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2014 Top 50 Comic Book Artists #50-41

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2014 Top 50 Comic Book Artists #50-41

The countdown begins now!!!

Here are the first 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.).

Before we begin, let me note that anyone who didn’t expect a whole lot to change in four years, well, do we have a surprise for you (some of the changes were certainly a surprise for me).

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.

50. Paul Pope – 251 points (2 first place votes)

Paul Pope has this bizarrely amazing sense of design. He comes up with these wonderful blending of gritty “realistic” worlds with an off-kilter sense that makes everything stand out. He’s been doing it for years on comics such as THB and Heavy Liquid.

Plus, his sense of kinetic movement in his work is outstanding. Check out the opening to his classic work, Batman Year 100…

49. Alex Toth – 252 (1 first place vote)

If thee was a fault of Alex Toth’s amazing comic book career, it was that he was sort of born at the wrong time. He was born in 1928. Had he been born seven years earlier, he likely would have been one of the greats of the Golden Age superhero boom, but instead he broke in after superheroes were falling out of favor. He spend the fifties drawing a variety of comic books for a variety of publishers. Eventually, his stunning skills as a kinetic storyteller and designer were given new form when he went to work as a storyboard artist and designer for Hanna Barbara. Throughout the 1960s he created dynamic action characters. His skills were put to use once again in the early 1970s when he designed the Super Friends. All throughout this time, he couldn’t stay away from comics – all sorts of kinds. You should see how amazing Toth could draw a Hot Wheels comic book!

Here is reader Wes Carter on why he voted for Toth:

[T]he level of craftsmanship and mastery he brought to the medium is breathtaking. I’m not a fan of the “detailed” artist, I much prefer the less is more school and Toth is the headmaster.

I remember the first time I saw my first Toth comic – White Devil/Yellow Devil (reprint) it burned it’s way into the back of my head! I’ve never had another comics experience quite like it. After I saw that I wanted to be able to draw with the same economy and impact he had – never gonna happen, but I can dream.

Here is the story Wes refers to, White Devil/Yankee Devil from Star Spangled War Stories #164 by Robert Kanigher and Toth…

48. Dave McKean – 254 (4 first place votes)

Dave McKean is probably best known for his cover work, where his mixed-media artwork really stands out. Especially with his connection to the Sandman comics. However, he has done a number of exceptional interior works as well, including probably his most famous work, his re-imagining of the villains of Arkham Asylum in the best-selling graphic novel of the same name…

Go to the next page for #47-44…

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