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All month-long we’ll be featuring top five lists about either the Avengers or the X-Men. Here is an archive of all the past top five lists!
Today we’ll look at the top five artists who have penciled the most issues of Avengers (for this list, I’m accepting pencilers who only did layouts and/or breakdowns).
Just missing the top five are Dave Ross, Sal Buscema, John Byrne, Paul Ryan and the last penciler to just miss the list (although he has the chance to make the list in the future, since he’s still drawing comics), Steve Epting.
5. Don Heck
Heck drew the book from when Jack Kirby left the title to when John Buscema took over, roughly 30 issues or so. He then picked up another dozen or so in fill-ins and annuals and giant-size comics.
4. Al Milgrom
Milgrom had a long run on Avengers between Bob Hall and John Buscema during the 1980s and then a really long run on West Coast Avengers, drawing pretty much the first 40 issues or so (along with Joe Sinnott finishes).
3. George Perez
Perez had a pretty long run on the title in the 1970s and then later returned for a long run in the late 1990s with Al Vey often doing finishes. Perez also penciled JLA/Avengers #1-4.
2. Mike Deodato
Mike Deodato drew Avengers for a year or so in the mid-1990s and has since returned to a number of stints on various Avengers books, from New Avengers to Dark Avengers to Secret Avengers to New Avengers to his current work on both of the main Avengers titles. It seems likely that Deodato WILL end up passing the #1 artist on the list sometime somewhat soon.
1. John Buscema
Had a roughly 30-issue run during the mid to late 1960s and then a 50 or so issue run in the 1980s. Plus some Annuals and Giant-Size issues.
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