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Top 125 Comic Book Writers: #60-56

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.

60 Paul Cornell – 168 points

From Fantastic Four: True Story #1…

59 Gardner Fox – 169 points

From Mystery in Space #75…

58 Jaime Hernandez – 170 points (2 first place votes)

From Love and Rockets #23…

57 Jim Shooter – 171 points (1 first place vote)

From Adventure Comics #353…

56 Fabian Nicieza – 173 points

From X-Men (Vol. 2) #25….


Aww, so Jaime did get a nice position on the writers’ list too.

Dig that Fabian Nicieza piece. Wish I had been reading X-Men then. I need to go pick up some old trades or something. It’s one of the few comics that interests my wife thanks to the 90s cartoon.

Happy to see Fox and Shooter pretty high on the list. Shooter sometimes is more remembered for how he left Marvel as EIC than for his writing which was very good. Nicieza however not so much… I never was impressed. To me he’s pretty much the poster boy for 90s writers

Glad to see Shooter finally show up. And I’d forgotten about Cornell but I’m glad to see him too (I really like his Action Comics stuff).

And I’m glad to see Nicieza too, I always found him quite underrated, but he actually went a long way towards making Liefeld readable, and for that he deserves some credit!

Nicieza was very ’90s, but he was the best of that decade. He has an incredible ability to take any editorial mandate and make the resultant story not suck, and is a master of continuity from his start as an editor. His X-Force was some great work. He took the idea of teenage super heroes to the ultimate conclusion with the team growing up and breaking away from the X-Men to live their own lives. It’s a shame that he was kicked off the book after AoA so that Loeb could make them the jr. X-Men again.

So glad to see Jaime finally get his due. His Love and Rockets is beautiful work all around.

so glad to see Nicieza on here, even if he didn’t even make the Top 50…

Nicieza is fairly inconsistent, ranging from great to awful and everywhere in between, but at least for the series I’ve read he’s been good more often than bad.
And New Warriors #39 is one of the greatest issues of any series ever. He deserves a spot on this list for that alone.

Who is the artist on that Nicieza story? That art is horrendous!

Big love for Jaimie Hernandez from me!

Scary thing about the Jim Shooter pages you reprinted: Jim was all of 16 years old when he wrote that. These days the death of Ferro Lad would take a maxi-series and 3 spin-off miniseries. Jim handled it in 3 panels.


Ironically, that X-Men story was drawn by Andy Kubert, who appeared yesterday in the artist list in what you called a “strong batch.”

I’m generally surprised though that a major comic fan might not be familiar with that issue. It’s the same issue (X-Men #25) that Wolverine’s adamantium was ripped out of him by Magneto, and it was probably one of the 5-10 most famous issues Marvel published during the 90s. And yes, that’s probably a dubious honor.

Ha – yes. I looked it up on the Grand Comics Database and realised that it’s was Andy Kubert who I’m not mad on, but is certainly a capable artist these days. I stand by what I said about the art above though. Absolutely terrible (to the point where I thought it might be Rob Leifeld). He’s obviously improved a lot since then.

I have actually read that story, but I thoroughly hated it and immediately sold it on eBay and blotted it from my memory.

I put Gardner Fox on my list but not for his campy Silver Age comics but for his trippy Golden Age comics like Dr. Fate. He didn’t write a lot of work like his surreal Doctor Fate as he went into more campy All Star Comics but those stories that he did write were unique and so memorable that I had to include him. His Doctor Fate work could be put along side some of alternative comics top talent like Jim Woodring or Daniel Clowes they are so trippy.
Shooter also made my list because of his Kovac saga in the Avengers. It’s one of my all time favorite story lines. I just love how he wrote the epic, year long story, slowly drawing us into this mystery and resolving it in an unusual bitter sweet climax. He also has a great way with characterization that few can do.
With Jaime on this list, my list of writers is half way filled.

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