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Top 125 Comic Book Writers: #80-76

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.

80 Alejandro Jodorowsky – 125 points (1 first place vote)

79 Gerry Conway – 127 points (1 first place vote)

78 Herge – 129 points

77 Greg Pak – 130 points (1 first place vote)

76 Mark Gruenwald – 132 points (1 first place vote)


Herge of course should be here, but I was positively surprised by the inclusion of Jodorowsky, didn’t see that one coming.
Conway of course did fine stuff, of other two I can’ remember if I have read anything (or anything worthwhile).

I’m surprised Herge is up as a writer. Artist I don’t doubt that we’ll see him, but a writer I wasn’t expecting that.

Artist I don’t doubt that we’ll see him

We already saw him. ;)

Yeah, Herge showed up on the artist list already…For me his best point is somewhere between artist and writer, how to move the story, build and release suspense, how to lay out the page and the relationship between story and art, on things like that he is the master. There are other writers who do more compelling plots and characters (and artists whose style I prefer over his ligne claire) but Herge knows how to turn the plot into a comic and a selection of Tintin albums should be required reading for any aspiring comics creator.

Ronald Jay Kearschner

April 21, 2011 at 3:07 am

Mark Gruenwald is underrated because he believed in the comic book mythos that it’s cool now to mock. I kind of hate Gerry Conway for killing Gwen Stacy but I have to admit that epilogue still gets to me.

And generally I do notice that getting to these lower positions is easier for writers than artists, top writers collected bigger part of points available than top artists and for the rest of the writers the points have been spread more thinly, while there’s more disagreement on top artists but plenty of artists enjoying moderate support…Herge the artist got 116 points and ended on #104, and 129 points on artist list lands on #96 (tied with Carl Barks). On writer list it got him #78.

The Gwen Stacy epilogue is the pinnacle of my favourite Silver Age story. I can’t imagine the kind of impact that story must have made at the time, since it had never been done before. It’s like somebody time-travelled back to impose a grim and gritty 1980s storyline on the fresh-faced and innocent Marvel 70s, and everybody in the story is just as freaked out about that juxtaposition as the readers must have been.

That last page is why many fans will never accept any other girl than MJ for Pete.

I think the only Gruenwald I’ve read was Squadron Supreme and that was merely passable for me.

Jodorowski is good though – as is Herge

Gruenwald was great at what he did. It is just that he didn’t have any pretensions about making comics BETTER… he just wanted them to be good, fun reads.

That meant I enjoyed reading his comics but woudl never think of him when making a list of ‘best’.

(Though Squadron Supreme would be considered a GREAT book if it had better art….)

herge was wondering when he would show up on the list. and nice to see Gruenwald and Gene though two more thought would be way down the list. in the top area

I’ve never heard of Jodorowsky. What are those pages from? Seems pretty cool.

Marvel’s translation of The Incal, the classic story he did with Moebius on art duties.

I wish I could track down a copy of Incal with the original coloring intact. The computer gradated crap that I see in most collections is unreadable. I’d forgotten how good Gerry Conway was during that story it’s a tough line to walk between the operatic prose of superheros and a somber meditation on loss, he pulled it off. Those Grunewald pages, on the other hand, are terrible.

I wasn’t mad on The Incal, but Metabarons and Technopriests are great

I wish I could track down a copy of Incal with the original coloring intact.

Check your Previews guide man, it’s coming next month from Humanoids I believe.

Also, anybody who hasn’t read it, you have to check out Matt Brady’s e-mail interview of Jodrowsky. He’s such a dick; it’s hilarious. I’m trying to post a link, but I can’t seem to find it online anymore. Anyone got it?

any1 wanna spoil me on that greg pak one???

Ronald Jay Kearschner

April 23, 2011 at 3:49 am

I wish I’d said what Rusty said. That’s what I wanted to say.

Are those Gruenwald pages from the issue of Captain America with the Mike Zeck cover of Cap shooting an uzi? (Captain America #321)


The next issue, Joe.

I thought that was the same Jodorowsky after looking at Akaky’s helpful link. I was vaguely aware of him as a filmmaker – I think he had talks with Peter Gabriel about adapting Genesis’s The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway crazy and prog-punk visionary double album into a film – but didn’t really know he did comics. The breadth of CSBG never ceases to amaze!

Gerry Conway also wrote some of the best episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Good post but I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this topic? I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Many thanks!

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