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Matt A
01-09-2007, 02:12 PM
We were talking about Mike Zeck, a fave of mine, in another thread and so I thought I'd start one for superhero artists in general.

Besides Zeck I'm a huge fan of John Romita, Jr.. His Spider-man work is amazing (pun intended) and his Kirby inspired work on The Eternals mini-series is beautiful. He's working on a Fantastic 4 book which I can't wait to see.

Alex Maleev's run on Daredevil was really good. He obviously uses models and photos for reference but gives it his own style. Alan Davis is doing good stuff at Marvel too.

Carlos Pacheco's pencils on the current Superman issues are fantastic and really suit the character. Ethan Van Sciver is another guy I like at DC right now.

I've also always liked Steve Rude. The run of mini-series he did for Marvel a few years ago (Spider-man, Thor, Captain America, and the Hulk VS Superman one shot) was great and the World's Finest story he did with Dave Gibbons is really good.

William R.
01-09-2007, 02:32 PM
Ditko
Mazzuchelli
Wrightson
Bolland
Keith
Quitely
Robertson

The only names I know. I'm probably reaching with a few.

Alex E.
01-09-2007, 02:39 PM
Off the top of my head,

Barry Windsor Smith
Neal Adams
Big John Buscema
Jack Kirby

Ian Jane
01-09-2007, 02:43 PM
Corben's probably not really mainstream but he's done some superhero stuff in the last few years and I think he's done a good job with it too. His Hulk four issue story with Bruce Jones was great.

Mike Brown
01-09-2007, 02:49 PM
I don't know diddly about the mainstream guys, but my fave undergrounder was Fred Schrier.

http://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/schrier_fred/schrier_balloonvendor.jpg

Matt A
01-09-2007, 02:57 PM
Corben's probably not really mainstream but he's done some superhero stuff in the last few years and I think he's done a good job with it too. His Hulk four issue story with Bruce Jones was great.

Did you get that new Ghost Rider yet? It came out a few weeks ago and he's doing the upcoming issue as well.

Matt A
01-09-2007, 03:04 PM
Mazzuchelli


Batman:Year One is fucking amazing. Mazzuchelli does stuff with simple body gestures and facial expressions in there that are so subtle and powerful it makes me sick. Daredevil:Born Again is also incredibly good. Shit, his whole run on Daredevil is worth buying, especially #225.

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a376/matthewallison/1636_4_0225.jpg

He's a teacher now. His Rubber Blanket series was a nice book but I much prefer his superhero stuff.

William R.
01-09-2007, 03:13 PM
I like his art. My problem is I'd flip through the comics to check out some of the artwork, but never got into them. Superhero's were never really my bag.

For example, Daredevil is booty. See what I mean?

Ian Jane
01-09-2007, 03:15 PM
Did you get that new Ghost Rider yet? It came out a few weeks ago and he's doing the upcoming issue as well.

I knew he was working on it, but haven't picked it up yet. Is it any good?

David Huber
01-09-2007, 03:24 PM
Jim Steranko
George Perez
Mike Ploog
Paul Gulacy
John Byrne (depending on the inker; Terry Austin complemented him very well)

Robert J
01-09-2007, 03:30 PM
Not sure about this one. I use to read comics then Rob Liefeld happened and he ruined everything.

I'm thinking about getting back in, is now a good time?

Andrew Monroe
01-09-2007, 03:34 PM
Darwyn Cooke - his DC The New Frontier is fuggin` amazing, got the Absolute Edition for Christmas and that led me to start on his new Spirit.
Carmine Infantino
Keith Giffen
Wally Wood
Don Heck
The usual Kirby, Steranko, Adams suspects...

Scott Ruhl
01-09-2007, 03:42 PM
John Byrne (depending on the inker; Terry Austin complemented him very well)

Some of my favorite stuff is his early X-men work. After that he blew it.

Tim Vigil - My favorite comic artist. Not a mainstream superhero artist, but subject matter aside, he is working in that style.

Kelly Jones - When I first saw his Batman stuff I hated it. Now I think it's some of that character's best "look".

Dan DeCarlo - I know he isn't so much a "super-hero" artist but his shit was even more mainstream than that. Beautiful stuff to look at.

http://nono.bulles.free.fr/noel/bd/pensee-du-jour/dan-de-carlo-2.jpg

Matt A
01-09-2007, 03:44 PM
I'm thinking about getting back in, is now a good time?

Believe it or not it is...sort of. I swore off super hero junk around the time of Liefeld/Lee/McFarlane as well and it took a good ten years and some decent writers and artists to bring me back. I'd recommend the Bendis/Maleev Daredevils as a starting point because those are what got me back into it. Keep in mind that there's still alot of crap out there but it ain't as bad as it was in '90-'93.

Matt A
01-09-2007, 03:46 PM
I knew he was working on it, but haven't picked it up yet. Is it any good?

I read it while drunk so I don't remember what the story's about but it's Corben drawing flaming skulls and motorcycles. What's not to love?

Matt A
01-09-2007, 03:51 PM
I like his art. My problem is I'd flip through the comics to check out some of the artwork, but never got into them. Superhero's were never really my bag.

I hear ya. When I got out of costumed bullshit I got into Eightball, Crumb, Charles Burns, Love & Rockets, Yummy Fur, etc...But (you'll really love this) I got into a big nostalgia kick when the first SPIDER-MAN movie came out and started buying the stuff again. Now it's about half and half.

Shawn S2
01-09-2007, 07:56 PM
im not big into comics, but i think David Mack, and his Kabuki work, is just amazing. a really awesome guy too.

Josh S
01-09-2007, 08:02 PM
darwyn cooke

Adolph L.
01-09-2007, 08:07 PM
John Buscema
Jack Kirby
Jim Lee
Jim Mooney (used to go out with his daughter like 10 yrs ago.)

others i like are:

tim vigil & bernie wrightson

BobG
01-09-2007, 10:41 PM
Steranko, Steve Ditko, Kirby, Alex Toth, Will Eisner, Wally Wood, Jack Davis, Will Elder, Paul Gulacy, Neal Adams, Michael Kaluta...most of the Silver Age/Golden Age/E.C. legends.

Adam C
01-09-2007, 11:18 PM
I guess my number one would have to be Mike Allred, I've been following his work since almost the beginning of his comics career. I own just about everything he's ever done.

Most of the other guys who I'm really into, like Dan Brereton, Juan Jose Ryp don't really do anything too mainstream. I'm a big fan of Ryan Sook but he hasn't done a real steady superhero book since his short run on Hawkman, I think he did X-Factor but I didn't check it out.

John Cassaday is pretty great.

Randy Thomas G
01-10-2007, 03:59 AM
Kirby and Steranko of course, would Eisner's stuff on The Spirit count as mainstream? Ditko's work on the early Spiderman comics fascinated me when I was a kid, I don't know if I can nail down what appealed to me so much.

John Romita Jr.'s work on Daredevil stuck with me, as did Mazzucchelli's art for the Born Again storyline, one of my favourite mainstream comic storylines.

Marc Silvestri's rough style on the X-men comics in the mid to late 80s was great but now he does more of the conventional muscle-porn approach. Walt Simonson's X-factor and Thor art is underrated, I think.

John Bolton and Al Davison brought really distinctive styles to the vignettes in the back of the Classic X-men reprints. I can spot their work instantly still.
I also like Alan Davis' work on Captain Britain.

I lost interest in superhero comics around the time that Rob Liefeld and McFarlane started to dominate things and Image kicked in with the slick, muscle-obsessed, splash-page overkill style that still seems to dominate mainstream comics.

Maybe it's because I don't follow things as closely but the current superhero comics don't seem to have artists with real distinctive styles, although there are exceptions like Eduardo Russo, Alex Maleev, Enrique Breccia or Kyle Baker working on the Truth comic.

Matt A
01-10-2007, 12:48 PM
Howard Chaykin is someone else whose art I admire and has been doing alot of work for DC lately.

Scott Ruhl
01-10-2007, 12:59 PM
im not big into comics, but i think David Mack, and his Kabuki work, is just amazing. a really awesome guy too.

I followed Kabuki from the begining and dig the shit outta' it, however I really am a bigger fan of his black and white work moreso than his color comics. The color stuff is very pretty but it lacks good cartooning and reads more like an illustraed book than good comics. Still pretty tho'. And yeah he is a pretty nice guy, he must attend like every comic convention.

David Huber
01-10-2007, 01:24 PM
Howard Chaykin is someone else whose art I admire and has been doing alot of work for DC lately.

I still have a bunch of his 'American Flagg' comics around the house somewhere. Very talented.

Frank R
01-10-2007, 03:10 PM
Eduardo Risso is doing some incredible stuff on 100 Bullets.Not sure what the proper terminology is but if it were a film I'd say he draws some great camera angles.