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Top 125 Comic Book Artists: #60-56

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.

60 Dave McKean – 200 points (4 first place votes)

59 Andy Kubert – 202 points (2 first place votes)

58 Steve Epting – 203 points

57 Joe Madureira – 205 points (5 first place votes)

56 Eduardo Risso – 206 points (2 first place votes)

19 Comments

Risso is the last of my votes in the artist category to turn up!

I’m not a fan of Joe Maduera, but other than that it’s quite a strong batch today.

Arrrrgghhh – 5 more – I think my Top 2 are doomed…..

Tom Fitzpatrick

April 28, 2011 at 5:24 am

I miss Risso ala 100 Bullets.

Really look forward to seeing the new Azzarello/Risso collaboration from Vertigo.

4 great artists!

another good set though was hoping when or if David Kenan popped up on the list also nice to see one of the kuberts finaly pop up

I’ll be so disappointed if not Dave Stevens and Gabriel Rodriguez appear on the 55-51 list.
They probably wont, but I live in hope…

Risso’ s top class though…

Its funny how taste can change over time. I used to love Joe Mad – but not so much any more.

On the other hand – I used to think Andy Kubert and Epting were pretty mediocre – now I really like both their work – even if Andy is incredibly slow and can’t meet a deadline to save his life. Yes, that dig was necessary! haha…

And Risso is just AMAZING! But him, I have always liked. ;)

some stupid japanese name

April 28, 2011 at 10:00 am

@ Chad: Adam Kubert was 77.

Never cared for Mad. LOVE McKean. Can appreciate the rest.
Actually, I think I like older Epting more than his newer stuff. Look at that bottom panel. It may be the colors messing with the image, but Cap just looks…off.

joe mad brings back some major childhood memories. i still love his style. his character designs are stunning.

and that particular issue was INTENSE.

This is going to be one of those old fogey moments where I say I don’t really know who any of these people are except McKean — although I did read those Cap & Batman issues, and I’m guessing this Kubert is related to other Kuberts I know.

McKean is the only one I have read more, Risso is an artist whose art I come across here and there and it has generally left a good impression, but am yet to read any of his actual comic work.

Madureira apparently has been doing comics I don’t particularly care about, but I like that sample page. I guess I should look for his work too.

Madureira’a run on X-Men was one of my favorites, art-wise. Don’t remember the plotting at all (I think the X-Men ended up in space and I vaguely remember the Sabretooth issue above), but it was a lot of fun to look at.

Also nice to see all the Kuberts on the list. Between them and the Romitas comics dynasties are well-represented.

Interesting that three of today’s artists (Kubert, Mad, and Epting) were heavily involved on the Age of Apocalypse storyline. Along with Carlos Pacheco, Chris Bachalo, Tony Daniel, Terry Dodson, and Adam Kubert, that crossover featured a whopping eight guys on this list! That has to be more than any other single comic story, right? Only 13 artists were heavily involved in the pencilling duties on that story, and 8 made this list- the five left out were Steve Skroce (who I would have liked to see on this list somewhere), Ken Lashley, Ian Churchill, Salvador Larocca, and Roger Cruz. Plus, if you count Mark Buckingham for inking all of Bachalo’s work during the storyline, that’s 9 guys from this list represented. Not too shabby.

For the four spots left on the list, I would really like to see John Totleben, Joe Quesada, Dale Keown, and Whilce Portacio, with Phil Hester as my alternate. But I think Curt Swan will almost definitely take one of the spots. I also feel pretty good about Quesada getting one of them. Those two guys seem like the only truly conspicuous absences on the list. I literally have no idea who the other two could be, but Totleben seems to be getting a nice amount of love in these comments, so I’m hoping for him.

I’m happy Dave McKean showed up on here even though I think he’s only ever done five interiors (Arkham Asylum, Black Orchid, Violent Cases, Hold Me, and Mr. Punch). Am I forgetting anything? I know he did the Death talks about sex insert, as well as a bit of design on one of the segments in Endless Nights, but I’m not really counting those.

And Andy Kubert was the last of my votes unaccounted for. Miller, Sienkiewicz, Gibbons, Byrne, Windsor-Smith, Lee, Mignola, and WIlliams III all made the top 50, with Jae Lee showing up in the lower reaches.

Actually really surprised to see Joe Madureira; he was huge in the late 90′s but I figured his popularity was trapped in that period like a time capsule. Definitely seems to epitomize the subtle mangazation of Western comics at that time, so there’s that.

Hoping to see Paul Smith on the list, but not holding my breath.

@Third Man, Larroca is on the artist list too, #117.

What Joe MAD! is only 57 that is criminally low!

I’m torn on Joe Mad, since I appreciate the fact that he was one of the key figures in bringing a Japanese influence to American comics, but I also see him perpetuating some of the most annoying stereotypes of Western comic art. Almost all of his men are built like the Hulk, which looks ridiculous outside of action scenes (and sometimes even in said action scenes).

@Third Man:

McKean also did interiors on the 10 issues of Cages, which he also wrote.

He also did Jamie Delano’s last issue of Hellblazer, #40, “The Magus.”

And he did Signal to Noise with Gaiman.

Joe Madureira is my favourite artist to this day. Even though a lot of time has passed since he last did any comicbook work his style still has me drooling like a 5-year old . I think that he is an amazing artist, and I prefer such a graphical style over the more realistic ones most of the time, it just brings a much missed excitement to a comicbook in my opinion. Too bad he has practically left the comicbook world to focus to videogame development, and that most of his work in comics didn’t have a good writer to guide him. It would be a dream come true to see him working with someone like Mark Millar or Warren Ellis. But anyway, I wish him good luck with his present carrer, and that he at least partly will start drawing comicbooks sometime in the future once more

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