about ten years ago featuring a character Romita co-created, the Kingpin…

Here’s a sample page from Romita…

18 Will Eisner – 512 points (10 first place votes)

Eisner began his career as a comic book art packager, delivering content to all different comics, including Fox, Fiction House and Quality Comics…

Eventually, Eisner gave up that business to focus on his new endeavor, a superhero comic that would be a newspaper supplement. Called the Spirit, the series ran for years…

After World War II, Eisner devoted most of his working on comic-related matters for the Army, including the long-running digest PS, The Preventive Maintenance Monthly, the comic-book-like magazine he produced for the army until the 1970s.

In the late 1970s, Eisner decided to get back into comic book work, only now concentrating his work on long-form projects. Eisner was a pioneer in the world of graphic novels (which certainly existed at the time, but weren’t exactly plentiful). His first graphic novel (released in 1978) was called A Contract With God…

He followed it up with a series of graphic novels, like 1986′s The Dreamer…

and 1995′s Dropsie Avenue (continuing the stories begun in A Contract With God)

Here’s a sample page from Eisner…

17 Stuart Immonen – 535 points (10 first place votes)

Stuart Immonen got his first big break as the regular artist on Legion of Super-Heroes for DC Comics…

He followed up his Legion stint with a long run on the Superman titles, going from Adventures of Superman to Action Comics over his long tenure. He was on so long that you could see his style develop a lot (in a good way) over the years, from his early days…

to the 2004 mini-series he did with Kurt Busiek…

Immonen would move to Marvel where he worked on Hulk and a number of comics in Marvel’s Ultimate line of books. Immonen slowly developed a new style, a slightly more cartoon-y, but amazingly detailed, style of artwork that he showcased brilliantly in Nextwave…

After Nextwave, Immonen teamed up with Brian Michael Bendis on Ultimate Spider-Man, then moved to New Avengers (also with Bendis). Recently, the series was re-launched with a new #1, but Immonen remains the regular artist (and he’s doing a fantastic job).

Here’s a sample page from Immonen…

16 John Buscema – 593 points (17 first place votes)

John Buscema got his start in comics in the late 1940s and worked throughout the 1950s for many different companies. Ultimately, the late 1950s comic book downturn pushed Buscema out of comics and into advertising. However, as I noted before about Romita being pursued when Stan Lee needed more artists, so, too, was Buscema, and soon he was one of Marvel’s most prolific artists.

He did a notable run on Avengers with writer Roy Thomas…

and an even more notable run on Silver Surfer with Stan Lee…

After Jack Kirby left Marvel, Lee sort of almost treated Buscema as though he would have to “replace” Kirby. The problem was that Buscema wanted to draw sword and sorcery stuff, not superhero work. And for a long stint there, Buscema got his wish, doing a LOT of Conan comics…

although eventually in the mid-80s he was pulled back into the world of superheroes, doing a long stint on the Avengers…

In the late 80s, he was chosen to be the artist on Wolverine’s first ongoing series…

He continued to work on a lot of Conan projects before he semi-retired in the mid-1990s.

Buscema passed away in 2002.

Here’s a sample page from Buscema…

63 Comments

Buscema was my #1. I hoped he would be higher….

I noticed Brian dropped the “please don’t bash the creators” line. I think we got to the point where everybody admires the creators that show up. If they’re #15 or #1 is just a matter of taste.

By the way, Romita Sr. was my #8. I think JRJR will beat his dad!

I’m starting to get worried about a couple of my top picks – Norm Breyfogle and Marshall Rogers – not appearing…

Indeed in these higher points it is pretty much just a matter of taste which position each gets…

Though I do notice that for a while couple of last entries in writers list and also in this latest artist list there is more and more creators who for me are, well, regular superhero creators (here likes of Hitch and Buscema, on the writers’ list Thomas and Millar) and I’m not that much into superhero genre to get enthusiastic about these people. Beside the probably obvious picks on the highest positions, I guess the more interesting and exciting creators are on lower positions (together with “well, that looks like crap” creators) and the solid genre creators end up in these middle positions…
As musical equivalents, for someone who doesn’t care about blues rock these creators are Led Zeppelin and Allman Brothers.

Never understood the hype on Hitch – his characters seem fairly lifeless to me, even as the action pops – but to each their own. He’s definitely a skilled artist.

The most frustrating part of this is seeing all of the folks I forgot when I made my list in a rush at the deadline!

Buscema was my #1 and I had Hitch at #10 on my list. Thought Buscema would be higher. Glad to see Immonen rank so high. He is one of the better current artists. JRS and Eisner are definately deserving of the list.

Eisner!

He was my #6.

I have six from my list still not showing and I have a feeling four of them won’t appear at all…

Alright, Bryan Hitch. He’s come a long way since being an Alan Davis clone, and although his work seems to be plagued by massive delays/fill-ins, I really adore his work. Millar’s Ultimates is one of my favorite comics of the last decade, and the Hitch/Neary team really brings that home.

And looks like Romita JR will place higher than his dad. Its impossible for him NOT to show up.

Buscema at 16 is absurd. I didn’t vote, but he would have been in my top five with Kirby, Ditko, Frank Miller, and Alex Ross (for an off-the-top-of-my-head list).

Nice batch today. Again, I have not voted for any of these artists but I agree with all the choices. Hitch seems a little out of place though.

> Glad to see Immonen rank so high.

Seconded.

I noticed Brian dropped the “please don’t bash the creators” line.

There was a “please don’t bash the creators” line before? I didn’t see it, otherwise I wouldn’t have made some of the comments I made on previous entries. Sorry Brian.

Although some of these people I would have liked to rank higher, they’re all solid choices.

Yeah, these are all, at minimum, masters of the craft.

Good choice on the Romita sample page, the Mary Jane reveal is a fantastic moment.

Bummer. Bucscema should be in the top 5, Romita should be in the top 10.

Buscema was in my top 5. I love everything he’s done.

Again, I’m a bit surprised that Eisner didn’t place higher. And although I didn’t vote for John Buscema (I voted his his brother, Sal), I though he would be in the top ten as well. Same with Romita Sr. However, I’m happy to see Immonen here. If I were compiling this list myself, he would probably be about where he is here. . .

Wow, check out that Buscema example! He did Kirby and Frazetta in the same page!!!
I loved his work with Thomas on the Avengers but it wasn’t until his run with Stern that I realized what a true master he was. 1st this guy could draw anything, the action scenes, the drama, and seems to really love doing it. He put loving detail in all of his pages. But then he produces the book for years consistently doing an amazing job. Sometimes in his 70′s work he looked a little lazy but his 80′s work was always top notch!
Palmer should also get a lot of credit for that Avengers work as well. If there was a top inkers list, I’m sure he would crack the top 5 list. the man was a genius.

I had John Buscema second on my list. Wish he’d been higher (love that sample page, though).

The big disappointment is that it’s clear (I guess it’s been for a while) that brother Sal will not be showing up in this top 50 list.

I’ve thrilled to Sal’s work on Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man, Nova, Avengers, Defenders, Fantastic Four, Rom, the Eternals, Thor, Captain America, and his to-me-forever-definitive portrayal of the Hulk.

So here’s to Sal, one of Marvel’s greats. You’re number 1 in my book (technically number 4 on my list).

Edo and others who (correctly) lament Eisner’s relatively-low placing – I guess it’s because he’s so ‘old school’ that many younger fans either are unaware of his work or haven’t got round to reading much of it. I would’ve voted for him but I simply haven’t read enough to judge. I mean I know he’s an absolute legend and warrants a top 5 place but his key work The Spirit is what, 60-70 years old?; even ‘recent’ stuff like Contract With God is 30-plus.
And as it’s a favourites list I thought “hell vote for the stuff that you dug when younger”. That didn’t include Eisner because in those days before Showcase, Essentials and everything else was collected, Will’s stuff wasn’t filling the spinner racks at my local post office or store. Batman was, so Jim Aparo (who let’s face it isn’t on the same comics genuis level) made my list instead.
Compare him with contemporary Kirby. Even the most recent fan is probably aware of JACK KIRBY!!! because of his founding role at Marvel, his reputation as The King Of Comics, the films are based on characters he mainly co-created, etc. Eisner suffers by comparison (a B-list Spirit film, er that’s it?), a shame really.
I’ve read comics for 30 years and despite Kirby effectively retiring before I bought them, his thumbprints were still all over modern comics then; I went on to read his FF and Fourth World; and I had no hesitation in naming him #1 artist.
I mean I can’t believe the likes of Millar trounced people like Thomas, O’Neil, Englehart & Gerber, so God knows what older people in their 40s and 50s must think!

The Crazed Spruce

December 16, 2010 at 11:09 am

Haven’t seen enough of Eisner’s work to judge him, so he didn’t make my list. I’m kicking myself for forgetting John Buscema. Hitch, Romita, and Immonen were all part of my quasi-epic 11th place tie.

Wow…I can’t believe Big John B didn’t make it into the top 5. He was my number 1. I can’t argue with any of the choices here, though: I love all these guys. And thanks for throwing that Next Wave page in for Immonen. We really need more Next Wave!

John Romita, Sr and John Buscema are both pretty much gods, but I think I only voted for JRSR. How could I leave John Buscema off my list?

And everyone knows Eisner is amazing, but personally I have never thought of him as one of my ‘favorites’

The big disappointment is that it’s clear (I guess it’s been for a while) that brother Sal will not be showing up in this top 50 list.

I’ve thrilled to Sal’s work on Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man, Nova, Avengers, Defenders, Fantastic Four, Rom, the Eternals, Thor, Captain America, and his to-me-forever-definitive portrayal of the Hulk.

I too am disappointed at the thought that Sal won’t crack the top 50. That makes my brain hurt a little.

All solid names here, but a couple of surprises. What strikes me most is Romita Sr’s placement – it’s a cincch at this point that JRjr will top his dad, and while I personally favor JRjr over his pop, I never thought I’d see it happen in the polls.

And it is kind of sad that Buscema is so under-rated. I have to admit that I completely forgot to vote for him, but when I think back on some of my favorite comics from the 80′s, he was probably the artist for a least half of them. His style during that time period is probably my favorite comic art style of all (and it’s a style I thought JRjr had in his early days – sadly, he doesn’t draw that way anymore). Great, great artist who just always seems underrated for some reason. And than his brother Sal, probably even more so in some ways.

Eisner probably shouldn’t be this low but I kind of expected it – while his name is ultimately recognizable (his name is on the Comic’s equivalent of the Oscar for God’s sake), so many folks nowadays are just unfamiliar with his work and view him as being from a distant era. I myself am a bit under-read on his work and am working to remedy that.

Great to see Immonem so high. I consider him my artist’s version of Jason Aaron – a relatively new up-and-comer compared to the other heavy hitters at this stage but ultimately deserving in my book. He definitely gives me faith in the future of comics.

Interesting to see where the following will land – JRjr, Quietly, Kirby, Miller (as artist), and Ditko.

I don’t think we’ve seen hide nor hair of any of the Image Founders yet, have we? I can’t imagine any of them ranking this high from here on out – so maybe they’ll be shut out completely. I give an outside shot to Lee to maybe make it. It’s hard to believe what stars these guys were back in the day, and they’re getting shut out so far . . . .

Just pointing out your master link is for writers, not artists.
Same on the last artist one.

Good list, definitely. I’ll note that even though Buscema didn’t always like his inkers on Conan, I think Ernie Chan’s feathering worked really well over Big John’s pencils. The Avengers issues he inked himself were amazing.

Immonen is a rare talent, one that can make great comics using a variety of styles.

Pretty solid list. Eisner could be higher, but he’s in good company and along with Kirby he’s made both artist and writer lists so that’s an accomplishment in itself.

Though I do notice that for a while couple of last entries in writers list and also in this latest artist list there is more and more creators who for me are, well, regular superhero creators (here likes of Hitch and Buscema, on the writers’ list Thomas and Millar) and I’m not that much into superhero genre to get enthusiastic about these people

This is why I didn’t vote. Most of these artists are great, and have produced at least one work that I love but I knew if I voted I was going to end up seeing familiar names but , besides Jack Kirby maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaybe Chris Ware, I wouldn’t see any from my list. Woodring isn’t going to make it, no way Al Columbia is making the list, I’ll be curious to see if Robert Crumb makes the list but I know that my old school underground choice, Kim Deitch, won’t and neither will Tony Millionaire to say nothing of people like Tezuka, Otomo, Junji Ito, David B., Jason, Shuiten, and Herge. Xaime, Moebius, Paul Pope, and Mazzucchelli all made it though, and nearly all the choices have been great in their own right. I just wish these lists reflected the actual diversity in comics more often because it really is such a rich and varied medium, especially artistically.

Well, as long as Man Arenas and Blutch are in the top ten, I’m happy.

I noticed Brian dropped the “please don’t bash the creators” line.

I figured that by now it should be implied. ;)

Hoping to see frank quitely and jh williams 3 soon.

I think I have a pretty good sense by now of who from my list I’ll be seeing in the Top 15 & who won’t show up at all (sniff), but I’ll just wait and see. Great batch this time — no one from my Top 10, but most of them could have been (the old guys especially). And damn, Buscema was good.

Back in the thread to note that the Buscema sample above is from one of top 5 comics ever (for me) – Silver Surfer #4. Truly epic. Perfect art, perfect writing (Lee’s style didn’t seem so stilted when it was being spoken by Asgardians). Genius. One from my childhood that has always stuck with me.

Sal Buscema is like the .270-hitting Golden Glove catcher on a team with a bunch of power hitters.

He’ll never get the respect he deserves, but they’d have never won the series without him.

John Buscema was Babe Ruth.

Crumb is the only non-mainstream artist I voted for. I’d be sorry if he didn’t make the list. I’m sure most people think of him as an irreverent underground comic artist, but I’ve found that his work is just always visually compelling, Iit makes me stop and look every time, and it seems to get more so with every new project of his. From my experience it seems that not all artists get better as they get older, but Crumb is one that has gotten consistently better over the years. And not just art wise his comics themselves have become much more mature (in the intellectual sense, not the sexual sense) as well. I mean heck, he illustrated Genesis for pete’s sake.

I really considered Crumb (and John Buscema for that matter) but would have had to drop either Neal Adams or John Byrne and couldn’t quite rationalize doing that.
The not-exactly-mainstream creator I did vote for was Rick Veitch, both as artist and writer. I’m pretty much resigned to the likelihood that he won’t make the list in either category, which is too bad. I really liked Abraxas and the Earthman and LOVED The One, among others.

Crumb’s got to be one of the three or four best known American comic creators, and I’d call him one of the four or five most influential/important comic creators.

But I don’t see his stuff really resonating with the audience here.

And, honestly, I get the sense that none of us CSBG-ers know much about ’60s and ’70s Underground comics. That whole batch ‘o comics never gets covered here. Or on CBR in general.

I voted for Romita Sr., and John Buscema, can’t remember which numbers they held, somewhere in the middle.
I’ll join those who are a little disappointed that this probably means that Sal won’t place.

Also, there are a number of less mainstream artists I could have voted for (and maybe would have, if I’d thought about it longer) if I hadn’t (however rightly or wrongly) been under the impression that the “mainstream” part was somehow implicit in the question, just because of where it was being asked (no offence).

Finally, Thomas Morrison said:
“Sometimes in his 70?s work he looked a little lazy but his 80?s work was always top notch!”

You’ve got that the wrong way around, in my books.

Crumb’s almost his own genre. His comics are very well made, explosive, perverse, funny, heartbreaking…

… and I’ve only read a fraction of them. I think most of his body of work is in print. Unfortunately, I’m not rich. I can’t justify putting him on a personal favorites list because I don’t know his work as well as I think i should. I don’t think any reasonable reader can justify keeping him off a list of best ever creators.

Sal Buscema strikes me as comic’s most average artist. That’s not a bad thing. The guy can tell a story, keep everything clear, and keep the reader’s interest. I like artists with a little more sizzle, but can’t deny that Our Pal Sal was a true professional and a skilled illustrator. I think his inking is underrated; he did a good job embellishing his brothers pencils, and was one of the few artists able to handle Barry Windsor-Smith on Conan.

5 great artists, although none made my list because either they´re not personal favorites or I haven´t read enough comics drawn by them, like Eisner, JRSR and John Buscema (and I´ve always liked Sal better anyway, regardless of “objective” skill). I´m glad to see Immonen, and I definitely would put him in my top20, so I think #17 is a good fit.

Like Julian, i´m very glad to have seen people like Moebius (my number #3 pick, I think) and Mazzuchelli show up, but I would have liked a list of the TOP50 comic book artists of all time that had a bit more diversity, more international artists. I didn´t really believe I would see great artists like Alberto or Enrique Breccia, Ricardo or Enrique Villagrán or Alberto Salinas here, but I thought that Hugo Pratt (not George), Enki Bilal, Juan Giménez or Eduardo Risso, who is better known in the US thanks to 100 Bullets, maybe had a chance of appearing.

At this point i´m sure that it won´t happen, but I still hold a candle for Norm Breyfogle (for whom I forgot to vote) and Marshall Rogers (my #5 or 6) pick, along with my number #1 pick, who is a shoe in for the TOP5, I hope. In any case, with only 15 artists left, most of them at least should be amazing.

All deserving guys today, but I’m a bit surprised at how high Romita and Buscema ranked. Or, rather, I’m just surpried they ranked higher than Steranko and Windsor-Smith. Romita and Buscema have obviously had much larger bodies of work, but I think Steranko and Windsor-Smith were better at their absolute peak, and have perhaps been more influential on the industry (though I realize that’s arguable). Just one man’s opinion though, and I’m certainly not suggesting that the Johns don’t deserve to be here.

I’ll avoid making my predictions for what’s coming (see Brian, we can be taught!), but a few questions…

Will we be seeing both Kubert brothers? Either? I voted for Andy.

I really still expect to see Jim Lee on here, but I’m now thinking other former “superstars” like Joe Madureira, J. Scott Campbell, Michael Turner, Mark Silvestri, and Joe Quesada definitely aren’t coming (Quesada would be the only one that I think is remotely worthy), and even Todd McFarlane is pretty questionable at this point.

Will Mike Mignola show up? I figured we’d see him over the last few days, but now I’m not sure if he would rank this high. I voted for him. How ironic if he makes the writer list and not the artist one.

Also don’t think Mark Bagley will be showing up at this point, which is surprising given the sheer size of his body of work, and how consistent he’s been over twenty years. But he might fall in the category of a guy that everybody likes, but nobody loves.

And lastly, a few guys that I personally love but definitely don’t think we’ll be seeing now: Jae Lee, Tony Harris, Sam Keith, John Totleben, Whilce Portacio, Alan Davis, and Gene Ha. Too bad.

Yep, John Jr likely placing higher than his dad is a bit of a shock, but I’m happy, he’s my #2 just behind Mike Mignola.

But I refuse to resign myself just yet to Sal Buscema not making the list at all, there’s still 15 spots to go, people!

And Ted McKeever and Kevin O’Neil are top 10, right? Right? Anyone with me?

*sigh… hangs head…

"O" the Humanatee!

December 16, 2010 at 11:36 pm

I think I voted for Jim Woodring as both writer and artist. Perhaps if my entire list consisted of creators with virtually no chance of cracking the top 50, I might not have voted. But it’s just a poll of favorites, so why not vote for your favorites regardless of their chances? Maybe the results would be surprising, as we could see if Brian posts an extended list.

Sal Buscema is one of the artists who might suffer from something I mentioned in a comment when Brian announced this poll: A large number of people may regard his work highly enough to put him in their top 20, but if most of them would put him at no. 11-20, he’d barely show up even in an extended list.

"O" the Humanatee!

December 16, 2010 at 11:42 pm

One other thing: I’m really curious to see if Marcos Martin places in the top 15. It seems unlikely, but I’m surprised he hasn’t shown up yet. For my money he’s one of the best artists to come along in decades. But he’s probably appeared in too few places to garner enough attention to place high in the poll.

Brian, did you mean to have a link to the master list of *artists*, rather than writers?

“Also, there are a number of less mainstream artists I could have voted for (and maybe would have, if I’d thought about it longer) if I hadn’t (however rightly or wrongly) been under the impression that the “mainstream” part was somehow implicit in the question, just because of where it was being asked (no offence).”

Yeah, well, I figured some of my picks would have no chance of making it and if I had wanted to do tactics, I could have put some artists who do have some kind of fighting chance to get them in higher positions. But favorites were asked, and I gave favorites.
Unless of course one wants to read the question in a way that word “comics” implies a style. There are precedents for this, e.g. “manga” in Japanese means just any kinds of comics but in west has come to imply a separate group, and also I have started to come across use of “BD” in other languages than french to refer specifically to francophone comics. And in continental Europe I have come across comics stores which actually use a label “comics” to mark the American superhero stuff.
But this is a site written in English, so I understood “comics” to refer to the whole artform and not a specific genre.

Anyway, it isn’t like I didn’t vote for superhero stuff, but mainly for artists who go for interesting routes, “he defined the modern superhero genre” is not a selling point for me (thus no votes for Buscema, or Thomas, or even Lee…I might have voted for Kirby in artist section, can’t quite remember).
My two top artists were Kieth and McKeever who both have done work for Big Two even if it looks like they didn’t make it to top 50…ditto for P. Craig Russell, and I think I remembered to vote for Alan Davis too (if not, should have), and if he fails to make it, you people don’t play well even in your own game.
Hugo Pratt was the only one I voted in both writer and artist categories, and then I had some people who I didn’t expect to make it anyway but who are too good to leave out (Mary Fleener and Joakim Pirinen to name two).

Pretty much the same in writer list, I will not view favorably the fact that there is a good chance writers like Rene Goscinny or Carl Barks won’t make it to top 50. But at least my superhero picks there are treated a bit more favorably.

And yes, it would be interesting to see the list of creators on positions 51-100, just as a list.

AS – Are you Swedish, or is Pirinens work known anywhere abroad?

Whats wrong with supes face in that Hitch pic???

Entzauberung, I am Finnish and Pirinen is pretty popular on this side of the gulf too.
But yeah, apart from an anthology or two it might be that Pirinen has never been published in English. Which, I assure you, is a HUGE loss for the English-speaking comics fans.

Oh, hey! There’s more pictures! (Yesterday there was only one page per artist.)

No one is better than John Buscema. Just as good, maybe. Buscema’s rate of amazing panels is phenomenal, 1 panel per page, at least makes you stop reading and look at what he did. See Silver Surfer and Loki above.

The best animals.
The best action scenes.
The most beautiful women.
The best landscapes of nature
The best faces of action (determination, anger, fear, horror,)
The best best desert raiders and other cutthroats.

And the greatest panel of Marvel history, Vision crying at the end of Avengers #58

AS: by “where it was being asked” I meant this site, not nationality (hence the “no offence”); though other stuff pops up frequently, the focus of much of what is written here is on mainstream American superhero fare, and that had an influence on the way I interpreted the question.
It’s nothing to do with my not knowing of, caring about, or acknowledging the legitimacy of other genres, nationalities, traditions, etc.
It also had nothing to do with voting “tactics”; my interpretation of “favourites” led me in some cases to vote for people I loved when I was younger over people I’d acknowledge as “better” in my adulthood, and that’s the only other real distortion of any kind in terms of the way I filled my list.

Sure CSBG is focused mainly on the American DM in recent memory, but it definitely has a broader scope in from an editorial perspective, with Kelly’s columns, Burgas’s small press reviews, and Brian’s vast array of knowledge. From the audience perspective, CSBG has some very knowledgeable mainstays. I wouldn’t have found out about Leslie Stien, one of my absolute favorite cartoonists, if it weren’t for Comics Should Be Good. I’ve had some of the best discussions about comics here, and I think this list is still stellar for what it focuses on. I suppose it’s idle wishing and contrarian, but I’ve found CSBG to have a broad scope and these lists do reflect that but I’d like to see more.

Yeah, honestly, I’m thrilled with how great the representation has been. Would I like certain creators higher, personally? Sure. But come on, people, we got over a thousand voters on a mainstream internet comic book site to get Daniel Clowes, Jaime Hernandez and Gilbert Hernandez into a Top 50 list? Come on, that’s pretty darn impressive.

Also, no offense to Andy or Adam Kubert, who I both enjoy, but I think even they would concede that their dad is probably the best Kubert, art-wise, and this list represented that. That also struck me as impressive.

This is definitely one of the if not the most interesting poll you’ve done yet, Brian. I’m glad the turnout was so high.

This is definitely one of the if not the most interesting poll you’ve done yet, Brian. I’m glad the turnout was so high.

High turnout is definitely key to a good poll. That said, just for curiosity’s sake, what do you think is especially interesting about this poll as opposed to the other ones?

Brian- Since you seem to do these kind of things at year’s end, here’s my two cents for next year’s idea. How about two simultaneous polls again, one for best single person writer/artists, and one for best writer/artist teams?

I second Third Man’s last post (gee, if it had been his fourth…). I actually used a writer/artist (single person) list in making my own lists, and created my own writer/artist (single person) list. As I said in my email to Brian, my #1 writer/artist was actually my #3 on both lists, just because there were 2 other writers and 2 other artists that I like more on those separate grounds. But yeah, when you recover in, oh, April, let’s you and him fight! (I mean, do the lists Third Man suggests) :)

Good batch, my #1 artist Eisner comes in at 18, but I suppose that’s not too surprising. You damn kids! :)

IamFear, Ted McKeever was in MY top 10 (5, actually). O’Neill might have made it — maybe in my top 20, I’ll have to check that list.

It’s too bad if some people like Julian didn’t vote because they thought their “odd” picks wouldn’t make it. That’s what’s cool about this list, I’m surprised at who did make it. (And neither Kubert brother made it? Andy places high for his Batman stuff with me. Do you suppose people mix the 2 up? Like which one did the end of Peter David’s Hulk run…) It’s surprising that Crumb didn’t make it, but I suppose for the focus here, mostly superhero type comics of the last 50 years, Crumb had a moment in the late 60s early 70s then, for this crowd, probably dropped out of view. I mean, I like Crumb, but I’ve never even seen a COVER of Weirdo magazine. And Fantagraphics had been reprinting the Complete Crumb, just not sure how far they’ve gotten.

I love The Mutt’s line about Sal Buscema, even though I’m not a fan. Great analogy.

I’ve got some ideas about what’s interesting about this poll, but I’ll either wait for the last revealed rankings or go to the master list.

Glad to see Immonen this high on the list, he was around 4 or 5 on my list. I’m also highly fond or and Sal Buscema’s work.

Julian: everything you said I covered with “though other stuff pops up frequently.”

I wasn’t trying to disagree with you in the slightest. Just trying to explain myself a bit better.

John buscema, jack Kirby, gene colan, steve ditko , ron frenz

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