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2018 Top 50 Comic Book Artists #40-36

37 (tie). Joe Kubert - 266 points (5 first place votes)

Very few artists could ever claim to be regular working artists in the Golden Age of comics and still working as a regular comic book artist after 2010, but Joe Kubert is one of those people. He remained an acclaimed artist all the way until he passed away, still working on new comic books for DC Comics.

While Kubert was an excellent superhero artist and if you asked him, he'd probably say he preferred drawing stuff like Tarzan or his caveman character Tor best of all, he is most known for his work on DC's war comics. He was so good at it that they up and GAVE him the books to run eventually.

His most famous character that he worked on was definitely Sgt. Rock. Here is a bit from one of the most famous Rock stories of all-time, "The Four Faces of Sgt. Rock" from Our Army at War #127 (written by Kanigher). It was one of those stories where different people tell stories about Rock from different perspectives. Here's one about how Rock kept getting on a new recruit who kept lagging behind the others. He kept dealing Rock that he really was fast, but he was just loaded down by all his gear. Rock didn't acknowledge it and it drove the kid sort of nuts, to the point where during one battle, he decides to show how fast he really was...

Powerful artwork.

36. Olivier Coipel – 272 points

Olivier Coipel sprang on to the scene with an out of the box approach to the Legion of Super-Heroes during Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning's run on the Legion. It was a real shock to go from the Jeffrey Moy, Scott Kolins, Lee Moder and Jason Armstrong art style on the previous Legion run to the edgier Coipel work. Early Coipel was particularly sketchy around the edges, but bursting with an energy that you rarely get to see in mainstream comic books. It was clear that Coipel was a burgeoning superstar artists, so DC first relaunched the Legion with Legion Lost, specifically to spotlight Coipel's artwork, but then Marvel swooped in and recruited Coipel away. By this time, Coipel had smoothed his edges to become a bit more of a traditional-looking superhero artist, while maintaining the kinetic energy that had been his trademark when he started out.

His first Marvel work was a stint on Avengers with Geoff Johns where he quickly showed how powerful his work can be. The concept is that a deadly virus has been released in Mount Rushmore and the Avengers show up with the United States military...

One husband and wife valiantly try to save their son. The husband dies and the wife drives away with the son covering his face with a cloth. She succumbs to the chemicals and her son seems to be nearing death, as well, when, well, someone shows up...

It practically leaps from the page.

Marvel soon figured that the best way to use someone like Coipel was for special projects. Coipel drew the first major Marvel company-wide crossover in a number of years, House of M, with writer Brian Michael Bendis. Bendis and Coipel later reunited for the crossover event, Siege. In between those two crossovers, Coipel had a highly acclaimed stint on Thor with J. Michael Straczynski. In the years since, Marvel often used Coipel for either miniseries (like The Unworthy Thor), events (Avengers vs. X-Men) and special launches to series and events (he was used to launch Spider-Verse for the Spider-Man titles and to launch Brian Wood's all-female X-Men series in 2013).

Most recently, he has launched the creator-owned series, The Magic Order, with writer Mark Millar.

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