I have many "favorite" comic book artists. Narrowing it down to one would be as difficult as trying to name my "favorite song". It's simply
impossible to do.
My list of favorite comic book artists begins with the King, Jack Kirby
What list would be complete without Steve Ditko
? Certainly not this one.
Naturally, a good list would also include John Buscema, Barry Smith, Rich Buckler and Mike Nasser (aka Netzer)
and such is the case with my
Of course, my list also includes Frank Frazetta
, even though he really never came into prominence for his comic book work but rather for his
cover art for the Conan the Barbarian series of paperback books for Lancer Publications.
also deserves a notable place on my list as does Will Eisner
While many people who aren't comic book fans might not know many of the artists mentioned, I am certain that there are many who would recognize the
. Frank's work on Daredevil comics is when I first noticed his work but the general public probably recognize the name from the
recent film, Sin City.
ouAny Fan of war comics would recognize another one of my favorite artists, Joe Kubert
. Joe created one of the most interesting characters in
the this sub genre, that of "Enemy Ace".
To touch on underground comics for a moment, I must mention the late, great Vaughn Bode
. Vaughn's work was the inspiration for many present
day grafitti artists. I must add, as an aside, that I had the priveledge of actually working with Vaughn briefly. Unfortunately, his sudden,
untimely death cut short our all-too-brief association. In this same genre, I must also mention
Jeff Jones (aka, Jeffrey Jones)
, one of the finest illustrator/painters to have been known within the comic book world. Again, unfortunately,
Jeffrey has faced some very difficult times as of late.
Another artist that is a favorite of mine is Jim Steranko
. Although Steranko did not produce as much comic book art as I would have liked,
Jim's work on "Nick Fury, Agent of Shield" certainly earned him a niche in the Comic Book Hall of Fame (if there was one).
But if I had to pick and name one artist who has influenced the world of comics in the past twenty-five years, it would have to be Neal Adams
Neal's work and love of the comic book genre is legendary. A successful advertising artist, Neal would still take time out from his much more
lucrative advertising business to produce some of the most memorable artwork that has ever graced a comic book; most notably, X-Men, Green Arrow and,
of course Batman. Incidentally, Neal is credited with re-inventing the Batman character into the Dark Knight personna. Another aspect of Neal's
that is worth every ATS members interest is Neal's foray into Earth Science. Neal has been expounding his Growing Earth Theory through interviews in
Wired Magazine as well as his work on an illustrated "treatise" on this alternative theory of science Neal