In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Batman, we’re doing four straight months of polls having to do with Batman, culminating with the official celebration of Batman’s anniversary at the end of July. The last installment will deal with Batman stories, but this month will be about Batman’s writers and artists (40 artists and 35 writers).
You all voted, now here are the results! Here is a master list of all the writers and artists featured so far. We continue with Batman artists #25-21.
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. Specifically, no “Creator X better not be in the top ten!” or variations of that idea (“Creator X better not be ahead of Creator Y,” etc.) I’ll be deleting any comments like that and, depending on how jerky the comment was, banning commenters.
25. Sheldon Moldoff
I don’t really think we should feel too bad for a guy who had steady work as a comic book artist on one of the top comic books in the industry for fifteen years. That said, Sheldon Moldoff was in an odd position as one of the most prominent Bob Kane ghost artists of the 1950s and 1960s. On the one hand, he had to pretend to be Bob Kane and on the other hand, he couldn’t even draw in his own style, as he had to evoke the work of ANOTHER ghost artist of Kane’s, the great Dick Sprang.
Moldoff had a hand in the creation of a number of classic Batman characters like Batwoman, Ace the Bat-Dog, Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy. Towards the end of his tenure on the Bat-books, especially when he was paired with inker Joe Giella (who was of a slightly later generation, being eight years younger than Moldoff and seventeen years younger than Moldoff’s longtime inker, Charles Paris – as a quick aside, did you know that Moldoff and Paris never actually met each other? Paris inked Moldoff for over a decade but they never got a chance to meet. And it’s not like nowadays where artists are all over the place – pretty much everyone had to live in the New York City area at the time. But as Moldoff has noted, they didn’t have time to “hobnob” with each other). Here’s a few pages from one of Moldoff’s later stories, a classic introducing “Death Man”….
24. Alan Davis
Alan Davis came over to American comic books to work as the new regular artist on Batman and the Outsiders, replacing Jim Aparo. After a year on that title (which included the title transforming into a non-Batman title), though, his work was so strong that the entire creative team of the title transferred over to Detective Comics (Davis as well as writer Mike W. Barr and inker Paul Neary). There Davis had an excellent (if short-lived) run.
Here’s a snippet of the 50th anniversary of Detective Comics, where a bunch of great detectives team-up, namely Batman, Slam Bradley (who was from the first issue of Detective Comics), Elongated Man and, of course, Sherlock Holmes…
23. Alex Ross
There’s really not much to say about Alex Ross. He is one of the most famous comic book artists around, with his photo-realiztic painting making him one of the most in demand artists in the business. He often does not have the time to do interior work, but he has done a number of famous Batman covers (many of which appeared on the 75 Greatest Batman Covers of All-Time). However, Ross DID do at least one Batman comic, the graphic novel Batman: War on Crime, with writer Paul Dini…
Fantastic stuff. Ross also did a story for Batman Black and White.
22. Dick Giordano
Few comic book creators have had their name on as many classic Batman stories as Dick Giordano. Working as the primary inker on the Batman titles of the early 1970s, he famously worked with all of the major Bat-artists of that generation – Neal Adams, Irv Novick and Bob Brown. However, Giordano also penciled his own stories on occasion, including the legendary introduction of Dr. Leslie Thompkins in December 1975…
Even after becoming a top executive at DC Comics and ceasing to work regularly as an inker, Giordano often still did inking work, including inking the issue of Batman where Bane breaks Batman’s back!
21. Andy Kubert
Andy Kubert first penciled a Batman comic with the blockbuster crossover miniseries Batman vs. Predator from 1991, where he was inked by his older brother, Adam.
Kubert then went on to have a long and distinguished career as one of the top artists at Marvel Comics, working there for well over a decade. He finally returned to Batman in 2005 as the first artist on Grant Morrison’s Batman run, where the pair introduced the world to Damian Wayne, eventually known as the new Robin!
Kubert left after about a year, but returned for the Neil Gaiman two-parter “Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?” where Kubert was particularly good in drawing.
Kubert also recently wrote and drew a mini-series starring Damian. Kubert’s first arc on Batman with Morrison had one of the most clever fight sequence that you’ll likely to see in a Batman comic. Batman is at a pop art gallery when he is attacked by a group of ninja Man-Bats. Check out how the fight goes…
I know that that idea was likely Morrison’s, but Kubert executed it beautifully.