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Subj: Re: 90s/mullet-era Superman "Second String" Artist appreciation thread
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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.

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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