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Most Underrate Comic Artists

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1arthurfrayn
Editat: feb. 23, 2009, 1:05pm

Underrate(d), natch. Can't edit the title -that's friggin' annoying. >:(

Anyway...

That other list got me thinking about the artists who, often because they don't have flashy styles are not necessarily fan favorites, but as you get older you begin to realize how competent as draftsman and storytellers they really are.
Here's my list:

Ross Andru
Mike Sekowsky
Winslow Mortimer
George Tuska
Tom Sutton
and most importantly -the much maligned Don Heck. In retrospect,IMO, the criticism his work got from fans and even people like Harlan Ellison is wrong and completely out of line.

2dinoboy
feb. 23, 2009, 1:06pm

Thanks for this thread (post?...whatever it's called)
Definitely Ross Andru. I've been going back and looking at his stuff recently and it's dynamic and cool and he was one heck of a storyteller. Some of his visual storytelling wouldn't have been out of place in a Frank Miller book.
I really liked his Superman vs Spiderman too.

Don Heck and George Tuska got ripped way too much (from me too, as a kid)
Unfortunately, I think they may have just been miscast on superhero books.

I'm not sure if Kieth Pollard fits here, but I was just looking at that cover he did for the last issue of Nova, back in the 70s
... I know it was with Nebres inks, but man, that cover was nice!

3arthurfrayn
Editat: feb. 23, 2009, 2:26pm

"I think they may have just been miscast on superhero books."

That post Caniff style became a very dated approach in the 70's. The irony is that Frank Robbins, who I think is an even more extreme example of this, was doing The Defenders in the 70s and seemed to rate a following. I hated that stuff. It was only when I saw his Johnny Hazard stuff I came to appreciation of what he was about.

But I think Heck is a perfect fit for Iron Man in the early days. Those issues look good, even elegant, to me right now.

"I really liked his Superman vs Spiderman too."

That's a personal fav -hey, I got it in my LT library. Got to give it up for that book. ;)
I've been really enjoying looking at Andru's work on the Metal Men, inked by Mike Esposito lately.

4arthurfrayn
feb. 23, 2009, 3:05pm

I forgot Jim Aparo on my list...

5dinoboy
Editat: feb. 23, 2009, 3:17pm



Frank Robbins is an odd case. I can appreciate his Johnny Hazzard stuff 'till the cows come home...but I still can't deal with his Invaders issues.

I might have to look at those Iron Man issues again.
If I put my mind an a "Nick Fury" mode they might look better than if I'm thinking shiny superheroes.
Heck sure could draw real people, and guys in suits though, couldn't he?

6dinoboy
feb. 23, 2009, 3:18pm

and Irv Novick?

7arthurfrayn
Editat: feb. 23, 2009, 3:59pm

That's it, it's The Invaders that Robbins did, not The Defenders -my bad.
Yeah, I don't like. Still.

Irv Novick is just fine. What about Nick Cardy? Kurt Schaffenberger?

8dinoboy
feb. 23, 2009, 6:25pm

I like anyone who worked on the old Captain Marvel books.
C.C.Beck should've been higher up on the "Greatest artists" list.

And...this goes back to Tuska, didn't he do some Captain Marvel work?

9dinoboy
feb. 23, 2009, 6:43pm

Ok...so I'm looking at more Tuska stuff now...and I do see more cool superhero stuff than I thought I would.

10johnnyapollo
Editat: feb. 23, 2009, 8:03pm

I've got a few:

Alex Nino
Estaban Maroto
Tom Palmer
Frank Brunner