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50 Greatest Spider-Man Creators: Artists #25-21

In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Spider-Man, we’re doing four straight months of polls having to do with Spider-Man, culminating with the release of the Amazing Spider-Man film in July. The last installment will deal with Spider-Man stories, but this month will be about Spider-Man’s writers and artists.

You all voted, now here are the results! Here is a master list of all the creators listed so far. We begin with Spider-Man artists #25-21…

Enjoy!

25. Alex Saviuk

Alex Saviuk has a remarkable, if slightly unsung, place in Spider-Man art history. Ever since he first started on Spider-Man with a few fill-in issues of Amazing Spider-Man in late 1987/early 1988, Saviuk pretty much never left. He has been drawing Spider-Man regularly for the past TWENTY-FOUR years with no signs of stopping!

After his fill-in issues on Amazing, Saviuk eventually settled into a remarkable seven year stint on Web of Spider-Man (from #35-116). Saviuk’s clean style and strong work ethic allowed him to rarely miss an issue of Web in his seven years on the title. Saviuk has particularly strong storytelling skills. For his sample page, I’m using a page of Web of Spider-Man #75 that makes me smile because of the dual Easter Eggs found on the page…

After leaving Web of Spider-Man, Saviuk drew the All-Ages Adventures of Spider-Man for a couple of years and then, in 1997, he began his current gig, drawing the Spider-Man newspaper strip on Sundays (Joe Sinnott inks). Since 2003, he has also inked the daily Spider-Man newspaper strip over Larry Leiber’s pencils.

24. Keith Pollard

While Amazing Spider-Man had been in the hands of young writers since Stan Lee left the book, the artists on the title were always veterans, guys who had been in the trenches for a number of years. Steve Ditko, John Romita Sr., Jim Mooney, John Buscema, Gil Kane, Ross Andru…they each had been drawing comics for over a decade when they began working on Spider-Man. Keith Pollard was the first “young gun” to take over as the regular artist on Amazing Spider-Man, although he always worked with veteran finishers over his layouts and breakdowns, presumably to give the book a familiar feel to it (Mike Esposito and Jim Mooney were the main finishers for Pollard’s run). Pollard was the regular artist on the title from #186-205 (although there were plenty of fill-ins). For a short period of time in the late 1970s, Pollard was the regular artist on Amazing Spider-Man, Fantastic Four AND Thor! Here is a Pollard/Mooney page from Amazing Spider-Man #200…

23. Terry Dodson

Terry Dodson (along with his wife Rachel) was the artist on the majority of Mark Millar’s hit Spider-Man series, marvel Knights: Spider-Man. Dodson also teamed up with writer Kevin Smith to draw the long-running Spider-Man/Black Cat mini-series, The Evil That Men Do.

Here’s a page from that mini-series…

22. Steve McNiven

Before he drew Spidey in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man, Steve McNiven had already famously drawn Spider-Man in the pages of Civil War as that series had Spider-Man reveal his identity to the world (he soon realized that that was a bad idea and his friends Doctor Strange, Reed Richards and Tony Stark got together to re-hide it). However, when Brand New Day was launched in 2007, McNiven was chosen as the man to kick the whole thing off. He did an amazing job (as he always does). Here’s a page from Amazing Spider-Man #546 where Peter Parker is asked exactly what he has been up to since he seemed like such a science prodigy…

21. Sara Pichelli

Sara Pichelli first drew Spider-Man as she joined the creative team of Ultimate Spider-Man in the issues leading up to the Death of Spider-Man assisting then-regular artist David LaFuente (they would each draw different parts of the story). Soon, Pichelli’s dynamic artwork was chosen to be the part of the launch of the BRAND-NEW Ultimate Spider-Man comic book, starring the new Spider-Man, Miles Morales.

Here is a page from Ultimate Spider-Man #8 showing the fluidity of Pichelli’s artwork…

It is no surprise that Pichelli was chosen as the artist for the upcoming mini-series crossover between the regular Spider-Man and the Ultimate Spider-Man

Writers #25-21 tomorrow!

NOTE: There was a slight error, so Mike Deodato initially showed up at #21 when he should have been #20. It is fixed now. I just mention it in case you’re wondering why people are referring to Mike Deodato in the comments.

22 Comments

Wow. Not a single on of my top ten at all. I guess that’s good.
Shout out to whoever voted Keith Pollard. Good choice.
I really want to know what the heck is going on with Ringer’t teeth in that Sara Pichelli pic.

Good to see McNiven made it!

I remember considering Dodson too, but I don’t know if he made the cut.

Pichelli is really good. I should probably give Ultimate Spidey a try some day.

I will never for the life of me understand Mike Deodato’ s popularity, but I know he has his fans.

None of my picks in here either, Ryan. Wait, I may have slipped Deodato in near the end of my list, but I don’t recall.

Keith Pollard is the only one on this list I might have considered. I excluded “Ultimate” solely for reasons of personal preference, and Dodson and McNiven’s runs on the character were so brief I don’t really consider them “Spider-Man artists” (I did consider McNiven, but a single storyline’s worth of art was not enough to put him in the company of ten other talented guys that have contributed so much more).

I should say, I would have considered including Pollard had I, you know, thought of him.

Ed (A Different One)

May 23, 2012 at 9:24 am

Pollard is the only one I voted for who made it in this segment. Whic is good, I guess, as I expected all of them to ranking much higher than 25 – 21.

I really, really like McNiven, but much like Birmy I just didn’t consider him to have drawn the character enough to qualify for this list (according to my own standards, not talking overall eligiblity to be in the discussion).

So did Deodato go with ‘photorealism’ for Norman?

A lot of newer artists here, and mostly short runs. I’m glad I went old school with my picks.

Meaningless Albert

May 23, 2012 at 12:55 pm

I do think that Deodato is a great artist. I didn’t vote for him, though. I think his work on ASM was marred by the fact that it happened during one of the most criticized periods of the comic (I mean, Sins Past, The Other… Now that’s some bad luck).

Pollard was on my list. Very glad to see he made it. I’ve always thought of him as the forgotten Spidey artist. I loved his work as a kid. I always thought he did a nice job of evoking the feel or Romita and Ditko without copying either style.

Dan~ modern Deodato is a capable artist, and his work is fine for some books. I didn’t find it out of place with Jones on Hulk for example. Terribly out of place on Spider-Man. Just like McNiven.

Pollard and Piccheli are excellent choices.

And Brian’s phrasing of “long-running miniseries” makes Dodson’s inclusion worthwhile.

the long-running Spider-Man/Black Cat mini-series, The Evil That Men Do

Haha, that’s definitely one way of putting it! :)

Pete Woodhouse

May 25, 2012 at 8:25 am

Alex Saviuk’s Web of Spider-Man #75 “dual Easter Eggs found on the page”… Clark and Lois, right? In the final 2 panels, unless there’s other Eggs I’ve missed.

Clark and Lois’ cameo is one of the Easter Eggs.

Meaningless Albert

May 25, 2012 at 11:18 am

I voted for Saviuk. I really dig his art. Glad to see that he made it, a very underrated spidey artist.

Saviuk was the definite underdog on my list, glad he snuck in. Well, I would be happier if he was higher. I can’t help but think the Spider-Man newspaper strip would be a lot better if he did it by himself, or perhaps with a good inker over his pencils. But hey, LL needs the sinecure…I mean paycheck, I’m sure.

The Crazed Spruce

May 25, 2012 at 10:22 pm

@Pete Woodhouse: I’m assuming that the other easter egg is that Spidey’s amazing friends Iceman and Firestar showed up (and missed each other by seconds).

The other easter egg is the Firestar/Iceman Amazing Friends shoutout.

I’m confused about everyone talking about Mike Deodato. I’m looking at the list of 25-21 right now, and he’s not in it. Did it change?

Sara Pichelli is only mentioned because she’s a woman, not because she’s one of the all time greats on Spider-Man.

Steve: Yes, he’s now #20.

Sara Pichelli is pretty darn good. Not top ten good, but easily better than McFarlane, Buscema or Bagley.

There must have been a hundred artists to have worked on Spider-Man in the past fifty years, and Terry Dodson is in the top 25…? Seems weird to me.

There have been less artists than you’d think. Over the first 400 issues of Amazing Spider-Man, there were just ten regular artists on the book. Heck, Dodson’s eight issues of Spider-Man (13 if you count the Black Cat mini-series) put him easily among the top 40 in quantity alone.

Fair enough…. I stand corrected

I still think someone like Charles Vess would be better placed in the top twenty-five just for Spirits of the Earth alone…

But that’s my bad for going back to school and not having time to vote in any of these awesome Spider-Man polls

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