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Top 125 Comic Book Artists: #65-61

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

I’ll give you a sample page for each artist.

65 Kevin Maguire – 193 points (2 first place votes)

From Justice League #7…

64 Skottie Young – 195 points (3 first place votes)

From The Wonderful Wizard of Oz #1…

63 Jim Starlin – 196 points (3 first place votes)

From Marvel Two-in-One Annual #2…

62 Frazer Irving – 198 points (2 first place votes)

From Seven Soldiers: Klarion the Witch Boy #3…

61 Carmine Infantino – 199 points (2 first place votes)

From Flash (Volume 1) #123…


Awesome choice for the Maguire sample. That scene has stayed with me all these years. So funny. Only problem is this particular page doesn’t capture his amazing facial poses. So realistic yet hilarious at the same time. Not awkward or uncomfortable like some of Tony Harris’ facial work.

I’m less familiar with Young and Irving than I probably should, but all around solid batch here. But ones which are pretty much on their deserved positions.

I have never been a big fan of Starlin’s art. The rest are great….

Wow this is a nice group. Love Maguire and Starlin. Can’t remember everyone I voted for, but if I didn’t vote for these two, then they were at least strongly considered. Never a huge Infantino fan, but hard he’s certainly a very important artist in comic history. Not familiar with the other 2 guys, but really like these samples.

figured that when Kevin showed up on this list it would have the batman taking out guy one punch pannel. and nice to see the legendary carmine infantios show up on the list .

Ed (A Different One)

April 26, 2011 at 6:55 am

I’m not a sophisticated art critic, but I do know that I loved what Skottie Young did with the Wizard of Oz. I bought the whole series, then bagged and boarded them and gave them to my six year old daughter with instruction to take care of them until she’s old enough to read them some day. Just great, great stuff.

And as much as I love Jim Starlin (both as a writer and an artist), I could never quite take to his Spider-Man. Something about how he does the eyes – makes Spidey look “sneaky”.

I love Irving and Maguire, but I really can’t see the appeal of Jim Starlin.

I’m not familiar with Skottie Young, but that sample is nice

Of all the artists left off the original Top 50, I feel like Jim Starlin was the most surprising/egregious omission. His combination of importance, innovation, quality, and the degree to which his work still holds up is incredible. Plus he’s probably the most obvious influence on both John Byrne and George Perez, who are two of the greatest post-silver age super-hero artists (maybe even THE two greatest). As Burgas pointed out in his recent column about the un-edginess of current super-hero titles, Starlin’s art on the classic Warlock saga showed true innovation with panel design and storytelling technique, and for him to show that degree of experimentation in the era that he did was quite a daring move.

Also nice to see Maguire get some love. He’s another guy like Ramos, in that his style will look wrong on most things, but when he’s matched with the right project, he’s the best there is.

Only 9 spots left and so many great artists unaccounted for (we already know who #51 is). Curt Swan, Andy Kubert, John Totleben, Joe Quesada, Dale Keown, Frank Brunner, Paul Smith, Marc Silvestri, Charles Vess, Kelly Jones, Whilce Portacio, Joe Madureira, Phil Jimenez, Kevin O’Neil, Phil Hester, Dave McKean, Charles Burns, Scott Mcloud, Scott McDaniel… We already know Mike Zeck didn’t make the top 125, but as if that weren’t depressing enough, more than half of that list will be left in the cold as well. Sigh.

I am at least happy that Jae Lee, Tony Harris, and Sam Keith all turned up.

more than half of that list will be left in the cold as well.

More like two-thirds. ;)

Out of that list I’ll take John Tottleben (who I voted for), Charles Vess and Kevin O’Neil. I’ll also add in Eduardo Risso.

If that lot make it in I’ll be more than happy.

That was a pretty weak page you to select to represent Starlin. The Rubinstein inks are at almost Vince Coletta levels. You should have picked a page from Warlock or Captain Marvel that Steve Leialoha inked. The difference is night and day.

I hope there’s still a chance for Dan DeCarlo or Sergio Aragones to appear.

I didn’t remember that Starlin wasn’t in the original top 50. That’s kind of shocking.

The page you chose to represent Starlin feels sad in retrospect. I’ve only read part 1, in the Avengers Annual #7, but I feel that story was one of the best stories ever for the death of a major character. But it just doesn’t have the same impact now that everyone who died in that story has returned.
It’s even sadder that Starlin was the one who brought everyone back. Marvel had respected the deaths of these characters for over a decade, and it really seemed like it would be permanent.

Aragones made it a while back.

I wonder if Skottie Young did his own coloring on that Oz book — it’s good.

The Crazed Spruce

April 26, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Maguire was #4 on my list. Coulda sworn he showed up in the Top 50.

I’ve never even heard of Skottie Young or Frasier Irving before now. To be fair, though, there’ve only been a handful of comics available around here in the past few years, and I’ve never set foot inside a proper comic shop, so I’ve missed out on a lot. (I actually did read “Seven Soldiers” a while back, though. Guess the artist’s name just didn’t register with me.)

I’m more familiar with Jim Starlin’s writing than his artwork. I can see what all the fuss is about, though.

I began reading comics during Infantino’s later period, when his style was a lot boxier, with fairly spartan backgrounds. It’s only over the last five or six years or so that I’ve even seen any of his older stuff. But his later work definitely coloured my opinion, and I had to leave him off of my list.

This leaves just Curt Swan and Steve Lightle from my list. I’d be shocked if Swan doesn’t show up in the next 10, but I don’t suppose you could let us know where Lightle placed?

I honestly don’t know where Lightle ended up (I only have the list “official” up until about #150).. He ended up with slightly more points than Mike McKone and Scott Kolins, I can tell you!

I like it when the list is all artist I like.

Surprising that Scott Kolins is so low, but I never felt his style was suited to superheroes – I could see him absolutely destroying on some kinda Akira-style thing.

Nice to see skottie made the list, although I would have placed him a bit higher. Maybe if he did more superhero stuff he might of got more votes…

I’ve never been a fan of Infantino, mostly based on my first exposure to him, which was his replacing Sal Buscema as the artist on Marvel’s original Nova series, and I absolutely hated his art! I think he did some Iron-Man fill-ins that I also hated. His Silver Age DC stuff was much better as I later realized, so maybe he just wasnt suited for Marvel.

Maguire, Skottie, Starlin, Infantino… all great ones.

You know, I think this sort of Top Artists/Writers of ALL TIME would’ve been better as a Top Artists of Each Decade.

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