Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to witness incredible artwork from some of the best comic book artists that I have ever drawn. These artists created artworks that have inspired me and amazed millions of artists and comic book fans like myself. So, I have decided to create my personal list of the top 5 comic book artists of all time.. Keep in mind that this is my personal list of the top 5 comic book artists that have inspired me, so please do not send hate mail because I forgot to mention your favorite artist. Also I did not mention any Manga artists such as Masamune Shirow (Ghost in the Shell & Appleseed), Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) and Akira Toriyama.
Anyone who knows me knows that I consider Jim Lee to be a comic book god! His artwork is stunning and his panel layout and attention to detail cannot be beat. I marveled at many comic book artists work but it wasn’t till I saw Jim Lee’s cover for Uncanny X-Men #274 did I decide that I wanted to start drawing comic books. More importantly, I wanted my comic book art to look just as beautiful as Jim Lee’s. Over the year, his art continues to inspire me. From his early works on the Punisher to his more recent DC artworks, I continue to buy various comic book series just for Jim Lee’s artwork.
When it came to obsession with details, no other comic book artist even comes close to Todd McFarlane. My friends and I used to marvel at his artwork and try to guess how many days it must have taken Todd to draw some pages because of the sheer amount of details that he put on certain panels. It’s no wonder why some of his original comic artworks are now selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Just like Todd McFarlane, Joe Madureira is another freak of nature in terms of his uncanny attention to details. He also creates some of the most dynamic poses and character pinups ever! I always found his art to be the perfect mix between Japanese manga and clean American art. His artwork has been reused on countless blogs and his artworked has spawned many clones but none come close to the man himself…
Before I discovered the art of Jim Lee, I was in love with the art of Mark Silvestri. Mark’s work is very clean and sharp. I also find that his action scenes are some of the best in the business. I have always found that Marc is one of the most underrated comic book artists ever. But you look at his body of work and you will see that he has worked on some of the most popular comic book series of all-time.
John Byrne was the first comic book artist that made me go wow! His artwork was always clean and beautiful and his artwork was always stunning and easy to follow. I discovered his artwork while reading Classic X-Men and I simply could not get enough. From his work on the Dark Phoenix Saga to his work on various DC titles and even his sketched work for Wolverine, John Byrne is one of the best comic book artists in History.
Some of the extremely talented comic book artists that did not make the list include:
If I’ve forgotten anyone, please let me know…