75 Greatest Batman Writers and Artists: Artists #40-31
In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Batman, we’re doing four straight months of polls having to do with Batman, culminating with the official celebration of Batman’s anniversary at the end of July. The last installment will deal with Batman stories, but this month will be about Batman’s writers and artists (40 artists and 35 writers).
You all voted, now here are the results! Here is a master list of all the writers and artists featured so far. We continue with Batman artists #40-31.
NOTE: Don’t be a jerk about creators in the comments section. If you are not a fan of a particular creator, that’s fine, but be respectful about it. No insulting creators or otherwise being a jerk about creators. Specifically, no “Creator X better not be in the top ten!” or variations of that idea (“Creator X better not be ahead of Creator Y,” etc.) I’ll be deleting any comments like that and, depending on how jerky the comment was, banning commenters.
NOTE #2: I made a transcription error, so as it turns out, Bob Brown did not actually make the Top 40. I’ll leave him here as an honorable mention.
Bob Brown is probably the most underrated of all of the main Batman artists from the late 1960s and early 1970s – one of the greatest periods in Batman history, art-wise (story-wise, too, now that I mention it). Brown actually ALMOST made the list while one of the other artists from this period, Frank Robbins, did not come close but I still think Brown is more underrated since Robbins is well known for his work outside of comic books (and Robbins was also a successful Batman writer, as well – you’ll be seeing him on the Top Writers list). Brown was a bit of a journeyman artist and he passed away in the late 1970s before fandom became as significant as it is today. It is a shame as he was an excellent artist, he just had the bad luck of not being Neal Adams, Irv Novick or Jim Aparo at a time when all three of those other guys were killing it on the Bat titles. If it were not for him being constantly compared to those guys, I think he would be a lot more appreciated. Check out his work…
40. Mike Parobeck
Mike Parobeck was taken from us far too young at the age of 30 in 1996 due to complications from his diabetes. In just his young life, though, he made a significant contribution to the Batman mythos with his work with the Batman Adventures comic book series based on the Animated Series of the era. His clean, fluid lines belied the real depth of his work. Check out the pathos of this page, where Batman is suffering from an artificially-inflicted amnesia regarding his painful past as Batman….
39. Matt Wagner
After an excellent Legends of the Dark Knight story in the early 1990s, Matt Wagner would return to the character in the 21st century for a pair of striking mini-series set during Batman’s early days, Batman and the Monster Men and Batman and the Mad Monk. Wagner’s design sense is remarkable. He lays out a page better than 90% of the artists out there.
38. Lew Schwartz
The first of Bob Kane’s official ghost pencilers, Lew Schwartz drew the book under Kane’s name for roughly seven years from the late 1940s through the early 1950s. Schwartz’s bold lines were a great mixture with the Batman comics of the late 1940s, which were still very much in the vein of the crime stories that were so popular at the time. I’ve shown his excellent work on the origin of Batman a few times (the introduction and death of Joe Chill) but I figured I’d go with his SECOND most famous work, a spotlight on Catwoman…
Go to the next page to see #37-34!