The countdown continues! Here are the next four comic book artists you voted as your all-time favorites (out of approximately 1,023 ballots, with 10 points for first-place votes, 9 points for second-place votes, etc.) .


46. ​​José Luis García-López – 235 points (8 votes for first place)

There are few comic artists who could say that their own comic company told them it was indeed TOO good for comic book work, but that’s almost precisely what happened to the brilliant José Luis Garcia-Lopez. He burst onto the DC Comics scene in the mid-1970s, and soon everyone in the company was in awe of the expert blend of sharp character work mixed with the smoothness of his action sequences. The sheer economy of his style meant that in the middle of a given moment, the characters seem to basically go out of their minds thinking about the ideal version of said character. It even worked for OTHER company characters, like his brilliant work on 1981 Batman vs. the Incredible Hulk crossover comic, where García-López managed to perfectly capture the modern look of the Joker as well as the modern look of Batman AND the “savage” Hulk!

And then, of course, that dynamism I talked about earlier…

The movement feels like jumping straight off the page. However, as previously stated, García-López’s character work was just too good for DC to masquerade as a character guide instead, so García-López was in charge of DC’s license character guide, designing what the characters look like for the various licensed products. that DC has done over the years. He nails each character perfectly…

For the past 40 years or so, every time you saw a DC comic book character on a licensed product, if it wasn’t García-López himself specifically, it was an artist using García-López’s work. López as a springboard for their Superman Chief Boyardee or Batman chewing gum or whatever. García-López is probably the most underrated superhero artist we’ve ever seen, because his work is EVERYWHERE, and yet he doesn’t have the same classic comics as most of the other artists on this list. . He also continued to make comics over the years, and he hasn’t lost his fastball heat in recent years. It’s still as good as ever.

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

Comic book artists tend to have a fairly normal career path, but Bryan Hitch’s path to comic book stardom was a little more circuitous than most. He broke into the British comic world while still a teenager, then progressed to American comics in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including a run on Sensational She-Hulk. Hitch has always been a good comic artist, but for a time there in the 1990s he kind of bounced around the shows (while still doing UK work too). Occasionally it looked like he was about to explode, like when he drew the one-shot X-Men comic that followed the Age of Apocalypse crossover, but it just didn’t. seemed to transfer into a big comic book series. . Then it all came together in the most unlikely places, where Hitch and his longtime inker Paul Neary did some replacements on Warren Ellis’ storm watch series. The issues introduced two new characters, Midnighter and Apollo, and soon Ellis decided to cut storm watch entirely and launch a new series using Apollo and Midnighter (and other storm watch characters Ellis loved) called Authoritywith Hitch and Neary as artists in this new series.

Early on, Ellis, Hitch, and Neary decided to commit to the idea of ​​making the series some sort of major blockbuster movie in comic book form for four issue arcs, and that “widescreen” action became a hallmark of Hitch’s style and, well, it’s downright captivating…

Ellis’ run on the book only lasted a year, so Hitch and Neary moved to DC’s JLA, where they first made an oversized graphic novel with writer Mark Waid called JLA: The ladder of paradise which basically saw the Justice League fight God…

Hitch and inker Andrew Currie (and colorist Paul Mounts) then joined Mark Millar in launching The Ultimatesand here Hitch’s style continued its “widescreen” appeal, but he also began to do very detailed depictions of characters, using real people as inspiration, and, in many ways, the designs Hitch’s for The Ultimates were probably the biggest visual influence on the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Avengers (well, Adi Granov too, of course)…

Hitch is such a star that he’s been able to write comics over the years, so if Bryan Hitch draws your comic if he happens to write it, who says no to that? And he’s continued to do his detailed/”widescreen” work on a number of projects since. Currently he draws Venom for Marvel with writers Ram V. and Al Ewing.

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

Manga‘s influence on American superhero artwork began long before the 1990s and Arthur Adams is probably the creator best known for bringing this influence to the world of American superhero comics, but Joe Madureira took things to a whole new level when he took over the art. homework on Weird X-Men in the early 1990s. In a field full of Jim Lee clones, no one else looked quite like Madureira. His work was dynamic and bursting with energy. Just like how Bill Sienkiewicz opened up fans’ horizons in his 1980s New Mutants work, just as Madureira expanded on what fans expected in terms of “realistic” portrayals of the characters. The ideal of Neal Adams had been dominant for years, but Madureira opened up a whole new approach with his style.

The Age of Apocalypse crossover was particularly significant in regards to Madureira’s work, as it allowed him to redesign all of the X-Men for this alternate reality and the sheer creativity at work in his designs was shocking…

Eventually, Madureira left to launch a creator-owned title, battle hunters, then he started designing video games for many years. He still does occasional comic book work and it’s just as vibrant as it always has been.

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

Very few artists could claim to be regular working artists in comics’ heyday and still work as a regular comics artist after 2010, but Joe Kubert is one of those people. He remained an acclaimed artist until his death, still working on new comics for DC Comics.

While Kubert was an excellent superhero artist and if you asked him he’d probably say he preferred drawing stuff like Tarzan or his caveman character Tor he’s best known for his work on the comics of DC war. He was so good at it that they got up and just GAVE him the books to run eventually.

His most famous character he worked on was undoubtedly Sgt. Rock. Here is an excerpt from one of the most famous rock stories of all time, “The Four Faces of Sgt. Rock” by Our army at war #127 (written by Kanigher). It was one of those stories where different people tell stories about rock from different angles. Here’s one on how Rock kept recruiting a new recruit who was still lagging behind the rest. He kept telling Rock he was really fast, but he was just loaded down by all his gear. Rock didn’t recognize him, and that drove the kid a bit crazy, to the point that during a battle he decided to show how fast he really was…

Powerful work.