Top comic book artists 50-47

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Here are the first four comic book artists you’ve voted as your absolute favorite (from about 1,008 ballots, with 10 points for first place votes, 9 points for second place votes, etc.).


50 – Marshall Rogers – 224 points (2 votes for first place).

Marshall Rogers rose to stardom with his short and sweet running detective comics With writer Steve Englehart and Enker Terry Austin. The run was essentially a story in the style of Batman’s Greatest Hits, in which Englehart attempts to quickly make his mark by taking on Batman’s greatest foes such as Penguin and the Joker, as well as telling Robin’s story and offering a love interest to Batman (Walter Simonson was painting silver Saint Cloud first, but Rogers defined it) . Rogers actually stuck with the detective even when Englehart left, and co-created the third Clayface movie with writer Len Wein before leaving the book.

Besides some short Batman action here and there, Rogers didn’t get back into the character until it was well received Dark Knigh LegendsA story by legendary writer Archie Goodwin. Rogers then reappeared with Steve Englehart for a sequel to their original run dark detective. Tragically, Rogers died before they could finish work on a second sequel.

Rogers’ artwork featured in his detective show had a major influence on subsequent artists’ portrayal of the Joker (while Rogers, of course, took Joker from Neal Adams as well). His artwork perfectly captured film noir which he feels many Batman artists have tried to evoke in the ensuing years.

Check out this clever sequence from a battle between Batman and Deadshot with Bruce Wayne’s new love interest, Silver St. Cloud exists….

The movement and dynamic nature of the combat are fantastic…

But how amazing is the moment when Silver St. Cloud Who is Batman behind the mask! Watch how his work is somehow incredibly detailed, stunningly moody yet still dynamic and coherent in storytelling…

Rogers’ personal Deadshot redesign also defined it for decades to come.

49- Norm Prevogel – 226 points (3 votes for first place).

Norm Prevogel’s career has been an interesting mix of good timing and not-so-good timing. After working in indie comic books for a few years, Breyfogle finally got the chance to make a regular writer for DC Comics when he took on artistic assignments. detective comics In 1988 when this book was in a major slump in sales. Alan Grant and John Warner joined the series as the book and sales were so low that Warner jumped ship early in the combined race (but let Grant still use his name because Grant was afraid he just wouldn’t want it, plus his “split,” was awarded Wagner Judge Dredd to write). Then a funny thing happened. Batman The movie came out in 1989 and suddenly Batman’s sales skyrocketed. However, Grant and Breyfogle were subsequently deposed Detective Temporary comics for #600 so the Batman screenwriter can write it instead. Later, Grant and Breyfogle were upgraded to the main level Batman The series, where they introduced a new Robin, Tim Drake, into the series (Neil Adams designed Robin’s costume, but Privogel was the first artist to draw him in the comics).

Here, since Tim’s first night on the job, we see many of Breyfogle’s greatest skills – his dynamic artwork, powerful personal expressions…

Oh man, Breyfogle never made you wonder what Batman was thinking at any point, did he?

Just look at this movement – you can feel the openness of the cast!

Plus, of course, the grappling bat hook, which Breyfogle first drew in the comics (although they appeared in Batman first). Breyfogle and Grant were then given their very own Batman Show, which helped offset the lost royalties from the missing detective comics #600. However, because of that, they lost the drawing Batman #493 (Batman’s Back Broken) and Batman #500 (The New Batman Introduction, Jean Paul Valley). Then, in due course, the mainstream comic book market was so little that Breyfogle was offered an insane amount of money to help launch president For the Ultraverse in Malibu. However, due to some bad timing, the Ultraverse (and the comic book market as a whole) collapsed shortly after its release.

However, Privogel continued to draw comic books for decades before unfortunately suffering a stroke in 2014. He made a huge recovery from the stroke, but was no longer able to draw the sadly professional complications of his eventual stroke and died in 2018 .

48- Karl Parks – 228 points (2 votes for first place)

For decades, disbelievers Donald Duck and later Uncle Dahab The comics written and drawn by Carl Parks stood out so much compared to other “Duck” cartoons that people started to recognize his work despite the few credits. He became known worldwide as the “Good Duck Artist”. Watch his skills in action in this sequence from one of the oldest Donald Duck adventures stories …

Watch how sweeping these stories were…

Parks could tell all-encompassing adventure stories with bizarre plot twists, but he never lost track of the character’s action behind it all.

The iconic rock scene of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg in Raiders of the Lost Astronomy It was a tribute to the Parks sequence.

47. Alex Toth – 231 points (4 votes for first place).

If there’s anything wrong with Alex Toth’s amazing comic book career, it’s that he was born at the wrong time. He was born in 1928. Had he been born seven years earlier, he would have likely been one of the greats of the Golden Age superhero boom, but instead he took off after the superheroes lost their fortunes. He soon became DC Comics’ number one artist, drawing comic books in all genres. However, after a disagreement with his editor at DC Comics (a dispute over that He soon became a legend that he hung his editor from a window), Toth ended up working for a variety of lesser-known comic book publishers during his presidential years. Eventually, his amazing skills as a stylist and kinetic designer took on a new look when he went to work as a storyboard artist and designer for Hanna Barbara. Throughout the 1960s, he created dynamic action figures, such as his most famous creation, the Space Ghost. His skills were put to use back in the early 1970s when he designed super friends. All this time, he couldn’t stay away from comics – of all kinds. He returned to DC Comics and worked on a bunch of different comedies in the ’70s for them. One other problem with Toth was that he preferred to focus on short stories, which also took him out of the realm of the longer superhero novels that were becoming popular at the time.

I always like to use as an example of Toth’s ability to turn any comic book into a masterpiece in his work on hot wheels DC comic book series in the early ’70s…

It just makes you feel the drama…

Yes, this is a file hot wheels The comic book was still intense in a way!

Toth was a genius narrator.

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