“Humanity hates and fears the X-Men in the Marvel Universe. In the real world, the genetically superpowered heroes have enjoyed incredible visual interpretations over the last 50 years.”
There have been a number of amazing X-Men artists over the last half century, but who are your favorites? Who are the best and brightest? But what’s more important, –which ones are our favorites? You can click through to see the full list of 20 celebrated X-Men artists, but to keep things short and sweet, I’m going to give you my top seven from the list, in order of awesomeness:
- Barry Windsor-Smith; he might be at the bottom of the list, –or the top, I guess, but trust me, that’s only because someone has to be.
- Mike Choi; beautiful work, but often a little too chaotic and mashed up for my taste.
- Clayton Crain – His work on X-Force looked a bit like a promo poster from The Lost Boys movie; heavy on the red and monochromatic tones. Bleak, stark, and dramatic.
- Olivier Coipel – Not my favorite, but still very attractive; details aren’t as precise but Coipel seems to focus on the “bigger picture” –fleshing out full panels rather than just one character at a time.
- Art Adams – He made his characters larger than life; they seem to have a punk rock glow, and his attention to facial details is moving.
- Frank Quitely – I love Quitely, and I mean this in the nicest possibly way, but only he can make Wolverine look like a Greek pimp from Brooklyn.
- Marc Silvestri – Who can’t love this man? The lines, accuracy, and use of color to create a completely full, rich, almost overwhelming panel was, and is, completely unparalleled.