Top 7 Comic Book Artists of All-Time

April 28th, 2006 by dru

I know what you’re thinking. I was going to make this a top 10 list but after gathering all the information on my top 7 I decided to finish because the other 3, while important, just don’t make the list compared to who I’ve already put on here. Plus, it’s my list so I’ll do what I want. Just for the record the other 3 would have been, Neal Adams, Alex Ross, and Mike Mignola. Enjoy, and let me know if I’m missing anyone.

7. Frank Miller - Not only his Frank Miller a great artist with a gritty style he’s also an amazing writer. Miller is the king of settings and using the environment to tell his stories. He has remained fresh and popular throughout his 20-year career. His composition is impeccable (as you can see in the title graphic above).
Key Issues: Wolverine (mini) #1, Sin City #1, Batman: The Dark Knight Triumphant, Daredevil #191

6. Todd Mcfarlane - Todd submitted his artwork to comic book editors across the United States and Canada, collecting more than 700 rejection letters along the way, but he never quit. Instead, Todd built an empire for himself through his hard work and tenacity. He’s penciled some of the greatest Spider-man stories ever and created an entire series by himself in Spawn which has earned him millions.
Key Issues: Amazing Spider-man #300, Spawn #1, Spiderman #1

5. George Perez - Perez is my favorite DC artist and dominated the 1980’s with huge cross-overs like, Crisis on Infinite Earths. Pérez is noted for often using a technical pen when inking. Unlike standard ink-dipped pens, technical pens tend not to allow the variety of line widths typically expected in comic book inking. This gives Pérez-inked work an unusual look.
Key Issues: Crisis on Infinite Earths #1 & #7

4. John Romita Sr. - Romitia has done everything you can do in comics, penciling, inking, designing, and art directing. He’s responsible for the creation of characters such as The Punisher and Wolverine. He was one of the greatest talents Marvel ever had. A talent that runs in his family, namely by his son, John Romita Jr.
Key Issues: Amazing Spider-man #50, Amazing Spider-man Annual #21

3. John Byrne - For me, Byrne is the defenitive old school rock star of comic books. When Byrne took over early Marvel titles, he gave them a new edge that the comic book industry had never seen before. He was an instant legend capable of producing virtually all aspects of a book, with the exception of coloring. In 2005 Byrne admitted he had always been color-blind and in fact had no idea what some of his characters’ colors even were.
Key Issues: Uncanny X-Men #135, #141, Fantastic Four #250

2. Jim Lee - Jim Lee is probably my favorite ever as I’m sure he is for most people considering he holds the record for the #1 selling comic book of all-time in X-Men #1 (over 8 million copies sold). His drawing is accomplished in all areas, far beyond most of his contemporaries: form, texture, lighting, and staging each evidence to his superior technique and command. My only problem with Jim is that he’s become too popular and doesn’t get to spend as much time drawing as he used to.
Key Issues: X-Men (vol.2) #1, Superman #204, Uncanny X-Men #248, #268, Infinite Crisis #6

1. Jack Kirby - They don’t call Jack Kirby The King for nothing and too be honest, no one else on this list can really even be compared to Kirby, he pretty much started everything. Both he and Stan Lee can practically be credited for every major Marvel hero and villian and for builing the modern-day industry. There’s a reason why the life-time achievement award for comics is call The Jack Kirby Award.
Key Issues: Fantastic Four #1, X-Men #1, Incredible Hulk #1, Captain America #100, Avengers #4

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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nik  |  April 29th, 2006 at 1:43 am

    So one time I was in Chicago Comics, and I was standing there scoping out the new comics of the week. I look over to my right, and standing there checking out the comics as well was none other than Jim Lee. He was in the shop shooting a commercial or something during the Chicago Comicon week.

  • 2. dru  |  April 29th, 2006 at 10:38 am

    I hate you. :P

  • 3. Sommer  |  May 1st, 2006 at 9:21 am

    That is reason # what meow?

  • 4. Jes  |  May 8th, 2006 at 10:01 pm

    Ever read the Danger Girl series? Short lived, but THAT guy has
    some serious skillz. Managed to track down the first 5 issues
    and some special edition years back.

  • 5. dru  |  May 9th, 2006 at 12:18 pm

    You’re thinking of J. Scott Campbell. He’s pretty cool, the only issue that I have of his work is a GEN 13 #1.

    Also, the other day I found this great Adam Hughes sketching tutorial.

  • 6. dru  |  November 6th, 2006 at 10:56 pm

    I also forgot to mention the greatest cover illustrator of all time, Jim Steranko!

  • 7. keith corbett  |  December 20th, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    I would have to say the greatest cover artist of all time is ALEX ROSS… ’nuff said!

  • 8. keith corbett  |  December 21st, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Sorry dru, i will disagree on McFarlane with you, he doesn’t have half the talent that any of the other 6 you mentioned do…

    what has he illustrated? Infinity Inc. (terrible), Incredible Hulk (not bad), Amazing Spider-Man/Spider-Man and maybe half of (his creation) the Spawn series. That is it.

    I would put the aforementioned Campbell, on that list before McFarland.

    You might also want to consider Neal Adams, Greg Land, John Romita Jr., Arthur Adams or Barry Winsor-Smith.

  • 9. jeff  |  September 26th, 2010 at 10:44 am

    jhon romtia jr ?

  • 10. jeff  |  September 26th, 2010 at 10:45 am

    todd mc farlen suicks

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