Top 25 Black Comic Book Artists #25-16

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Top 25 Black Comic Book Artists #25-16

The countdown begins now!!!

Here are the first ten artists that you voted as your favorites of all-time.

25 N. Steven Harris

N. Steven Harris has been working in the comic book industry for over two decades now. Early in his career he co-created Aztek the Ultimate Man with two British writers you might have a passing familiarity with, Grant Morrison and Mark Millar. I was going to post this awesome sequence with the Joker from that series written by Morrison (showing an early sign of what Morrison’s Joker would look like in future stories) but then I though, Harris is STILL doing excellent comic book work, so I should show something a little more recent, so here is a dynamic piece from Harris’ series, Ajala, co-created with Robert Garrett (Ajala is about a young hero being trained in the ways of being a hero by her mentor, who also happens to be her high school teacher!)…

Harris is also working on another creation of his, (Brotherhood of) The Fringe (the banner image is from that series).

24 Steven Hughes

Along with writer Brian Pulido, Steven Hughes launched Chaos Comics and the two major hit characters, the post-apocalyptic crazed killer, Evil Ernie, and the powerful goddess, Lady Death. Hughes designed the character, who was one of the top “bad girls” of the mid-1990s. Here she is from her first mini-series…

Tragically, Hughes passed away in 2000 at the far too young age of 40.

23 Malcolm Jones III

Malcolm Jones III was one of the top inkers of the late 1980s/early 1990s, inking most of Young All-Stars, then inking Denys Cowan on a dozen or so issues of The Question and then most famously succeeding Sam Kieth as the inker on Neil Gaiman’s legendary The Sandman early in the famous run, where Jones inked Mike Dringenberg, Kelley Jones, and Colleen Doran.

Jones was also a fine penciler in his own right, as well. Here he is on a nice Alfred spotlight story from the 1989 Batman Annual…

Jones sadly died in 1996.

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22 Arvell Jones

Originally working as an assistant to Marvel star artist (and fellow Detroit native), Rich Buckler, Jones was involved with Buckler’s early work introducing Deathlok in the pages of Astonishing Tales. Then, throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Jones worked on a number of titles for Marvel and DC Comics, including a stint drawing the Atom at DC.

Here are some pages from a Thor fill-in he drew…

Jones drew some stories for Milestone Comics in the 1990s. Nowadays, he is mostly on the teaching side of things.

21 Jackie Ormes

Jackie Ormes was a trailblazing cartoonist, working as a black female artist in the 1930s was no small feat, and Ormes delivered a number of strips for some of the top African-American newspapers of the 1930s and 1940s. In the 1930s, she introduced the adventures of the singer Torchy Brown. Later, she did a hilarious strip about two sisters, Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger, with the young one clever and mischievous and the older one beautiful but practically dumb (Patty-Jo got her own DOLL! A black doll was a big deal back in the 1940s).

When the Pittsburgh newpspaer that first published Torchy Brown went to a full-color comic strip insert section, Ormes returned to do more Torchy stories. She was an excellent cartoonist…

Even when she retired from comics in the 1950s, she continued doing other forms of art (and she became a major patron of the arts, as well).

20 Rob Guillory

Rob Guillory is the current star artist of the hit Image comic book series, Chew, along with writer John Layman.

Guillory’s charming and devilishly clever artwork helped turn what was once a horror concept into a delightfully twisted adventure series about an FDA agent (in a world where the FDA are basically the FBI) who can tell the history of anything he eats – even people!

Guillory is also famous for all the little in-jokes and Easter Eggs he hides in issues of Chew. Check out how many people you can identity in this double-page spread from Chew #25…

and then just marvel at his dynamic, character-infused artwork from the next few pages…

Chew’s run is sadly almost finished. We all eagerly await what Guillory does next.

19 Ron Wilson

You know, other than Jack Kirby, I honestly don’t know if there’s another artist who is more associated with the Thing that Ron Wilson. Wilson drew four of the last five years’ worth of the Thing’s adventures in Marvel Two-in-One (he drew the book from 1975–1978 and then after taking a bit over a year off, returned for the rest of the series’ run) and then drew every issue of the Thing ongoing series that started when Marvel Two-In-One ended. So all together, Wilson drew the Thing for over a decade.

Wilson is famously a big boxing fan, and so I’m sure he is pleased to have been part of one of the most famous issues in Marvel Two-in-One history, the Annual (written by Tom DeFalco) where the Thing fights the Champion in a boxing match for the fate of the entire planet. Is this not one of the greatest Thing panels ever?

And then the ending…oh man, the ending!

Wilson worked for Marvel on a variety of titles through the early 1990s (including writing and drawing the graphic novel SuperBoxers – again, Wilson loves boxing). He also did some work for Milestone Comics, including some design work.

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18 Georges Jeanty

Georges Jeanty has worked on a number of series for Marvel and DC Comics, including (for Marvel) launching the Bishop ongoing series for Marvel in the late 1990s, being the regular artist on Deadpool’s series for a while, launching the Weapon X ongoing series around 2002 and then one of Gambit’s ongoing series in 2004 and (for DC) work on Batman, Green Lantern, Batwoman, Wonder Woman, Red Robin, Teen Titans and more (including his excellent series for Wildstorm about a black superhero, The American Way).

However, he is likely best known for his acclaimed work on many Joss Whedon comic book properties, specifically as the main artist on the first two Buffy the Vampire Slayer ongoing series (Season 8 and Season 9)…

but then on the Serenity series of comics. Most recently, he has been working at DC Comics on some series.

17 Larry Stroman

Larry Stroman’s uniquely stylized artwork first came to people’s attention on Epic’s Alien Legion series, which he drew for a number of years. His profile slowly increased, though, as he worked on more mainstream titles for Marvel (who put out Epic Comics). His biggest profile book was when he re-launched X-Factoe with writer Peter David (and inker Al Milgrom) as part of Marvel’s big 1991 X-title makeover, which also included the launch of X-Force and the second X-Men ongoing series.

Hot off of the success of his X-Factor run, Stroman went to Image Comics with writer Todd Johnson to launch Tribe, about a black superhero group. The first issue of Tribe was a massive seller, but Stroman and Tribe were pushed out in the big 1994 Image exodus. They did Tribe on their own for a while before ending the series.

Stroman returned to X-Factor with writer Peter David for a run on the new volume of the series in 2008.

16 Sanford Greene

Sanford Greene has been working as a comic artist for over a decade now, working for pretty much every comic book company out there, plus a lot of art gigs outside of comics, as Greene’s style is well-suited to animated properties. Recently, he did a great run on Runaways for Secret Wars.

Just last week, Greene re-launched Power Man and Iron Fist’s latest ongoing series, alongside writer David Walker…

His imaginative artwork continues to make him a comic book force to be reckoned with.