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17. Don Newton
Don Newton’s tragically short comic book career was due to two notable problems. First of all, his tragic death before the age of 50 from a heart attack. It’s just a downright shame to lose such someone so young. Secondly, though, the fact that he lived in Arizona made his attempts to break into the world of comics very difficult. He didn’t really break in fully until the late 1970s when he was already in his early 40s. He only had roughly seven years as a regular comic book artist. In those seven years, though, he did magnificent work and became one of the most highly sought out artists in all of superhero comics.
After debuting on Batman in 1978, Newton would work on over 70 issues of Batman (in various titles) before his death in 1984.
Newton was one of those rare artists who could combine dynamic, stylized artwork without losing anything in storytelling. As you can see from his work on the tragic death of the original Batwoman at the hands of the Bronze Tiger…
16. Frank Quitely
Outside of cover work, Frank Quitely seemingly hasn’t done a whole lot of Batman comic book work, but the work he HAS done has been so outstanding that it is little surprise to see him place so high on the countdown.
His first Batman work came on the underrated (in the sense that very few people have read it) Scottish Connection graphic novel by writer Alan Grant.
He next worked on the character on the classic graphic novel JLA Earth 2 with writer Grant Morrison, where Quitely got to explore a world where Thomas Wayne lived. Quitely’s work on both Batman and his evil opposite, Owlman, was spectacular.
It his work launching Batman and Robin with Grant Morrison, though, that seemingly put Quitely on to a whole other plane. Their first project together since All Star Superman, Batman and Robin starred Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne as the brand-new Batman and Robin.
On this title, Quitely both played with common conventions of “Camera angles”…
did standout work on facial expressions (especially considering the limited amount of the face he has to work with)…
and was just in another world when it came to the depiction of action…
It’s a shame that we’ve only had one Batman story by him since (a story in Batman #700, and even there, Scott Kolins was needed to finish it).
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