Favorite Comic Artists
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name your favorite comic artists.
Here's some of mine:
Have to think about the others, not been reading comics a lot recently.
Gipi (Gianni Pacinotti)
BTW, dr_Z-did you see the Rick Geary bio strips for the characters in Hellboy: The Art of the Movie? I just opened that book for the first time after getting it from a friend, and they were a pleasant surprise. :)
Trying to avoid artists already mentioned:
...and a guy with the innitials "F. F." ...if for nothing else than his "Werewolf" story in Creepy.
Frank Frazetta (yeah I'm a fanboy, I know)
Dave Stevens (RIP)
I don't think you have to be defensive about being a fan of Frazetta -certainly not here. If that's the criteria for being a fanboy I think a lot of us here would have to plead guilty. ;)
I've got Fritz books coming out of my nose...
That's an actual quote I've heard more than once in shops and conventions, BTW.
Having said that, I probably have wayyy too many comics and books about comics to not at least be picked up in a fanboy roundup.
P. Craig Russell
Each of these is favorite:
J.H. Williams III
Los Bros Hernandez
Carla Speed McNeil
P. Craig Russel
And a few the Yanks have missed, like Frank Hampson and Frank Bellamy of the Eagle. Hampson with Dan Dare – Pilot of the Future, now was that evil green little Mekon hateable! Bellamy with Churchill in The Happy Warrior, Frazer of Africa, and the first few instalments of the Sword and Sorcery series Heros the Spartan, that was realistic fantasy! I haven’t seen Heros since sometime 40-45 years ago, but I do not think anyone in the genre has outdone Bellamy’s early work on that strip. And there was Victor de la Fuente - he was the good artist in those small English “Ach Die Englender” war comics, the real pro of the real pro's, to compare with Jack Kirby in ability to produce - and maybe he was faster.
Back to the US with Walt Kelly, with his philosophical Pogo, Hank Ketcham with those perfectly curved lines around Dennis, he was really elegant. Noel Sickles, Alex Raymond, Milton Caniff, Frank Robbins, the action adventure artists. They were all good but perhaps I slightly prefer Caniff when combining story and art.
Didn't he take over Dan Dare from Hampson?
And I'd really like to see a collection of his Heros of Spartan.
I only have one double page spread from that reproduced in "The Masters of Comic Book Art"
...and I got a softcover of his Frazer of Africa.
Anyway, I thought I would link to some of my names:
Cliff Sterret http://www.old-coconino.com/sites_auteurs/sterrett/index.html
George Herriman http://www.old-coconino.com/sites_auteurs/herriman/index.html
Robert Crumb http://www.zubeworld.com/crumbmuseum/
Mort Drucker http://www.adriansinnott.com/mortdrucker.html
Frank Hampson http://www.chrisbeetles.com/gallery/artist.php?art=1903
Frank Bellamy http://www.frankbellamy.com/
Victor de la Fuente (check out the links at right for more): http://victordelafuente.blogspot.com/2006/12/la-race-des-capets2.html
Walt Kelly http://www.pogopossum.com/
Hank Ketcham http://todaysinspiration.blogspot.com/2007/03/art-of-inked-line-hank-ketcham.htm...
Milton Caniff http://www.old-coconino.com/sites_auteurs/caniff/index.html
And to round it up a few masters of the inked line from Coconino World: http://www.old-coconino.com/s_classics_v3/mng_classics.php Not all comic strip artists, but associated.
Also, I'd have to say most of the guys who worked on the old EC lines. When those guys tried to do something other than standard fare they were great. When they just did the norm... well mostly they were just okay.
Then, after reading some of these posts, I went to this site:
It looks like I've been missing out on some cool stuff.
So I just ordered the "rogue planet" Dan Dare reprint and a couple other things from Amazon.
His artwork on the Trigan Empire is - for me, anyway - a touchstone for Space Opera/Fantasy in comic book form. In America, the reprint books are a little hard to find, but boy are they fun.
The Trigan Empire stories ran from the mid-60's until the mid-70's. Wikipedia says Don Lawrence's "realistic and detailed style...was an inspriration for ...Brian Bolland, Dave Gibbons and Chris Weston"
There's a Don Lawrence website, but not much art to see, if you aren't familiar with his stuff. If I can find some examples, I'll post a link
I had not seen this website previously, for the Illustration Art Gallery. Some great stuff for sale, apparently.