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ChadDerdowski 5/12/2009 9:03:22 AM

Hey Tim... man, we went back and forth and back again via e-mail regarding this list.  I like this approach: let the Maniacs decide!   Funny that you mention Brian K. Vaughn - I know I pushed for the man to be included on the list, but you're absolutely right: there has to be some criteria or else every Tom, Dick and Harry who wrote a couple of good books will be on the list.

Hobbs, you bring up a very good point when it comes to teams and while I agree with you that together Byrne & Claremont were legendary, I'd argue that both did pretty damn well on their own.  The X-Men continued to be nothing less than stellar after Byrne left and John Byrne's run on Fantastic Four as well as his reboot of Superman were amazing works as well.  That being said, I certainly see where you're coming from.

One last item of note before I get to my (ever changing) Top Ten... Jack Kirby.  They don't call the man "The King" for nothin' and anyone who's read my review of the Kirby: King of Comics book knows that I hold the man in the highest regard.  But (and it saddens me to say this) the man does not belong on a list of best writers.  Arrrghh... I actually had a cramp in my stomach at the mere notion that Kirby doesn't belong on EVERY list of the "Best in Comics", but I have to admit that it's true.  Best IDEAS?  Abso-freakin-lutely!  He'd be Number One!  But best writers?  Sadly, no.

Anyway, I'm rambling.  Here's my Top Ten in no particular order.  And if you ask me again tomorrow, I'll probably change a few of these...

1) Alan Moore
2) Neil Gaiman
3) Stan Lee
4) Geoff Johns
5) Will Eisner
6) Harvey Kurtzman
7) Denny O'Neil
8) J.M. DeMatteis
9) Mark Waid
10) Roy Thomas

Looking forward to meeting you at Motor City this weekend, Tim!

zaldar 5/15/2009 7:53:55 PM

Top three and thank you for including them as I was honsetly afraid this was going to be all caps and cowls which is pretty much what is wrong with comics.  Much more of the focus needs to be on books that have actual endings.

1. Alan Moore: if not for watchman I would never have started reading comics.  Like Anime this shows the true power of the medium and how it can move beyond fun stories for children and become real literature.

2. Neil Gamian: An incredible sci-fi writer whose abilites were shown early in comic books.

3. Frank Miller: The writer that put the cape and cowl in its top form and the man who has never been surpassed in that sub-genre.

El Bicho_home 6/2/2009 12:07:29 AM

gadzooks, would it have killed you guys to put them in alphabetical order? 

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