All week we've been counting down CBR's All Time Top 100 Writers and Artists. Today, we're excited to bring you the #2 and #1 artists, as voted on by members of the CBR Forums. To discuss this list, talk with other readers in this thread. Registration is free for the largest online comics community in town!
Before we show you who scored the final two artists positions, let's catch you up on who came before. Here's a list of the artists who made the cut thus far, how many overall points they received and the number of first place votes cast in their favor.
Now, the #2 and #1 artists on CBR's All Time Top 100 Writers and Artists list!
ARTIST #2: Jim Lee - 430 points (11)
Jim Lee attended Princeton University, originally intending to become a doctor. After graduation in the mid-'80s, however, Lee decided to take a shot at a career in comic book art first. After some small independent work, Lee was soon drawing a number of different titles for Marvel Comics, including "Alpha Flight" and "Punisher War Journal."
In 1989, Lee was given a fill-in position on "Uncanny X-Men." The result was so impressive that soon after the fill-in he was named the regular penciller of the title. He would draw the book for the next two years, coinciding with commercial success that the title had not seen in years.
Lee's dynamic and stylized art (with a great attention to detail) was extremely popular. Marvel decided to capitalize on Lee's popularity by launching a second "X-Men" title in 1991, with Lee as the artist (and ultimately, the co-writer).
At the time, however, Image Comics was being founded, and Lee was asked to be a part of it. He eventually agreed, and became one of the original seven founding members of Image Comics.
Lee's branch of Image was called Wildstorm studios. Lee contributed the massive hit, "WildC.A.T.S.," which he drew and co-wrote with Brandon Choi, and helped develop a number of new titles for the studio. In the late '90s, Lee made a real push towards giving other creators a place to produce creator-owned titles, and came up with Homage Studios and Cliffhanger, which published such critically acclaimed comics as "Astro City" and "Strangers in Paradise" (Homage) and such commercial hits as "Battle Chasers" and "Danger Girl" (Cliffhanger). Ultimately, Lee merged the two studios into one group titled Wildstorm Signature.
In the mid-'90s, Lee drew and co-wrote "Fantastic Four" for about a year, as part of Marvel's Heroes Reborn deal with Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld's respective studios.
After Heroes Reborn, Lee rededicated himself to Wildstorm, drawing "Divine Right," and helping creators launch such notable new series such as "The Authority" and "Planetary." Soon after, Lee struck a deal with Alan Moore to produce Moore's America's Best Comics line.
In 1998, though, Lee sold Wildstorm to DC Comics. Since then, he has contributed a year-long run on "Batman" with writer Jeph Loeb in 2002 that was the biggest hit of the year, titled "Hush." He then did a year-long run on "Superman" with writer Brian Azzarello.
Currently, he is illustrating "All-Star Batman and Robin" with writer Frank Miller and a relaunched "Wildcats" with writer Grant Morrison.
ARTIST #1: Jack Kirby - 736 points (34)
Jack Kirby (nee Jacob Kurtzberg) first broke into drawing in the mid-'30s, while still in his late teens. He worked for a Cartoonist Syndicate for a few years, then for an animation studio for a time. By this point, comic books were really beginning to take off, and this was a place that Kirby could really find a career on his own.
Kirby first began to contribute to Will Eisner and Jerry Iger's comic book packaging studio, and then later, was one of the artists who were hired away by Fox Comics. At Fox, he first met Joe Simon. The two would become collaborators for well over the next decade.
The two left Fox and began working at Timely Comics. It was there that the duo created Captain America, one of the biggest comic successes of the time.
After a disagreement with Timely Comics' publisher, Martin Goodman, Kirby and Simon left for DC Comics, where they had a number of hits.
Kirby and Simon both entered the military for World War II, and when they came back, they paired up again, and began to work in a number of genres for a number of comic book companies.
By the late '50s, with the comic industry floundering, the pair realized they would be better off if each man tried to make it on his own, so the duo split up.
Kirby began working at Marvel Comics (nee Timely Comics), just before they were about to hit it big with superhero comics.
When they did begin producing superhero comics, Kirby co-created, with Stan Lee, such classic titles as "Fantastic Four," "Incredible Hulk" and the "X-Men."
While working on the "Fantastic Four," Kirby either created or co-created such long-lasting characters as Dr. Doom, Silver Surfer, Galactus, Black Panther and The Inhumans.
Tiring with the working conditions at Marvel, in the early '70s, Kirby left for DC Comics, where he created the Fourth World, which was his stories of the New Gods - heroic Orion and villainous Darkseid, as well as the Forever People and Mister Miracle.
After creating a number of other characters for DC, Kirby returned to Marvel in the mid-'70s, writing and drawing "Black Panther," "Captain America" and "The Eternals."
Kirby left Marvel again in the late '70s, this time to work in animation.
In the 80s, he did some independent comic book work.
In the early '90s, Topps Comics debuted a whole line of comics based on Kirby ideas.
Jack Kirby passed away in 1994. He was 76 years old.
Come back tomorrow to see who are the #2 and #1 writer of all time!