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Subj: Re: Bagley
Posted: Sat May 30, 2009 at 12:47:20 pm EDT (Viewed 69 times)
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Posted: Sat May 30, 2009 at 01:48:32 am EDT (Viewed 19 times)

    Mark Bagley is the single most underrated Illustrator in all of Comic Book history in my opinion. He is a workhorse on unparalleled professionalism, he could write books on the subject and could probably teach a class at the Joe Kubert school of Comic Art and Design. When all the other "big name" Artists at Marvel left to go start IMAGE, he stayed loyal and pretty much carried the company (via the Amazing Spiderman title). He doesn't miss deadlines, he just doesn't. In a day and age when missing a deadline is no big deal, "old Schoolers" like Bagley know that he has a job to do and he does it, on time, done right the first time. He's been working at Marvel since the early 80's and he broke Lee and Kirby's record for consecutive comics by Writer and Artist on a single title with Ultimate Spider-Man. When DC was thinking up "TRINITY" they sought out Bagley because they knew he was probably the ONLY professional in the entire industry who could pull it off! That speaks volumes and I sure hope they are paying him accordingly!

    I can't say enough good about the guy as an artist and a professional. He is a rare breed in today's comics and most "pros" could learn a thing or two from him!

I've been a huge Bagley fan for a long time, and I agree, he is underrated. However, I do think the other artist who could have pulled off something like 52 is John Romita Jr. While his art is no longer to my liking (I loved his stuff in the 80's before he switched to the blockier, sketchy style), he is regarded as one of the fastest pencillers in the industry. I have some books about comic writing and art, "Artists on Comic Art" and "Writers on Comic Scriptwriting" and throughout those books JRJR's name comes up as a great storyteller and fast worker from his fellow industry professionals.

While I think Bagley was the better choice for 52 since I think his art is much nicer than JRJR's (though JRJR's lay-outs to tell a story are top notch), he's probably the other artist who could keep to the deadline.


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