The countdown continues with the next four artists you voted as your all-time favorites (out of approximately 1,023 votes cast, with 10 points for first place votes, 9 points for second place votes, etc. .).
10. John Buscema – 998 points (25 votes for first place)
John Buscema worked on a variety of different comics in the late 1940s and through most of the 1950s, before leaving the comics business to become a commercial artist during one of the economic downturns the comics faced. comic faces the late 1950s. Marvel’s turning point in the 1960s’ success with their superhero work brought Buscema back into comics. After Jack Kirby left Marvel in 1970, Buscema quickly became more or less THE face of Marvel Comics, and since it was around this time that Marvel took over the top spot in the comics business, Buscema was the face of this time. Additionally, he was solidified as THE face of Marvel when his art was used for the book “How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way,” which remained in print for over twenty years. Stan Lee chose Buscema to launch Lee’s classic Silver Surfer Course…
Buscema was an amazing storyteller, who had a great penchant for action, but could also easily squeeze a lot of pathos out of dramatic scenes without action (like the famous Crying Vision full-page splash when accepted by the Avengers) . However, despite drawing a ton of superheroes in his lifetime, Buscema really wasn’t a fan of the genre. No, he loved sword and sorcery comics (plus Tarzan – he was part of the generation of artists who adored Hal Foster, whose most famous works were Tarzan and valiant prince). What he would like to draw is a bunch of guys with swords and beautiful women with, well, swords too. Fortunately, Conan the Barbarian eventually became popular enough that it made sense to put one of Marvel’s most popular artists on the title, and Buscema stuck with the book for as long as he could…
If that was all Buscema drew in his career, I bet he would have been thrilled.
9. Frank Miller – 1026 points (17 votes for first place)
Frank Miller broke into Marvel doing a few different replacement comics before becoming a regular artist at daredevil, in collaboration with the incredible inker Klaus Janson. Miller revitalized comics with his dynamic and bold art design work. By the end of the series, Miller was only doing layouts/breakdowns and Janson was doing the rest of the artwork. Yet his page designs were unmistakably his own.
Miller left Daredevil in the early 1980s and went on to direct a creator-owned series for DC called Roninwhich debuted with a slightly more abstract style of art, which it transposed to the best-selling and epic Batman: The Dark Knightt miniseries (again working with Janson)
In the 1990s, he drew city of sin for Dark Horse, where he used a new art style, inspired by Will Eisner and the use of light and shadow…
Really powerful stuff.
That’s more or less been his art style ever since. After a long hiatus, he started drawing comics again a few years ago, like some stories for Dark Knight Returns III: Race of the Masters and one 300 after, Xerxes, for Dark Horse Comics. More recently, he started his own comic book company, Frank Miller Presents, for which he will create new comics.
8. Bill Sienkiewicz – 1032 points (19 votes for first place)
When it comes to the evolution of artists, few artists can truly touch Bill Sienkiewcz’s journey. After debuting on Moon Knight’s save feature in Pontoon! doing a Neal Adams riff, Sienkiewicz then worked on The Fantastic Four with Moon Knight writer Doug Moench, then he moved on to a Moon Knight ongoing series with Moench. There he began experimenting with an expressionist style for his comic book work, which was extremely rare for the time.
His unique work quickly made him so popular that they moved him to the first x-men derived title, New Mutantswhere he kept trying new things…
until he abandoned traditional pencil drawing entirely, beginning to work in multiple mediums for his work on the classic miniseries, Elektra: Assassin (with writer Frank Miller). Here, Elektra confronts a SHIELD agent who was following her…
Sienkiewicz later used this art style on his creator-owned series, Misplaced toaster.
In the years that followed, Sienkiewicz became a much sought-after inker, as his inks could offer a whole new style to the designers he worked with. It also delivers beautiful covers for a number of different series.
7. John Romita Jr. – 1039 points (26 first place votes)
After starting with a short story in a Spider Man annual in the late 1970s, Romita Jr. quickly made the trip across the world of Marvel with a stunning mix of top comic book series.
He burst onto the scene with a big run on Iron Man with Bob Layton and David Michelinie. He then moved on to amazing spider man with Roger Stern before moving on to Weird X-Men with Chris Claremont. He stayed on X-Men for a while before being personally chosen to be the artistic face of the New Universe by launching Featured brand. He then moved on to a long run on daredevil with Ann Nocenti before doing stints on Cable and Warzone of the Punishers and a short return Weird X-Men. He settled down with Howard Mackie for a long time Spider Man, remaining on the book when J. Michael Straczysnki joined. During this stint, he also had a good race on Thor with Dan Jurgens and Hulk with Bruce Jones. After his Spider-Man run ended (after about 100 issues), he did an arc on Wolverine with Mark Millar, launched Eternals with Neil Gaiman, and brought the Hulk’s War to Earth with Greg Pak in world war hulk. He then created the hit series Kick ass with Mark Millar. He then restarted avengers with Brian Michael Bendis then relaunched Captain America with Rick Remender. Man, this guy has done it all!
Romita Jr’s best attribute has always been his storytelling, which is why in his early years at Marvel he usually did layouts instead of solid pencils. This gave him more time to draw several titles at the same time. Its storytelling is superb, like this bit of the famous Spider-Man/Juggernaut battle in amazing spider man #230…
However, in the late 1980s he finally started to work in full pencil, giving his work a grittier feel, while retaining that brilliant storytelling…
It has some of the best page designs in the industry. After over THIRTY years at Marvel, Romita Jr. went to DC in 2014, but then made a triumphant return to Marvel last year, and is once again the regular performer on amazing spider man.