All month-long we’ll be featuring top five lists about either the Avengers or the X-Men. Here is an archive of all the past top five lists!
We did one of these for the Avengers, so today we’ll look at the top five artists who have penciled the most issues of X-Men (for this list, I’m accepting pencilers who only did layouts and/or breakdowns). Since there have been SO many X-Books over the years, I’m specifically limiting this list to artists who have penciled the majority of an issue of one of the following series: Uncanny X-Men (Vols. 1, 2 and now 3), X-Men (Vols. 1, 2 and now 3), Astonishing X-Men, X-Treme X-Men, All-New X-Men, New X-Men (the Morrison issues), Wolverine and the X-Men and Annuals (plus the Age of Apocalypse issues) of all of those previous books (essentially whatever the “core” X-Men books were at any given moment).
What I like about lists like these is that I personally have no idea who is going to “win” before I sit down to count. So it’s a surprise for everyone involved who gets the top spots!
Just missing the list were Joe Madureira, Werner Roth, Greg Land, Dave Cockrum, Alan Davis and John Byrne (who would be second on the list if I counted X-Men: The Hidden Years).
5. Marc Silvestri
Silvestri sneaks on to the list courtesy of his four-issue stint finishing off Grant Morrison’s New X-Men run. Silvestri had a surprisingly large amount of issues in his initial run. Roughly 30 or so.
4. Andy Kubert
Andy Kubert, meanwhile, put in a significant run on X-Men after Jim Lee left in the early 1990s. Oddly enough, he has yet to return to the titles.
3. John Romita Jr.
John Romita Jr. had two stints on Uncanny X-Men. One in the mid 1980s and then one in the early 1990s.
2. Chris Bachalo
Chris Bachalo has yet to have a really long run on any X-Men title, but he makes up for it by having lots and lots of short runs. He had two separate stints on the first volume of Uncanny X-Men, he did an arc of Morrison’s New X-Men, he had one stint on the first volume of X-Men and he launched both Wolverine and the X-Men and now the current volume of Uncanny X-Men.
1. Salvador Larroca
Larroca, though, is more than 20 issues ahead of his closest competitor. He had a decent-sized run on Uncanny X-Men during Chris Claremont’s return to the series in 2000. He then followed that up with an extended run on X-Men with Chuck Austen and then Peter Milligan. Then he did over twenty issues of X-Treme X-Men with Claremont once again. Plus a few fill-in issues here and there. He is currently doing an X-related title (Cable and X-Force), so it would not be surprising to see him return to extend his lead as the artist who has penciled the most X-Men issues ever (digital coloring has obviously been a major boon to Larroca’s durability).