Top comic book artists 6-4

The countdown continues with the next 3 artists you’ve voted as your all-time favorite (from about 1,023 ballot papers, with 10 points for first place votes, 9 points for second place votes, etc.).

6- Neil Adams – 1,585 points (15 first-place votes)

In the 1960s, there were artists who would work for DC Comics and Marvel Comics, but they often used pen names for their Marvel works, and they didn’t want to anger DC. If they decide to go full time at Marvel, they’ll eventually use their real names (like Gene Colan at the end as his real name instead of Adam Austin, which was always funny because few artists are as distinct as Gene Colan, so they hide the nickname was always kind of silly) . Other than that, the artists had to stick with one company or another, just to make sure they got regular assignments. Neil Adams changed that, by being so good that no one would dare tell him he couldn’t do what he wanted.

is a drawing X-Men And the Avengers For Marvel and he had seven years spent in Batman titles for DC while also being the regular cover artist for most DC Comics in the early 1970s (he also had a famous stint in green lantern With writer Denny O’Neill who addressed the social issues of the time).

Adams drew nearly thirty stories depicting Batman in those seven years from 1968-1975 (about eight of them were in the best in the world And the brave and bold), but that’s all I needed to be recognized as the greatest Batman artist ever, as that’s how much his work on Batman in the early ’70s affected readers and fellow artists.

in Batman #251, Joker brought back the killer…

While also helping to reshape our view of Batman as a hunter…

In the classic prequel to Ra’s Al Ghul, the famous battle where Batman is left to die before Talia Al Ghul gives him an antidote to scorpion poison, Adams sets that era up against the action-driven love hero Batman…

Not only was Neil Adams’ style of “realistic” comic book art (which is dynamic in a way that transcends realism, and hence quotes) significantly different from most comic book artists who use a similar style, but was particularly different from what is usual. The comedian appeared in the late sixties. For readers, it was like leaving Kansas and ending up in Oz. This is how dramatic the transformation is. And in a few years everyone was trying to draw just like him. Adams was a force of nature – seasoned artists and new artists alike had to adapt to his artistic style. He has been by far the most influential American comics artist of the past 60 years, and has been a major influence on many of the artists on this list (Bill Sinkiewicz, John Byrne, Alan Davis, Brian Hitch, and many others). Unfortunately he passed away earlier this year.

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5. Alex Ross – 1,822 points (34 votes for first place)

After doing some work for independent companies, Alex Ross became a fairly instant star with his work on the 1993 miniseries. marvelsWith Kurt Bosic, and no wonder his work on the series is amazing in its power…

Ross managed to do something that very few formal artists can do – he was able to maintain fluidity in his characters. This lack of solidity is what manages to turn photo-like images of heroes (which so many animators can do) into superheroes that practically live and breathe (which very few animators can do).

Follow Ross Marvel with The kingdom is coming, which may contain TOPPED Marvels with its depiction of DC in the future. This showed Ross’ great sense of design, which he moved into Earth Xa comic similar to Marvel.

Ross has done a number of high-volume shots for DC Comics highlighting Superman, Batman, Captain Marvel, and Wonder Woman.

on the series justice, Ross came up with the idea of ​​drawing in pencils for another artist, which worked well. Ross has been mostly doing covers for the past few years, but even there, he’s managed to make a huge impact because his covers are usually excellent. Also, recently, A . was released The Fantastic Four A graphic novel written and drawn by himself, this time making pencils….

It’s a great new method.

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4. Jim Lee – 1,825 points (33 votes for first place)

After breaking into Marvel in the late ’80s as one of editor Carl Potts’ discoveries, Jim Lee really started making a name for himself while working with the Potts as the art team at Punisher War Magazine (To keep the book on deadline, Potts would do the layouts then finish me and then paint the cover on his own.)

Then the history of the comic changed when Lee released a number of Uncanny X-Men. He was quickly brought back for more issues and quickly became the usual artist X-Men superheroHe eventually became the co-planner of the series with writer Chris Claramont. Lee and Claremont revitalized an already strong person X-Men Series and soon Lee launched a new brand X-Men series, with the first issue still holding the record for the most copies sold of a single comic book.

Lee was by far the most popular artist in comics, and fellow artists Todd MacFarlane and Rob Liefield were able to convince Lee to come and co-found Image Comics with them. Jim Lee’s Wildstorm Studios is probably the most successful of the various photo studios. Eventually, Lee split up his studio from Image and sold it to DC Comics.

Lee slowly began doing more work for DC Comics and eventually became one of DC’s two publishers.

While in DC, Lee shook up the comedy industry by drawing Batman for an entire year in 2002-03. It was one of the biggest comic book events in years. Writer Jeff Loeb knew he had a great opportunity to get Jim Lee to draw nearly every major Batman character that was out there, so Loeb used the Hush story to do exactly that – each issue was a highlight of a different main Batman character, from villains to heroes whatever Catwoman is. Throughout the story, Lee also used a fresh approach where he kind of took the watercolor style of flashbacks. It was absolutely amazing. here in Batman #614, Batman struggles with whether he should finally kill the Joker – see how he portrays me memories of Batman…

After the silence, Lee spent another assignment drawing a “normal” Batman comic book series All star batman and robin With writer Frank Miller. Since then, Lee has been used as a kind of drama attraction for series and releases Justice Squad In New 52 with Geoff Johns, and the launch of a new Superman title with Scott Snyder, Superman Untetheredwhen man of steel eject and launch suicide squad In DC Rebirth. He’s been doing less inside work in recent years because of his important executive role in DC, but he still does a lot of great covers.

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