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Top 125 Comic Book Writers: #75-71

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.

75 Fred Van Lente – 133 points (1 first place vote)

Page from Action Philosophers #1…

74 Jeff Parker – 136 points (3 first place votes)

Page from Underground #4…

73 Harvey Kurtzman – 137 points (1 first place vote)

Page from Mad #1…

72 Bill Finger – 139 points (1 first place vote)

Page from Batman #47…

71 Doug Moench – 141 points

Page from Legends of the Dark Knight #11


Finally Jeff Parker gets a place, although I think it should have been higher

Bill Finger should have made the Top 50! He was a huge influence on Batman’s mythology!

Damn, that’s a fine bunch. (Also possibly a funky bunch.)

I didn’t much like Moench’s Batman, but his Master of Kung Fu run was among my favorites. Really there’s nobody in this cluster whom I don’t like a lot, although on some projects more than on others.

I thoroughly dislike Moench’s writing – though I haven’t read his Marvel stuff which I understand is better.

Who’s the artist on those Jeff Parker pages? That’s some nice work.

The artist on those Jeff Parker page’s are Steve Lieber. The book itself is called Underground. Great book!

I wish Fred Van Lente made more Action Philosophers.

Wasn’t that Bill Finger issue referenced by Morrison in the beginning of his Batman run? “Joe Chill in Hell”, or something like that?

Yeah, Morrison retcons the story (kinda, we see Morrison’s version of the story in a dream Batman is having) so that Batman more or less bullies Chill into taking his own life, and then has a laugh about it afterward. In Finger’s original, the criminals in green (see the page above) turn on Chill when they find out he’s responsible for creating Batman. They take him out, and Batman marks his parents’ murder as “case closed.” Both very cool stories, and although I just spoiled the endings, I would highly recommend checking them out.

The artist on those Jeff Parker page’s are Steve Lieber. The book itself is called Underground. Great book!

Lieber? Wow. I’ve never really liked his work in the past, but those pages are really good.

I’ll keep an eye open for that book.

nice to see Bill finger get some aknowledgement. and was waiting to see when Doug Moenech would show up on the list.

Note that Underground was very much a collaborative effort, so Parker (as the writer) had a lot to say about the layouts (which were amazing).

Great group here. This is some fine stuff.

Great to see Van Lente and Parker on here. Two of the new greats.

And Underground is excellent and it’s available for free download here: http://www.undergroundthecomic.com/download-it-free/

Jeff Parker is such a great writer – I am reading his Agents of Atlas work in trades and its so good!

And Doug Moench’s Batman run (with Kelley Jones) is one of my all time favorite takes on the character!

Doug Moench 71? flip those two digits around that guy’s a legend!

Hmm it seems like your blog ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any tips for inexperienced blog writers? I’d definitely appreciate it.

Two more guys who made my list. I put Moench as #3 on my list for his work on Master of Kung Fu. He wrote 100 issues of that book and almost every issue was significant. That is the sign of a great writer, one who doesn’t write just one good story arch but one after the other. The fact that Marvel can’t reprint the complete Mater of Kung Fu is a travesty for the whole comics community and unfortunately Moench and his collaborators suffer for it. MoKF was one of the best books coming out in the 70’s if not THE best and should be more fondly remembered.
I put Bill Finger on my list for his early Batman work and his Wildcat stuff. When the industry was overrun with amateur teenagers, Bill Finger brought an amazing professional writing ability to his work. That first Joker story from Batman #1 is just a stunning piece of work that no one has been able to quite capture the same magic of but practically every writer has tried his hand at. He just knew the essence of the character and wrapped a beautifully crafted story around. It really is amazing work and I’m glad that he is still fondly remembered.

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