Top Comic Book Artists 46-43

The countdown continues! Here are the next four comic book 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.).


46- Jose Luis Garcia Lopez – 235 points (8 votes for first place).

There are quite a few comic book artists out there who would say their comic book company told them that was too good for a comic book business, but that’s exactly what happened to the superb Jose Luis García López. He hit the scene in DC Comics in the mid-’70s, and soon everyone in the company was in awe of the expert mix of sharp character action mixed with the fluidity of action sequences. The sheer economy of his style made it so that in the middle of any given moment, the characters basically look like they’ve gone out of one’s mind when considering the idealized version of said character. This has also worked for other company personalities, such as his great work in 1981 Batman vs The Incredible Hulk A comic crossover, where García-López manages to perfectly capture the modern look of the Joker as well as the modern look of Batman and the “wild” Hulk!

And then, of course, that dynamic I wrote about earlier…

The movement looks like it’s jumping right off the page. However, as stated before, García-López’s character work was too good for DC to be considered a character guide instead, so García-López was responsible for the DC license character guide, designing what the characters look like for the various licensed products Which DC has done over the years. It catches every character perfectly…

For the past 40 years or so, whenever I’ve seen a DC comic book character on a licensed product, if not specifically García-López himself, he’s been an artist using García-López’s work as a starting point for Superman Boyardee’s chef. Or chewing gum batman or whatever. García-López is probably the most underrated superhero artist we’ve ever seen, given that his work is ubiquitous, yet he doesn’t have the same classic comic book as most of the other artists on this list. He’s kept doing comic book business over the years as well, and hasn’t lost any heat from a fastball in recent years. Still as good as ever.

45 Brian Hitch – 237 points (1 vote for first place).

Comic book artists tend to have a fairly normal career path, but Brian Hitch’s path to comic book superstardom has been a bit more detour than most. He started working in the British comic book world when he was still a teenager, then progressed to American comic books in the late ’80s/early ’90s, including running on Sexy She-Hulk. Hitch has always been a great comic book artist, but for a while there in the ’90s, he kind of bounced around a series (while still doing British work as well). Oftentimes it looked like it was about to explode, like when he drew the one-shot X-Men comic book that followed the crossover of Age of Apocalypse, but then it doesn’t seem like it’s moving into a major comic book series. Then it all came together in the most unlikely of places, as Hitch and his longtime assistant, Paul Neary, made some additions to Warren Ellis’ Stormwatch series. Issues introduced two new characters, Midnighter and Apollo, and soon Ellis decided to cancel the order Stormwatch Entirely and launching a new series using Apollo and Midnighter (and others Stormwatch Characters that Ellis likes) are called Authoritywith Hitch and Neary as artists in this new series.

Early on, Ellis, Hitch, and Neary decided to stick with the idea of ​​doing the series as a blockbuster genre in comic book form for four number arcs, and the “widescreen” movement became a trademark of Hitch’s style and, well, it’s utterly captivating…

Ellis’s run in the book was only a year away, so Hitch and Neri moved to DC’s JLA, where they first made a large-format graphic novel with writer Mark Wade inviting her. JLA: Heaven’s Ladder Which basically testified that the Justice League fights God…

Then Hitch and Enker Andrew Currie (and colorist Bull Mounts) joined Mark Millar at the launch UltimatesHere, Hitch’s style continued his “widescreen” appeal, but he also began to tightly portray characters, using real people as inspiration. In many ways, Hitch’s designs for The Ultimates were probably the greatest visual designs to influence the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Avengers around (Well, Adi Granov, of course) …

Hitch is such a star that he’s been able to write a few comic books over the years and, well, if Bryan Hitch was going to draw your comic book if he was writing it, who would say no to that? He has continued to do detailed/”widescreen” work on his brand on a number of projects since then. Currently, he is painting poison for Marvel with the books Ram V. and Al Ewing.

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44- Joe Madureira – 241 points (4 votes for first place).

The influence of manga on the artwork of US superheroes began much earlier in the 1990s, and perhaps Arthur Adams is the creator best known for introducing this influence into the world of American superhero comics, but Joe Madureira took things to a whole other level when art took on duties on the X-Men superhero In the early nineties. In a field filled with Jim Lee clones, no one else was quite like Madurera. His work was dynamic and full of vitality. Much like how Bill Sienkiewicz opened up fans’ horizons in the ’80s new mutants Work, too, expanded Madureira what fans expected in terms of “realistic” portrayal of the characters. The Neil Adams model has been mainstream for years, but Madureira has opened up a whole new approach to his style.

The intersection of Age of Apocalypse was especially important when it came to Madureira’s work, as it allowed him to re-engineer all of the X-Men for this alternate reality and the sheer creativity at work in his designs was shocking…

In the end, Madureira left to launch a title owned by a creator, Battle ChasersThen he got into video game design for many years. He still occasionally does comic book work and is as dynamic as ever.

43. Joe Kubert – 244 points (3 votes for first place).

Very few artists can claim to be regular working artists in the golden age of comics and still work as a regular comic book artist after 2010, but Joe Kubert is one of those people. He remained a popular artist all the way until his death, still working on new comic books for DC Comics.

While Cubert was an excellent superhero artist, and if you ask him, he’ll probably say he’d rather draw things like Tarzan or the Caveman Tor character than anything else, he’s known for his work on DC war comics. He was so good at it that they finally gave him the books to run.

His most famous character he worked on was certainly the sergeant. Stone. Here’s a bit from one of the most famous rock stories ever, “The Four Faces of Sgt. Rock” from Our army is at war #127 (Written by Kanigher). It was one of those stories where different people tell stories about rock music from different perspectives. Here’s an idea of ​​how Rock got a rookie who stayed way behind the others. He kept telling Rock he was really fast, but he was loaded with all his gear. Rock didn’t admit it, and that drove the kid crazy, so much so that during one of the fights, he decided to show how fast he really was…

Strong artwork.

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