Comics, rather than just superheroes, is an art form that lends itself to great story telling. These are great comics artists.

by jgcorrea | created - 22 May 2011 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

Some of the best creators in comics & graphic novels.

1. Milton Caniff

Writer | Terry and the Pirates

Milton Caniff was the world-renowned comics artist known as the "Rembrandt of the Comics". His influence can be seen not only in the works of such comics artists as Jack Kirby and Will Eisner, but also in the works of Federico Fellini and Orson Welles. Caniff ented the comics world as an office boy...

2. William Vance

Writer | XIII

Cartoonist, co-creator of XIII with Jean Van Hamme.

Date of Birth 8 September 1935, Anderlecht, Belgium

Birth Name William van Cutsem

3. Al Capp

Writer | Li'l Abner

Al Capp was born on September 28, 1909 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA as Alfred Gerald Caplin. He was a writer and actor, known for Li'l Abner (1940), Li'l Abner (1959) and Fearless Fosdick (1952). He was married to Catherine Wingate Cameron. He died on November 5, 1979 in Cambridge, Massachusetts,...

Date of Birth 28 September 1909, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Date of Death 5 November 1979, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA (emphysema)

Birth Name Alfred Gerald Caplin

Spouse Catherine Wingate Cameron (1932 - 5 November 1979) (his death) 3 children

Trivia Creator of comic strip "Li'l Abner."

His premise for his character "Jack Jawbreaker" (a parody of "Superman") made note of writers and cartoonists working on strips they did not own the rights to. Capp would later hire assistants to work on his strip, with Capp himself writing it, roughing out the action within the panels, and drawing and inking the faces and hands of the characters. His name would be the only one appearing on the strip - although Capp regularly credited his assistants in magazine articles and publicity pieces, one of the only cartoonists ever to do so.

His parody of "Dick Tracy" as "Fearless Fosdick" was unique in comic strips. It was a comic strip that didn't actually exist, being read by the cast of an actual comic strip. Even so, the character was used to promote Wildroot Cream-Oil hair tonic.

He parodied the comic strip "Mary Worth" as "Mary Worm". Allen Saunders, the creator Mary Worth, returned fire with the introduction of the character "Hal Rapp," an ill-mannered, inebriated cartoonist. Later, the "feud" was revealed to be a collaborative hoax that Capp and his longtime pal Saunders had cooked up together as a good-natured publicity stunt.

Was unsuccessfully sued for libel by musician and political activist Joan Baez, after portraying her in his strip as "Joanie Phoanie". The judge in the case decided in Capp's favor, declaring satire to be protected free speech. (In recent years, Baez has admitted to being more amused by the parody, even including strip excerpts in her memoirs.).

Had a prosthetic leg, the result of a boyhood accident. Rather than hide the fact, he openly joked about it all of his life.

Was fond of outrageous puns in dreaming up character names for his strip. To give just three examples, J. Roaringham Fatback was a despotic pork tycoon, Sen. Jack S. Phogbound ("Ain't no Jack S. like OUR Jack S.!") was an inept U.S. Senator, and King Nogoodnik was the ruler of Lower Slobbovia.

Like many another "New Deal Era" liberal, Capp became disturbed at the direction in which the political Left Wing in America was moving during the 1960s and early 1970s, and "Li'l Abner" began to reflect this. Capp's once sharp-edged liberal view began to sound more and more like conservatism. Through all this, Capp maintained that it was the Left that had moved, not he. Nevertheless, during the period 1968 - 1978, "Li'l Abner," once one of the most popular comic strips in America, lost nearly half its markets, and Capp finally had to face the fact that times had changed in politics and popular entertainment. He retired Abner, Daisy Mae, and the other denizens of Dogpatch in in 1977, and died of emphysema two years later, in 1979.

One of the uncredited artists who worked on his strip "Li'l Abner" was Frank Frazetta, who would later become internationally known as a fantasy artist.

Considered a run against Senator Ted Kennedy.

4. Frank King

Writer | Gasoline Alley

Frank King was born on April 9, 1883 in Cashon, Wisconsin, USA. He was a writer, known for Gasoline Alley (1951), Corky of Gasoline Alley (1951) and People on Paper (1945). He died on June 25, 1969 in Winter Park, Florida, USA.

Date of Birth 9 April 1883, Cashon, Wisconsin, USA

Date of Death 25 June 1969, Winter Park, Florida, USA

5. Leonard Starr

Writer | Thundercats

Leonard Starr was born on October 28, 1925 in New York, New York, USA. He was a writer, known for Thundercats (1985), The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (1972) and Silverhawks (1986). He was married to Betty (Bobbi). He died on June 30, 2015 in the USA.

Although some of the more familiar comic strips have garnered tremendous press of late, some of the best strips from the past have been overlooked. For the last years, however, Classic Comics Press has been re-presenting Leonard Starr’s Mary Perkins and Stan Drake’s The Heart of Juliet Jones and these are most deserving of readers’ time and attention.

6. Floc'h

Art_department | Another Year

French illustrator, comics artist, poster designer and writer.

Filmgoers, I mean, specifically Alain Resnais fans also known him well, thru the title drawings for "On connaît la chanson" and the drawings for Smoking/No Smoking (1993)

7. Alex Raymond

Writer | Flash Gordon

Alexander Gillespie Raymond was born on October 2, 1909 in New Rochelle, New York, to Beatrice Wallazz (Crossley) and Alexander Gillespie Raymond, a civil engineer and road builder, who encouraged his drawing from an early age. His sister, Beatrice, was the paternal grandmother of actors Matt Dillon...

Date of Birth 2 October 1909, New Rochelle, New York, USA

Date of Death 6 September 1956, Westport, Connecticut, USA (automobile accident)

Birth Name Alexander Gillespie Raymond

Mini Biography Alexander "Alex" Raymond was born in New Rochelle, NY. He studied art and illustration at the Grand Central School of Art in NYC. In the 1930s he began a series of illustrating jobs "ghosting" such comic strips as "Tillie the Toiler" and "Blondie". In 1933, Raymond and writer Don Moore were asked to develop a comic strip to compete with the popular character "Buck Rogers." Their creation, "Flash Gordon", was an immediate hit, spawning a number of Saturday morning serials, animated cartoons, and feature films.

Raymond also created a strip with mystery writer 'Dashiell Hammett'_ , "Secret Agent X-9", and worked on both strips simultaneously. During this period, Raymond's style improved dramatically, and his work was very influential on such future artists as Frank Frazetta, Al Williamson, and Wayne Boring.

Raymond left both strips in 1944, when he joined the US Marine Corps. He served in the Pacific theatre during WWII, and left the Marines in 1946, with the rank of Major. After the war, Raymond developed one more comic strip, "Rip Kirby", about a detective/scientist. Raymond's life was cut short in 1956, when he was killed. His creations live on.

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Spouse Helen Frances Williams (19?? - 6 September 1956) (his death) 5 children

Trivia Great-uncle of actors Matt Dillon, Paul Dillon and Kevin Dillon.

Personal Quotes "I decided honestly that comic art is an art form in itself. It reflects the life and times more accurately and actually is more artistic than magazine illustration -- since it is entirely creative. An illustrator works with camera and models; a comic artist begins with a white sheet of paper and dreams up his own business -- he is playwright, director, editor, and artist at once."

8. Hal Foster

Writer | Prince Valiant

Hal Foster was born on August 18, 1892 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada as Harold Rudolf Foster. He was a writer, known for Prince Valiant (1954), The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (1972) and Prince Valiant (1997). He was married to Helen Wells. He died on July 25, 1982 in Spring Hill, Florida, USA.

Date of Birth 18 August 1892, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Date of Death 25 July 1982, Spring Hill, Florida, USA

Birth Name Harold Rudolf Foster

Trivia Creator of comic strip "Prince Valiant."

9. Chester Gould

Writer | Dick Tracy

Chester Gould was interested in comics from an early age. He wrote and drew several strips while attending Oklahoma A&M University and at Northwestern University (where he graduated in 1921). After graduating from the Chicago Art Institute in 1923, Gould went to work for a Chicago area newspaper. ...

Date of Birth 20 November 1900, Pawnee, Oklahoma, USA

Date of Death 11 May 1985, Woodstock, Illinois, USA

Mini Biography Chester Gould was interested in comics from an early age. He wrote and drew several strips while attending Oklahoma A&M University and at Northwestern University (where he graduated in 1921). After graduating from the Chicago Art Institute in 1923, Gould went to work for a Chicago area newspaper. Gould found work illustrating several minor comic strips, and also bombarded the major newspaper syndicates with ideas for a new strip.

It was sometime in 1931 that Gould got a idea, based on his own work as a newspaperman. Gould saw that the headlines were filled with stories about gangsters and their escapades. Gould was disgusted by the apparentm triumph of good over evil, and decided that his new character would fight against these hoods. He sent this strip, called "Plainclothes Tracy" to the Chicago Tribune. The editor at the Tribune loved the idea, but suggested that the strip needed a shorter name. And so, "Dick Tracy" premiered on October 4th, 1931.

From the beginning, Gould's strip stood out. Previous comic strips focused on either household comedies (like "Bringing Up Father") or boyhood adventures. Dick Tracy was one of the first strips to show the effects of violence on people; readers were shocked when a strip clearly showed Tracy shooting a villian in the face. The strip was a huge success, not only spawning a number of spin-offs, but entering the public consciousness as well. Tracy's chisled features became so familiar that it was easy for cartoonist Al Capp to parody him in "L'il Abner."

Like many of the great comics of the 30s and 40s, "Dick Tracy" slowly became a victim of the times. The art was still vibrant and creative, but Gould's two-dimensional, black/white characterization looked stodgy by the 1950s. In the 1960s, Gould made an ill-advised devision to update Tracy by outfitting him with space-age gadgets and a rocket ship(!).

Gould retired from the strip on December 25, 1977, turning it over to his long time assistant. "Dick Tracy" continues to run in newspapers around the world, long after its creator's death in 1985.

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Spouse Edna M. Gauger (6 November 1926 - 11 May 1985) (his death) 1 child

Trade Mark Famous for depicting extremely violent adventures featuring grotesquely ugly villians in his comic strip.

Trivia Creator of comic strip "Dick Tracy."

Attended Northwestern University (Evanston, IL).

Brother of Lambda Chi Alpha, Inc. Fraternity

10. Hergé

Writer | The Adventures of Tintin

Born under the name Georges Remi on May 22, 1907 in Brussels, Belgium. As a child, Herge had a gift for drawing but never had any formal training in the visual arts. He attended both school and the boy scouts during the World War 1 and post-World War 1 Era. After he finished school Herge published ...

Date of Birth 22 May 1907, Brussels, Belgium

Date of Death 3 March 1983, Brussels, Belgium (pulmonary failure)

Birth Name Georges Prosper Remi

Mini Biography Born under the name Georges Remi on May 22, 1907 in Brussels, Belgium. As a child, Herge had a gift for drawing but never had any formal training in the visual arts. He attended both school and the boy scouts during the World War 1 and post-World War 1 Era. After he finished school Herge published his first ever cartoon: "The Adventures of Totor" for Le Boy-Scout Belge (a scouting magazine).

In 1928, he became in charge of the producing material for Le Petit Vingtieme (The Little Twentieth) a youth supplement newspaper. He began illustrating "The Adventures of Flup", "Nenesse", "Poussette", "Cochonnet", etc. January 10, 1929, Herge introduced a cartoon about a traveling Belgium reporter (Tintin) accompanied by his fox terrier (Snowy) traveling the Soviet Union. By 1930, Herge published the very first Tintin book: "Tintin in the Land of the Soviets". Tintin soon became Herge's "ligne Claire" (French for clear line) legacy.

The later adventures of Tintin involved other locations of the world from China all the way to America. Within the next 50 years Tintin became one of the most popular European comics of the 20th Century, due to its well-researched plots, appealing characters, humor, political thrillers, & real world settings. After completing 23 books, Herge passed away on March 3, 1983, leaving "Tintin & the Alpha-Art" (The 24th book) unfinished. Despite Herge not being able to give his Tintin series the proper end, all of his works along with Tintin will continue to inspire artists and enchant readers from the years to come.

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Spouse Fanny Rodwell (1977 - 3 March 1983) (his death) Germaine Kieckens (20 July 1932 - 28 March 1977) (divorced)

Trivia Created Tintin, a punk-haired teenage reporter and super-sleuth, in 1929 in the children's supplement of the Belgian Catholic newspaper "Le Vingtième Siecle." Tintin moved into his own magazine in 1946. Twenty-three complete stories were produced, plus one story that was incomplete at the time of Hergé's death. Tintin became the Belgian equivalent of Mickey Mouse, popular in every country around the world except for the United States.

His pseudonym is the French phonetic pronunciation of the letters "R" and "G," taken from "Remi" and "Georges."

Directly inspired a number of contemporary cartoonists, including Joost Swarte and Dennis Tucker.

In 1989, an Anarchist graphic novel titled "Breaking Free" was published in Britain, featuring unauthorized appearances of Hergé's characters Tintin and Captain Archibald Haddock as the main protagonists. The political propaganda story is of Tintin and Haddock as Union laborers who join a revolutionary movement that, at the novel's end, is about to topple the British government (Hergé himself held very conservative political views and probably would have been horrified by this). Since the book was intentionally published without copyright, no legal action could be taken against the creators or publishers.

Was inspired by Jules Verne's work.

"The Adventures of Tintin" has been translated into more than 50 languages around the world.

Has written & drawn a total of 23 complete and 1 incomplete volumes of "The Adventures of Tintin" series.

Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein citing him as a strong influence on their work.

In 1982, Belgian Society of Astronomy named a small planetoid, situated between Mars and Jupiter, after him.

Didn't draw Tintin's famous quiff until the second album. In the first album, Tintin's hair was combed to the front, but during a chase scene in a vintage Mercedes convertible, Tintin's hair flew back, thus giving him his trademark quiff.

His inspiration for his famous cartoon character "Tintin" came from the adventures in 1928 of a young 15 year old Danish boy, later actor, Palle Huld who won a contest in the newspaper "Politiken". The prize was an around the world trip in the occasion of the centennial of author Jules Verne. Palle Huld wrote a book about his marvelous trip; "Around the World in 44 Days with Palle" which became world famous and thus inspired Hergé.

11. Enki Bilal

Director | Tykho Moon

Born in Yugoslavia, his mother was Czech and his Bosnian father used to be Tito's tailor. His family fled the country to France in 1960, where Enki learns French and discovers cinema and comic books. In 1971, he wins a contest organized by the famous comics magazine Pilote with his first story "...

12. Will Eisner

Writer | The Spirit

Will Eisner was born on March 6, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as William Erwin Eisner. He was a writer, known for The Spirit (2008), The Iron Giant (1999) and Sheena: Queen Of The Jungle. He was married to Ann Louise Weingarten. He died on January 3, 2005 in Lauderdale Lakes, ...

13. Oscar E. Soglow

Writer | The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie

Oscar E. Soglow was born on December 23, 1900 in New York City, New York, USA as Otto Soglow. He was a writer and director, known for The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (1972), Darkest Africa (1930) and Marching Along (1933). He died on April 3, 1975 in New York City.

14. Carlos Thiré

Actor | Luz Apagada

Carlos Thiré was born on October 9, 1917 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Carlos Arthur Thiré. He is known for his work on Luz Apagada (1953), Nadando em Dinheiro (1952) and Querida Susana (1947). He was married to Tônia Carrero. He died on March 11, 1963 in Rio de Janeiro.

15. Jean Van Hamme

Writer | Largo Winch

Jean Van Hamme was born in 1939 in Belgium. He is a writer and director, known for The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch (2008), Diva (1981) and Les Steenfort, maîtres de l'orge (1996).

16. Winsor McCay

Writer | Gertie the Dinosaur

Like many pioneers, the work of 'Winsor McCay' has been largely superseded by successors such as Walt Disney and Max Fleischer but he more than earns a place in film history for being the American cinema's first great cartoon animator. He started out as a newspaper cartoonist, achieving a national ...

19. Harold Gray

Writer | Annie

Harold Gray was born on January 20, 1894 in Kankakee, Illinois, USA as Harold Lincoln Gray. He was a writer, known for Annie (2014), Little Orphan Annie (1938) and Little Orphan Annie (1932). He was married to Winifred Frost and Doris C. Platt. He died on May 9, 1968 in La Jolla, California, USA.

20. Raeburn Van Buren

Self | People on Paper

Creator of comic strip "Abbie and Slats."

21. José Luis Salinas

Actor | El detector

José Luis Salinas is an actor, known for El detector (1960).

22. Phil Davis

Writer | Mandrake, the Magician

Co-creator, together with Lee Falk, of Mandrake the Magician.

23. André Franquin

Writer | Fais gaffe à la gaffe!

André Franquin was born on January 3, 1924 in Etterbeek, Brussels, Belgium. He was a writer, known for Fais gaffe à la gaffe! (1981), Sur la piste du Marsupilami (2012) and Gaston Lagaffe (2018). He was married to Liliane Servais. He died on January 5, 1997 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France.

25. Frank Miller

Writer | Sin City

Frank Miller was born in Olney, Maryland, to a nurse mother and a carpenter and electrician father, and was raised in Montpelier, Vermont. He is of Irish descent. Miller was a big comics writer/artist in the '70s and '80s. He wrote and penciled the Marvel series "Daredevil" for a long time. His ...

26. François Boucq

Director | Mea Culpa

François Boucq is a writer and director, known for Mea Culpa (1997), Transports amoureux (2003) and Depth Solitude (1995).

27. Alberto Breccia

Art_department | El viaje

Alberto Breccia was born on April 15, 1919 in Montevideo, Uruguay. He is known for his work on The Journey (1992) and Breccia x cuatro (1988). He died on November 10, 1993 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

28. Jacques Tardi

Writer | Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec

Jacques Tardi was born on August 30, 1946 in Valence, Drôme, France. He is known for his work on Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010), Avril et le monde truqué (2015) and Associations de bienfaiteurs (1995).

29. Frank Robbins

Batman: Arkham Knight

Franklin 'Frank' Robbins (1917-1994) was a notable American comic book and comic strip artist and writer, as well as a prominent painter whose work appeared in museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art. Characters created by Frank Robbins: Man-Bat, Daphne Pennyworth, The Spook, Jason ...

30. David Lloyd

Writer | Mary Tyler Moore

David Lloyd was born on July 7, 1934 in Bronxville, New York, USA as David Gibbs Lloyd. He is known for his work on Mary Tyler Moore (1970), Frasier (1993) and Cheers (1982). He was married to Arline. He died on November 10, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California, USA.

31. Alan Moore

Writer | The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Alan Moore was born on November 18, 1953 in Northampton, England. He is a writer and actor, known for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), From Hell (2001) and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. He has been married to Melinda Gebbie since May 12, 2007. He was previously married to ...

33. Hugo Pratt

Writer | Corto Maltese

Hugo Pratt was born on June 15, 1927 in Rimini, Italy as Ugo Eugenio Pratt. He was a writer and actor, known for Corto Maltese, Corto Maltese: La maison dorée de Samarkand (2002) and Corto Maltese - Sous le signe du capricorne (2002). He was married to Anne Frognier and Gucky Wogerer. He ...

35. Miguelanxo Prado

Writer | De profundis

Miguelanxo Prado was born on July 16, 1958 in A Coruña, A Coruña, Galicia, Spain. He is known for his work on De profundis (2007), Os vixilantes do camiño (1999) and A biblioteca da iguana (2006).

36. Brian Bolland

Writer | Batman: The Killing Joke

Brian Bolland was born on March 26, 1951 in Butterwick, Lincolnshire, England as Brian John Bolland. He is a writer, known for Batman: The Killing Joke (2016), Judge Dredd: Dredd vs Death (2003) and The Killing Joke (2016). He has been married to Rachel S. Birkett since 1981. They have one child.

37. Richard Thompson

Animation_department | The Bugs Bunny Show

Animator, best known for his work on the Road Runner cartoons under Chuck Jones.

38. John Cullen Murphy

Self | The American Comic Strip

John Cullen Murphy was born on May 3, 1919 in New York City, New York, USA. He was married to Joan Byrne. He died on July 2, 2004 in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA.

43. William Overgard

Writer | The Last Dinosaur

William Overgard is a writer, known for The Last Dinosaur (1977), The Bushido Blade (1981) and Thundercats (1985).

44. Peter O'Donnell

Writer | Modesty Blaise

Peter O'Donnell was born on April 11, 1920 in Lewisham, London, England. He is known for his work on Modesty Blaise (1966), The Vengeance of She (1968) and Modesty Blaise (1982). He was married to Constance Doris Green. He died on May 3, 2010 in Brighton, East Sussex, England.

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