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CBR's Top 50 Writers/Artists

Postby Leckomaniac on Mon Oct 16, 2006 11:27 pm

Over on the CBR Forums, Brian Cronin asked those in the community to vote for their favorite comic writers and artists of all times. He assembled those votes and earlier this month began revealing CBR's All Time Top 100 Writers and Artists.

The results have been really interesting. Keep in mind that this is based purely on the votes of the members of the CBR forums...but its still something.

here are the top 45 in each category (they will keep counting down until they reach #1):

Writers
50. Dave Sim - 47 pts (1)
48. (tie) Chris Ware - 49 pts
48. (tie) Harvey Kurtzman - 49 pts
47. Dan Slott - 50 pts (1)
46. Mark Gruenwald - 51 pts (1)
44. (tie) Jack Kirby - 53 pts (1)
44. (tie) John Ostrander - 53 pts
43. James Robinson - 54 pts
41. (tie) Joe Casey - 58 pts (1)
41. (tie) Walter Simonson - 58 pts
40. Greg Rucka - 64 pts (1)
39. Carl Barks - 66 pts
38. Bill Willingham - 68 pts
37. Gilbert Hernandez - 74 pts (3)
36. Joss Whedon - 78 pts
35. Robert Kirkman - 79 pts (1)
33. (tie) Gail Simone - 81 pts
33. (tie) J. Michael Straczynski - 81 pts (2)
31. (tie) Jim Starlin - 82 pts
31. (tie) J.M. Dematteis - 82 pts
29. (tie) Mike Carey - 92 pts (1)
29. (tie) Mike Mignola - 92 pts (2)
28. Steve Gerber - 98 pts (2)
26. (tie) Peter Milligan - 98 pts (1)
26. (tie) Fabian Nicieza - 98 pts (1)
25. Jeph Loeb - 99 pts (2)
24. Steve Englehart - 100 pts
23. John Byrne - 101 pts (2)
22. Roger Stern - 102 pts
21. Marv Wolfman - 105 pts (1)
20. Dennis O'Neil - 111 pts (3)
19. Keith Giffen - 119 pts (1)
18. Mark Waid - 121 pts (2)
17. Roy Thomas - 145 pts (1)
16. Geoff Johns - 195 pts
15. Will Eisner - 221 pts (4)
14. Garth Ennis - 268 pts (4)
13. Kurt Busiek - 276 pts (2)
12. Ed Brubaker - 282 pts (2)
11. Peter David - 321 pts (2)
10. Brian K. Vaughan - 378 pts (10)
9. Mark Millar - 381 pts (4)
8. Chris Claremont - 442 pts (14)
7. Brian Michael Bendis - 465 pts (3)
6. Warren Ellis - 529 pts (7)
5. Frank Miller - 535 pts (9)
4. Stan Lee
3. Neil Gaiman
2. Grant Morrison
1. Alan Moore

Artists
50. (tie) Brian Bolland - 61 pts
50. (tie) Adam Hughes - 61 pts (1)
50. (tie) Andy Kubert - 61 pts
50. (tie) P. Craig Russell - 61 pts (1)
49. Dave McKean - 65 pts (1)
47. (tie) Carlos Pacheco - 66 pts (2)
47. (tie) Greg Land - 66 pts (1)
46. Jim Starlin - 68 pts
45. Paul Smith - 69 pts (1)
44. Jean Giraud (Moebius) - 70 pts (1)
43. Jaime Hernandez - 72 pts (1)
42. Olivier Coipel - 73 pts (2)
40. (tie) Michael Turner - 74 pts (2)
40. (tie) Alex Maleev - 74 pts (1)
39. Steve Dillon - 75 pts (1)
38. Sam Kieth - 76 pts (3)
37. Darick Robertson - 77 pts (2)
36. Jae Lee - 78 pts (2)
34 (tie) Gil Kane - 80 pts
34 (tie) Barry Windsor-Smith - 80 pts
33. Jim Aparo - 87 pts (2)
32. David Finch - 89 pts
31. Gene Colan - 92 pts
30. Todd McFarlane - 94 pts (1)
29. Chris Bachalo - 95 pts (2)
28. Joe Kubert - 98 pts
27. Mark Bagley - 102 pts (4)
26. J.H. Williams III - 106 pts (3)
24. (tie) Darwyn Cooke - 107 pts (3)
24. (tie) Alex Toth - 107 pts (2)
23. Steve McNiven - 117 pts
22. Marc Silvestri - 118 pts (1)
21. Jim Steranko - 127 pts (2)
19. (tie) Walt Simonson - 139 pts (1)
19. (tie) Arthur Adams - 139 pts (3)
18. John Romita Sr. - 145 pts (4)
17. Alan Davis - 194 pts (4)
16. Bryan Hitch - 195 pts (1)
15. John Buscema - 196 pts (3)
14. Bill Sienkiewicz - 213 pts (7)
13. Steve Ditko - 228 pts (2)
12. Mike Mignola - 230 pts (5)
11. Frank Quitely - 244 pts (3)
10. Will Eisner - 254 pts (6)
9. John Romita, Jr. - 278 pts (4)
8. John Cassaday - 282 pts (5)
7. Frank Miller - 285 pts (2)
6. John Byrne - 296 pts (7)
5. Alex Ross - 319 pts (9)
4. Neal Adams
3. George Perez
2. Jim Lee
1. Jack Kirby


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Postby Ribbons on Tue Oct 17, 2006 12:23 am

haha, Bagley's on there! That's awesome. If he wasn't currently doing USM that probably wouldn't have happened, but since he's like my favorite artist, I'm still pretty jazzed.
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Postby Leckomaniac on Tue Oct 17, 2006 12:44 am

Yeah...this list is obviously jaded by "who is hot now" but that is to be expected.

Let the speculation begin...who is #1...is it Alan Moore hands down?

Morrison and Lee are both notably off the list as well...so they are options.
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Postby silentbobafett on Tue Oct 17, 2006 3:50 am

WHOA WHOA WHOA!!!!

Where are the top FIVE to each? Don't give me that then not the top five!!! WHOSE NUMBER 1!!!

I am scared that Ben Templesmith isn't in their with the artists! Not Steve Niles in with the writers!!!

Templesmith HAS to be in the top five! Surely!!! :-)
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Postby Leckomaniac on Tue Oct 17, 2006 3:25 pm

The top 5 will be revealed in due time. I am really excited to see how it all falls into place. I have no doubt that Alan Moore will be #1 for the writers...but I am not sure about the artists.
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Postby doglips on Tue Oct 17, 2006 6:04 pm

Moore will be no1 for sure, no idea who the other four will be....

Top 4 artists will look like this I think - Jim Lee, Phil Jimenez, Tim Sale, Joe Quesada - not sure what order mind.... No idea for the fifth, but it would be nice to see Tony Harris or James Jean - I doubt either of them will make it though.
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Postby Leckomaniac on Tue Oct 17, 2006 6:18 pm

I think the remaining 4 writers will look like this:

#4 Grant Morrison
#3 Stan Lee
#2 Neil Gaiman
#1 Alan Moore
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Postby doglips on Tue Oct 17, 2006 6:19 pm

Leckomaniac wrote:I think the remaining 4 writers will look like this:

#4 Grant Morrison
#3 Stan Lee
#2 Neil Gaiman
#1 Alan Moore


Bingo!

I can't believe John Romita JR did not hit the top five artists......
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Postby Leckomaniac on Tue Oct 17, 2006 6:21 pm

I was surprised as well. JRJR has always been a fan favorite and he barely made it into the top 10. Quite a surprise.
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Postby Fried Gold on Tue Oct 17, 2006 7:07 pm

No Pat Mills?
No John Wagner?
No Simon Bisley?

Worst. List. Ever.

It does have Garth Ennis though, so it's not all bad.
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Postby Leckomaniac on Tue Oct 17, 2006 7:50 pm

Apparently the people who voted for this list aren't big 2000AD fans.
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Postby DennisMM on Tue Oct 17, 2006 10:13 pm

thedoglippedone wrote:Moore will be no1 for sure, no idea who the other four will be....

Top 4 artists will look like this I think - Jim Lee, Phil Jimenez, Tim Sale, Joe Quesada - not sure what order mind.... No idea for the fifth, but it would be nice to see Tony Harris or James Jean - I doubt either of them will make it though.


Notice Jack Kirby does not appear in the top 45 artists.

Were he still here, Ju? would be beating my ass over Arthur Adams cracking the top 20. Good artist, but certainly not better than Joe Kubert, Gene Colan, Dave McKean and some others. And where the hell is Dave Gibbons? He's better than at least 25 of those 45. This definitely is largely a who's been hot recently poll.
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Postby Leckomaniac on Wed Oct 18, 2006 12:19 am

The #4 writer/artist has been revealed.

They are Stan Lee and Neal Adams.

I would have thought Stan the Man would have at least been #3...but it looks like Morrison is more popular than i thought.
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Postby Leckomaniac on Wed Oct 18, 2006 10:08 pm

Updated!!!

#3 writer/artist

Neil Gaiman and George Perez!

So it looks like Grant Morrison actually got the #2 spot! I haven't read any Gaiman except the recent Eternals. I have been meaning to catch up on Sandman and am considering asking for the absolute Sandman vol. 1 for Christmas.

Perez is a fine artist. Crisis on Infinite Earths and Hulk: Future Imperfect are both top notch.
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Postby Leckomaniac on Thu Oct 19, 2006 11:32 pm

Updated again to include the #2 and #1 artist.

#2 - Jim Lee
#1 - Jack Kirby

Tomorrow they announce the #2 and #1 writers.
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Postby silentbobafett on Fri Oct 20, 2006 3:00 am

While I don't think he should be top five I'm shocked to see that Ben Templesmith didn't make the cut! I know he has been around that long, but thats all the more reason I think he should be there. I such a short time he's style has been ripped off, adapted and homaged to shitloads of times!

Like all artists you can see his influences, I'm sure people here, who are more into comics than I, can see his influences better than I can. But I think his art is so cool and with such an original/instant classic feel to it and I thik its a real shame he isn't in the top 50! :-)
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Postby bastard_robo on Fri Oct 20, 2006 12:19 pm

Yeah, this is great and all, but were the fuck is Johen Vasquez! The man is a fucking genius!

Dosnt any one around here read Johnny the homicidle mainiac or Squee! They're excellent piece of work!
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Postby Leckomaniac on Sun Oct 22, 2006 7:25 pm

Update to include the top #1 and 2 writers:

Grant Morrison and Alan Moore.
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Re: The Complete Carl Barks

Postby TheButcher on Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:09 pm

TheButcher wrote:From Hero Complex:
Wait, 'Inception' stole everything from Scrooge McDuck?
Geoff Boucher wrote:Is it fowl play? “Inception” is being hailed as a rare burst of true originality in contemporary Hollywood moviemaking but, as the above panel makes painfully clear, Christopher Nolan will soon be dealing with accusations that his complex dream-world heist film is really just a live-action adaption of a Scrooge McDuck comic-book story from 2004 titled “The Dream of a Lifetime.” Kudos to Videogum for uncovering this scandal. What, you think we’re blowing this out of proportion? Hey, listen, if it walks like a duck…

– Geoff Boucher


From CBR: Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #133
Brian Cronin wrote:COMIC URBAN LEGEND: The rolling boulder scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark was an homage to a Carl Barks' Uncle Scrooge comic.

STATUS: True

The fact that George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg's Indiana Jones was at least partially inspired by Carl Barks' classic Uncle Scrooge comics is fairly evident, as Indiana Jones' globe-trotting searches for lost artifacts are extremely similar to Uncle Scrooge's similar trips (along with his nephew Donald and his other nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie). This fact was made quite clear when George Lucas wrote the introduction to the 1980's collection of Carl Barks' comics, Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge McDuck: His Life and Times, and spoke directly about the influence


From Comics Alliance:
The Complete Carl Barks Coming in All New Color at Fantagraphics
Laura Hudson wrote:Yesterday, Fantagraphics announced that they will be publishing the complete work of Carl Barks, the acclaimed cartoonist best known for his work on the Disney "duck books" like Donald Duck and stories in the larger Duckburg universe, including the creation of Scrooge McDuck. Known by fans as "The Good Duck Artist" because of his standout work at a time when most Disney cartoonists were anonymous, Barks ultimately became a name onto himself, drawing Donald Duck from 1942 to 1966 in stories that would later inspired Will Eisner to call Barks "the Hans Christian Andersen of comic books."

In an interview at Robot 6, Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth called the announcement a "get" comparable to their publication of the work of Peanuts creator Charles Schultz, and said that the publishing contract with Disney had been in the works for a couple of years. Groth says he hopes the new Fantagraphics editions of Barks's work will give American audiences a greater appreciation for Barks's work, which is highly regarded by European comics fans:

"What I want to do is publish books that will find a general readership, because he deserves one. He deserves as wide a readership as possible. He's accessible enough. He's not one of those arcane, obscure cartoonists that the general public wouldn't understand. His stuff can be read by children or adults, it can be understood on different levels. One of my goals is to publish it in a format that will reach that wider readership. I'm hoping parents buy it, read it themselves and also give it to their kids to read."


One of the greatest and often underappreciated cartoonists of the 20th century this side of the Atlantic, Barks currently has a great deal of work that currently out of print, while the rest had been released sporadically in black and white paperback editions by Gemstone, the publishing arm of Diamond Comics Distributors. Groth says these treatments of the material didn't make "much of an impression" on most readers, and now, Barks is slated to get the full Fantagraphics treatment, including a series of 30 hardcover editions that collects his work chronologically, each with a combination of short and long stories and background material, priced at $24.99 for 240 pages with complete recoloring by Rich Tommaso.


The first edition of the series is expected in fall 2011.
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