Favorite Inkers

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Favorite Inkers

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Redigerat: apr 21, 2009, 10:51pm

Been dead around here-let's try this one...

How about favorite inkers?
I've got six off the top of my head:
Wally Wood
Tom Palmer
Joe Sinnott
Mark Farmer
Kevin Nowlan
Bill Everett

apr 23, 2009, 12:24am

Bob Layton
Bob Mcleod
Brian Bolland

apr 23, 2009, 5:07pm

Joe Rubenstein (my favorite)

Craig Russell
Terry Austin
Klaus Janson
Rudy Nebres
Steve Leialoha
Tom Palmer (already mentioned, but maybe the best of the bunch)

apr 24, 2009, 6:54am

Alumni from the Crusty Bunkers (Neal Adams, Klaus Janson, Jim Aparo, Howard Chaykin and others)
Bernie Wrightson
Al Williamson (I own the splash from a Totleben swamp thing he did of a mammoth skull that's amazing!)
Murphy Anderson
Wally Wood
Jim Steranko
Dick Ayers
Dick Giordano (especially over Adams)

Of course many of those are artists themselves so inking their own work is what makes them outstanding. You can see I'm a child of the 60's/70's.

apr 24, 2009, 4:16pm

I can't argue with any inker mentioned here, but I've been surprised that Joe Rubenstein gets less credit than I'd expect (not here, but in general)
I think of the work he did on Byrne/Stern's Captain America and Starlin's Marvel Team-Up and Marvel 2-In-1 annuals (and Superboy and the Legion of Superheroes # 239)
Am I missing something that would cause him to be overlooked?

Redigerat: apr 26, 2009, 12:46pm

I think he's favorably recognized in comic fandom as a signature inker of the 70's and 80's. I hear him get props from fans.

But I do think the Adams/Giordano/Janson/Rubenstein style of inking , because it so dominated the appearance of comics for decades, is probably the most dated approach to look at today. I take that back - the second most. The first most dated approach is the needle's eye pattern hatching inks that dominated the look of the majority of Image comics from the 90s.

Incidentally, that's not a shot -I like Adams/Giordano/Janson/Rubenstein ( I personally like Adams and Giordano's inking the best of that lot). I'm just speculating as to why you don't see Rubenstein's name come up on those fan lists online. I remember in the midst of the Image thing, it was not unusual to hear fans knock Jack Kirby as an artist. I pressed one of them for an answer once and he explained that Kirby "didn't have enough lines".
Thankfully, Kirby's art has come back in style again.