Oct 8, 2010

15 Artists in 15 Minutes, Part 2

This is a continuation of last week's little exercise. And I still missed a lot!

1. Neal Adams. Neal's hyperrealistic style is visceral, powerful, and straddles the incredibly thin line between realistic figure work and cartoony exaggeration. His figures pop out at you and really add something to every story! This page from Green Lantern where Roy Harper is going through withdrawal symptoms is one of my favorites.

2. Ty Templeton. Because I think that the Spider-Man/Human Torch miniseries he did with Dan Slott is the best Spider-Man story ever. Also, he does things like Hulk vs. Buddha.

3. Todd McFarlane. I think Todd is the most powerful of the Image founders - his work is far more fluid than Jim Lee's and more visceral than Marc Silvestri's. His Spider-Man redefined the look of the web-slinger, bringing back the eccentricity of Steve Ditko's version after decades of clean and rather generic-looking versions all influenced by John Romita's.

4. Greg Capullo. When Todd McFarlane left Spider-Man to do his own creator-owned Spawn, it was unreadable and boring. Even his art couldn't save it. Then Greg Capullo started drawing it, and it was still unreadable and boring. But somehow, he managed to draw just enough like Todd to keep it distinct, and to make it different enough to get me to stick around. Like Neal Adams, there's enough grit in there and also enough cartooniness to get the story and expressions across.

5. Steven Butler. Butler was one of my favorite Spider-Man artists, and was one of the reasons the Clone Saga was bearable. I mean, look at that.

6. Steve Dillon. There's a subtlety in Steve Dillon's work and his expressions that matches Dave Gibbons'. Subtlety wins major points with me.

7. Jess Jodloman. I just discovered Jodloman recently, but the work I did discover blew me away.

8. Alfredo Alcala. Unlike Jodloman, I've been familiar with Alcala's work for years, mostly as a DC Comics inker. What happens when you let him draw on his own? You get Voltar.

9. Marcos Martin. I've been saying since I discovered him that Marcos Martin is the modern-day Steve Ditko. His figurework has the same kind of eccentricity, and his layouts are innovative and technically savvy. This man will be a superstar. If he isn't already.

10. Chris Ware. Ware's stories more often than not leave me cold, but the formalist in me just gets attracted to Ware's pure sense of innovation.

11. Craig Thompson. For Good-bye Chunky Rice. And that's all I'm gonna say about it.

12. Winsor McCay. For wonderful linework and technical background work. And also, for creating animation. (Hey, I can be well rounded if I want.)

13. George Herriman. For making comics art.

14. David Mazzucchelli. Asterios Polyp blew me away, but I already thought David Mazzucchelli was a genius with his and Paul Karasik's adaptation of Paul Auster's City of Glass.

15. Joe Jusko. Joe Jusko's work on the 1994 Marvel Masterpieces cards were the first time I saw superheroes painted. Since that day, he's been my favorite painter in comics. And yes, I think his figurework is better than Alex Ross'.

1 comment:

romanAK47 said...

I always seem to agree with you but Joe Jusko drawing/painting better figure-work than Alex Ross is just a fallacy

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