Top 50 Comic Book Artists of All-Time Part 4 Comments -


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SarcasticCaveman 4/25/2013 12:23:23 AM

 Ummm...with "Kingdom Come" and "Earth X" (and it's shitty sequels), don't you mean that Ross created alternate FUTURES?

torvar72 4/25/2013 4:11:35 AM

 I would of thought Ross and Byrne would of been higher


jedibanner 4/25/2013 5:43:39 AM

Byrne IMO should've been in the top ten but, other then that the list is still very accurate I think.

lusiphur 4/25/2013 6:11:15 AM

 Wow.  Reading 20 - 11, I'm wondering who's in the top 10.  Can't wait until tomorrow to find out.

tjanson 4/25/2013 7:57:18 AM

Torvar I'm betting people might think Ross and Byrne are too high!

Jedi...Byrne was originally at the #10 spot but eventually got flip-flopped with the artist currently at #10.  You'll have to return tomorrow to see who that is.

Also in the final part I'll detail a bit more about how the list was put together.  I'll tell you that we polled somewhere between 150 and 200 people, many of them current or former comic pros...artists, writers, editors, publishers...even a couple of letterers.  We asked them to provide just a list of 5 - 10 of who they felt were the greatest artists.  At first many of these pros were hesitant to respond as they didn't to hurt the feelings of guys they were friends with or had worked with.  We had to emphasize to them that we were not using THEIR names, just the artist names they listed.  Once we did that we got I'd say about an 85 - 90% response rate back.  Stil a few didn't want to respond...DC publisher Dan DiDio among them but Facebook can be a wonderful tool.  More about all this in the final part tomorrow.

monkeyfoot 4/25/2013 8:19:47 AM

God, I just have been loving this list. I've learned stuff and enjoyed reminiscing on the artist and covers I've loved.

On today's list I've met Starlin, Steranko, and Byrne. Each were a treat. As a kid I got Starlin's autograph but he never did the picture I wanted him to draw. He disappeared from the con I was at and returned hours later with a sword he bought somewhere outside of the convention hotel. I think he'd reached his geek fanboy limits.

Steranko I met a few years ago. He wore the same all white suit I've seen pix online of him wearing at appearances. I guess that's his offical con attire. Tim, in your comments you forgot to mention he was the publisher of Mediascene magazine with later name change to Prevue. Before Premiere, Entertainment Weekly or any of the current mags about movies, he had indepth articles, previews, photos and interviews about many of the latest movies of the 70s and early 80s before it ceased publication. He had the very first story about a new little film called Star Wars a year before it came out featuring a Lucas interview and Ralph McQuarrie artwork.

John Byrne I saw maybe ten years ago, and did a great Q&A with the audience but I came in on the tail end and didn't hear much.

tjanson 4/25/2013 9:00:54 AM

Monkey...I met STarlin 3 years ago (he's a fellow Detroiter) at Detroit Fanfare and got him to sign my Art of Jim Starlin hardcover and he even drew a little picture of Thanos...Steranko I met about 6 years ago at Motor City Con along with Paul Gulacy.  I was in the show early as media got in about an hour before fans and I got to spend 45 minutes with him talking comics and movies...what a hell of an interesting guy.  Byrne I've never met but would like to...The three guys I really want to meet more than any other are Mike Kaluta, Barry Windsor-Smith, and Neal Adams.

IRONMANIAC 4/25/2013 9:55:50 AM

Tim, I know Neal Adams, let me know if you would like to be introduced. He's a great guy. Love the list so far, by the way.

violator14 4/25/2013 10:16:53 AM

 Jim Lee and Alex Ross are badass

blankczech 4/25/2013 10:20:57 AM

 I can't say anything bad about this.  Since it started I have just thought of it as a list of talented comic artists.  I pay little attention to the rankings. You can probably turn the list upside down and make #50 number #1 (and so on down the line) and it would be just as viable.  I knew that the top artists on the list would probably be tied more to their legacy and the success and popularity of the comic they illustrated than their actual talent as an artist and I can live with that.  

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