All week long we’ve counted down CBR’s All Time Top 100 Writers and Artists, as voted on by members of the CBR Community. Yesterday we brought you the #2 and #1 artists and today we’re excited to bring you the #2 and #1 writers.
Before we show you who scored the final two writer positions, let’s catch you up on who came before. Here’s a list of the writers who made the cut thus far, how many overall points they received and the number of first place votes cast in their favor.
|50. Dave Sim – 47 pts (1)
48. (tie) Chris Ware – 49 pts
48. (tie) Harvey Kurtzman – 49 pts
47. Dan Slott – 50 pts (1)
46. Mark Gruenwald – 51 pts (1)
44. (tie) Jack Kirby – 53 pts (1)
44. (tie) John Ostrander – 53 pts
43. James Robinson – 54 pts
41. (tie) Joe Casey – 58 pts (1)
41. (tie) Walter Simonson – 58 pts
40. Greg Rucka – 64 pts (1)
39. Carl Barks – 66 pts
38. Bill Willingham – 68 pts
37. Gilbert Hernandez – 74 pts (3)
36. Joss Whedon – 78 pts
35. Robert Kirkman – 79 pts (1)
33. (tie) Gail Simone – 81 pts
33. (tie) J. Michael Straczynski – 81 pts (2)
31. (tie) Jim Starlin – 82 pts
31. (tie) J.M. Dematteis – 82 pts
29. (tie) Mike Carey – 92 pts (1)
29. (tie) Mike Mignola – 92 pts (2)
28. Steve Gerber – 98 pts (2)
26. (tie) Peter Milligan – 98 pts (1)
26. (tie) Fabian Nicieza – 98 pts (1)
25. Jeph Loeb – 99 pts (2)
24. Steve Englehart – 100 pts
23. John Byrne – 101 pts (2)
22. Roger Stern – 102 pts
21. Marv Wolfman – 105 pts (1)
20. Dennis O’Neil – 111 pts (3)
19. Keith Giffen – 119 pts (1)
18. Mark Waid – 121 pts (2)
17. Roy Thomas – 145 pts (1)
16. Geoff Johns – 195 pts
15. Will Eisner – 221 pts (4)
14. Garth Ennis – 268 pts (4)
13. Kurt Busiek – 276 pts (2)
12. Ed Brubaker – 282 pts (2)
11. Peter David – 321 pts (2)
10. Brian K. Vaughan – 378 pts (10)
9. Mark Millar – 381 pts (4)
8. Chris Claremont – 442 pts (14)
7. Brian Michael Bendis – 465 pts (3)
6. Warren Ellis – 529 pts (7)
5. Frank Miller – 535 points (9)
4. Stan Lee – 559 points (19)
3. Neil Gaiman – 570 points (10)
The full list with creator profiles can be found here.
We conclude our week long celebration with the #2 and #1 writer! To discuss these results, stop by this thread and talk with other fans.
#2 WRITER: Grant Morrison – 945 points (28)
Grant Morrison broke into comic book writing in the late ’70s, but for the rest of the decade and most of the 1980s, Morrison struggled to find an audience, mostly working for small independent British comic book companies. Eventually, though, Morrison was noticed and given a chance on some Marvel UK stories, some “Dr. Who” work and finally, some stories in the long running British comic “2000 A.D.” His creation of Zenith, with artist Steve Yeowell, in the late ’80s, finally put him on the map, as the character was soon one of “2000 A.D.’s” most popular features.
Throughout this whole struggle to gain acclaim in Britain, Morrison was attempting to break into the American comic industry as well, and finally, after the success of Zenith, one of Morrison’s proposals was accepted, and he started work on “Animal Man” for DC. Morrison had a vastly different take on Animal Man than previous writers, as Morrison worked in environmentalist concerns along with metafictive examinations into the whole idea of comic book continuity. The book was soon a critical success.
Morrison was next hired to take his unique sensibilities and apply them to another DC superhero title, “Doom Patrol.” Morrison took over with #19, and quickly changed the book dramatically, with many surreal moments.
The same year he began work on “Doom Patrol,” Morrison had his biggest commercial success, when he wrote the original graphic novel, “Batman: Arkham Asylum,” with artist Dave McKean. The book came out just in time for the Batman motion picture, making it one of the most profitable graphic novels in comic history.
While his popularity grew in America, Morrison still continued to work on projects for British comic book companies. One project, “St. Swithin’s Day,” caused a bit of an uproar over its anti-Thatcher views.
In the early ’90s, Morrison wrote a number of Vertigo mini-series, to general critical acclaim.
However, his biggest Vertigo work was an ongoing series, “The Invisibles,” which perhaps is Morrison’s biggest/most important work.
The book consisted of a mixture of pop culture/political culture/and underground culture, all with a view of working towards the Millenium (the last volume of the series actually counted backwards, literally counting down to the Millenium).
As a counter to his trippy “Invisibles” work, though, in 1996, after a short stint on a character Morrison and Mark Millar co-created, “Aztek the Ultimate Man,” Morrison returned to superheroes big time, with a critical and commercial smash hit, “JLA.” Morrison’s over-the-top action scenes and novel usage of the “Big Seven” DC superheroes was very well received by comic readers, soon turning a poor-selling title into a DC Comic franchise, with spin-offs galore.
In 2001, Morrison moved to Marvel, where he took the reins of the X-Men franchise, writing “New X-Men,” and totally revamping the Marvel mutant universe for a few years.
During this time, Morrison also wrote a number of acclaimed mini-series, such as “Marvel Boy” and “Fantastic Four: 1234.”
After returning to DC, Morrison wrote a series of critically acclaimed mini-series, such as “Vimanarama,” “Seaguy” and “We3,” with his long-time collaborator, artist Frank Quitely.
In 2005, Morrison launched a series of mini-series starring a number of little-used DC characters, called the “Seven Soldiers.”
Currently, Morrison is writing “All-Star Superman” (with artist Frank Quitely), “Batman” (with artist Andy Kubert), “Wildcats” (with artist Jim Lee), “Authority” (with artist Gene Ha) and finishing up work on “Seven Soldiers” (with artist J.H. Williams III).
#1 WRITER: Alan Moore – 1276 points (63)
Alan Moore first worked in comics as an artist, drawing comic strips for various magazines, until he decided he wasn’t going to get very far as an artist, so he concentrated instead on writing comics. He soon broke in at the major British comics of the time, “Warrior,” Marvel UK and “2000 A.D..” Soon, Moore was the most critically acclaimed comic writer in Britain.
This did not escape the attention of DC Comics editor Len Wein, who hired Moore in 1983 to take over as writer of “Swamp Thing.” It was not long after Moore took over the title that everyone noticed the startling turnaround Moore brought to the series. First, Moore changed the entire concept of the character dramatically, turning it from a man who was turned into a Swamp Thing to a Swamp Thing that thinks it is a man.
Moore’s stories continued in this vein, bringing in more and more adult themes to the comic, using the bizarre nature of the comic to explore whatever ideas he felt like. At the same time, the book was drawing more and more critical acclaim, until it was basically DC’s most critically acclaimed comic book (heck, it was probably the most critically acclaimed comic book).
Moore wrote other superhero comics for DC, including the classic last issues of “Superman” and “Action Comics” before John Byrne re-booted the character in “Man of Steel.”
In 1986, Moore began work on “Watchmen,” a mystery featuring superheroes that firmly placed them in the “real world,” working in various themes and approaches to superheroes that, at the time, no writer had ever really approached.
The book was a commercial success and a huge critical hit.
Around this time, DC re-released one of Moore’s earlier British works, “V for Vendetta.” The re-released series was a smash success, as was Eclipse Comics reprinting of another early Moore work, “Miracleman” (nee “Marvelman”).
Moore left DC over a dispute regarding his contract rights, and spent the rest of the ’80s and early ’90s doing independent, creator-owned works, such as “Big Numbers” and “From Hell,” with artist Eddie Campbell.
In the early ’90s, Moore worked on a series for Image called “1963,” where he re-imagined superheroes, as they appeared during the early ’60s.
Moore followed this up with more superhero work for Image creators. First, he did a number of projects for Jim Lee’s Wildstorm Studios, including a run on “WildC.A.T.S.” Next, he followed with work for Rob Liefeld’s studio of comic book characters. Moore was given the freedom to do whatever he wanted to with Liefeld’s characters, and Moore’s run on “Supreme” (where he used Supreme to tell Superman stories he wanted to tell) was a critical, smash hit.
In the late ’90s, Jim Lee created a whole line of comics at Wildstorm just for Alan Moore. America’s Best Comics allowed Moore to do whatever he wanted. For ABC, Moore created the “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” “Promethea,” “Tom Strong” and “Top 10,” all of which were huge critical successes.
Recently, Moore released “Lost Girls,” a three-volume comic story about the female heroes of Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and Wizard of OZ, which he had been working on with artist Melinda Gebbie since the late 1980s.
Upcoming works for Moore include his final “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” project for DC Comics, after which Moore will be doing another volume for Top Shelf Comics, who produced “Lost Girls.”