Earlier this week we began the final countdown of CBR’s All Time Top 100 Writers and Artists, as voted on by members of the CBR Forums. On Monday we got you caught up with the voting thus far and revelaed the #5 writer and artist. On Tuesday we brought you the #4 writer and artists. Today, it’s time for the #3 position to be revealed.
Tomorrow we’ll bring you the #2 and #1 artist and Friday we’ll bring you the #2 and #1 writer. You may ask, “Why don’t you just reveal the #2 and #1 writer and artists on Thursday and Friday respectively?” Well, because when we reveal who #2 is in both categories, #1 will become obvious and we don’t want to spoil the reveal for you!
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#3 ARTIST: George Perez – 399 points (10)
George Perez first broke into comics in the early ’70s, drawing backups for Marvel’s magazine line. Soon, Perez was gaining enough attention that he was given one of Marvel’s bigger titles, “The Avengers.” Perez was a hit on the book, and for most of the ’70s, Perez kept busy on a number of assignments for Marvel, including a run on “Fantastic Four” with Marv Wolfman.
Towards the beginning of the ’80s, Perez was already doing work for DC Comics, drawing “Justice League of America.” When his old “Fantastic Four” partner, Wolfman, made the move to DC, Perez and Wolfman got together to launch the “New Teen Titans.”
The book was a smash hit, both critically and commercially, and Perez and Wolfman were instant comic book stars.
“Titans” was the perfect mixture of Perez’ strengths – clean, but still dynamic and just a little ornate. In addition, Perez had soon gained a reputation as being one of the best artists out there for drawing large groups of heroes (note the team books he worked on – “Avengers,” “Justice League,” “Titans” – he loved the group shots).
On “Titans,” Perez honed his skills, becoming more and more detailed.
His ability to draw large groups was put to the test when, in 1985, he joined Wolfman on “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” the massive DC crossover that changed the DC Universe forever and remains a favorite amongst comic readers. It also gave Perez the chance to draw lots and lots and lots of characters.
After “Crisis,” Perez went solo (while working with Len Wein at first) and relaunched “Wonder Woman” for DC.
After staying on the book a number of years, in the ’90s, Perez ceased regular work, instead working on mini-series and special projects.
He still managed to produce some highly acclaimed work, like “Hulk: Future Imperfect,” with writer Peter David.
In the late ’90s, Perez took up regular comic work again, relaunching the “Avengers” with writer Kurt Busiek. The book was a smash hit.
Perez then signed an exclusivity deal with CrossGen, but in the meantime, he began work on “JLA/Avengers,” a prestige edition crossover of the Marvel and DC characters that Perez had initially worked on in the ’80s, before a disagreement between the two companies quashed the deal. Now, two decades later, Perez finally had the chance to finish it.
And, of course, draw a cover featuring every single member of the Justice League and the Avengers.
Perez also contributed covers (and some interior pages) to “Infinite Crisis,” the sequel to the original crossover Perez had worked on in the mid-’80s.
Recently, it was announced that Perez will be working on a new team-up series for DC with writer Mark Waid titled “Brave and the Bold.”
#3 WRITER: Neil Gaiman – 570 points (10)
Before he broke into comic books, Neil Gaiman worked on a number of writing projects, including a biography of the band Duran Duran. In the late ’80s, after befriending writer Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman followed up Moore on the comic “Miracleman.” After that ended, Gaiman wrote a pair of graphic novels with his friend artist Dave McKean. Based on these graphic novels, Gaiman was asked to do a mini-series for DC Comics. The series (drawn by McKean) was “Black Orchid.” It was well-received, and soon, Gaiman was asked to create a new series.
The series, “Sandman,” was a gigantic success, spreading beyond just comic book fandom, but gaining attention from outside the industry, even winning the World Fantasy Award for short fiction.
Soon after launching “Sandman,” Gaiman created “Books of Magic,” starring a young magician named Tim Hunter. The mini-series was a success, and Tim Hunter has become a popular character for DC since.
Gaiman developed some ideas which were then turned into comics for a company called Tekno Comix.
Sandman continued to be a rousing success throughout the ’90s, especially the character of Death, the little sister of the star of “Sandman,” Morpheus of the Dreaming. Death received her own spin-off mini-series, which Gaiman also wrote. It, too, was a critical and commercial success.
After wrapping up Sandman in the mid-’90s, Gaiman began working in other media, writing a few novels, a TV series for the BBC, screenplays, even a children’s novel.
Recently, Gaiman wrote a mini-series for Marvel Comics titled “1602.” He is currently following that up with a second mini-series about Jack Kirby’s “Eternals,” with art by John Romita, Jr.