Every day this month I’m going to feature the work of a great artist, only instead of me picking the artist to feature, they will be picked by their peers, fellow professional comic book artists who are picking out artists (from the past and present) who they think deserve special attention. Do note that most artists I asked about this gave me multiple answers and I picked out one choice out of a number of suggestions, so these are not definitive answers, like “Artist X likes Artist Y and he thinks all other Artists are terrible!” Here is an archive of the artists featured so far!
Today, we have the pick of Dave Gibbons, who you all know from his decades of striking artwork, including a little project he did with Alan Moore called Watchmen.
Dave’s pick is José Luis García-López.
José Luis García-López got his start in comics working for Charlton Comics in the 1960s.
In 1974, he moved from Argentina (he was born in Spain in 1948) to New York City, and soon, he did his first work for a company that he would be associated with for, well, the next 35 years (and counting!).
García-López’s first DC work was inking the late, great Dick Dillin on an Atom back-up in Action Comics #448.
His first penciling work was a Hawkman back-up in Detective Comics #452.
García-López’s work is marked by a classical style with extremely clear, fluid and detailed storytelling, plus figure work that is the envy of many artists out there.
In fact, it is that figure work that has kept García-López a bit of a mystery to many fans over the years, as DC liked his figure work SO much that he is basically the official artist for DC’s “Style Guide,” the guide DC gives to companies who want to license their comics.
Because of this, and all the licensed work DC has him do, he has not had much regular comic book work over the years, besides some notable stints on Atari Force and New Teen Titans.
DC took good use of his brilliant figure work (and his amazing storytelling style) when they did a crossover with Marvel Comics. García-López drew the tale, and wow, I haven’t looked at these pages in awhile – I remember them being good, but I didn’t even remember just HOW good he was. You have got to read this comic for yourself, people! Practically every page is just brilliant!
Again, García-López doesn’t draw regular comics that often, but he tries to do some short story arcs here and there.
Here are some pages from a JLA: Classified storyline he did with writer Gail Simone a few years back and pages from a Batman Confidential storyline he did with writer Tony Bedard just earlier this year…
He’s a true modern master.
Thanks to Dave for the pick!!