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Top 25 Black Comic Book Artists #15-11

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The countdown begins now!!!

Here are the next five artists that you voted as your favorites of all-time.

15. Dougie Braithwaite

After getting his start in British comics like 2000 A.D., Dougie Braithwaite began working for both Marvel and DC Comics in the 1990s on a variety of titles. His most famous work of this era was likely on the Universe X and Paradise X maxi-series with Jim Krueger and Alex Ross. Years later, Braithwaite would do the stunning Justice series with Krueger and Ross where Ross would paint over Braithwaite’s pencils.

While always an accomplished comic book artist, over the years, Braithwaite has a adopted a more realistic style, perhaps influenced by his work with the ultra-realistic Ross. Whatever the case, his work over the past decade or so has had an almost painted quality to it.

Here are some Braithwaite pages from his run on Wolverine Origins…

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Currently, Braithwaite is one of the top artists working at Valiant Comics. He is drawing a bunch of different books for them.

14. Darryl Banks

After beginning his career with Innovation and Millennium in the late 1980s and early 1990s (including a stint on Justice Machine), Banks went to DC Comics in late 1993 to draw a couple of issues of Legion of Super-Heroes. The young talent with the distinctive lines was quickly given a wonderful opportunity by becoming the new artist on Green Lantern with incoming writer Ron Marz. The two men delivered on the conclusion to Emerald Twilight, where Hal Jordan became the villainous Parallax and then they introduced Kyle Rayner as the new Green Lantern. The book rocketed to the top tier of DC’s books at the time and Banks stayed with the title for eight years (lasting even longer than Marz himself). Banks designed the looks for both Parallax and Kyle Rayner. Here they are in conflict with each other in Green Lantern #0…

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After his Green Lantern run ended, Banks did a few fill-in issues before leaving comics to work in commercial art (as well as teaching).

13. ChrisCross

Christopher “ChrisCross” Williams got his big break in the early 1990s working at Milestone Comics on a number of titles. His dynamic artwork particularly stood out for the unique (for superhero comics, at least) way that he drew the characters with distinct body types that were closer to real life. For instance, when he drew, say, Wonder Woman, she was a muscular woman, as you would expect from an Amazon, ya know?

After Milestone wrapped up, he launched a series at DC with Christoper Priest, Xero. He then moved to Marvel where he launched Slingers with Joe Harris and after that series ended, he then launched Captain Marvel with Peter David (I believe his Captain Marvel run was the one where he drew the most issues of a given run).

A few years later, he was at Marvel where he helped to relaunch Firestorm with writer Dan Jolly (including introducing the new half of Firestorm, Jason Rusch). He also did a couple of JLA fill-ins, including this one issue that must have been an artists’ dream, as writer Joe Kelly had Wonder Woman work out some of her feelings for Batman by going into a virtual reality machine and living out a variety of possible outcomes to them getting together (think “For the Man Who Has Everything”)…

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Beautiful work. He is such a dynamic artist.

Most recently, ChrisCross has been working at Valiant Comics on a number of projects.

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Great job at showing off more artist. At first I thought you were going to show art from ChrisCross’s run on Captain Marvel.

Brian,

Slight error on Chris Cross. I think you meant to write, “A few years later, he was at *DC* where he helped to relaunch Firestorm with writer Dan Jolly (including introducing the new half of Firestorm, Jason Rusch).”

Hargh…. i thought there wouldnt be better artists than previous part of the countdown.. and Damn you Brian Cronin, you proved me wrong !!!

Igle, Banks, Criscross, Braithwaith.. and there still are 10 artists better !!!!

(I’m regularly suprised by the names i see here, cause i really don’t mind what color or religion the artist is.. only his art and some basic philosophy counts (Brendan mccarthy is on my blacklist for that matter))

ChrisCross was the best on Slingers, I love that crazy run!

> “He did a Hellblazer mini-series starring Papa Midnite.”

Isn’t that pushing it, as Wimberly only drew the covers? (Interiors written by Mat Johnson, pencilled by Tony Akins, inked by Dan Green.)

On the other hand, Brandon Graham got Wimberly to write, draw, and color PROPHET #40. (A self-contained flashback about a past adventure of an immortal android, collected in Vol. 4 of that nice sci-fi reboot.)

And then, there’s Wimberly v. Marvel: LIGHTEN UP (2015) at https://thenib.com/lighten-up-4f7f96ca8a7e

Kyle Rayner is my GL, and I very much miss Darryl Banks on comics. Even his tardiness was good because it helped bring Paul Pelletier work. Banks’ GL job with Tanghal and Austin was awesome

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Tell them to stop stealing our next poll! ;-)

Ha! That article exists specifically because we did not yet have that poll for them to feature. Stress the yet. ;)

2 more of my picks turned up
ChrisCross
and
Dougie Braithwaite (who was at both of the Comic expos [or whatever] I went to plugging Storm Dogs)

Those pages from Jamal Igle look great

Jeez, I forgot Braithwaite was on STORM DOGS. It’s been years since volume 1. David Hine’s series was ahead of Image’s sci-fi renaissance, I hope they can still hook up to complete it!

I didn’t know that Dougie Braithwaite was black either.

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