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    Default List Who You Think The 10 Greatest Comics Are

    In terms of influence, draftsmanship, inventiveness. You could also list more.

    Trying to be objective:

    1. Will Eisner
    2. Jack Kirby
    3. Osamu Tezuka
    4. R Crumb
    5. Harvey Kurtzman
    6. Dave Sim
    7. Moebius
    8. Frank Miller
    9. Jim Steranko
    10. Neal Adams

    My personal taste:

    1. Kyle Baker
    2. Kim Deitch
    3. John Hicklenton
    4. Kevin O'Neill
    5. JH Williams
    6. Marc Hempel
    7. Kentaro Miura
    8. David Chelsea
    9. Dave McKean
    10. Michael Zulli

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    Good list. Except don't seems how Sim belongs there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirby101 View Post
    Good list. Except don seems how Sim belongs there.
    Cerebus was in context really successful for a self published comic. It basically set off the black and white comics boom of the 80s. It's possible the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles wouldn't exist today if not for Cerebus because TMNT was part of that movement of indy comics

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    So you name him for the influence on the business, not his artistic side? Okay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirby101 View Post
    Good list. Except don't seems how Sim belongs there.
    Along the same line as the length of Risso's run on 100 Bullets, I think I can see the logic behind that choice.

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    1. Will Eisner-the master craftsman who also articulated the art of the craft in a manner that allowed it to become disseminated, paving the way for McCloud's Understanding Comics which will also speak for generations to come
    2. Jack Kirby-'nuff said
    3. Joe Kubert-his personal influence, inventiveness and draftsmanship would put him on the list, add to it the influence his school has had and will have for generations to come and the number of artists who have been shaped by it and gone on to shape comics
    4. Moebius-again by dint of his sheer inventiveness and draftsmanship, he makes the list, but he has also been a huge influence on generations of artists
    5. Philippe Druillet-same as Moebius, but perhaps even more an icon of inventiveness and design in his comics
    6. P. Craig Russell-his draftmanship, layouts and pure illustrative beauty are second to none, and his inking has helped make so many other artists more appealing
    7. Milton Canniff-many of the earliest artists to enter the field of comics owe a debt to Canniff and his influence spread throughout comic books through them
    8. Frank Frazetta-while his comic output was not as prolific as the others on this list, his influence on modern American art and visual storytelling is profound. His sense of design, layout, dramatic and dynamic anatomy and narrative tension have informed pretty much all of American adventure/horror/super-hero/fantasy/etc. comics
    9. Alex Raymond-Raymond pretty much defined the look of adventure and heroic adventure comics form which modern comics were born.
    10. Mike Migola-Mignola has brought a different aesthetic to comics and his distinctive style has reshaped the landscape of horror comics

    and a few honorable mentions...Hal Foster, Burne Hogarth, Bernie Wrightson, Jeff Smith, Jack Davis, Basil Wolverton, John Buscema, Neal Adams, Steve Ditko, Wendy Pini, John Severin, Barry Windsor Smith, Wally Wood, Herge, Windsor McCay

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    I will skip the objective and post my favorite tastes.

    My personal tastes:
    1. Kaworu Watashiya
    2. Uran
    3. Naoshi Onizuka
    4. Hiyoko Kobayashi
    5. Junya Inoue
    6. Okada Kou
    7. Hijiri Rei
    8. Cuvie
    9. Momonosuke
    10. Fuyuno Mikan
    11. Lynn Okamoto
    12. Ootsuka Reika
    13. Tomo Takeuchi
    14. Fujisaka Lyric
    15. Takase Yuu
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirby101 View Post
    So you name him for the influence on the business, not his artistic side? Okay.
    Nope. Dave Sim is a great artist and in my opinion the best letterer in comics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy Hunter View Post
    Nope. Dave Sim is a great artist and in my opinion the best letterer in comics.
    Okay. I just don't see him influencing anyone like the others you name.
    In fact his early stuff was all Barry Smith.
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    Jack Kirby

    Will Eisner

    Neal Adams

    Carl Barks

    Harvey Kurtzman

    Wally Wood

    Frank Frazetta

    Steve Ditko

    Bernard Krigstein

    Lou Fine

    Alex Toth

    Al Williamson

    Gil Kane

    Joe Kubert

    Barry Windsor-Smith

    John Romita Sr.

    Jim Steranko

    John Buscema

    Jack Cole

    Reed Crandall

    Johnny Craig

    Frank Miller

    Mac Raboy

    Basil Wolverton

    Gene Colan

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    In terms of influence, draftsmanship, inventiveness…
    (I didn't understand, you mean comics artists or comics authors?)

    Artists:
    - Moebius
    - Art Spiegelman
    - Jack Kirby
    - Hergé
    - Bill Sienkiewicz
    - John Byrne
    - Ozamu Tezuka
    - Hugo Pratt
    - Philippe Druillet
    - Georges Wolinski
    - Albert Uderzo
    - Joe Kubert

    Writers
    - René Goscinny
    - Chris Claremont
    - Jean-Michel Charlier
    - Hergé
    - Hugo Pratt
    - Ozamu Tezuka
    - Alan Moore

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    It's almost as if Belgium and France do not exist for y'all.

    Edit: Had not seen Zelena's post above mine. Carry on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulBullion View Post
    It's almost as if Belgium and France do not exist for y'all.

    Edit: Had not seen Zelena's post above mine. Carry on.
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    George Herriman

    Alex Schomburg

    Jack Kirby

    John Byrne

    John Buscema

    Moebius

    Richard Corben

    Matt Baker

    Eastman & Laird
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    Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Chris Rock, Bob Newhart, Joan Rivers, Don Rickles, Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, Louis CK, Bill Hicks

    Kidding Kidding

    This one's hard since we're comparing artists to writers to people who do both. And many of us will have gaps in knowledge, especially when it comes to international comics. And do we include comic strips?

    In no particular order...

    Alan Moore: For being probably the best writer the industry has.
    Recommendations: Watchmen, His Superman work, Saga of the Swamp Thing, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, From Hell

    Stan Lee: For revolutionizing superhero comics, cocreating more classic characters than anyone else, and telling stories that still hold up now.
    Recommendations: Fantastic Four/ The Galactus Saga, Spider-Man/ The Master Planner Saga, Bullpen Bulletins, Daredevil #7, Amazing Fantasy #15,

    Jack Kirby: See above. He also brought an incredible style to action comics.
    Recommendations: Fantastic Four/ The Galactus Saga, New Gods #5-6, Tales of Suspense #78 (1: Peggy Carter), Within This Tortured Land (Fantastic Four #84-87), The Mangog Saga (Thor #154-158)

    Will Eisner: For the innovations of the Spirit run, and basically inventing the modern graphic novel.
    Recommendations: The Very Best of the Spirit, A Contract With God & Other Stories

    Grant Morrison: For innovative mainstream comics, and really crazy experimental work in a prolific career that has lasted since the 80s.
    Recommendations: Animal Man, All-Star Superman, New X-Men, Multiversity

    Neil Gaiman: For Sandman. Everything else is gravy.
    Recommendations: Sandman- especially Season of Mists, Books of Magic

    Carl Barks: For telling incredible all-ages adventure stories with occasional pathos.
    Recommendations: Only a Poor Old Man, Lost in the Andes

    Frank Miller: For excelling in a variety of stories as writer, artist or both.
    Recommendations: Daredevil- Born Again, Batman- The Dark Knight Returns, Batman- Year One, Sin City- A Dame to Kill For, 300

    Charles Schultz: Because Peanuts is so good.
    Recommendations: When Peanuts hits its prime a few years in.

    Ozamu Tezuka: For the quality, the output and the variety.
    Recommendations: Astro Boy- The Strongest Robot in the World, Buddha, Phoenix

    I could very easily have some different names on another day. And there are some people who I haven't read enough work from.
    Sincerely,
    Thomas Mets

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