Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Best Artist EVARRR Edition

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When I first discovered comics, the Big Two companies were coming out of a creative and financial doldrums, while several old-school purveyors of four-color fiction were either failings or on the way out.  The black-and-white boom was in its infancy, but eventually I came to recognize the work of two artists that I loved above all others, one of whom worked primarily at DC (George Perez) and another at Marvel (John Byrne.)  The work of either man could get me to pick up a title sight unseen, and I have a stack of some pretty crap comics to prove it.  A couple of decades down the line, I am still a fan of both artists, but have developed a love of dozens of others, from Mike Allred’s proto-Kirby madness to the smooth elegance of Alan Davis, and even found appreciation for some I couldn’t stand back in the 80s, especially the criminally and consistently underrated Don Heck.  Any more, the question of who my favorite is can change based on what I’ve read last, but it does raise an interesting query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) doesn’t even know who to choose right now, as there are so many excellent candidates to be had, asking: Who is your favorite artist of all?