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2014 Top 50 Comic Book Artists #30-21

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2014 Top 50 Comic Book Artists #30-21

Here are the next ten artists that you voted as your favorites of all-time (out of roughly 1,040 ballots cast, with 10 points for first place votes, 9 points for second place votes, etc.).

NOTE: Don’t be a jerk about creators in the comments section. If you are not a fan of a particular creator, that’s fine, but be respectful about it. No insulting creators or otherwise being a jerk about creators. I’ll be deleting any comments like that and, depending on how jerky the comment was, banning commenters.

30. John Cassaday – 391 points (6 first place votes)

John Cassaday lays out his pages extremely well, and it is no surprise that his work is so popular, as people tend to go for that quasi-realistic approach in a big way, and Cassaday has all of that while never sacrificing clarity. Here is his famous handling of the revelation that Colossus was not actually dead…

It practically gives me chills!

29. Bryan Hitch – 397 points (3 first place votes)

Recently, Bryan Hitch has been doing a few creator-owned titles for Image Comics. One he did with writer Jonathan Ross and the other he wrote himself. Both works (America’s Got Powers and Real Heroes) spotlight the notion of “regular” people getting superheroes. This is a perfect avenue for Hitch to go down, since so much of his greatest attributes as a comic book artist are in the way that he brings a compelling brand of realism to his work – he makes an over-the-top superhero sequence so grounded in a sort of realistic approach that he makes it stand out in a fascinating way. The most famous example of this, of course, was his run on Ultimates with writer Mark Millar. Here, the Ultimates have their first public superhero fight, and it’s against their own teammate, the Hulk…

28. Gil Kane – 408 points (3 first place votes)

For over FIFTY years, Gil Kane’s name was synonymous with top rate superhero artwork. If you were reading a Gil Kane comic book, you knew you were almost certainly going to get some great action inside your comic. That’s not he started out, of course, as originally he worked as a support artist as a teenager during the 1940s and worked his way up to becoming of one Julie Schwartz’s regulars during the 1950s on DC Comics’ science fiction comics. When Schwartz decided to launch new versions of the Golden Age superheros during the late 1950s, Gil Kane was right there to join in, drawing both the new Green Lantern and the new Atom for almost a decade.

In the late 1960s, Kane was wooed by Stan Lee to Marvel Comics. In the early 1970s, Kane began a stint on Amazing Spider-Man, including the death of Gwen Stacy, one of the most famous comic book stories of all-time…

Kane returned to DC in the 1980s for a strong run on Superman in Action Comics. He then continued to work here and there right until he passed away in 2000.

Go to the next page for #27-24…

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