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Top 25 Black Comic Book Artists #15-11

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Top 25 Black Comic Book Artists #15-11

The countdown begins now!!!

Here are the next five artists that you voted as your favorites of all-time.

15. Dougie Braithwaite

After getting his start in British comics like 2000 A.D., Dougie Braithwaite began working for both Marvel and DC Comics in the 1990s on a variety of titles. His most famous work of this era was likely on the Universe X and Paradise X maxi-series with Jim Krueger and Alex Ross. Years later, Braithwaite would do the stunning Justice series with Krueger and Ross where Ross would paint over Braithwaite’s pencils.

While always an accomplished comic book artist, over the years, Braithwaite has a adopted a more realistic style, perhaps influenced by his work with the ultra-realistic Ross. Whatever the case, his work over the past decade or so has had an almost painted quality to it.

Here are some Braithwaite pages from his run on Wolverine Origins…

Currently, Braithwaite is one of the top artists working at Valiant Comics. He is drawing a bunch of different books for them.

14. Darryl Banks

After beginning his career with Innovation and Millennium in the late 1980s and early 1990s (including a stint on Justice Machine), Banks went to DC Comics in late 1993 to draw a couple of issues of Legion of Super-Heroes. The young talent with the distinctive lines was quickly given a wonderful opportunity by becoming the new artist on Green Lantern with incoming writer Ron Marz. The two men delivered on the conclusion to Emerald Twilight, where Hal Jordan became the villainous Parallax and then they introduced Kyle Rayner as the new Green Lantern. The book rocketed to the top tier of DC’s books at the time and Banks stayed with the title for eight years (lasting even longer than Marz himself). Banks designed the looks for both Parallax and Kyle Rayner. Here they are in conflict with each other in Green Lantern #0…

After his Green Lantern run ended, Banks did a few fill-in issues before leaving comics to work in commercial art (as well as teaching).

13. ChrisCross

Christopher “ChrisCross” Williams got his big break in the early 1990s working at Milestone Comics on a number of titles. His dynamic artwork particularly stood out for the unique (for superhero comics, at least) way that he drew the characters with distinct body types that were closer to real life. For instance, when he drew, say, Wonder Woman, she was a muscular woman, as you would expect from an Amazon, ya know?

After Milestone wrapped up, he launched a series at DC with Christoper Priest, Xero. He then moved to Marvel where he launched Slingers with Joe Harris and after that series ended, he then launched Captain Marvel with Peter David (I believe his Captain Marvel run was the one where he drew the most issues of a given run).

A few years later, he was at Marvel where he helped to relaunch Firestorm with writer Dan Jolly (including introducing the new half of Firestorm, Jason Rusch). He also did a couple of JLA fill-ins, including this one issue that must have been an artists’ dream, as writer Joe Kelly had Wonder Woman work out some of her feelings for Batman by going into a virtual reality machine and living out a variety of possible outcomes to them getting together (think “For the Man Who Has Everything”)…

Beautiful work. He is such a dynamic artist.

Most recently, ChrisCross has been working at Valiant Comics on a number of projects.

Go to the next page for #12-11…

12. Jamal Igle

After initially breaking into comic books in the early 1990s working for some independent companies, Jamal Igle then left comics for other work before returning in a big way at the end of the decade. After working on New Warriors and Iron Fist/Wolverine for Marvel Comics, he moved to DC Comics around 2000. He would remain at DC for pretty much the rest of the decade, working initially on fill-ins for various titles before beginning an impressive stint where he did regular runs on one title after another, from Firestorm to Nightwing to Supergirl, Igle’s charming style and striking storytelling made him a favorite at the company.

In 2012, he decided to create his own comics, launching a successful Kickstarter for his passion project, Molly Danger, which he wrote and drew…

Igle continues to work on Molly Danger for Action Lab, where he is currently the Vice President in charge of Marketing.

11. Ronald Wimberly

Fans got their first good look at Ronald Wimberly’s brilliantly unique art style when he began to work for Vertigo around a decade ago. He did a Hellblazer mini-series starring Papa Midnite. In 2007, he drew MF Grimm’s auto-biographic novel, Sentences: The Life of MF Grimm, which drew raves from critics and audiences alike (plus a couple of Eisner Award nominations).

Vertigo later released Wimberly’s own graphic novel, Prince of Cats, in 2012.

Wimberly’s art style is filled with kinetic energy, even when characters are seemingly not doing anything, they are always filled with this striking sense of energy. This allows him to take command of any sort of project, as he stands out so much that he can breathe new life into any character, even, say, the Shocker…

Wimberly is currently working on two new creator-owned projects for Image Comics, Sunset Park and Slave Punk. We’re lucky to have artists in the industry who move comics forward the way that Ron Wimberly does.

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