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Name That Artist!: President’s Day Edition

Every week, I share four panels featuring a comic book character. They are drawn by four separate pencilers. I feature 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!

Today, though, is a SPECIAL edition, where I will be featuring fifteen panels from various comic books. One featuring George Washington, one featuring Abraham Lincoln and then one featuring every U.S. President since Franklin Delano Roosevelt! Name the pencilers who drew each president!

E-mail me your guesses to bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Do NOT make guesses in the comments section! When I post the new challenge, I’ll post the correct answers for the previous 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 fifteen panels featuring U.S. Presidents…

GEORGE WASHINGTON

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

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

FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT

HARRY S. TRUMAN

DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER

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

JOHN F. KENNEDY

LYNDON B. JOHNSON

RICHARD NIXON

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

GERALD FORD

JIMMY CARTER

RONALD REAGAN

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

GEORGE BUSH

BILL CLINTON

GEORGE W. BUSH

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

BARACK OBAMA

Good luck and have fun!

28 Comments

Oh, so there were no important presidents between Lincoln and FDR?? I think we need a new deal on this feature.

Washington had to get a mention since it is his birthday, and I felt bad for Lincoln not having a Federal holiday, so I gave him a mention, too.

Wow, some of these are quite terrible likenesses…

P. Boz:

My guess is that it’s probably difficult to find any of the presidents between Adams & his son, at least as president (as Declaration or Constitution signers, yes, but I’m trying to limit it to pics of the people AS president, which probably Brian did as well, with the exception of Washington and Ike, both of which appear to be in their military career). Jefferson & Madison would be the most likely (from comics about the Louisiana purchase, or war comics about fighting Barbary pirates, or the War of 1812).

There might be a few obscure Andy Jackson pics, possibly in comics relating to Davy Crockett (both being Tennessee residents prior to Davy’s departure from US government to eventually head to his fate at the Alamo). Otherwise, it would be war comics covering the Battle of New Orleans, long before he was a politician.

Van Buren to Buchanan are a bit obscure (one might show up in a war comic, having become a confederate officer, possibly as a trivia question pic).
Andrew Johnson would be similarly hard to find.

Grant would be most likely a pic from prior to being president, unless from a comic based on the “Wild, Wild West” TV Show. Difficult to find, and such a narrow scope that it might be too easy (or too hard if no art credits).

Hayes through McKinley would be fairly rare.

Teddy Roosevelt would be the President not used that would have been the most likely candidate for showing up in comics.

Taft, would be as obscure as most the 1800s presidents.

Wilson, if used, would likely be from a war comic telling a WWI story.

Harding, Coolidge and Hoover would likely be from crime comics set in Prohibition, noir comics set in the same period, etc. Or, maybe an “educational” comic telling the story of Boulder Dam. Again, would be hard to track down pics, and the artist would likely be obscure.

Brian picked the easiest targets to get comics depictions of, especially from sources that are likely silver age to modern, without going for too-obvious ones (I hope).

The Washington panel is surprisingly post-Presidency (in other words, it was a weird job by the artist, as it sure does not look post-Presidency).

I did consider doing the four Presidents on Mount Rushmore and then every President since FDR, but then I figured, “15 panels is more than plenty.”

That Carter panel is one of my favorite things ever.

This is a great idea. I haven’t seen most of these in any comic to date.

I think this speak more about when the comic industry as we know it was started. Most of which came from FDR time as president so of course if they made a comic that has a white house briefing or something of course he would be there. I was really floored when I read through the 1st Thor Marvel Masterwork and saw someone in DC talking to JFK, but again it only makes sense, considering he was president at the time. Older than FDR though it goes with mostly who will people recognize (namely Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, Jackson, Grant, and Theodore Roosevelt). I doubt I could pick President Coolidge (example) out of line up, I know of him, but given he isn’t carved into a mountain or on money it really doesn’t help.

The one of George (HW) Bush actually looks more like Donald Rumsfeld.

The Clinton shot looks a bit like W.C. Fields in a bad wig.

The Obama panel looks more like Will Smith from Men in Black.

I’m pretty sure Grant appeared in a Jonah Hex comic, but he may not have been president yet.

If need be, I think I would be able to put together panels featuring all of the Presidents. Maybe for next year!

I can only get Truman, Johnson, Reagan and Clinton.

Does anyone know where that panel of Lincoln appears? I’m pretty sure I have it in my collection but can’t think of it off the top of my head.

And I don’t think that’s President Obama at all!

Is it just me, or does that picture of Ike look a lot like Professor X?

Mr. M: Yes, but it would defeat the purpose of the game to tell you.

Thok: “To me, my Eis-Men!”

I think that Ken Wind should have stood in for Kennedy…

What kind of Presidential list leaves off Lex Luthor? ;)

I’m terrible at naming artists. But I think that George Washington is a Swanderson drawing, or maybe Murphy Anderson did it by himself. Has that look to it, at least to my eye. Couldn’t say for the rest of them, although Lincoln, FDR, Ike, Reagan and W look familiar (too familiar for me not to know the names.

What’s really funny is just that some of these drawings make the presidents look like someone different:

Ike = Commie villain in ’60s Marvel books
Kennedy = Jack Kemp
Johnson = Green Lantern’s big headed villain Hector Hammond, before the guy’s head got big.
Bush I = Some character movie actor … can’t think of his name
Obama = a Men in Black or Secret Service agent (man! he looks tough in that drawing)

Some of the others are pretty good, though. Nixon and Carter are highly stylized, and Carter’s drawing is a bit goofy, but then, well … you know … so was he. Clinton, W, Ford, FDR are all pretty darn good. Washington and Lincoln’s drawings are very recognizable, if not exactly like their paintings and/or daguerreotypes. The Truman drawing must have come from Mad Magazine or some similar place, ’cause it’s bad.

Jimmy Carter looks angry for some reason. He’s got his peanuts there.

‘Malaise Forever’!

I think this one was easier than the superhero ones which always stump me.

Actually, I’m ok with what you did, Mr. Cronin. I was just looking to make a “new deal” pun. Who really cares about the 19th century anyway? Anyone that thinks important stuff happened back then is a radical reconstructionist.

Couple of artists look vaguely familiar but this thing still has me stumped just like the superhero ones (but I did note that some of the likenesses were pretty bad…)

Theodore Roosevelt had three major appearances in Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, which I would have recognised.
Early 20th century, I guess those could be found if one looked in contemporary political cartoons and such (of course trying to guess the artists of those would probably be impossible).
And I’m quite sure MAD magazine or somesuch has some showcase of obscure presidents celebrating their obscurity…
And then there are the educational comics highlighting various historical events which should cover a number of older presidents, but again trying to guess the artists would probably be impossible (with luck there might be some early works of artists like Kirby or Severin or Giordano…)

I knew the source books for Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, ford,
& Carter on sight. I guessed the artists for Washington, Lincoln & Nixon.
I don’t know the rest, and Eisenhower is a complete mystery.

Do you have to take a guess at all of them to send an email, or just one’s you think you might know?

That picture of Bill Clinton makes him look like he has some sort of developmental deficiencies

These aren’t penciler only anymore, correct?

‘Cause there’s a couple there where there was an inker involved as well.

These aren’t penciler only anymore, correct?

‘Cause there’s a couple there where there was an inker involved as well.

They’ve always had inkers. They are just all FULL pencils. I just don’t want people to have to try to identify a penciler just by layouts or breakdowns. That would be nearly impossible in a lot of instances.

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