Most Important / Impactful Living Artist
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Kind of a spin-off from the Batman 251 thread.

As of 2019, is Neal the most important / impactful living comic artist?  If not Neal, then who? Miller?

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30 minutes ago, J.Sid said:

If not Neal, then who?

You can trace a huge chunk of the inspiration behind the Image Comics style of art to Art Adams, and from Art directly to Michael Golden.  Many artists I've talked to confirm this.

But I concede I might be biased.  A bit.  9_9

But you were asking for opinions.

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Man, I think this one is impossible.

A quick list of 10 off the top of my head

Neal Adams

Frank Miller

Jim Lee

Art Adams

John Byrne

BWS

Mignolia

Starlin

Laird/Eastman

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For my money it’s Alan Moore in a landslide ;)

Then Miller, Crumb or N. Adams

Edited by Bronty

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26 minutes ago, Bronty said:

For my money it’s Alan Moore in a landslide ;)

1. Rob Liefeld :p

2. Julie Bell

3. Art Suydam (Zombie 'homages')

4. Neal Adams

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Art Adams

Neal Adams

Miller

 

Edit: poor reading skills on my part tonight

Edited by SquareChaos

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15 minutes ago, SquareChaos said:

Art Adams

Moebius

Neal Adams

Miller

Kirby

I guess we all have a different definition of living...(shrug)

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20 minutes ago, Shemp said:

I guess we all have a different definition of living...(shrug)

Oh, I somehow totally blipped over that! I'll edit it out, thanks for pointing it out. 

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In no order: Steranko, Adams, Miller, Ross, Perez

and Sienkiewicz.

 

Edited by Chazgee

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Who's doing work in comics today that is inspired by any of those guys???

Geez, I wish someone was...

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Neal Adams

Todd McFarlane

George Perez

Brian Bolland

Art Adams

Steranko

Alex Ross

All of the above influenced other artists and made a huge impact on the art of comics and how they were perceived.  I also think each advanced the medium significantly. 

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5 hours ago, glendgold said:

1. Crumb.

2.

Or do you mean superhero artist?

Crumb is interesting. Would love to hear you elaborate on your criteria and how he fits it...

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As a variation on this topic, who is currently having the greatest impact on OA? Neal Adams, I think, has been responsible for the greatest impact over time, but right now is a little different. Perhaps Lee?

 

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Neal Adams.

I think Neal Adams was the art father of many great artists, the most important to me being John Byrne. 

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You old guys crack me up. Go look at the actual books on the stands. The most influential American comic artists living today are Jim Lee/Scott Williams.

Edited by BCarter27

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1 minute ago, BCarter27 said:

You old guys crack me up. Go look at the actual books on the stands. The most influential American comic artists living today are Jim Lee/Scott Williams.

I also thought about adding Frank Quietly. His influence will only continue to grow.

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10 hours ago, J.Sid said:

Crumb is interesting. Would love to hear you elaborate on your criteria and how he fits it...

It's funny -- it's like trying to explain how Dylan is important.  He's a figure so baked into where comics are now that he's almost invisible, huh? Since his influence over the beginnings of underground artwork is massive, you can see his shadow over most autobiographical work, too, pretty much anything you'd see from Fantagraphics and Drawn & Quarterly.  His transgressive work, his self-analysis, his joining of funny animal work with a genius eye toward social satire...I can't say he's one of my heroes or anything -- his work is intensely problematic -- but we're talking about "impactful/important." And in the larger culture, those kind of comics have a lot of mainstream readers.  I think you can make the argument that no Crumb/no Maus, or no Crumb/no Ware/Barry/Groening/Clowes, for instance.  He doesn't have much to do with superhero stuff, however, so if that's everyone else's criterion, I wouldn't nominate him.  Neal and Jim Lee and the other names above are more valid in that case, I think. 

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