TELL US: Who are the BEST Comic Book/ Comic Strip Artists?


As part of the upcoming: COMING SOON: The Comic Strip… at the CGTalk Daily Sketch Forum

I have been trying to compile a list of the best comic book/ comic strip artists
& illustrators to, as they say, inspire the troops.
Here is the list i have compile so far:

Here is my list, and I would love to hear what is your list…

Graphic Novels

[li]Masamune Shirow (Ghost in the Shell, Appleseed)[/li][li]Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Nausicca and the Valley of the Wind)[/li][li]Jean Giraud Moebius (Airtight Garage)[/li][/ul]Comic Books

[li]Berni Wrightson (Swamp Thing, Frankenstein)[/li][li]Frank Miller (Sin City, Ronin, Dark Knight Returns)[/li][li]George Perez (Crisis on the Infinite Earths, Wonder Woman)[/li][li]Alan Davis (Cap Britain, Excalibur)[/li][li]Jim Lee (X-men)[/li][li]Neal Adams (Brave and the Bold)[/li][li]John Byrne (Superman)[/li][li]Mike Mignola (HellBoy)[/li][/ul]Daily Strips
[li]Berkeley Breathed (Bloom County, Opus)[/li][li]Gary Larson (Far Side)[/li][li]Charles Schulz (Peanuts)[/li][li]Quino (Mafalda)[/li][/ul]


Alex Ross and Simon Bisley


Personal Favorites:

Humberto Ramos
Jim Lee
Bryan Hitch (The Ultimates)
Chris Bachallo (SP!?!)

Tons more, but these are a few.


Comic Book:

Arthur Adams (X-Men)
Todd McFarlane (Amazing Spider-man & Spawn)
Walt Simonson (Thor(BetaRay Bill Saga), X-Factor)
Jack Kirby (The “true” Marvel Icon)
Mike Mignola (Hellboy)
George Perez (The New Teen Titans)
Frank Miller (Batman:Year One, Dark Knight Returns, Daredevil(writer))
Adam Hughes (Wonder Woman covers, Tomb Raider covers)
John Byrne (X-Men)
Jim Lee (Punisher, X-Men)


Hiroaki Samura (Blade of the Immortals)
Shirow Masamune (All his work published in the US)
Frank Miller (Sin City)
Mazakazu Katsura (Video Girl Ai)
Hayao Miyazaki (Nausicca and the Valley of the Wind)
Simon Bisley (Love freaking all his stuff)

I could go on and on, but these are the only ones I can think of right now, I’ll probably remember some more later.



A few more:

Geoff Darrow (Hard Boiled, Big Guy & Rusty The Boy Robot, Concepts, Illustrations, Matrix)
Massimiliano Frezzato (Keepers of the Maser)
Katsuya Terada (Concepts, Illustration, Character Designs, Other, Blood)
Howard Chaykin (American Flagg, Black Kiss, Mighty Love)
Claire Wendling (Illustration, Character Designs, Other)
Jamie Hewlett (Tank Girl, Gorillaz)
Juan Gimenez (Metabarons, Leo Roa)
Koji Morimoto (Illustration, Character Designs, Other)
Tanaka Tatsuyuki (Cannabis Works)
Jhonen Vasquez (Squee, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, Invader Zim)
Shane Glines (Illustrations, Character Design)
Yoshitoshi Abe (Character Design, Other)

Leaving out a bunch but that’s off the top of my head…along with many already mentioned!

Maybe it’d be a good idea to put the book titles of collected work for the Illustrators too? Might help for research. Let me know and I’ll update.


Chris Ware, Dan Clowes, Seth, Juanjo Guarnido (Blacksad), Leinil Yu (Superman: Birthright), Michael Ryan (Mystique - no inks), Jan Duursema (Star Wars), Kagan McLeod (Infinite Kungfu), Joe Madureira (Battle Chasers, Street Fighter covers), Ma Wing Shing (Storm Riders and other uber cool kung fu comics).

John Buscema, Gene Colan, Alex Toth, Sergio Aragones

list goes on…

but first without failing to mention Katsuhiro Otomo for volumes of Akira.


Will Eisner,
Jeffrey Jones,
Mike Kaluta,
Alex Toth,
Frank Miller,
Bill Waterson,
Jamie Hewlett,
and Klaus Janson

would all also be on my reading list.

For what it’s worth.



Alex Ross (Marvels, Kingdom Come)
Mike Mignola (Hellboy)
Eric Powell (Goon)
Geoff Darrow (Hard Boiled, Big Guy and Rusty, Shaolin Cowboy)
John Cassaday (Astonish Xmen)
Frank Miller (Sin City)
Lee Bermejo (Batman: Deathblow, soon to be taking over Mignola’s art duties on Hellboy)
Adam Hughes (Gen 13, Ghost)
Joe Madureira (Battle Chasers)



Off the top of my head and in absolutely no particular order:

Jamie Hewlett
Los Bros Hernandez (Love and Rockets)
Dave McKean (illustrations and covers for Sandman)
Ralph Steadman
Frank Miller
Alex Ross
John Romita (Sr & Jr)
Chris Ware (gotta root for a hometown guy)



There are so many to choose from hehehe, but were we go with some of those that are MUST have for me:

  - Berni Wrightson  (Frankstein, Swamp Thing):bowdown:
  • Alfonso Azpiri (got known in USA for the amazing work on the long defunct Penthouse Comix, publishs regularly on Heavy Metal magazine) :buttrock:

    • Rick Leonardi (SpiderMan 2099 - almost no one recognises this guy as a BRILIANT artist :sad: )

    • J.Romita Sr/Jr (the best Spider Man artists IMO )

    • Jean “Moebius” Giraud (The Incal although i prefer he´s Bluberry books/style)

    • Regis Loisel (Peter Pan)

    • Mike Ploog ( lot´s of work to mention, but all AMAZING)

    • Enki Bilal (Immortals saga and everything else)

    • Walter Simonson (the best THOR saga EVER)

    • John Buscema (Savage sword of Conan among lot other stuff)

    -Will Eisner (everything he ever did :bounce: )

    • Kerry Gamil (Captain America in the 80´s and bazilions of covers, now is a concept artist)
  • Sam Kieth (The Maxx)

    Im forgeting a lot of others, but this are the ones that when i see something new i just need to HAVE IT :applause:


winsor McCay
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Kevin ONeill - (Nemesis the Warlock, Marshall Law)
Carlos Ezquerra - (Judge Dredd, ABC warriors)
Jim Woodring - (Frank, Jim)

These are my three that havent been already mentioned.


Travis Charest, Whilce Portacio, Geof Darrow, John Bryne, Alex Ross and Me. Well I used to do comic characters in high school I thought were damn good:shrug:


He also gets the award for the laziest comic book artist :slight_smile:


Nope…that one goes to Dale Keown (The Pitt) :smiley:


How about Bill Waterson

and Gary Larson


yeah, what is that guy up to these days?

It’s like he disappeared. Last I saw he was doing covers for video games and gamer mags.



Haven’t looked at the newer artists recently since my comics addiction isn’t as intense as before so i can’t really comment on them. Aside from the often repeatedly lauded greats (Adams, Byrne, Ross etc.), here’s another vote for the cool styles of Mike Mignola and Travis Charest!
Also a couple not yet mentioned: Jae Lee, Texeira.


Watterson and Larson for sure, but how come no one mentioned:

Goscinny & Uderzo:



I was reared on these guys! How about the rest of you? Black gold, anyone? Or a menhir?


I am surprised to see actual talented artists being listed here.

Here I was expecting to come in here and see fanboy ravings for talentless hacks like Rob Liefeld.