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Question: Favorite Comic Book Illustrator

Jack Kirby    
  4 (22.2%)
Neal Adams    
  1 (5.6%)
George Perez    
  3 (16.7%)
Steve Ditko    
  0 (0.0%)
Bill Sienkiewicz    
  0 (0.0%)
John Romita Jr.    
  0 (0.0%)
John Byrne    
  4 (22.2%)
Other    
  6 (33.3%)




Total votes: 18
« Created by: polarboy on: Nov 17th, 2015 at 2:33am »

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Nov 17th, 2015 at 2:33am
 
I listed some names that popped into mind, but please suggest anyone you like.
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Reply #1 - Nov 18th, 2015 at 10:53pm
 
Its hard to pick one, so I didn't pick any.  I have a bunch of favorites for a bunch of different reasons.  So I will just make a few comments.

I love  Jack Kirby.  I am sure you all know that by now. He is like George Harrison.   George may not be the greatest guitarist of all rock and roll, but he is the standard that all other rock guitarists are compared.   
  Jack's anatomy may have been off, but he more than makes up for it with output, imagination, and energy.   When  Captain America punches a Nazi,  its a nuclear eruption! 
   Jack's character design is only outmatched by one other on this list.    And he was, as legend has it, the nicest guy.   Fans would knock on his door and he would sit them in his room and he would talk with them as he worked AND his wife would bring down lunch!    She said that they both loved it!


Steve Ditko is the misunderstood misanthrope of comics.  I HATED his 80's and 90's art work with a passion.   And it turned out so did he.  He drew bad on purpose as he still held a grudge against Marvel, but needed the money.   
   When I finally went and saw his 60's stuff, I was blown away.   His character design is the best.   Look at all of Spider Man's early villains.  Amazing!     His artwork rivaled Jack's as far as energy and imagination.      His Charlton stuff, which I have been hunting down, was fantastic.   
    Hell, I even admire his stance with his Objectivism. 

George Perez is the number one super hero artist.   Even more than Jack, his style is suited to costumed avengers more than anyone else.  I couldn't see him doing a dark, gritty detective noir, but  have him do a story about the Avengers kicking the snot out of space invaders, and you have a perfect marriage.
   

John Byrne is  the second best super hero artist.  But, he can do different genres.   He does seem to suffer or shine depending on the inker.

John Romita Jr sucks.


Neal Adams was one of the first revolutionary in comic art.  He brought back realism and darkness in a  kitschy world.   If not for him,  I Don't think the Batman movies would have been made.  Too bad his is a dick.

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Reply #2 - Nov 19th, 2015 at 2:18am
 
I really like John Byrne, but I'm not as fond of his later stuff.  My absolute favorite is probably Alan Davis, though I also really, really like Carlos Pacheco and Salvador Larroca as well.
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Reply #3 - Nov 20th, 2015 at 4:05am
 
Alan Davis is the bomb diggity.  Especially with Paul Neary.  The inkers don't get enough love. 

Also a fan of George Perez, especially when its a scene of 200 heroes/villains all slugging it out.  It's awesome. 
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Reply #4 - Nov 21st, 2015 at 2:05am
 
I think the solid ones like Neal Adams and the Romitas made stories more memorable and look good to this day. My own personal faves are outside of the normal list: Ron Wilson and Gene Colan.
Many people, especially John, knows I'm a big Thing fan, and I've always enjoyed the undercurrent of darkness and the fluidity of Gene Colan's art.

In my game world I have an NPC - Ron "Wicked" Wilson - who's an ex-boxer and owner of the Dynamite Gym where they host fan club meetings for Kid Dynamite, the local superhero.
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Reply #5 - Dec 2nd, 2015 at 1:13am
 
John Romita Jr infuriates me. He drew some of my favorite Iron Man comics way back in the early to mid 100's. He had a clean, natural style that represented the human body very well.

Now he draws Minecraft minifig people. And honestly, they'd probably look better as 8 bit pixel monsters than as Romita art. What the hell happened to him?

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Reply #6 - Dec 6th, 2015 at 1:09pm
 
Bill Sienkiewicz artwork always makes me want to vomit. I rejected every series he was dumped on, but I'm so glad that his style is unique because I'm hoping no one copies it.

John Byrne is cool and started up in my home town, Calgary.

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Reply #7 - Jan 5th, 2016 at 6:02am
 
I like "pre-streaky" Bill Sienkiewicz's work on Moon Knight (but not enough to consider him a favorite)
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Reply #8 - Jan 5th, 2016 at 11:55pm
 
For me personally, I'd probably pick "New Teen Titans"-era George Perez, Steve Rude generally, Nick Fury-era Jim Steranko, "Justice league" era Kevin Maguire, and Dave Stevens.

I know its heresy, but I never really "love loved" Steve Ditko or Jack Kirby's artwork per se, though I do really like their work and especially admire their respective artistic  individuality and unique-ness.  I suppose I feel the same way about Frank Miller's artwork.
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Reply #9 - Jan 6th, 2016 at 12:59am
 
I've never loved any of the three you mentioned either, Dan.  I appreciate their uniqueness and that they brought things to the industry, but don't like any of them enough that I'd buy a comic just to get their art.
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Reply #10 - Jan 9th, 2016 at 2:08am
 
dan2448 wrote on Jan 5th, 2016 at 11:55pm:
...I never really "love loved" Steve Ditko or Jack Kirby's artwork per se...

Not liking Jack Kirby is the only reason people get banned from this list by John.

(I think that's a joke)
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Reply #11 - Jan 9th, 2016 at 2:38am
 
Well, I did say that I liked his stuff.  I just don't love it.

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Reply #12 - Jan 9th, 2016 at 9:33am
 
Put my vote in for George Perez - the work he did on Teen Titans goes in the Never To Be Forgotten category - although every person on the list is absolutely deserving of their own plaque and/or place on the pedestal.  For further consideration, I'd submit that Golden/Silver/Bronze/Iron/Modern Age categories should be specified, as I'd argue that what qualifies as killer "good" from one era does not naturally translate to others.

That stated, I'd also bring up Jim Lee (big surprise), for his volumes of work over the last thirty years, although I'd retain his nomination for the Iron/Modern Age terms.  Another never-to-be-dismissed individual is Michael Golden; his Avengers Annual #10 is something I'd hand over to comics' noobs just so they could get a taste of the gold (quality-wise, not era) before we start to move on to more specialized participants.

In any case, interesting concept, polarboy - be interesting to see the follow-up for this.
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Reply #13 - Jan 9th, 2016 at 11:27pm
 
Lord Inar wrote on Jan 9th, 2016 at 2:08am:
dan2448 wrote on Jan 5th, 2016 at 11:55pm:
...I never really "love loved" Steve Ditko or Jack Kirby's artwork per se...

Not liking Jack Kirby is the only reason people get banned from this list by John.

(I think that's a joke)



I don't ban you for that, I just realize that your opinions are worthless! Wink
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Reply #14 - Jan 10th, 2016 at 3:27am
 
Steranko had some good stuff
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Reply #15 - Jan 12th, 2016 at 4:50am
 
Tempest wrote on Jan 9th, 2016 at 9:33am:
Another never-to-be-dismissed individual is Michael Golden; his Avengers Annual #10 is something I'd hand over to comics' noobs just so they could get a taste of the gold (quality-wise, not era) before we start to move on to more specialized participants.

That issue is one of the ones that occupies a special place in my heart, too. I realize that when I think of what goes on in a superhero battle, I often template it against this issue.
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Reply #16 - Jan 14th, 2016 at 4:02am
 
Lord Inar wrote on Jan 12th, 2016 at 4:50am:
That issue is one of the ones that occupies a special place in my heart, too. I realize that when I think of what goes on in a superhero battle, I often template it against this issue.



I had the same experience, and have heard it from so many other people as well.

Comic Geek Speak recently featured it in a podcast of the best annuals of all time:

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Reply #17 - Apr 17th, 2016 at 4:32am
 
I really liked George Perez, but there are others not on the list that I liked even more. Jae Lee (some of his older stuff was just freaking cool), and a lot of the "guest artists" on the old New Mutants issues - seemed like every month there was a different artist.
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Reply #18 - Apr 18th, 2016 at 1:36am
 
Arthur Adams' stuff is always impressive to me, especially when the inker follows through on texture.
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Reply #19 - Apr 25th, 2016 at 9:03am
 
Alan Davis will always be king to me... But Byrne I think is iconic
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Reply #20 - Jun 23rd, 2016 at 12:04am
 
I'd argue - and I would agree that this is simply an opinion, nothing more - that John Byrne's "iconic" status is engendered as much by what he worked on as the work he did, along with how much upcoming artists (would-be and published alike) were attempting to imitate him.  Doing X-Men during its peak-of-the-charts run, supported by Chris Claremont's Bronze Age cutting edge stories, would have gained most halfway-decent artists some positive notoriety, I would think.  The creation of groups like Alpha Flight, participation in the "Dark Phoenix" storyline, "Days of Future Past"...those are tales that command respect in graphic storytelling no matter what era you're discussing.

Nonetheless, yeah, Mr. Byrne's work, for a very long time, stood as the popular pinnacle as to what superhero comics work could attain - the man's name was - and still is, really - recognizable by a significant segment of the population outside the comics' (fan and professional) demographic.  In modern (i.e., today) discussion, it'd be Jim Lee to a large extent as "iconic", while Barry Windsor Smith, for me, I think, holds the title on a cross-era basis.
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Reply #21 - Jul 15th, 2016 at 10:13pm
 
for me in the 90's Mc Farlane's stuff was a slap in the face.
(a good one  Smiley)
first with Spiderman and then with Spawn

I liked Marc silvestri also
And of course John Byrne
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Reply #22 - Feb 3rd, 2017 at 3:00am
 
Jack Kirby hands down
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