Who Would You Put in Your Comics Hall of Fame?

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Who Would You Put in Your Comics Hall of Fame?

Post by tony ingram on Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:06 am

This is an idea someone came up with on the DC boards, but they seemed to be restricting it to purely American creators. Taking a global view, who would you place in your personal Hall of Fame as the most significant and influential comics creators of all time, and why? Note that I said significant and influential, people who've actually made a mark on the medium and on the way it is perceived, not just your personal favourites. And to keep things interesting: you're only allowed ten choices!

For me, I think it would have to be:

Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, for effectively creating the concept which launched the superhero phenomenon which has dominated American comics for over 70 years.

Jack Kirby, probably the single most influential comics artist who ever lived.

Stan Lee, the first comics creator to really understand and exploit the power of Public Relations.

Alan Moore, who redefined the way comics were seen in the eighties and has been pushing the boundaries ever since.

Pat Mills, rightly regarded as the godfather of modern British comics.

Georges Remi (Herge) whose work has probably been read by more people around the world than any of the others.

Bob Kane, arguably the first American creator to become well known in his own right.

Dudley D Watkins and David Law, who created some of the most enduring and iconic characters in British comics history.





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Re: Who Would You Put in Your Comics Hall of Fame?

Post by Mbast1 on Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:15 am

Moebius, since I'm reading some of his work right now. I hope to find more. As I think of more, I'll add them.

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Re: Who Would You Put in Your Comics Hall of Fame?

Post by tony ingram on Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:18 am

We've been talking about him just recently in the French Comics thread! Definitely a contender. If we're talking European talent, I'd add Herge, Milo Manara and Carlos Ezquerra for starters...

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Re: Who Would You Put in Your Comics Hall of Fame?

Post by Mbast1 on Mon Feb 13, 2012 4:22 pm

The problem I have is that while I know writers/artists from other places (like Jodorowsky) I have no way to put them into context, and know how good they really are.

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Re: Who Would You Put in Your Comics Hall of Fame?

Post by tony ingram on Mon Feb 13, 2012 4:27 pm

Not sure I entirely understand you...

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Re: Who Would You Put in Your Comics Hall of Fame?

Post by Mbast1 on Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:29 pm

tony ingram wrote:Not sure I entirely understand you...

I don't know who is really "great" outside the US, because I don't know enough about the comics cultures in other areas. I know some names and I can see how good their work is, but I don't know enough to really see how much they've done that's above and beyond for their area. I can compare it to the US, but that's largely a superhero market and has been for a long time, so it's not much of a competition.

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Post by tony ingram on Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:33 pm

Ah, I see! Well, that basically just means you've an awful lot of great comics still to discover, which has to be a good thing!

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Post by Mbast1 on Tue Feb 14, 2012 6:13 pm

tony ingram wrote:Ah, I see! Well, that basically just means you've an awful lot of great comics still to discover, which has to be a good thing!

I do indeed, and I'm looking forward to finding more and more. Especially with this list, and the ones from DC (a discussion I saved).

What about Guido Crepax? His work seems interesting, but it's been years since I saw much of it.

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Post by tony ingram on Tue Feb 14, 2012 6:21 pm

I remember seeing some of his work appearing in Heavy Metal in the eighties, beautiful stuff! Some of his Valentina stories, as i recall. He drew absolutely gorgeous women...

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Re: Who Would You Put in Your Comics Hall of Fame?

Post by Mbast1 on Wed Feb 15, 2012 1:41 am

tony ingram wrote:He drew absolutely gorgeous women...

Not enough reason in itself to add him, but not a bad one...

How about Mr. Severin? Are we limiting ourselves to recent work?

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Re: Who Would You Put in Your Comics Hall of Fame?

Post by tony ingram on Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:08 am

No, not at all! John Severin probably ought to qualify based on the sheer volume of his output, though I don't think he was ever what I'd call a pioneer. Joe Kubert, on the other hand, or Frazetta...

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Post by freedumbdclxvi on Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:45 am

Mbast1 wrote:Moebius, since I'm reading some of his work right now. I hope to find more. As I think of more, I'll add them.

what have you been reading? i really loved the incal, and i'm eagerly waiting for madwoman of the sacred heart to be released on tuesday.

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Post by Mbast1 on Sun Feb 26, 2012 5:55 am

freedumbdclxvi wrote:what have you been reading? i really loved the incal, and i'm eagerly waiting for madwoman of the sacred heart to be released on tuesday.

I have a Heavy Metal Special of his work, and two of the Marvel trades, and I am trying to get them finished soon. I'm reading a bunch of things at once, as I too often do.

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Re: Who Would You Put in Your Comics Hall of Fame?

Post by Spektre on Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:35 am

They print comics outside the US?

(Ducks)

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Re: Who Would You Put in Your Comics Hall of Fame?

Post by tony ingram on Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:37 am

Spektre wrote:They print comics outside the US?

(Ducks)
A quite surprising number of them, in fact.
Of course, the printing presses are still steam powered...

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Re: Who Would You Put in Your Comics Hall of Fame?

Post by Philip K Ditko on Thu May 30, 2013 6:00 pm

Carl Barks
Leo Baxendale
Jack Cole
Robert Crumb
Rene Goscinny
Herge
Jack Kirby
Harvey Kurtzman
Don Martin
Osamu Tezuka

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Re: Who Would You Put in Your Comics Hall of Fame?

Post by tony ingram on Thu May 30, 2013 6:31 pm

Good choices, and I'm really glad to find another Baxendale fan.

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Re: Who Would You Put in Your Comics Hall of Fame?

Post by Sam_Vimes on Sat Jun 01, 2013 1:49 pm

If we're just talking superhero comics (which we yanks tend to do), my list has to be:

Siegel and Shuster

Stan Lee

Jack Kirby

Gardner Fox and John Broome

Alan Moore

Frank Miller

Kane and Finger (but mostly Finger)

Carmine Infantino

Tom DeFalco

Brian Michael Bendis

. . .Because, for good or ill, the marks they made were felt. Branching outside of superheroes, though, I'd have to include Herge, Uderzo, Barks, Gaiman and Wagner.

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Re: Who Would You Put in Your Comics Hall of Fame?

Post by tony ingram on Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:14 pm

Wagner. John or Matt?

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Re: Who Would You Put in Your Comics Hall of Fame?

Post by Sam_Vimes on Sat Jun 08, 2013 4:38 am

John, I think. The Judge Dredd guy.

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Re: Who Would You Put in Your Comics Hall of Fame?

Post by Silogramsam on Fri Jun 20, 2014 1:45 pm

In no particular order, and limited to the good ol' US of A:
Julius Schwartz
Gardner Fox
Jerry Robinson (sorry, no Robinson, no Kane)
Wayne Boring
Gil Kane
Joe Kubert
Curt Swan
Murphy Anderson
Carmine Infantino
Dick Dillin
John Broome
Paul Levitz
C.C Beck
Otto Binder
Bill Parker
Marv Wolfman
George Perez
William Moulton Marston

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Re: Who Would You Put in Your Comics Hall of Fame?

Post by tony ingram on Fri Jun 20, 2014 2:30 pm

Embarrassingly, I actually had to Google Bill Parker.  Embarassed 

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Re: Who Would You Put in Your Comics Hall of Fame?

Post by Silogramsam on Fri Jun 20, 2014 5:28 pm

I think Parker got the short shrift, given Beck and then Binder's contributions to Cap.

I'd add Joe Simon, Will Eisner, Lou Fine and Chuck Cuidera as well.

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Post by tony ingram on Fri Jun 20, 2014 5:48 pm

There seems to be a certain amount of confusion as to what Chuck Cuidera did or didn't create. I'm not quite sure what to think, there.

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Re: Who Would You Put in Your Comics Hall of Fame?

Post by Silogramsam on Fri Jun 20, 2014 5:59 pm

I'd also add Nick Cardy for his entire body of work, Neal Adams, Denny O'Neil and Frances Herron and Dave Wood (both of whom wrote so many stories in the mid to late 50s and early 60s for DC that they kept the comics not featuring Batman or Superman afloat!)

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Post by tony ingram on Fri Jun 20, 2014 6:04 pm

Ashamed to admit, I was clueless about Dave Wood, too.
I mean, I know a Dave Wood. He's a colleague of mine, a local councillor and a member of the Liberal Democrats. But I'm fairly certain he didn't create Mr. Freeze...

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Re: Who Would You Put in Your Comics Hall of Fame?

Post by Silogramsam on Fri Jun 20, 2014 6:07 pm

Besides writing Green Arrow while Jack Kirby drew it, he created along with Carmine Infantino, Animal Man and, with Kirby, the Challengers of the Unknown. He wrote a lot of back-ups and also wrote for DC during the 40s.

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Re: Who Would You Put in Your Comics Hall of Fame?

Post by tony ingram on Fri Jun 20, 2014 6:10 pm

I shall have to look into him! I'm obviously woefully uninformed, there.

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Post by Lucy McGough on Fri Jun 20, 2014 6:19 pm

tony ingram wrote:I'm obviously woefully uninformed
I'm 'aving that.

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Post by Silogramsam on Fri Jun 20, 2014 7:03 pm

tony ingram wrote:I shall have to look into him! I'm obviously woefully uninformed, there.

to be fair to you, much of Wood's work (like Herron's who often alternated writing stories with Wood in various monthlies in the late 50s-early 60s), were usually uncredited. You'd have to look at Showcase Presents to see either Wood or Herron credited. And not all of their stories were "great" but they were good enough (especially considering most readers were kids).

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Post by Silogramsam on Tue Jun 24, 2014 6:18 pm

I'd also add
Robert Kanigher
Russ Heath
Mike Sekowsky
Ramona Fradon
Brune Premiani
Jim Shooter
Ed Hamilton
Kurt Schaffenberger

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Re: Who Would You Put in Your Comics Hall of Fame?

Post by Philip K Ditko on Tue Jun 24, 2014 6:30 pm

But you're only allowed ten choices, not a hundred and ten.

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Post by tony ingram on Tue Jun 24, 2014 6:44 pm

Trouble is, to be absolutely fair, you could probably come up with three hundred and ten who deserved it...

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Re: Who Would You Put in Your Comics Hall of Fame?

Post by Lucy McGough on Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:25 pm

That's the problem with 'best of' lists. Everyone's good at different things, so a finite list is needlessly restrictive.

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Post by tony ingram on Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:41 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:That's the problem with 'best of' lists. Everyone's good at different things
Except Rob Liefeld, obviously.

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Post by Lucy McGough on Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:49 pm

He's... um... good at being bad?

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Post by Silogramsam on Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:49 pm

I'm not trying to limit it to 10. If its MY Comics Hall of Fame, I can put as many into it as I like.  Very Happy 

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Post by Lucy McGough on Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:30 pm

Yeah! Fight the power! Very Happy

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Re: Who Would You Put in Your Comics Hall of Fame?

Post by tony ingram on Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:13 am

I would expect nothing less from the defender of Fair Play.


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