CBR's #5 All Time Favorite Artist & Writer

Mon, October 16th, 2006 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
CBR News Team, Editor

Over on the CBR Forums, Brian Cronin asked those in the community to vote for their favorite comic writers and artists of all times. He assembled those votes and earlier this month began revealing CBR's All Time Top 100 Writers and Artists. To see the results for yourself, along with a description of each writer and artists, visit this thread for the Top 50 writers and this thread for the Top 50 Artists.

Last Friday, Brian brought us up to #6 on each list and now we're ready to bring it home! All week long we'll reveal the final five vote getters, with the #2 and #1 artists revealed on Thursday and the #2 and #1 writers revealed this Friday.

To bring you up to speed, here's a quick list of the vote getters thus far, how many overall points they received and the number of first place votes cast in their favor.

Writers Artists
50. Dave Sim - 47 pts (1)


48. (tie) Chris Ware - 49 pts


48. (tie) Harvey Kurtzman - 49 pts


47. Dan Slott - 50 pts (1)


46. Mark Gruenwald - 51 pts (1)


44. (tie) Jack Kirby - 53 pts (1)


44. (tie) John Ostrander - 53 pts


43. James Robinson - 54 pts


41. (tie) Joe Casey - 58 pts (1)


41. (tie) Walter Simonson - 58 pts


40. Greg Rucka - 64 pts (1)


39. Carl Barks - 66 pts


38. Bill Willingham - 68 pts


37. Gilbert Hernandez - 74 pts (3)


36. Joss Whedon - 78 pts


35. Robert Kirkman - 79 pts (1)


33. (tie) Gail Simone - 81 pts


33. (tie) J. Michael Straczynski - 81 pts (2)


31. (tie) Jim Starlin - 82 pts


31. (tie) J.M. Dematteis - 82 pts


29. (tie) Mike Carey - 92 pts (1)


29. (tie) Mike Mignola - 92 pts (2)


28. Steve Gerber - 98 pts (2)


26. (tie) Peter Milligan - 98 pts (1)


26. (tie) Fabian Nicieza - 98 pts (1)


25. Jeph Loeb - 99 pts (2)


24. Steve Englehart - 100 pts


23. John Byrne - 101 pts (2)


22. Roger Stern - 102 pts


21. Marv Wolfman - 105 pts (1)


20. Dennis O'Neil - 111 pts (3)


19. Keith Giffen - 119 pts (1)


18. Mark Waid - 121 pts (2)


17. Roy Thomas - 145 pts (1)


16. Geoff Johns - 195 pts


15. Will Eisner - 221 pts (4)


14. Garth Ennis - 268 pts (4)


13. Kurt Busiek - 276 pts (2)


12. Ed Brubaker - 282 pts (2)


11. Peter David - 321 pts (2)


10. Brian K. Vaughan - 378 pts (10)


9. Mark Millar - 381 pts (4)


8. Chris Claremont - 442 pts (14)


7. Brian Michael Bendis - 465 pts (3)


6. Warren Ellis - 529 pts (7)

50. (tie) Brian Bolland - 61 pts


50. (tie) Adam Hughes - 61 pts (1)


50. (tie) Andy Kubert - 61 pts


50. (tie) P. Craig Russell - 61 pts (1)


49. Dave McKean - 65 pts (1)


47. (tie) Carlos Pacheco - 66 pts (2)


47. (tie) Greg Land - 66 pts (1)


46. Jim Starlin - 68 pts


45. Paul Smith - 69 pts (1)


44. Jean Giraud (Moebius) - 70 pts (1)


43. Jaime Hernandez - 72 pts (1)


42. Olivier Coipel - 73 pts (2)


40. (tie) Michael Turner - 74 pts (2)


40. (tie) Alex Maleev - 74 pts (1)


39. Steve Dillon - 75 pts (1)


38. Sam Kieth - 76 pts (3)


37. Darick Robertson - 77 pts (2)


36. Jae Lee - 78 pts (2)


34 (tie) Gil Kane - 80 pts


34 (tie) Barry Windsor-Smith - 80 pts


33. Jim Aparo - 87 pts (2)


32. David Finch - 89 pts


31. Gene Colan - 92 pts


30. Todd McFarlane - 94 pts (1)


29. Chris Bachalo - 95 pts (2)


28. Joe Kubert - 98 pts


27. Mark Bagley - 102 pts (4)


26. J.H. Williams III - 106 pts (3)


24. (tie) Darwyn Cooke - 107 pts (3)


24. (tie) Alex Toth - 107 pts (2)


23. Steve McNiven - 117 pts


22. Marc Silvestri - 118 pts (1)


21. Jim Steranko - 127 pts (2)


19. (tie) Walt Simonson - 139 pts (1)


19. (tie) Arthur Adams - 139 pts (3)


18. John Romita Sr. - 145 pts (4)


17. Alan Davis - 194 pts (4)


16. Bryan Hitch - 195 pts (1)


15. John Buscema - 196 pts (3)


14. Bill Sienkiewicz - 213 pts (7)


13. Steve Ditko - 228 pts (2)


12. Mike Mignola - 230 pts (5)


11. Frank Quitely - 244 pts (3)


10. Will Eisner - 254 pts (6)


9. John Romita, Jr. - 278 pts (4)


8. John Cassaday - 282 pts (5)


7. Frank Miller - 285 pts (2)


6. John Byrne - 296 pts (7)

Now, without any further delay, the #5 CBR All Time Favorite Artist and Writer! The following commentary is provided by Brian Cronin.

#5 ARTIST: Alex Ross - 315 points (9)

After a stint at Chicago's American Academy of Art, Alex Ross broke into comics in the early '90s, doing work for Now Comics.

His biggest break, though, was in 1993, when he collaborated with Kurt Busiek on the smash success, "Marvels," where readers first were introduced to Ross' trademark photorealistic and imposing painted work.

Ross helped design (and drew covers for) Kurt Busiek's "Astro City," as well.

In 1996, Ross followed up "Marvels" with "Kingdom Come," with writer Mark Waid, which was another critical and commercial success.

During the late '90s, Warner Brothers began promoting Ross' work with fine art prints of his drawings. In addition, he worked with Paul Dini on a series of large-format one-shots featuring the most popular DC characters, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel.

Also during the late '90s, Ross worked with writer Jim Krueger on the Marvel Comics series "Earth X," which was based on some ideas and designs Ross had done for Wizard Magazine, in which Ross designed the future of the Marvel Universe. Ross would design the characters and do the covers on both "Earth X" and its two sequels, "Universe X" and "Paradise X."

Ross' art reached perhaps its largest audience when, in 2002, he was asked to create a promotional poster for the 2002 Academy Awards.

Currently, Ross is working with Jim Krueger again, this time on a 12-issue series for DC starring the Justice League called simply "Justice." Ross is co-writing the book with Krueger and painting over Dougie Braithwaite's pencils.

#5 WRITER: Frank Miller - 535 points (9)

Frank Miller was already becoming a popular artist while working as the regular artist on Marvel's "Daredevil" with writer Roger McKenzie. Miller soon began co-plotting the book with McKenzie, and eventually, about a year or so into the run, he took over as the book's writer. In his first issue, he introduced the assassin and former lover of Daredevil, Elektra. Miller's run on "Daredevil" was both a critical and commercial success. After finishing work on "Daredevil," Miller did a creator-owned mini-series for DC called "Ronin." Miller's next big success was in the mid-'80s, where he managed, in one year, to do a seminal run on "Daredevil" ("Born Again" with artist David Mazzuchelli) and on Batman ("Dark Knight Returns").

Miller also wrote the classic "Batman: Year One," again with Mazzuchelli. He also did an "Elektra: Assassin" mini-series for Marvel with artist Bill Sienkiewicz.

Around this time, Miller made a foray into Hollywood, writing the scripts for two "Robocop" sequels.

During the '90s, Miller mostly worked at Dark Horse Comics, only stopping off at Marvel to do a Daredevil mini-series with artist John Romita, Jr., that was essentially Daredevil: Year One.

For Dark Horse, Miller did "Hard Boiled," with artist Geoff Darrow, and "Give Me Liberty," with artist Dave Gibbons. It was at this time that he also began his "Sin City" series. "Sin City" was recently adapted into a successful movie by Director Robert Rodriguez, who gave Miller co-director credit on the film.

In 2000, Miller came back to DC and Batman for a sequel to "Dark Knight Returns," titled "Dark Knight Strikes Again."

Currently, Miller is working on a film adaptation of Will Eisner's "The Spirit," while writing "All Star Batman and Robin" for DC (with artist Jim Lee). He has an upcoming Batman project for DC, in which Batman reportedly fights Al Qaeda.

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