Comic Books #56: Comic Book Creators

I read comics all my life (up until the mid nineties, actually).  It wasn't until around 1983 that I started caring about who was actually doing the writing and artwork.  I knew my MAD folks like the back of my hand (Sergio Aragones, Al Jaffee, Don Martin, etc.), but the guys behind my favorite comics for some reason didn't come into focus till much later.

Anyway, I found a few mags devoted to these guys and it brought back a lot of memories.  So, as a refresher for me, and perhaps of interest to you, here's a rundown of handful of comic creators - primarily Stan Lee.

By no means is this even close to a comprehensive list - that would go on forever. Just some a handful of pics from the past with a smattering of text. Nothing too in depth, but hopefully a lot of fun. I'm nowhere near an expert, so please fill in the gaps for me.  But most of all - Enjoy.

Recognize these two? That's Stan Lee (who I'm sure everybody knows) and Jenette Kahn in 1976.  Kahn was a head honcho at DC and Lee, of course, was the main man at Marvel.  While Lee is universally beloved, I think the opinions of Kahn are mixed.  She certainly humanized the superheroes, and like her or not, affected the tenor and tone of your DC comic reading throughout the eighties.

I don't know about you, but I think Stan Lee likes what he sees.

 Here's Stan again going over a Spider-Man comic with John Romita.

Stan going over the same comic with Jim Shooter.

A truly awesome photograph of Stan Lee and Marvel characters in front of the White House.  Sort of makes me proud to be an American.

Alan Moore

This is the guy behind Watchmen, From Hell, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and V for Vendetta.  My personal favorite is his work with the Swamp Thing; those were the most creative, well thought out, mind blowing stories to come out of the eighties.

José Luis García-López

Many of you may remember the Atari Force comics that came with certain Atari video games.  My main man Lopez was the artist behind those comics.

George Pérez

Jim Shooter

Jim Shooter became editor-in-chief of Marvel during the late seventies amid a flurry of controversy.  Upon his arrival, Marv Wolfman quit after being fired from his Tomb of Dracula job, saying of Shooter "Human beings just don't do that to other people".  Stan Lee's protege, Roy Thomas, quit saying he "professionally despised" Shooter.  Add to that, editor Rick Marschall called Shooter a "moral coward" and a "Nazi".

 I don't know what became of his tenure at Marvel, but it sounds like he certainly got off to an interesting start.  I'm sure someone out there can save me from a Wikipedia search.

Chris Claremont

Claremont and Stan "The Man" looking cool and suave as ever.  Claremont was the man behind the X-Men in the seventies and throughout the eighties.

Dave Sim

Sim is the guy behind Cerebus the Aardvark.  Definitely not your mainstream superhero comic, but extremely popular and revered among comic book enthusiasts.  Cerebus was funny and philosophical - a thinking-man's comic that, all together, looks the size of three phone books. 

Wally Wood

Here's one of my all time favorite comic book guys.  So many of my favorites were from his hand - from Tales from the Crypt and Daredevil to Two Fisted Tales... the list goes on.  The man did everything from Alka Seltzer ads to Prince Valiant comic strips to pornographic underground comics to Topps "Wacky Packages".  The Renaissance Man of the comic book world IMHO.

His panels were never boring.  He infused everything with a sense of excitement - you could tell he really put himself into his work, and wasn't just churning out stuff for a buck.  My understanding is he was a fairly troubled individual with lots of personal demons. A trend among geniuses.


  1. Alan Moore hasn't really changed much in the looks dept. :D

    1. Hopefully his spelling's improved...

  2. Shooter went on to helm Marvel until 1987, a period of time which some consider to be the best since Marvel's inception since the early '60s. The list of legendary books under his regime are numerous, and include Claremont and Byrne's X-Men, Amazing Spider-Man by Roger Stern and John Romita, Jr., John Byrne's Fanatastic Four, and Walt Simonson's Thor, just to name a few.

    Some believe he made the comics were so good because he demanded so much from his talent, which some creators couldn't handle. He did a lot of work with the executives of the parent company that owned Marvel at the time, Cadence, and was instrumental in Marvel being purchased by New World Entertainment. He was forced out at this point and then proceeded to put together a group to purchase Marvel, but they were unsuccessful.

    His blog www.jimshooter.com is one hell of a read, and recommended for all Marvel comics fans from the '80s.

    1. Yeah, it seems like Shooter was difficult to work under, but got great results. His blog is incredibly interesting.

  3. You need to swap your captions for the "Stan Lee with Jim Shooter/John Romita, Sr." pics...

    Al Bigley

  4. Any fan of Wally Wood MUST SEE this: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_cFA-t1J8KUA/TSIb8JrvQ-I/AAAAAAAAAUk/CVMArs01rZE/s1600/WallyWoods.jpg

    I'd be interested in a follow-up to this entry. Jack Cole would be one I'd add, and perhaps Rob Liefeld in the 'Incompetence/Unintentional Humor' section. :p

  5. Wally Wood was the greatest artist in comics history, period. Human anatomy, monsters, spaceships, landscapes, machines, all in near-microscopic detail, even the backgrounds.


  6. thanks for share...