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2018 Top 50 Comic Book Artists #40-36

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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.).

40. John Cassaday - 252 points (6 first place votes)

John Cassaday lays out his pages extremely well, and it is no surprise that his work is so popular, as people tend to go for that quasi-realistic approach in a big way, and Cassaday has all of that while never sacrificing clarity. Here is his famous handling of the revelation that Colossus was not actually dead...

It practically gives me chills!

39. Brian Bolland - 261 points (3 first place votes)

Since Brian Bolland's stunning work is shocking to us NOW, can you even imagine how great it looked to comic fans of the 1980s, where Bolland first broke on to the American comic book scene after starring over in England? Bolland did a maxi-series about Camelot 3000 and a short story in Justice League of America #200, but fans perhaps know him best for The Killing Joke, a sort of origin for the Joker...

Since then, his contributions to comic books have mostly been stunning comic book covers rather than interior pages.

He still clearly makes his mark with his covers.

37 (tie). Norm Breyfogle - 266 points (2 first place votes)

Norm Breyfogle's career was an interesting mixture of good timing and not-so-good timing. After working in independent comic books for a few years, Breyfogle finally got a chance to do a regular book for DC Comics when he took over art duties on Detective Comics in 1988 when that book was in a major sales slump. Alan Grant and John Warner joined the series as the writers and sales were so low that Warner jumped ship early into their shared run (but let Grant still use his name since Grant was afraid they wouldn't want just him, plus, in their "split," Wagner was given Judge Dredd to write). Then a funny thing happened - the Batman movie came out in 1989 and suddenly Batman sales were skyrocketing. However, Grant and Breyfogle were then taken off of Detective Comics temporarily for #600 so that the screenwriter of the Batman movie could write it instead. Later, Grant and Breyfogle were promoted to the main Batman series, where they introduced the new Robin, Tim Drake, into the series (Neal Adams designed Robin's costume, but Breyfogle was the first artist to draw it in the comics).

Here, from Tim's first night on the job, we see many of Breyfogle's greatest skills - his dynamic artwork and his strong character expressions...

Plus, of course, the bat-grappling hook, which Breyfogle first drew in the comics (although they showed up in the Batman movie first). Breyfogle and Grant were then given their own Batman spin-off, which helped to make up for the lost royalties from missing Detective Comics #600. However, because of that, they missed out on drawing Batman #493 (the breaking of Batman's back) and Batman #500 (the introduction of the new Batman, Jean-Paul Valley). Then, some good timing, the mainstream comic book market was so bit that Breyfogle was offered a crazy amount of money to help launch Prime for the Ultraverse at Malibu. However, some bad timing, the Ultraverse (and the comic book market as a whole) collapsed a bit soon after launching.

Still, Breyfogle kept drawing comic books for decades before he sadly suffered a stroke in 2014. He had recovered greatly from the stroke, but could no longer draw professional and sadly complications from the stroke eventually were too much and he passed away earlier this year.

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