The thing about comic book art is that it’s all subjective.  For every person who mocks Rob Liefeld’s shortcomings, there is someone who loves his work, ankles be damned.  I love the work of Gil Kane, but understand that not everyone does, even though to me, he is the only Hal Jordan artist that matters.  (Weellll, maybe early-80s Dave Gibbons.)  Likewise, when it comes to the pre-Satellite Justice League of America, it’s all about Mike Sekowsky, whose shaggy-haired, wild-eyed villains all seem to look like Jack Elam, and whose Hawkman is a terrifying creature boring through us with his terrible gaze.  Later takes on the League were great, especially the Kevin Maguire days (and, to be honest, New 52 Jim Lee does a good-looking, if somewhat bland and homogenous team), but nothing says JLA like Sekowsky, which leads us to today’s subjective query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) also loves a Curt Swan Superman, which would prove that I’m old if that reference weren’t about ten years older than my actual age, asking: Which artist do you think is the signature artist for your favorite character?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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8 Comments

  1. TheWolverine
    March 11, 2015 at 11:32 am — Reply

    Jack “The King” Kirby for Cap and the rest of Marvel universe.

  2. March 11, 2015 at 12:31 pm — Reply

    Steve Rude will ALWAYS be the signature artist on Nexus. No contest. Simonson’s Thor is pretty definitive as far as I’m concerned.

  3. March 11, 2015 at 4:28 pm — Reply

    John Byrne for Fantastic Four and X-Men, Curt Swan for Superman and Simonson for Thor.

  4. Mauther
    March 11, 2015 at 4:30 pm — Reply

    Walter Simonson for Thor.

  5. Doctor Dinosaur
    March 11, 2015 at 5:24 pm — Reply

    David Mazzucheli on Batman.

    I really wish he would have worked longer on the character.

    • March 11, 2015 at 5:52 pm — Reply

      Yeah, truly a shame he didnt make more. Fantastic style, really good fit to Batman

  6. Ron
    March 11, 2015 at 9:14 pm — Reply

    Dave Cockrum on the Legion of Super-Heroes.

  7. Robbie
    March 11, 2015 at 10:40 pm — Reply

    The whole JLI/A/E team as drawn by Kevin Maguire. Other artists did the solo characters better, but his ability to take an ensemble cast, give them all unique looks in and out of costume, and match up the best facial expressions to the story text make his work an exemplar.

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