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Top 125 Comic Book Writers: #90-86

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

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

90 Peter Tomasi – 111 points (1 first place vote)

89 Kazuo Koike – 112 points

88 Jeff Lemire – 113 points (1 first place vote)

87 Robert Kanigher – 115 points

86 Harvey Pekar – 116 points

24 Comments

Nope, does not recognize a single one of those.

Guess I should retreat in embarrassment now :(

The Crazed Spruce

April 17, 2011 at 4:17 am

I have to admit, I’m only familar with Harvey Pekar through the movie. I really should get my hands on a few copies of American Splendor.

Some of his stories were seriously f***ed up, but man, nobody wrote a war story like Kanigher.

The other three were below my radar. Looks like I’m missing out. (Especially if those Nightwing and Lone Wolf & Cub pages are any judge.)

Tom Fitzpatrick

April 17, 2011 at 5:56 am

I cannot believe that Jeff Lemire’s on the list.
I’ve read his Sweet Tooth and was not impressed at all.

Nice to see Koike get some recognization.

CSBG voters get one “get out of jail free” card for managing to get Koike on the list. And I’m not even that much of a fan, but at least one major manga creator needs to be included (we’ll see if Tezuka or someone else shows up too).
Also glad to see Pekar showing up. Lemire I haven’t read, Tomasi and Kanigher I don’t even know.

It would be great if Tezuka showed up. Wonder if there are any of Manga creators that have a shot? Urasawa maybe?

Re: Jeff Lemire, Sweet Tooth – Wow! This is the first time that 2 pages from a comic has made me want to go out and buy the issue (or trade in this case). I’ve heard good things, but the premise didn’t seem appealing (I though it was just a talking animal)- but I didn’t realise it was a post apocalyptic mutation. And there is alot of emotion in just those pages too. Very impressed.

I thought Tomasi would rank higher. I’ve liked alot of his work.

Sweet Tooth has been very good. Lemire’s Complete Essex County is also a phenomenal read.

Some of his stories were seriously f***ed up, but man, nobody wrote a war story like Kanigher

Agreed. Although, personally, I still prefer Kurtzman.

Urasawa would be a likely pick if three mangakas show up on the list…

Tomasi and Lemire I don’t really care about, but Koike, Kanigher and Pekar–man, they made some good comics.

Tomasi is way too high. His work is only recent, and hasn’t been tested with time. And the work he has put out is good, but not exactly groundbreaking.

It’s great seeing Koike on this list. For drama, tension, and action, there’s no better manga writer.

Kanigher deserves to be higher on this list. A solid writer/editor who wrote hard-hitting war stories. In fact, he’s one of the few writers I’ve come across in which I have yet to read a story by him that I didn’t like.

It’s probably due a lot to the personal resonance it has, but Our Cancer Year is a really great work.

I think I had Tezuka at #3, so here’s hoping.

Those Pekar pages are head and shoulders above pretty much anything else I’ve seen on this list.

Glad to finally see a mangaka on the list. I fully expect to see at least one more on either of these lists. Probably either Urasawa, Tezuka, or Otomo.

harvey is another one i thought would be higher. plus jeff surprise he made the list for sweet tooth is not that old . and love seeing lone wolf and cub creator on this list.

Tomasi is way too high. His work is only recent, and hasn’t been tested with time. And the work he has put out is good, but not exactly groundbreaking.

He is the only writer in at least three decades to write Dick Grayson winning a fight against a top-tier fighter, against an enemy remotely worthy of Bruce Wayne, as seen in the page Brian showed above. The only impressive fight victory Dick Grayson ever had? That’s pretty groundbreaking.

I read the first volume of Lone Wolf and Cub. That was a slog and a half that I never want to repeat.

I really like Lemire and Pekar though.

It would be great if Tezuka showed up. Wonder if there are any of Manga creators that have a shot? Urasawa maybe?

I voted for Junji Ito – I’m not holding my breath for him to turn up though.

It’s probably due a lot to the personal resonance it has, but Our Cancer Year is a really great work.

I’ve nearly bought that a few times, but keep getting put off by the terrible art.

Ed (A Different One)

April 18, 2011 at 6:56 am

I thought Pekar would have been higher too – but he just seems to be below the “Zeitgeist Radar” right now. His visibility really peaked when the movie came out, and then we he suddenly and tragically passed away a few years later. Now that all of that attention has “blown over”, it just feels like we’ve collectively filed him away in the drawers of comic history for the time being – I’m not saying this is a criticism of anyone by the way, just stating the facts as I see them. History being what it is, I’m sure they’ll be a Pekar-resurrgence somewhere down the road.

Just started reading some of Tomasi recently – read some of his “Emerald Warriors” issues from that mini-series and the latest arc on Batman & Robin. I found the “Emerald Warriors” issues competent, but uninspiring. I was really into the latest B&R arc, but found the denouement to be somewhat of a letdown – I thought we could have had a better climax on that one. That being said, there were a few good highlights in it and I’m sure I’ll continue to give his writing an honest chance in the future.

As far as ranking among the “all time greats”, not sure at this point . . .

Sorry T. but writing a Dick Grayson story is not my definition of groundbreaking. There’s no way he should be above a David Lapham, Mike Baron, etc. Tomasi, while a good writer, has only been doing the typical superhero stuff since 2007. Someone like David Lapham also did the typical superhero stuff, but he also had the award winning, critically acclaimed Stray Bullets. I just think it’s premature to rank Tomasi so high.

BR – I haven’t read the story you’re talking about, but you seem to be writing it off just because it’s a Dick Grayson story.

The Dark Knight Returns was “just” a Batman story, and Miller’s run on Daredevil with “just” some Daredevil stories, but they still managed to be groundbreaking.

Tomasi wrote the Light Brigade, didn’t he? THAT was flat-out killer.

Robert Kanigher was not just a comic writer, he was a franchise writer. In 100 years half the people on this list will be forgotten, but Kanigher having written the majority of the DC WAR titles will be legend. Judd Winick’[s Red Hood will be long forgotten, but OUR ARMY AT WAR will be studied along numerous lines

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