Perhaps you already know the story of your favorite comic book artist. You see, putting pencil to paper is how it all starts. Since that fateful day in 1938 when Superman bounded into life in the first issue of Action Comics, artists and illustrators have found themselves pre-occupied with the burning desire to create superheroes.
And from that long history, you have also come to witness the emergence of artists (real ones, not the kind who simply build a website and make money out of their ‘art). Go ahead and know the names behind their work, and get to know a better way of spending your time instead of just spending hours to shop online.
Big Names in Comic Book Artistry
Will Eisner was born in Brooklyn in 1917 and sadly passed away on 3 January 2005. He’s widely renowned as one of the comic world’s most important and beloved contributors, and often hailed ‘The Father of the Graphic Novel’. The term ‘graphic novel’ was coined in the ’60s, but only used as a marketing category for the first time for Eisner’s A Contract with God in 1978. His comic design career started out as a cartoonist for the New York American Newspaper.
The creator of Astro Boy, this Japanese legend has a style all of his own and counted Disney and Kubrick amongst his fervent fans. Dubbed ‘the father of anime’ and ‘the god of Manga’, he was light years ahead of the competition. He was the inventor of the ‘big eyes’ style of Japanese animation as well as Kimba The White Lion, a clear influence on The Lion King.
If you’re looking for someone whose work was more political, then it’s Gibbons. Gibbons partnered with Alan Moore in the mid-’80s to produce Watchmen, a groundbreaking work that both reflected contemporary anxieties and subtly critiqued the superhero concept. He returned to Watchmen in 2008, producing the behind-the-scenes book, Watching the Watchmen, to tie into the release of the 2009 film.
Truly, making comic books requires more than just an imagination. It requires an entire consciousness that’s willing and ready to see a world different from what it is now.