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Frank Miller
Neil Gaiman, Jack Kirby
Moebius, Jacques Tardi
Carl Barks, Paul Pope
any Buscema, Hernandez, Kubert, or Romita
Alan Moore, Grant Morrison
Berkeley Breathed, Bill Watterson
Neal Adams, David Mazzuchelli
Art Adams, Mike Allred, John Byrne, Paul Chadwick, Geoff Darrow, Dave Gibbons, Mike Mignola, Walt Simonson
Gerry Conway, Paul Dini, Steve Gerber, Russ Heath, Denny O’Neil, Roy Thomas, Bruce Timm, Marv Wolfman
Darwyn Cooke, George Perez
Warren Ellis, Jeff Lemire
Brian Azzarello, Brian Michael Bendis, Brian Bolland, Brian K Vaughan, Bryan Talbot
Alan Brennert, Milton Caniff, Alan Davis, Al Gordon, Alan Grant, Alan Kupperberg, Charles Schulz
Ross Andru, Steve Ditko, Gil Kane, Todd McFarlane
Ed Brubaker, Jack Davis, Garth Ennis, Frank Frazetta
Chris Claremont, Richard Corben, Keith Giffen, Brandon Graham, Geoff Johns, Dave McKean, Dave Stevens, Al Williamson
Bill Sienkiewicz, Wally Wood, Bernie Wrightson
Daniel Clowes, Katsuhiro Otomo, Gary Panter, Chris Ware
Simon Bisley, Jonathan Hickman, Stan Lee, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Rick Remender, Matt Wagner
Hal Foster, George Herriman, Walt Kelly, Gary Larson, Alex Raymond
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Old 03-31-22, 09:40 AM
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Re: Play a game with me, who are your top comic creators?

I'm late to this but I love the concept.

So far I have:

Frank Miller
Jack Kirby
Neil Gaiman


Miller's work up to and including Sin City is top freakin' notch.

Kirby is freakin' Kirby. Nuff said.

For Gaiman's Sandman alone... dayenu. But man I loved Black Orchid, Books of Magic, all the Sandman spin-offs, and even 1602 (which was one of the best Marvel books of that era).
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Re: Play a game with me, who are your top comic creators?

Carl Barks probably wouldn't have occurred to me without a reminder - but now that you mention it, YES to Carl Barks!
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Re: Play a game with me, who are your top comic creators?

My dad loves Carl Barks. Me? I never got into those Duck comics. He was great at it, no question, but it made almost no impact on me. So, no to Carl Barks.

And I've never heard of Paul Pope.
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Re: Play a game with me, who are your top comic creators?

Most of the usuals have been mentioned, but back in the early 90’s when I was heavily into collecting I would purchase anything Peter David was involved with, especially his runs on Aquaman and The Hulk.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
Most of the usuals have been mentioned, but back in the early 90’s when I was heavily into collecting I would purchase anything Peter David was involved with, especially his runs on Aquaman and The Hulk.
Those were legendary runs but his (multiple) runs on X-Factor are also incredible, as well as his DC runs on Supergirl and Young Justice. And of course The Death of Jean DeWolff.
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Re: Play a game with me, who are your top comic creators?

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Yes to Carl Barks as well. He probably unfortunately edges out Don Rosa because as much as I love them both I don't think I can have both of them in my top 10.

I love Pope's work but he doesn't make my list over someone like, say, Mignola, who is also on the edges.
Yeah, Barks would take my “Disney slot” over Rosa and Gottfredson. I might like Rosa’s work more consistently, but I’ll do Barks for historical significance.

I have no idea who Paul Pope is.

My list:
Frank Miller
Jack Kirby
Carl Barks
Old 03-31-22, 12:10 PM
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I also read a lot of Grant Morrison's stuff in the 90's. Heavily into '90s Vertigo. Animal Man was my favorite book for a while.
Old 03-31-22, 01:12 PM
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Re: Play a game with me, who are your top comic creators?

Yes to Barks.
No to Pope.

My List:
Neil Gaiman
Carl Barks
Old 03-31-22, 02:05 PM
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Re: Play a game with me, who are your top comic creators?

I really, really like Paul Pope, but I don't think his body of work is extensive enough to elevate him to a Gaiman/Moore level.

A lot of of it also unavailable and difficult to find, and he's also kind of a slacker in that he hasn't really done much in the past two decades after being somewhat prolific in the 1990s. There was Battling Boy, which I didn't really care for, and a few smaller pieces here and there. I head that he was going to remaster THB, but I haven't heard any updates on that in years. I think he might have started moving into commercial illustration and fine art, and away from comics.

His most notable works are Heavy Liquid, 100%, The One-Trick Rip-Off, and (for you mainstream readers) Batman Year One Hundred.
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Re: Play a game with me, who are your top comic creators?

I want to say Carl Barks but I've never really explored the Duck books beyond a few issues here and there. So no on both Barks and Pope.
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Re: Play a game with me, who are your top comic creators?

Day Four Response and Wrap—Up

I don’t think I had any exposure to Disney comics as a kid. I grew up when comics were literally everywhere, but only remember ‘kid’ comics like Bugs Bunny and Richie Rich before I got into DC books. I was 20 when Gladstone started putting out Disney books and was expanding my horizons at the time. Instantly fell in love Bark’s Duck books. Imho, there are no finer adventure stories in the medium. He’s an easy yes for me.

Have very little exposure to Pope’s work, but like what I’ve seen and have accumulated a few of his books to read soon.

My list so far:
Frank Miller
Jack Kirby
Carl Barks
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It’s Family Friday! Among the comic families we have John Buscema and Sal Buscema, Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez, John Romita Sr and John Romita Jr, and the master lineage and teaching of Joe Kubert. Heck, include dark horse candidates like Mario Hernandez or a younger Kubert if you want!
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Re: Play a game with me, who are your top comic creators?

I'm late to the game here but here we go:

Frank Miller: yes. I was buying his Daredevil comics from the newsstand by my grade school and that but him on my radar as one of my favorites. His later work with the experimental Ronin, the great work in Dark Knight, the even better work with Batman Year One, and later Sin City cemented that.

Jack Kirby: for sure! Kirby is THE BEST EVER comic creator as far as I'm concerned.

Neil Gaiman: no. Gaiman is great but he doesn't break my top ten.

Moebius & Tardi: no. Both great but not top 10 for me.

Barks & Pope: Again, both great but not top 10.

John Buscema: yes. His work on Conan is legendary but he also killed it on Avengers and Fantastic Four and more. I absolutely love him. His brother Sal gets an honorable mention but doesn't break the top ten.

Jaime & Gilbert Hernandez: yes. Love & Rockets is one of my favorite comics ever. These two are absolutely top 10 in the world of comics. Mario, not so much.

John Romita & Romita Jr.: no. I love these guys and they may be 11 and 12, but not top 10.

Joe Kubert: yes. One of the best ever and I'll love his Tarzan comics forever.
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Is the intent to put guys on our list and have them be replaced when we reach 10? I think I've been very selective because I know at least 6 that haven't come up that are probably locks, but if we can roll people off I think I would add a bunch from this list especially, the only hard "nos" being John Romita Jr. who, while prolific, wouldn't sniff my top 10, same with Andy and Adam and probably Sal and Mario. I have to think on Joe Kubert (which seems insane) and John Buscema but I think I have to put John Romita Sr. for now; my main dilemma is that 80s comics were when I grew up and there are a bunch of 80s creators coming up.
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Originally Posted by ytrez
I'm late to the game here but here we go:

Frank Miller: yes. I was buying his Daredevil comics from the newsstand by my grade school and that but him on my radar as one of my favorites. His later work with the experimental Ronin, the great work in Dark Knight, the even better work with Batman Year One, and later Sin City cemented that.

Jack Kirby: for sure! Kirby is THE BEST EVER comic creator as far as I'm concerned.

Neil Gaiman: no. Gaiman is great but he doesn't break my top ten.

Moebius & Tardi: no. Both great but not top 10 for me.

Barks & Pope: Again, both great but not top 10.

John Buscema: yes. His work on Conan is legendary but he also killed it on Avengers and Fantastic Four and more. I absolutely love him. His brother Sal gets an honorable mention but doesn't break the top ten.

Jaime & Gilbert Hernandez: yes. Love & Rockets is one of my favorite comics ever. These two are absolutely top 10 in the world of comics. Mario, not so much.

John Romita & Romita Jr.: no. I love these guys and they may be 11 and 12, but not top 10.

Joe Kubert: yes. One of the best ever and I'll love his Tarzan comics forever.
So you have:
Frank Miller
Jack Kirby
John Buscema
Jaime Hernandez
Gilbert Hernandez
Joe Kubert

so far, so only 4 slots left. I get it because most of your choices are similar to mine, but man I have way more than 4 left in my head, and probably others I haven't even thought of yet.
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Re: Play a game with me, who are your top comic creators?

Lots of great talent in today's group, but I have to go with my heart. As much as I appreciate someone like John Romita (Jr. can take a hike though. Never been a fan.), those old Spider-Man stories just don't mean as much to me as some of the admitted nonsense I read in the 90's. I think Joe Kubert is the probably the best artist on that list, but again, his work just doesn't mean much to me personally. I do have some strong nostalgia for Andy Kubert, but he was never one of my favorite artists.

So that's going to be a no on all of them.
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OK, now we're talking...

John Romita SR and John Buscema are both in my Top 5, so an emphatic YES to both. I love Jazzy Johnny "Ring-a-Ding" Romita and Big John Buscema. I've been buying some Thor collections just for Big John's art (the stories are pretty good, but the art is great).

Sal Buscema is probably just inside my Top 10, as is John Romita JR. We'll see the names as this goes on (there are writers that may push one or both of them out later, but for now they both get YES votes from me).

So, my list so far, with the possibility of amendments later on depending on who the candidates are...

John Romita SR
John Buscema
John Romita JR
Sal Buscema
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John Romita Sr is in for me! I got into Marvel a bit later in my youth (15) and was blown away by Spider-Man, obsessively seeking out all the back issues with Romita and Ditko.
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I respect all of those creators and love a few of them, but none of them are in my personal top 10. Sal John Buscema is closest though.

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Re: Play a game with me, who are your top comic creators?

Originally Posted by Hokeyboy
I respect all of those creators and love a few of them, but none of them are in my personal top 10. Sal Buscema is closest though.
Sal over Big John? Wow. That's a rare take, but one I totally respect! (I love Sal's work!)

But shame on you for not picking the great John Romita SR.
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This is a really great thread. Nice work, Trevor.
I'm mostly a lurker (read at work but never log-in; rarely check this forum at home), but I hope to chime in soon.
There have been some great names mentioned so far, but none I can consider in my Top 10 (mid-'80s to mid-'00s reader-- and the cape comics are what hooked me), even if I haven't really considered my Top 10 yet. Looking forward to what I end up with

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Re: Play a game with me, who are your top comic creators?

I like the Herndandezs, Kuberts, Buscemas (I own a few JB Conan pages) and Romitas, but I don’t know that any of them would make my list.
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Re: Play a game with me, who are your top comic creators?

I never have the mental energy for these threads but wanted to pop in to give love to Kirby, Miller, and Sal Buscema (always loved his version of The Hulk). Jaime Hernandez is such a master of the comic art idiom it's not even funny.
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John Buscema tops for me.
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Re: Play a game with me, who are your top comic creators?

Originally Posted by B5Erik
Sal over Big John? Wow. That's a rare take, but one I totally respect! (I love Sal's work!)

But shame on you for not picking the great John Romita SR.
FUDGE! Brain fart, I meant John. Absolutely love Sal, but I grew up reading John's iconic Conan work.

And listen, Romita is undeniable legend, just not in my top 10 of comics creators.

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