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You Decide – Who is the Greatest Superman Artist of All-Time?

We put this poll up in honor of John Romita Jr. taking over as the artist on Superman’s main ongoing title, but I forgot to post it here until now. Read on for the choices!


This page might be of use when looking for the older ones…

Travis Pelkie

July 6, 2014 at 4:30 am

I think I’d already voted, but I went for Swan. Aw yeah!

Vinnie Bartilucci

July 6, 2014 at 5:03 am

I like how Curt Swan is ALREADY running away with the prize in this poll.

Tho I’m disappointed Kurt Schaffenberger didn’t even make the list.

Al Plastino can’t even get half a percentage point, ya know? So Schaffenberger wouldn’t even have a chance of getting that much!

That said, he was the last guy cut from the list of options (which is limited to 20 choices), so I did initially have a spot for him! He just got pushed out by the lack of space.

curt swan all the way

For me it’s gotta be Garcia-Lopez. But Curt Swan’s right up there.

David Spofforth

July 6, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Dan Jurgens is MY Superman artist and gets my vote. The 90s deservedly gets a lot of knocks for Comics excess and gimmicks but Jurgens (while not immune to gimmicks) steered Superman through the 90s with honour (mullets notwithstanding).

His Clark was cool and professional, rather than a klutz. You could believe he was a star reporter. And his Superman was powerful, yet human. A SuperMAN.

Anyway, the “Triangle” era was my favourite Superman era. When the likes of Jeph Loeb and Joe Kelly took over in 2000, I didn’t last long with it.

I’m torn between Garcia-Lopez and Swan. Garcia-Lopez is clearly the better artist (Swan’s no slouch,by the way), but based on Swan’s tenure and output on the Superman titles I’m going for Curt Swan all the way.

Swan and Byrne were my childhood favourites, but now there’s no-one who can make Superman look better than Frank Quitely does.


July 7, 2014 at 8:09 am

I went with Swan for the obvious reasons. He’s not “my” Superman artist (Byrne is) , but I think he deserves the spot.

I really like Garcia-Lopez’s version and I seem to be one of the few people who really like Bogdanove’s art, but gotta go with Swan as the “Greatest”. His is the one I see in my head when I think of Superman.

I’m surprised Jurgens didn’t rate higher because so many current readers grew up with his Superman, that and its really good art despite being in some questionable stories.

Curt Swan is almost certainly going to win this one. Nevertheless, I voted for Jerry Ordway. I started reading DC Comics regularly circa 1990, and I thought his work on Superman was amazing. So he will always be MY Superman artist, if you know what I mean.

You gotta be kiddin’ me. Curt Swan is the best, especially when the other guy capable of distorting faces, Kevin MacGuire can only do so little.

All my favorite Superman comics, from Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane to Adventure or Action, has to at least bear his art style.

I really got into Superman around Panic in the Sky and collected almost every Superman title for the next 7 or 8 years or so. I just remember letting a few months worth or so build up so I could get a longer reading experience in like I’m sure a lot of you did. I always found myself excited when a Dan Jurgens drawn issue was up in my rotation, so for me, he’s the greatest Superman artist.

My top choice would be Garcia-Lopez followed by Swan, but I’ll probably vote for Swan because of his lengthy tenure on the books.

Even though he tended to do slightly stiff poses, it has to be Curt Swan, the look of superman particularly the face of Superman that we recognize as being definitive was Swans work

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