Our every four years countdown of your all-time favorite comic book writers and artists continues!
Here are the next five artists that you voted as your favorites of all-time (out of roughly 1,008 ballots cast, with 10 points for first place votes, 9 points for second place votes, etc.).
15. Moebius – 731 points (29 first place votes)
Few artists had quite the detailed control over their artwork as Jean Giraud, best known for his penname, Moebius.
Giraud, like many artists on this list, was greatly inspired by the works of the comic strip artist, Hal Foster. This is evident in his extremely popular Blueberry series of Western comics. Check out the detail! Oh man!
So already, Giraud was a stunning example of the best of Hal Foster. Then, however, he took is a whole step FURTHER (and again, if ALL he ever did was Blueberry comics in the Foster style, he'd be a deserving representative on this list) by combining abstract ideologies to his design work on his science fiction work in Metal Hurlant (Heavy Metal in the States) like Airtight Garage...
His strikingly unique sense of design led to him being hired by a number of Hollywood directors to do design work for films.
And, of course, I can't avoid mentioning his superhero comic work with Stan Lee on Silver Surfer: Parable...
He was one of the most influential comic book artists of the 20th century.
14. Frank Miller – 802 points (11 first place votes)
Frank Miller broke in at Marvel doing a few different fill-in comics before becoming the regular artist on Daredevil, working with the amazing inker Klaus Janson. Miller revitalized the comic with his dynamic and daring artistic design work. By the end of the series, Miller was only doing layouts/breakdowns and Janson was doing the rest of the artwork.
Miller left Daredevil in the early 1980s and next did a creator-owned series for DC called Ronin, which debuted a slightly more abstract art style, which he carried over to the best-selling and epic Batman: The Dark Knight mini-series (once again working with Janson)
During the 1990s, he drew Sin City for Dark Horse, where he used a new artistic style, inspired by Will Eisner and the usage of shadows and light...
Really powerful stuff.
That's more or less been his art style ever since. He has recently started drawing comic books again, like a few stories for his recent project, Dark Knight Returns III: The Master Race and his 300 sequel, Xerxes, for Dark Horse Comics.
13. John Romita Jr.- 823 points (9 first place votes)
John Romita Jr. is currently doing a bang-up job drawing the new character, Silencer, for DC Comics. He has been working for DC Comics since 2014, after spending a remarkable THIRTY-FIVE year stint at Marvel Comics. After starting with a short story in a Spider-Man annual in the late 1970s, Romita Jr. soon made the journey throughout the world of Marvel with a stunning mixture of prominent comic book series.
He burst on to the scene with a great run on Iron Man with Bob Layton and David Michelinie. He then switched over to Amazing Spider-Man with Roger Stern before moving up to Uncanny X-Men with Chris Claremont. He remained on X-Men for a while before he was personally chosen to be the artistic face of the New Universe by launching Star Brand. He then moved on to a long run on Daredevil with Ann Nocenti before doing stints on Cable and Punisher War Zone and a short-lived return to Uncanny X-Men. He settled in with Howard Mackie for a long run on Spider-Man, staying on the book when J. Michael Straczysnki joined. During this stint, he also had a nice run on Thor with Dan Jurgens and Hulk with Bruce Jones. After his Spider-Man run ended (after roughly 100 issues), he did an arc on Wolverine with Mark Millar, launched Eternals with Neil Gaiman and brought Hulk's war to Earth with Greg Pak in World War Hulk. He then created the hit series Kick-Ass with Mark Millar. He then re-launched Avengers with Brian Michael Bendis and then relaunched Captain America with Rick Remender. Man, this guy just did EVERYthing!
Romita Jr's best attribute has always been his storytelling, which is why in his early years at Marvel, he typically did layouts instead of full pencils. This gave him more time to draw multiple titles at the same time. His storytelling is superb, like this bit from the famous Spider-Man/Juggernaut battle in Amazing Spider-Man #230...
However, in the late 1980s, he finally began to work in full pencils, giving his work a grittier feel to it, while maintaining that brilliant storytelling...
He has some of the best page designs in the industry.