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fuggernaut


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In the 90s, Jurgens and Breeding were the gold standard. IIRC, Tom Grummet and Kerry Gammill got a lot of love as well. But there are quite a few of 90s artists of the triangle area who were amazing, but didn't quite get the hype. In no particular order:

-STUART IMMONEN: arguably one of the most talented artists of his generation, he never got a lot of buzz with his somewhat understated and elegant style. He was on Superman for a LONG time. As a kid, I was sort of indifferent to his work. Now I truly enjoy it! Really beautiful stuff.

-JON BOGDONAVE: every kid's least favorite super-artist back in the day, the "ugly" artist. Except that he was awesome! Now that I get his style, I see how dynamic and fun it is; a cross between Kirby and Shuster.

-BARRY KITSON: as a kid, I thought Kitson was awesome on Superman! And I didn't know why he didn't get more love. He did a great 90s Supes, without going full Leifeld. Did great work on "Dead Again" and the Massacre slugfest and the cool deathtrap issue.

-JACKSON GUICE: as a kid, I thought of him as the "moody" version of Jurgens. But now I see him a really evokative, romantic artist. Maybe the "sexiest" Superman artist.




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Superman's Pal

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Immomen had a very unique style that was a little stiff but sometimes it worked well. I remember thinking The Final Night looked pretty good. Legionnaires less so. Don't remember him on Superman that much.

Bogdanove was hit and miss. Ugly sometimes yes but other times kind of nice, powerful. When he first introduced Irons in Man of Steel I don't think anybody drew that suit of armor better. I liked how he drew Lobo when he showed up, too.

Kitson I mostly knew from L.E.G.I.O.N. and it was interesting to see his style develop on that series. I think he drew most of the characters fine but I didn't love his Superman compared to the rest.

Guice was okay, I'd have to review his stuff to see how much I liked it. I think he drew the destruction of Metropolis in Action 700 which I remember liking.



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Daveym 

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    In the 90s, Jurgens and Breeding were the gold standard. IIRC, Tom Grummet and Kerry Gammill got a lot of love as well. But there are quite a few of 90s artists of the triangle area who were amazing, but didn't quite get the hype. In no particular order:



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    -STUART IMMONEN: arguably one of the most talented artists of his generation, he never got a lot of buzz with his somewhat understated and elegant style. He was on Superman for a LONG time. As a kid, I was sort of indifferent to his work. Now I truly enjoy it! Really beautiful stuff.

Immonen was a breath of fresh air to Legion of Super-heroes, I still look on those issues with some fondness. His Superman... I could take or leave. He was solid, but unremarkable in my view.


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    -JON BOGDONAVE: every kid's least favorite super-artist back in the day, the "ugly" artist. Except that he was awesome! Now that I get his style, I see how dynamic and fun it is; a cross between Kirby and Shuster.

Jon Bogdanove! You either loved it or rejected it. A style that was 'eccentric', massively exaggerated body proportions, and the ugly duckling of the Superman stable at the time.
What I do find though is that he has dated extremely well. I can look on his and Loise Simonson's Man of Steel and see a title that while the odd one out of the books at that time stands now a very distinctive and vibrant book. In a way he and Man of Steel remind me of Walt Simonson' Thor and X-Factor - books that took some adjusting to, and weren't easily warmed to at first, but once you stuck with it you saw the qualities were genuinely interesting and had substance.

Bogdanove also illustrated possibly the best chapters in The Death of Superman in my view.


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    -BARRY KITSON: as a kid, I thought Kitson was awesome on Superman! And I didn't know why he didn't get more love. He did a great 90s Supes, without going full Leifeld. Did great work on "Dead Again" and the Massacre slugfest and the cool deathtrap issue.

Yeah! I liked his work too, he came to Superman from Alan Grant's LEGION title, and I remember his earliest work on the UK Transformers title, a very distinct style that fit the early 1990s very well. As you say he used a lot of straight lines and scratch-work, but to a far better level that the likes of Liefeld and others. In a way he reminds me of Tom Grummet's style and approach to the character.


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    -JACKSON GUICE: as a kid, I thought of him as the "moody" version of Jurgens. But now I see him a really evokative, romantic artist. Maybe the "sexiest" Superman artist.

Jackson Guice drew one of my Favourite Doctor Strange runs, always superb work from this man, and his arrival on Superman was unexpected.

He was using a rougher style than he was known for, some of it seemed to be evoking Jack Kirby in terms of the figure-work. But it was quite a coup to get him for for the Superman books, looking back he was one of those artists who should have been doing prestige projects rather than franchise books like Superman, but maybe by this time the fashion was so 'Image' orientated that publishers were not interested in his style. Which is criminal, but entirely 1990s....

Let's hear a hand for Sal Buscema's brief turn on the books too - I loved his work, and he left far too soon.
On a related not, it is easy to forget the fact that Gil Kane contributed to two or three issues around the time of 'The Death of Clark Kent'. This might be among his final comics work before his passing, but for someone who had a relatively small output by that time he was still capable of nice original work.



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bh


Member Since: Fri Oct 03, 2008


I didn't like Jackson Guice back in the day but his work has grown on me over the years. I feel like his work on Action Comics was kind of a low point in his career, because I went back and looked at his FLASH from the late 80s and thought it was quite solid. I also liked his Captain America stuff from around 2007... he did some great work with the Bucky Barnes version of Cap.

As for Bogdanove, he would occasionally do some good stuff but most of it was quite sloppy IMO. It also bothered me how he seemingly missed a lot of deadlines and was often replaced with guest artists.

And let's be real for a minute here. There were probably only a handful of artists that could make a long-haired Superman look cool. I thought Jurgens and Tom Grummet were both good at it. With that said, I am also of the opinion that NOBODY could make Clark Kent look good with longer hair.


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fuggernaut


Member Since: Sat Oct 23, 2021



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    And let's be real for a minute here. There were probably only a handful of artists that could make a long-haired Superman look cool. I thought Jurgens and Tom Grummet were both good at it. With that said, I am also of the opinion that NOBODY could make Clark Kent look good with longer hair.


Aint that the truth!

Nothing worse than CK with a pony-tail


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The Silver Surfer


Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008



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    Nothing worse than CK with a pony-tail


Nobody appreciates how brilliant that ponytail was.

Nobody wants to remember or even look at a man with a ponytail.

That is putting in work, and sacrificing for your secret identity.


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fuggernaut


Member Since: Sat Oct 23, 2021





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    Nobody wants to remember or even look at a man with a ponytail.


Not True. Terry Silver has a pony tail and I can't keep my eyes off him. Maybe the greatest man in history.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SR1WClIKTU


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