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    Default List your most underrated/overrated comic book writer and artist

    Who are the most underrated and overrated comic book writers and artists in your opinion.

    Personally, the most underrated comic book writer in my opinion is probably Mark Russell, his run on Prez was truly something, and a comic book artist, whom I consider the most criminally underappreciated is Peter Snejbjerg.

    On the other hand, the most overvalued writer in the comics medium, in my opinion, is Brian K Vaughan, who while I consider him to be a very solid writer and I would probably have more of an affinity for Vaughan if he wasn't so lauded as a writer, but since I feel that many hail him as the the next best thing since sliced bread, I do not enjoy his works as much as I would have otherwise. I feel the most overhyped artist in comics is Jim Lee, who's artwork I think is absolutely atrocious.

    A specific talent being underrated means two things: 1. It could mean someone whom you think is given the proper attention by the masses. 2. Someone is very well known, but whom's work is not as well received as you would like.
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    most underrated writers & artists:
    Kaworu Watashiya
    Yu Aida
    Yumi Unita
    Ueda Rinko
    Okada Kou
    Asami Sekiya
    Cuvie
    Sumiya
    Naoshi Onizuka
    Noise
    Reo Aoyama

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zetsubou View Post
    most underrated writers & artists:
    Kaworu Watashiya
    Yu Aida
    Yumi Unita
    Ueda Rinko
    Okada Kou
    Asami Sekiya
    Cuvie
    Sumiya
    Naoshi Onizuka
    Noise
    Reo Aoyama
    Question: The majority of these writers and artists work in the Manga industry, since the Manga industry is much more successful than the western comic book industry, are these creators, far more popular than some of the popular comic book creators in the west, and are just underrated in Manga terms?

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    Noah Van Sciver is pretty underrated by the masses.
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    Overrated...
    Roy Thomas- I just don't think his work is that good. Part of it may be the era in which he wrote. He wasn't as clever as Stan Lee, but his work comes across as quite dated.
    Jim Lee- He's a good artist, who didn't elevate mediocre material to the extent his fans say.

    Underrated...
    I'm going with two writer/ artists.
    Timothy Truman- Terrific work on Grimjack. Wrote the excellent Hawkworld, one of the great sci-fi comics.
    Judd Winick- Because Barry Ween is one of the great comic book characters, while Pedro & Me is an exceptional memoir.

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    Mark Bagley is probably my favorite comic book artist but I never hear him mentioned anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharkerbob View Post
    Mark Bagley is probably my favorite comic book artist but I never hear him mentioned anywhere.
    I agree with this almost 100%

    Well...he's not my favorite but I do think he's criminally underrated.
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    Smith/Thomas Conan is not overrated.
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    I forgot to include other artists in the underrated category

    Itou Ei
    Ryo Yanagawa
    Kawahara Kazune
    Tsukiyoshi Hiroki

    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy Hunter View Post
    Question: The majority of these writers and artists work in the Manga industry, since the Manga industry is much more successful than the western comic book industry, are these creators, far more popular than some of the popular comic book creators in the west, and are just underrated in Manga terms?
    Because they get less recognition than the other artists.

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    John Rozum is very underrated.
    He is like Grant Morrison, just with better execution.

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    While one person's "Overrated" is another person's "Great Run", I do think that China Mieville's limited work has sort of stayed off of the radar.

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    Overrated:
    Chris Claremont
    Marv Wolfman
    Doug Moench
    John Ostrander
    Christopher Priest (aka James Owsley)
    Jim Lee
    Dan Jurgens
    Roger Stern
    Matt Fraction
    Paul Dini
    Scott Snyder (I haven't read much of his, but what I have read was underwhelming)
    Alan Davis (as a writer. His art is stellar)
    Mike Mignola (as a writer. His art is stellar)


    Underrated:
    Mark Millar (obviously he's highly successful, but he seems to get a lot of undeserved hate)
    Marcos Martin
    Jason Aaron
    David Hine
    Jon Arcudi
    Tim Sale
    Glynn Dillon (as an artist)

    I'm sure I've got loads more, but I'm drawing a blank.

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    Bill Mantlo, especially his Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man work from the 80s. I think it's only overlooked because the entire era was an embarrassment of riches for Spider-Man. I'm surprised Ock/Owl Gang War hasn't been collected yet, at least not in color.

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    Underrated writer goes to Cary Bates, his work on serious stories is pretty good, he really evolved his craft as someone who wrote for the Silver Age and moved on to the Bronze Age and forward.

    Underrated artist I'd easily go with Jim Mooney, he doesn't get enough recognition.

    Overrated writer: Grant Morrison. Good, but his work on Batman R.I.P and Batman 700 depressingly sucks.

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    Dan Jurgens
    Roger Stern
    Really? These are easily two of the better writers in the industries, most of their work is very easy to read and enjoy.

    Paul Dini did a great job for the DCAU, I didn't see much to praise of his work out of that.

    Chris Claremont's work on mutants is overrated, most particularly when it comes to alien involvement.

    Marv Wolfman is fine most of the time, though the story of Raven's family is unbearable for me to read, Raven is the only character I like of her family.
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    I think Dan Jurgens has exactly the "reliable work horse who won't embarrass you but also rarely excite you" rating he deserves. I am not sure where and when he was overly praised.

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