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    Default What is the most iconic Artist version of a Character?

    Which Artist's version of a character is the most iconic? It could be because he/she drew the character for so long, or because its simply the most recognizable version. Or maybe its the version you grew up on.

    If you have to pick one, who is it?

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    simonson's thor
    epting's captain america
    jim lee's wolverine and rogue
    miller's batman
    maleev's daredevil
    gaydos' jessica jones (of course)
    buscema's vision
    romita jr's storm
    romita's spider-man

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    Ron Lim's Silver Surfer
    Joe Sinnot's Fantastic Four
    John Buscema's Conan the Barbarian
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    Kirby's Captain America
    Kirby's Fantastic Four
    John Byrne's Wolverine
    Gil Kane and John Romita's Spider-Man
    Gil Kane's Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell)
    Jim Starlin's Adam Warlock
    Jim Starlin's Thanos
    Alan Davis' Captain Britain
    Alan Davis' Meggan
    Dave Cockrum's Nightcrawler
    Simonson's Thor
    Simonson's Beta Ray Bill
    Bob Layton's Iron Man
    Bob Layton's Hercules
    John Buscema's Hank Pym/Goliath/Yellowjacket
    Kerry Gammil's Power Man and Iron Fist
    Gene Colan's Dracula
    Ditko's Doctor Strange
    Bill Sienkiewicz' Moon Knight
    Bill Sienkiewicz' Elektra
    Bill Sienkiewicz' New Mutants
    Art Adams' Longshot
    Jim Lee's Psylocke
    Jim Lee's Gambit
    Paul Gulacy's Shang Chi
    Sal Buscema's Hulk
    Chris Bachelo's Generation X
    Byrne's Alpha Flight

    I'm really torn between whether I think of Jack Kirby's or John Buscema's version when I think of the Silver Surfer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panic View Post
    I'm really torn between whether I think of Jack Kirby's or John Buscema's version when I think of the Silver Surfer.
    It's a character with four different pretty equally iconic artist renderings, those being Kirby, Buscema, Lim, and Moebius. Can't go wrong with any of them.

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    Kirby's Fantastic Four
    John Buscema's Avengers
    Miller's Daredevil
    Bryne's X-Men
    Simonson's Thor
    Romita's Spider-Man
    Layton's Iron Man
    Bryne's Wolverine
    Ditko's Dr. Strange
    Sal Buscema's Hulk
    Colan's Dracula
    John Buscema's Silver Surfer
    Steranko's Nick Fury
    Texeria's Ghost Rider
    Sal Buscema's Rom, Spaceknight
    Bill Sienkiewicz's New Mutants
    Bill Sienkiewicz's Moon Knight
    Dave Cockrum's Nightcrawler
    Bryne's Alpha Flight
    Brent Anderson's Ka-Zar

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    I've always liked McNiven's Captain America

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    And Epting's

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    My personal favorite, however, is Carlos Pacheco

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    But the most iconic for Captain America is...
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    Jack Kirby



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    I'm going against the trend here and NOT saying Kirby for Fantastic Four. In fact, although Kirby was responsible for a lot (a whole lot) of the FF, there's one man who defines the art style with which we recognize the FF and that's the inker, Joe Sinnott. For years after Kirby left, Joe Sinnott continued the look of the FF and made them resemble the Kirby era. Sure, layouts and stylings changed, but the look of the characters continued.

    FF - Joe Sinnott









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    When it comes to artist iconic version I think you have to go with Jack Kirby for:

    • Thor ... I have to ask how is Simonson's different from Jack Kirby's?? The power of Kirby's work is that it endures mostly in tact to this day.
    • Doctor Doom: again very little changes over the decades since Kirby
    • Most of the Inhumans


    The rest of my list

    • Daredevil: Wally Wood again, going back to the source.
    • Nick Fury: Steranko
    • Dracula:Gene Colan Pony-tailed Dracula is not going to make anyone forget Colan's version IMO.
    • She Hulk: John Byrne
    • Vision: John Buscema
    • Silver Surfer: Busema again
    • Black Widow: I think Gene Colan started the black jumpsuit look but could have been Busema again



    Heck, I might as well copy most of Panic's list

    • Spider-Man: Steve Ditko
    • Iron Man: the basic red/gold that started with Don Heck & Jack Kirby. It's gotten a lot of design enhancements over the decades by various artists

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    Moon Knight - Bill Sienkiewicz (you know I think so 'cuz why would i have gone to the trouble of spelling Sienkiewicz)



    Dr. Strange - Frank Brunner



    The O5 - Neil Adams


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    Thor - Ron Frenz and Joe Sinnott. That, to me, is THOR.
    Dracula - Second Iron Maiden's Gene Colan nod. Screw Ponytail Drac.
    Spider-Man - John Romita, Jr
    Dr. Strange - Geof Isherwood
    Nick Fury - Of course Steranko
    Wolverine - Jim Lee
    Dr. Doom - John Buscema
    Hulk - Sal Buscema
    Daredevil - David Mazzucchelli
    Captain America - Jackson Guice (particularly his take on Bucky)
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    JG Jones - Black Widow.
    "Who wouldn't go out with the Black Widow? I'd strangle a litter of kittens for one dinner with her!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Maiden View Post
    Thor ... I have to ask how is Simonson's different from Jack Kirby's?? The power of Kirby's work is that it endures mostly in tact to this day.
    Jack Kirby's Thor is stiff and over-dramatic, whilst Simonson's just feels more real to me - more relaxed, naturalistic whilst still being larger than life... I don't know quite how to put it. It's a bit like comparing Sean Connery's Bond with Daniel Craig's - both are good, both are essentially going for the same thing, but you'll find some people just like one more than the other. I'm biased towards Walt as I had never appreciated Thor until I picked up a Simonson issue and was blown away.

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    The O5 - Neil Adams
    Neil Adams was totally THE Havok artist for me:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panic View Post
    Jack Kirby's Thor is stiff and over-dramatic, whilst Simonson's just feels more real to me - more relaxed, naturalistic whilst still being larger than life... I don't know quite how to put it. It's a bit like comparing Sean Connery's Bond with Daniel Craig's - both are good, both are essentially going for the same thing, but you'll find some people just like one more than the other. I'm biased towards Walt as I had never appreciated Thor until I picked up a Simonson issue and was blown away.
    I guess I am mistaking what the interpretation of iconic is. Take a character like Iron Man, who starts out with the clunky grey armor then goes through numerous changes over the years. But all of them are basically referencing the red and gold started by Don Heck. You may not like Kirby's drawing style but Simonson is still using his iconic look created by Jack Kirby. Black Widow on the other hand did go through some changes of wearing just a cocktail dress, then the fishnet tights, mini dress and mask to the black jumpsuit. That is the look that stuck and IIRC that was Gene Colan. Today's BW doesn't look that much different from his look.

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