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Top 125 Comic Book Writers: #115-111

Here are the next five writers on the countdown, based on your votes for your favorite comic book writers of all-time!

I’ll give you two sample pages for each writer.

115 Erik Larsen – 71 points

114 Alan Grant – 73 points

113 Al Feldstein – 75 points (1 first place vote)

112 Howard Chaykin – 76 points

111 John Arcudi – 78 points (2 first place votes)

Check back tomorrow for #110-106 of the artists’ list!

16 Comments

I’m not familiar with Al Feldstein, but the others are all worthy

I’m not familiar with Al Feldstein

EC Comics. Later, MAD.

Alan Grant was my number 2 – for my money he’s the most underrated of the 80s Brit-pack. Everyone talks about Moore, Morrison, Gaiman, Milligan, et al, but Grant was the last guy to write Batman as a human being without compromising on the badassery at all.

I’m shocked Al Feldstein is on the list. Not because he’s not worthy, because he totally is, but because I had no idea so many people were aware of him. That’s awesome.

Can anyone tell me what that John Arcudi comic is? That definately looks like something to check out.

fourthworlder

April 7, 2011 at 7:46 am

That Feldstein moment just cuts right thru everything else. doesn’t it? That’s breathtaking.
EC comics were kind of like the Beatles, where you wish they could have kept going for just another year or two to see what more they would have come up with.

Tom Fitzpatrick

April 7, 2011 at 8:01 am

@ PJ: That would be MAJOR BUMMER! Check it out, it’s hilarious.

That’s my “1 first place vote” for Al Feldstein!

As in previous iterations I think a lot of these guys are “perpetual 11s”, especially Grant and Chaykin.

nice to see Al show up on thlis list. plus also howard . eric though would rank a little higher

Larsen’s page looks rubbish.

Feldstein blows away the competition here.

I’m shocked Al Feldstein is on the list. Not because he’s not worthy, because he totally is, but because I had no idea so many people were aware of him. That’s awesome.

Yeah, that’s the exact attitude I have with a lot of these things. We shouldn’t be irked that Feldstein is waaaaaaaaaay lower than he would be on an objective “best writers” list, we should be impressed that a general comic book blog audience voted him into the top 115 of a subjective “favorite writers” list!

The Feldstein script refers to ‘beads of persperation on his dark skin’, but I don’t see them. It’s almost as if they were removed from the picture!

fourthworlder

April 8, 2011 at 8:35 am

I can’t remember the source but I’m sure I remember reading once that the artist (it’s Joe Orlando, right?) was told to edit out the “offensive” drops of sweat.

It was the Comics Code that insisted on removing the sweat (after they’d first tried to insist a Black hero wasn’t allowed). Brian did a Legend about it. That was why I made the joke in the first place.

Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle doing Batman= pure greatness. The first four issues of Shadow of the Bat were simpliy amazing. I’ve never been a fan of Erik Larsen, neither his artwork or writing. He must be doing somethin right though, Savage Dragon is still around (I think) after all these years.

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