Top 50 Comic Book Artists of All-Time Part 5 Comments -


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NoPatch 4/26/2013 7:13:10 AM

 Right On! I was a little worried who was going to be in the top 10 but after reading this I agree completely. Awesome list.

blankczech 4/26/2013 7:54:32 AM

 Thank you for this list of the 100 greatest comic artist.  I've been a fan of comics for half a century and this brought back many fond memories.  It was an incredibly enjoyable read.  A little sad that some of my boyhood favorites like Wayne Boring and Bob Kane didn't make the list but you only picked 100 and some were sure to be overlooked, I have no arguments with any of your selections.  Personal taste in art is subjective. There is a lot of snobbery in the art community and it's nice to see comic book artists recognized.

joelr 4/26/2013 7:57:56 AM

Tim, next time maybe do a "Top 20 Comic artists you should be aware of", or "underrated" etc. Everyone's top 10 is always the same!

tjanson 4/26/2013 8:18:12 AM

Joel that's a good idea!  As far as the lists being similar I've only seen a few and they are different...for example Atlas comics Presents top 10 looks like this:

10. Lou fine, 9. Bernie Krigstein (did not make our list, 8. Ditko. 7. Frazetta. 6. Wood. 5. Kurtzman. 4. Barks. 3. Admas. 2. Eisner, 1. Kirby.  So we only had four of the same names in the top 10.  Their list was heavily weighted towars old-tmers

Comic Book reources was the opposite...weighted towards more modern artists: 10. Eisner, 9, Romita Jr., 8. John Cassady (not on our list), 7. Miller, 6. Byrne, 5. Ross, 4. Neal Adams, 3. Perez, 2. Jim Lee, 1. Kirby.  So again with CBR's list our top 10 shared just 5 names.  I think our list was a nice blend of both old and new.

monkeyfoot 4/26/2013 8:30:10 AM

Thank you, thank, thank you for these comic book artist list articles, Tim! Like Blankczech these bring back a million and one memories looking over the various artists and their stories.

There are many list articles all over the web which people will often argue with. This is usallly because the writer only references his own opinions. You will always get comments like "Dude, Jim Lee should be number 1! He's the artist I grew up on and he draws everybody good!" What has set this apart is that you took the time to poll as many artists in the field as you could and compiled the order from people who work in the field. They know who their influences were and they know what an artist has to do in the job. This list compilation should therefore be pretty much accurate to who the greats are (with some give and take).

joelr 4/26/2013 8:33:43 AM

Tim, I didn't mean that as a dig, I just meant that I think a list sans Kirby, Ditko, Kubert etc. would open people up to more artists, and ones that don't get the recognition they deserve.

Thant being said- excellent job on culling all this and puting it together, it couldn't have been easy!

ElBaz13 4/26/2013 8:54:41 AM

I'm disappointed Rob Granito and Josh Hoopes didn't make the list. Those guys are awesome artists as evident to all the fantastic artwork they sell on auction sites and cons.


monkeyfoot 4/26/2013 8:55:14 AM

I met Perez briefly at a con when both of us happened to be standing next to each other commenting how great some cosplayers' costumes were. Saw his name tag and reailzed who he was and gave him a big handshake and thanked him for his work.

And of all the artists on this list I am most happy to have also shook the hand of Jack Kirby. It was a few years before his death. I had him sign a comic for a Xmas gift for a friend but got nothing for me. I most regret not having a camera (no phones with camera in the early 90s) so I could have a picture with him.

It was a con on a Memorial Day weekend and he told a story about serving in Europe during WWII. Everybody was being given grunt work and he wanted something easy. "Hey, I draw Captain America!" So they told him to go into the abandoned town and sketch some buildings. While there he ran into a German soldier all alone taking a leak. Neither he or the German had weapons so they both just quietly walked away from each other. I seem to recall him saying this incident happened while he was with his Cap co-creator Joe Simon but since I've learned Simon served somewhere else. Maybe my memory is faulty or he was embellishing.

tjanson 4/26/2013 8:56:00 AM

Joel...I know you didn't and I didn't take it that way.  thanks pal

Roqueja 4/26/2013 9:21:59 AM

Thank from me as well.  It was a great read from start to finish.  I do have a problem with the overlooking Sergio Aragones being the lone exception.  Humour in comics is essential, and nobody is funnier than him.  He can illustrate in a few simple lines the humour in a captured moment in time, and do it in a quarter of the time it would take any other artist.  His artistic speed alone is stunning.  His Mad Marginals were perfect for the medium, and helped put the comic back in comic book with Groo.

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