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Top 20 Comic Book Artists Ever

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The greatest comic book artists of all time, according to me!

Rated 6 points - posted 11 years ago by ArtofWar11 in category Other.
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Jack Kirby Report Abuse
The greatest comic book artist ever. He drew and contributed to the creation of as varied of comic books as Fantastic Four, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk, the Mighty Thor, the Avengers, X-Men, Black Panther, the Eternals, Kamandi, Challengers of the Unknown, the Demon, and O.M.A.C. He also single-handedly created the massive comic book odyssey, the Fourth World.
135 points - added 11 years ago by ArtofWar11 - 2 comments
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Kirby was the guy who everyone looked to for the action. His art was dynamic and powerful, but beautifully composed. He never stopped growing as an artist, expanding into sculpture and modern art at the end. His work with Stan Lee is legendary, but did you know he drew the first Capt Marvel for Fawcett or that he was an in-betweener for the Fleisher Brothers on Popeye cartoons? He was a well rounded fine artist and did paintings as well a political cartoons too. Yeah, this guy was the KING!
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He was good for his time and some artists in the field still can't match him. Along with stan lee as the writer they were a good force.
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Neal Adams Report Abuse
122 points - added 11 years ago by ArtofWar11 - 1 comment
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He's better than Alex Ross.
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Carl Barks Report Abuse
One of comics' great all around storytellers, Barks had a long and successful career doing one of the toughest things of all: entertaining children and adults with the same stories. Along the way he created some wonderful and enduring characters, not the least of which is the inimitable Uncle Scrooge, Gyro Gearloose, Magica De Spell, Gladstone Gander. He was the top Disneyx artist of his time and today is still regarded as the grestest Duck artists by most modern Artists and Fans, ranging from Giorgio Cavazanno to Don Rosa.
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Best Disney artist ever. His duck stories, and paintings are priceless.
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Got me on this one. Barks was hte pre-eminent artist of funny animal books. But you might want to check out BLACKSAD, a French graphic novel turing up here in the states now. The artist Juanjo Guarnido is a former Disney animator and is frankly, AMAZING.
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The man influenced about every Artists who ever did a humour comic. He also influenced the creation of Raiders of the Lost Ark, both Steven Spielberg and George Lucas read his comics as children and actually got the rolling stone trap idea from the Barks story The seven Citys of Cibola.
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Curt Swan Report Abuse
THE most consistent Artist of all time. Unlike most other artists who hit a peak and then decline, Curts work is great from his first ever superman story in 49 up to the one page he pencilled for the superman wedding album in 96, he drew the man of Steel troughout 5 decades, gave him his classic look and whenever a fellow JLA Member showed up you could see how easily he could have changed to another strip. He's one of the few Artists who NEVER worked with Marvel (kinda like one of his admirers Alan Moore), despite Stan trying to get DCs house style workhorse over to them quite often in the 60s. He was also a nice human being, once saying: "I get more enjoyment out of seeing a young one's smiling face staring into a comic book that I drew than I could possibly get out of having all of the money, praise and accolades in the world." His drawing inspired Chris Reeves Superman, other Admirers of him are longtime Collaborators Julius Schwartz (the man who singlehandeldy invented the silver age), Denny O'Neil who revamped with him Superman in the early 70s, longtime Writers Elliot S Maggin and Otto Binder and many more. He really is the Norman Rockwell of Comics. An underrated legend whose name i spell in the same sentence as others might say jack Kirby or Steve Ditko. Anohter one of his trademarks was his realistic style and his perfect craft over facial expressions (while others, even Kirby, only had about 3 faces), read anything from his long career and see how realistic it looks quite in the vein of Neal Adams, especially when he worked with denny together and waqs inked by Murphy Anderson he excelled even moore in the realistic department.
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Oh. and I should add, Curt died over a drawing table, doing pencils of a piece auctioned for charity the next day. Swear to God, a great man.
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Curt Swan at number one? Wow, where to begin... Okay, granted he drew comics for a long time. So did Jim Aparo, the most prolific artist on Batman ever, and a MUCH better artist than Swan. Swan's layouts were almost blueprints, he couldn't draw foreshortened limbs or fingers to save his life, and his people were VERY similar to each other in stylization, right down to having the same build, the same eyes, the same expressions. Murphy Anderson should also receive a LOT of credit if you're listing Swan. He was the inker on most of Swan's art for years and his style was almost identical to Swan's. Plus, he managed to make Infantino look good (not an easy task sometimes).
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Gil Kane Report Abuse
106 points - added 11 years ago by ArtofWar11 - 1 comment
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Took a weekend course with Gil in 1982, where he gleefully revealed bunches of details about different artists working at the time as well as taught about the psychology and impact of layout and design. His favorite artist at the time? Not on your list, but how about Alex Toth? Gil was wonderful. He drew up until his death and his work always looked amazing. He was a devoted student of Burne Hogarthe as well.
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John Romita Sr. Report Abuse
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Spiderman, Mary Jane, Gwen Stacy... Love his stuff!
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Joe Kubert Report Abuse
105 points - added 11 years ago by ArtofWar11 - 2 comments
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Met him in Toronto in 2011. My favorite artist and a gentleman too.
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Not enough can be said about this guy. He's never been to Dallas, so I haven't met him, but man, he is a storytelling god! He lays out every story a full issue in advance, usually in 2 page spreads, on a board like a storyboard; the same way animators do it for film. He's doing the best work of his life right now, but I still admire my collection of Enemy Ace and Sgt. Rock. Awesome artist!
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Carmine Infantino Report Abuse
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Adam Strange. Nuff said!
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John Byrne Report Abuse
At his prime one of the most sought after artists .his work on X-Men lead to the groups popularity.
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the perfect blend of realism and comic book pizzazz, plus volume, writing and career length, Should be at least #5
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no he is not.
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George Perez Report Abuse
A man whose bibliography is as long as a comic book. He has worked on Crisis on Infinite Earths, Avengers, Teen Titans, JLA/Avengers, Fantastic Four, and Wonder Woman. He is known for his very ornate and dynamic style and is responsible for much of the popularity of comic books in the 1980s.
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Master of the small panel. Awesome.
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Not a fan. Perez's art seems flat and uninteresting to me. It seems complex and hard to read. He tends to repeat poses a lot and his backgrounds are excessively detailed. His pages are so chock full of stuff, it's hard to know where to look sometimes. A better artist in the same vein is Garcia Lopez.
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Steve Ditko Report Abuse
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Ditko did awesome work in the 50's, but most of his really great work in the 60's was limited to Dr. Strange. His Spiderman, while iconic, is just not great stuff by him. Look at the work he did in the horror mags in the 50's for Charlton and Atlas. Also, he did some really fine Sci-fi work as well. I think of Ditko as a stylist, a cartoonist, a storyteller; but not really an illustrator.
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Alex Ross Report Abuse
Perhaps the greatest cover artist of all time, well known for his realistic drawings of superheroes as a comic book painter. He's worked on Kingdom Come, Earth X, Justice, and all sorts of great comic books.
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References or not, his paintings are to die for.
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No he is not the greatest cover artist. He uses references to draw which most artists dont.
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John Buscema Report Abuse
"How to draw comic the marvel way"..... nuff said!
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In this list he is number One. He made made how to draw the marvel way and no book drawing book matches it.
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Dave Gibbons Report Abuse
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Alex Toth Report Abuse
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Will Eisner Report Abuse
The award is named after him, for crying out loud.
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What could be said that already has not?
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Frank Quitely Report Abuse
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Mike Mignola Report Abuse
57 points - added 11 years ago by ArtofWar11 - 2 comments
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nope. Simplicity and style should not trump complexity and substance.
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GOD !!! one and only
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Tim Sale Report Abuse
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Ivan Reis Report Abuse
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Jim Lee Report Abuse
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Yeah He should be replaced by Alex Ross.........
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Wow, what a brilliant comment.
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hes alright but not really good.
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Marc Silvestri Report Abuse
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He's the best there is for story telling. You don't realize how good he is because he makes all the people he works with look good. The writer gets the credit for writing a great story and his inkers get credit for great inking. Look at how he lays out his pages. They are just gorgeous. It's too bad he doesn't draw so much anymore.
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John Romita Jr. Report Abuse
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Brian Bolland Report Abuse
Known for his super-detailed work in comics like 2000 AD, Animal Man, Wonder Woman, the Invisibles, and Batman: The Killing Joke, the last of which is one of the greatest Batman stories ever. A great cover artist whose work is still in high demand.
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John Cassaday Report Abuse
An artist known for his extremely realistic depictions, whose famous work includes runs on Planetary, Astonishing X-Men, and Captain America. Has won multiple Eisner awards for his work.
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Bryan Hitch Report Abuse
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J.H. Williams III Report Abuse
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Paul Pope Report Abuse
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Olivier Coipel Report Abuse
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Dave McKean Report Abuse
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Stan Lee Report Abuse
He co-created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Avengers, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Daredevil, Doctor Strange
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Stan is an editor not an artist. Whats he doing on this list.
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Jamie Hewlett Report Abuse
The man behind Gorillaz artwork, Tank Girl and several editions of Judge Dredd, amongst other things. This guy is amazing.
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James Jean Report Abuse
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Diz Report Abuse
Robert Crumb the best comic book artist ever. No sissy spiderman gay superman cheesy fastfood bull****!
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