I had started this topic several years ago, but thought it worth revisiting just because. I wanted to find out if there were some new names to add to the roster.
Tell us about any artist or artists, alive or dead, whom you feel have been doing or who have done good work, but have not gotten the proper recognition. Off the top of my head I would mention Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, for the one-billionth time, but I have already sung Mr. Garcia-Lopez's praises in another discussion group, so I will focus on some other artists this time:
1) ROSS ANDRU - ROSS ANDRU was my favorite Amazing Spider-Man artist after GIL KANE and JOHN ROMITA Sr. and that is a huge statement for me. Ross Andru was always a solid artist whenever he drew anything. He and his long-time buddy-in-arms MIKE ESPOSITO were a great team. I remember the first time that I encountered Mr. Andru's work on Spider-Man, it was in Amazing Spider-Man #125. The issue was the second-part to a cliffhanger with the Man-Wolf in issue #124.
I have to be honest, I had no idea that Gil Kane was not going to be doing the ASM series any more and would only be making sporadic appearances in the future, so when I first saw Mr. Andru's artwork I was disappointed, not because he had done a bad or incompetent job but because he wasn't Gil Kane. Gil Kane was the reason I started buying comics back in the day. He had no equal when it came to action and energy, so in my mind Mr. Andru had big shoes to fill. I continued to buy Amazing after issue #125 to see how he would stand up to the great artists who had drawn Spidey in the past and I am happy to say that I think Ross Andru was definitely one of the best artist to grace the pages of Amazing Spider-Man.
Ross Andru was always a professional. His page layouts where always clean, concise and interesting, especially his drawings of the background architecture. His cityscapes are phenomenal. I've studied architecture so I know about rendering buildings. Ross Andru was the best artist ever when it came to drawing believable man-made architectural structures in Spider-Man. I remember going back over the pages of the stories in issues #147, 148 and 149 and just marveling at how with only a few simple lines and some well placed shadows he was able to capture the solidity and majesty of the office buildings, bridges and factories of the city in his drawings.
And who else but Ross Andru could have drawn Spider-Man versus Superman, well maybe Gil Kane but well you get what I'm saying. In an interview, my favorite artist Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez paid Mr. Andru a great compliment about his work. Pick up a copy of Modern Masters Volume Five: J.L. GACRIA-LOPEZ (ISBN: 1893905-44-6) and turn to page 18 to read it. You can purchase a copy from Amazon.com.
Coming Soon, JIM APARO.
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