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Top 50 Comic Book Artists #30-26

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Here are the next five artists that you voted as your favorites of all-time based on over one thousand ballots cast! Click here to see the writers #30-26 on the countdown. Click here to see a master list of all artists listed so far.

NOTE: As I did last time, I’m featuring five notable works per creator.

30 Ivan Reis – 385 points (5 first place votes)

Ivan Reis’ career first started working on Dark Horse Comics’ Ghost in the late 1990s…


He then became basically the signature artist of Lady Death and the Chaos line of comics…


He then began doing some fill-in work for Marvel and DC, most notably with some Avengers issues…


Eventually he settled in at DC, having a stint on Action Comics and drawing the Infinite Crisis tie-in Rann/Thanagar War before taking over Green Lantern with writer Geoff Johns…


His run on Green Lantern made him a major star artist. He followed up his Green Lantern run with DC’s latest major crossover, Blackest Night (also with Johns)…


Here is a sample page by Reis…


29 Arthur Adams – 388 points (6 first place votes)

Art Adams burst on to the comic book scene with the mini-series Longshot for Marvel (with writer Ann Nocenti).


He soon settled in to a pattern of working on special projects for Marvel, specifically on their X-Men line of comics (most notably the 1985 X-Men in Asgard storyline)…


He also had a prominent storyline on Fantastic Four with writer Walt Simonson, where the pair introduced the NEW Fantastic Four…


During the mid-90s, Adams developed a creator-owned series, Monkeyman and O’Brien…


Mostly though, he continues to do short runs and covers for various comic book companies. One of his more notable short runs was on Jonni Future with Alan Moore for Tom Strong’s Terrific Tales…


Here is a sample page by Adams…


28 Olivier Coipel – 408 points (6 first place votes)

French artist Olivier Coipel first gained mainstream attention with his run on the Legion of Super-Heroes with writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning…


Soon, Marvel had snared Coipel to draw the Avengers…


Following his time on the Avengers, Coipel drew the major Marvel crossover House of M with writer Brian Michael Bendis…


Coipel’s next ongoing series was Thor, with writer J. Michael Straczynski…


Most recently, Coipel teamed up with Bendis again for another crossover, Siege…


I do not know what Coipel’s next project will be yet. Although I’m pretty darn sure that it will look awesome.

Here is a sample page by Coipel…


27 Chris Bachalo – 429 points (11 first place votes)

After some work on Sandman, Chris Bachalo rose to prominence with a long run on Shade the Changing Man with writer Peter Milligan…


After the run ended, he had a very notable stint on the high-profile mini-series, Death: The High Cost of Living (written by Neil Gaiman).


Bachalo then went to Marvel, where he co-created Generation X with writer Scott Lobdell…


Since Generation X, Bachalo has done a number of series for Marvel, including not one, not two, but THREE separate stints at the regular artist on Uncanny X-Men/X-Men. Here’s the first one…


Bachalo also did a creator-owned book with writer Joe Kelly…


Bachalo today is still working for Marvel on a variety of projects.

Here is a sample page by Bachalo…


26 Gil Kane – 435 points (3 first place votes)

Gil Kane began working in comics in the 1940s and was working steadily into the 1960s on a variety of titles, from westerns to science fiction (heck, he even had a prominent run on Rex the Wonder Dog!).

But nowadays, it is his involvement in the beginnings of the Silver Age that he is most remembered for, including helping to re-launch Green Lantern…


and the Atom…


He had long stints on each title.

In the late 1960s, Kane tried his hand at independent comics, working on one of the first attempts at a graphic novel outside of the “main” comic book companies…


In the 1970s, he began working for Marvel, including significant stints on Captain Marvel (where he would re-design the character with writer Roy Thomas)…


and Amazing Spider-Man, where he would draw the famous “drug” storyline that did not carry the approval of the Comics Code and, even more famously, the death of Gwen Stacy!


It’s interesting to note that John Romita did the cover for the issue. This is particularly interesting because one of the major uses for Kane by Marvel was to draw covers for about a gazillion comics.

Kane continued to work on a number of different projects before he passed away in 2000.

Here is a sample page by Kane…