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Name That Cable Artist!

All November-long, I will be sharing four panels featuring a comic book character. They will each be drawn by four separate pencilers. I will be featuring only pieces of art where the penciler did full pencils (as otherwise it would be way too difficult). Your challenge is to, simply put, name that artist!

E-mail me your guesses to bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Do NOT make guesses in the comments section! After a week, I’ll post the correct answers on the archive page along with whoever guessed them correctly. You don’t have to name the issues the panels came from, but if you’d like to, knock yourself out.

Read on for the four Cable panels…



Remember, don’t answer in the comments section. E-mail me your guesses at bcronin@comicbookresources.com.



Good luck and have fun!


Ugh. I know three of four. How annoying.

Cable was everywhere when I first got into comics as a lad, and I have some nostalgic affection for him yet, but man, his original design is absolutely hysterical. If I didn’t know otherwise, I would’ve sworn that fourth panel was parody. If your shoulder pads are 2-3 times bigger than your head, you’re in trouble.

Did Cable have severe piles through most of the 1990s?

Man I love Cable. And yet, I know one of those for sure and the other three are on the tip of my tongue. I hope we find out soon so I can hit up those back issues I must clearly not have.

Cable is a legendary creation.

Love that first panel, great coloring, great detail in his gun, arm, earpiece, flashing eye, the hair!

the man could grimace

Everybody loves to mock Cable’s early 90s design for being impractical, but when you really think about “realism” in comics (something that’s become a popular topic in comics nowdays thanks to the success of comic book movies), pouches and guns makes a hell of a lot more sense than capes, cowls, bright colors, spandex, and giant “shoot-me-here” chest logos. Just saying.

So there’s some unwritten rule that decent artists aren’t allowed to draw Cable, right?

So there’s some unwritten rule that decent artists aren’t allowed to draw Cable, right?

At least half the artists shown here are definitely what I would qualify as more than “decent.” One of them is a particular favorite of mine that I have praised a lot on the site. That said, yeah, this was not a great time, style-wise, for Cable. But I figured it best to have all the panels come from the same basic period, so that his outfit wouldn’t be a major giveaway.

I have a feeling I recognise number 2 as someone who is quite decent these days – still terrible work up there though


I think it’s the amount of pouches they carried and sometimes the gun were too big (which you can clearly see on the fourth pic)


I agree with that sentiment, that artists tended to go overboard with those things, but it’s still no more ludicrous than fighting crime while wearing spandex tights in bright primaries. A big gun and tons of ammo filled pouches may not be realistic, but it does have an odd visual appeal to my inner 10 year old. I think people just take this particular era of comics too seriously, pointing out all its flaws as if none of the prior decades didn’t have any glaring issues with tropes and design. I’d say Stan Lee’s and claremont’s tendencies to point out the obvious in EVERY. SINGLE. PANEL. is just as bad as “grim’n’gritty.” My point – every decade had crap, and just because the underlying sentiment and tone of the genre at the time fits with your opinion of what comics should be doesn’t make them inherently better than another decade that didn’t.

The only one I would have known is Ladronn,and he is not there.He was phenomenal with some great crossovers among the Avengers,Nick Fury and the FF.His Kirby mode was at full speed ahead.

This one was the first one where all 4 artists were guessed correctly, wasn’t it?

Goes to show what’s in our back issue collections…. :)

I do have all these issues, so was easy to find out artists. Sadly I was the target audience when these came out and I just kept them all.

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