Sunday, March 22, 2015

2014 Top 50 Comic Book Artists 

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Here are the last three artists that you voted as your favorites of all-time (out of roughly 1,040 ballots cast, with 10 points for first place votes, 9 points for second place votes, etc.).
NOTE: Don’t be a jerk about creators in the comments section. If you are not a fan of a particular creator, that’s fine, but be respectful about it. No insulting creators or otherwise being a jerk about creators. I’ll be deleting any comments like that and, depending on how jerky the comment was, banning commenters.
3. George Perez – 1907 points (52 first place votes)
Perez first began working at Marvel Comics in the mid-70s on a few different, lower rung titles. Eventually his skills got his promoted to major titles such as Fantastic Four and the Avengers. Right off the bat, Perez’ storytelling skills were excellent, but style-wise, he seemed to be trying a bit too hard to draw like a sort of Marvel “House Style.”
Check out these Perez pages from Avengers #143 (inked by Sam Grainger)…
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They’re definitely good pages, but it’s almost difficult to see the Perez in them. This likely had a lot to do with Perez trying to hit deadlines, as well.
Fast forward less than twenty issues later, and you now see the Perez we’ve all come to know and love, with the detailed lines and the intricate panels…
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In 1980, while still drawing the Avengers, Perez began to work for DC drawing Justic League of America, becoming the first artist ever to draw the Avengers and the Justice League!
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While Justice League was the carrot that initially drew Perez to DC, it turned out that his legacy was going to be relaunching the Teen Titans’ comic book with Marv Wolfman. The New Teen Titans quickly became DC’s hottest book, and Perez’s art was clearly a huge part of that success. His work on their private lives instantly humanized him…
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Of course, he could also draw action if need be.
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Perez’s talents ended up leading him off of the New Teen Titans, as first he drew the massive DC crossover Crisis on Infinite Earths and was soon convinced to relaunch Wonder Woman. He drew it as well as plotted it (and for a while scripted it, as well). Perez also wrote and drew Action Comics for a spell.
In the late 1990s, Perez proved that you CAN go home again when he returned to the Avengers for an acclaimed run with Kurt Busiek…
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More recently, Perez has debuted a new ongoing series for Boom! Studios called Sirens.
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