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Top 25 Black Comic Book Artists #25-16

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The countdown begins now!!!

Here are the first ten artists that you voted as your favorites of all-time.

25 N. Steven Harris

N. Steven Harris has been working in the comic book industry for over two decades now. Early in his career he co-created Aztek the Ultimate Man with two British writers you might have a passing familiarity with, Grant Morrison and Mark Millar. I was going to post this awesome sequence with the Joker from that series written by Morrison (showing an early sign of what Morrison’s Joker would look like in future stories) but then I though, Harris is STILL doing excellent comic book work, so I should show something a little more recent, so here is a dynamic piece from Harris’ series, Ajala, co-created with Robert Garrett (Ajala is about a young hero being trained in the ways of being a hero by her mentor, who also happens to be her high school teacher!)…

Ajala Bk. 3 p.  1

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Harris is also working on another creation of his, (Brotherhood of) The Fringe (the banner image is from that series).

24 Steven Hughes

Along with writer Brian Pulido, Steven Hughes launched Chaos Comics and the two major hit characters, the post-apocalyptic crazed killer, Evil Ernie, and the powerful goddess, Lady Death. Hughes designed the character, who was one of the top “bad girls” of the mid-1990s. Here she is from her first mini-series…





Tragically, Hughes passed away in 2000 at the far too young age of 40.

23 Malcolm Jones III

Malcolm Jones III was one of the top inkers of the late 1980s/early 1990s, inking most of Young All-Stars, then inking Denys Cowan on a dozen or so issues of The Question and then most famously succeeding Sam Kieth as the inker on Neil Gaiman’s legendary The Sandman early in the famous run, where Jones inked Mike Dringenberg, Kelley Jones, and Colleen Doran.

Jones was also a fine penciler in his own right, as well. Here he is on a nice Alfred spotlight story from the 1989 Batman Annual…





Jones sadly died in 1996.

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I’m glad Jackie Ormes is on here. I only found out about her last year. And of course Ron Wilson illustrating the “THING” is going to be great.

Ron Wilson’s Superboxers is a greatly under-rated work. It didn’t have much of a profile, in Marvel’s deluge of graphic novels; however, it was one of the better overall stories (and that’s including some pretty decent company).

Man, what a great group of artists right out of the gate! This is going to be quite a list.

And I love that the wizard in the preview pic has cartoon frog sleeves.

Happy to see Steven Hughes on here, bad girls may be out of style now but his vision was unique in those days and had a major impact. He and Pulido carved out their own niche in indie comics.

Yeah, Lady Death definitely had a bit of that organic feel to it – it wasn’t them cynically cashing in on a fad, it was just a response to overwhelming support for the character (remember, originally she wasn’t even intended to BE a character, she was just a figment of Evil Ernie’s psychosis).

Was that issue of the Thing ripped off in the Wrasslor episode of Dial M for Monke? I swear, the Champion’s dialogue in the first two panels of that last page may have been swiped word for word.

Chew is amazing, Rob Guillory slays every issue!

Ron Wilson is such the definitive Thing artist!

Glad Larry Stroman made the list, as well!

You know it’s an old comic when you read “the Batman”.

You know it’s an old comic when you see a nine-panel grid.

You know it’s an X-comic when it sounds like bugga wugga.

ALIAS had a homonymous Jessica Jones, shame the writer died so young.

Could be interesting to see Greene/Loughridge outside superstuff!

Really pleased to see Arvell Jones make the final list (he definitely made mine) as he is one of those solid dependable artists people tend to forget about.

Back in the mid-80s, I had the privilege of meeting Ron Wilson at a convention in Dallas, Texas and had a really great talk with him. Ron was one of the nicest people in comics I’ve ever met. Even got him to do a sketch of Luke Cage for me. Wish I still had it. He did a great job on it.

Having Hugues, Stroman, Jeanty, Wilson in the first part of the list really makes me wonder how are in the top 15.

Those 4 are a great bunch (Gilorry,Greene and the others are too a great bunch but I am less a reader of their work)

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He’s hardly a “household name” among comic fans, but I hope that Ron Wilson appreciates that he created the third best comic of all time.

A Horde of Evil Hipsters

February 26, 2016 at 1:04 am

This should be an interesting list. Most “Top something” lists tend to be predictable, but this time I can’t make any educated guesses for the simple reason that I have no idea what most comic book artists look like and thus have no idea who counts as black and who does not.

there were a lot of great artists to choose from
Larry Strohman made my list due to Alien Legion and XFactor

Ron Wilson almost made my list
And I was tempted to include Steven Hughes due not only to the Chaos comics but also the later issues of Stark Future at Aircel
…but too many other artists also worthy of the votes

Doug Braithwaite
Olivier Coipel
Chris Cross
Darryl Banks
MD Bright

TOP 5. No particular order.

They all made the Top 25!

@ Al Lobama,

Dial M for Monkey came out in the 90’s. The Thing story came out in the early 80’s. The swipe is the other way around.

Oh, man, Ron Wilson should be way higher.

I JUST learned that Georges Jeanty is a black creator. All these years I just enjoyed and didn’t even inquire

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