When it comes to comic books, many people love them because of the characters or the writing. Every now and then, the artist gets more praise. A lot of people don’t show enough appreciation for the people who write and draw comics.
Even though it’s not talked about all the time, the legendary scope of these artists has had an impact on generations of comic book fans. Today’s comic book illustrator always uses some kind of technique that’s based on the work of other artists. The best in their field have been put together in a list from Atlas Comics.
It was changed by Rich Keller on June 22nd, 2021. Comics are only $4 short stories on glossy paper without the artist. These people use their pencils and inks to make panels and pages that look like they did in the writers’ minds. There could be a big change in how a character or a team looks after the results.
1. Barry Windsor-Smith Is Often Overlooked
Barry Windsor-Smith, a British artist, is often overlooked, even though he has a lot of skills. When you look at him, the main reason is that he didn’t stay long enough on a title to get attention. However, there are still a lot of people who love him because of what he did.
His work on Marvel’s Conan the Barbarian title in the early 1970s is what most people know him for. There were 12 stories in 1990’s Marvel Comics Presents, called “Weapon X,” that changed Wolverine’s history. He was also the writer and artist on them. In 2021, he released a 366-page comic book called Monsters for Fantagraphics.
2. Joe Kubert Provided Stylish Designs For Generations
Early Golden Age artists weren’t known for their real-life portrayal of the human form. It took the skills of people like Joe Kubert to make them want to work even more. To be honest, that’s because he made his characters seem more real to the eye.
During the 1940s, stories about Vigilante and the Justice Society of America were the first to be written. This is what he did a lot with: He worked with Golden Age Hawkman the most. In the Silver Age, he’d keep working on the hero, and he’d do that. This is also the era where he began illustrating the adventures of Sgt. Rock and Easy Company in the pages of Our Army at War.
3. Gil Kane Expanded On A Character’s Form
Gil Kane was able to draw anything. He wrote westerns, war stories, science fiction, and love stories. As seen in DC Comics’ Adventures of Rex the Wonder Dog, he even drew pets, like this.
However, it was his work in the Silver Age that made people pay attention. His work with form and human anatomy gave characters like Green Lantern, Atom, and the Teen Titans a three-dimensional feel because of how he worked with these things. With Marvel’s Spider-Man, he brought back the flexibility and power that artist Steve Ditko showed in his first run.
4. Al Williamson Is The Man Behind Star Wars Comic Strips
A lot of people haven’t heard of Al Williamson before. His first comic book was published in 1951, on the edge of the Silver Age. At first, he only read westerns and war stories. Then, he got a lot of attention for his art in the EC horror anthologies Eerie and Creepy.
However, what people really know Williamson for is the comic strip he made about the first Star Wars trilogy. It’s especially the retelling of A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back that I like. With work on Superman, Daredevil, and Marvel’s New Universe comics, he would get into the superhero world in the 1980s.
5. Alex Toth Is More Than Comics
His name was Alex Toth, and he came from Hungary. He was more than just a comic book artist. Yes, he drew Green Lantern and the Justice Society of America in the Golden Age of DC Comics. He also helped make Rex the Wonder Dog. However, it might be his work in animation that people think of when they think of him.
Tom Toth came up with the Space Ghost, one of the most well-known Saturday morning cartoons of the late 1960s. He also helped to make Birdman, the Herculoids, and Dino Boy, as well. First season: In 1973, Toth was asked to design the show.
6. Arkham Asylum: A Serious House On Serious Earth
Beautifully painted, it’s not just for fans of the comic book. It’s also for people who are just starting out and learning about this world and are looking for a good comic book that is both entertaining and meaningful. This is a book for adults, but young people could also benefit from reading it if they like stories about the dark side of the human mind.
A lot of Batman’s enemies, like the Joker, the Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Two-Face, and others, are in the Arkham Asylum. This story is about Batman’s mental journey through the Asylum. The prisoners of the Asylum took over Gotham’s notorious prison for the criminally insane on April Fools Day and demanded that he give them their hostages in exchange for him. He has to go through this torture in order to save the innocent and take back the prison.
Grant Morrison is the person who wrote the story, so
7. Paper Girls
One of the best comic books I’ve read without superheroes is Paper Girls. I think it’s one of the best comic books without any superheroes at all. Brian K. Vaughan has made yet another amazing, weird, and wonderful world with strong female characters and aliens who can go back in time. It’s a kind of high-tech world where paper delivery girls might be able to save the world.
8. Rat Queens
If you like fantasy stories that have strong and weird female characters, Rat Queens will be your new favorite book or movie. Its first volume is called “Sass and Sorcery,” which pretty much sums up what this comic book is about.
Adults may want to read Rat Queens, but I’d say that older YA readers could also enjoy this book. It has badass female leads who are funny and brave. It also has great world-building and a lot of fun jokes.