My favorite cartoonistsby comic_guy87 | created - 16 Jun 2013 | updated - 16 Jun 2013 | Public
A list of my favorite cartoon creators, directors, and comic book and comic strip illustrators.
Writer | The Simpsons
Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Matt Groening did not particularly like school, which is what originally turned him towards drawing. In the mid-1980s, he moved to Los Angeles and started drawing a comic strip named "Life in Hell", which eventually became published in the newspaper where he worked. ...
2. Trey Parker
Music_department | South Park
Trey was born in Conifer, Colorado, on October 19, 1969 to Randy Parker, a geologist, and Sharon Parker, an insurance broker. He has an older sister, Shelley Parker. He met Matt Stone (co-creator of South Park (1997)) while attending the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he had a double ...
3. Matt Stone
Music_department | South Park
Matt Stone was born on May 26, 1971 in Houston, Texas, USA as Matthew Richard Stone. He is known for his work on South Park (1997), South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999) and Team America: World Police (2004). He has been married to Angela Howard since 2008. They have two children.
4. Jim Davis
Writer | Garfield's Babes and Bullets
Jim Davis was born on July 28, 1945 in Marion, Indiana, USA as James Robert Davis. He is a writer and producer, known for Garfield's Babes and Bullets (1989), Garfield in Disguise (1985) and Garfield in the Rough (1984). He has been married to Jill Davis since July 16, 2000. They have two children....
5. Tom Ruegger
Producer | Pinky and the Brain
Tom Ruegger is the fourteen-time Emmy-winning producer and creative force behind many of the most popular and successful animated television series of all time, including Tiny Toon Adventures (1990), Animaniacs (1993) and Pinky and the Brain (1995) to name only a few.
Over the last decade, Mr. ...
6. Tex Avery
Director | A Wild Hare
Tex Avery was a descendant of Judge Roy Bean and Daniel Boone, but all his grandma ever told him about it was "Don't ever mention you are kin to Roy Bean. He's a no good skunk!!" After graduating from North Dallas High School in 1927, Avery moved to Southern California in 1929 and got a job in the ...
Director | Thunderbolt the Wondercolt
Born in San Diego, California, the young Robert Clampett was monumentally moved as a child by the film The Lost World (1925), inspiring him to create a sea-serpent sock-puppet that he used in puppet shows to entertain the neighborhood kids. This led him to create a stuffed Mickey Mouse toy, which ...
8. Chuck Jones
Actor | Gremlins
Starting as a cel washer, Chuck Jones worked his way up to animator and then director at the animation division of Warner Bros. He is famous for creating such beloved cartoon characters as Wile E. Coyote, Henery Hawk, Pepé Le Pew, Marvin the Martian, Ralph Wolf, Road Runner, Sam Sheepdog, Sniffles,...
9. Friz Freleng
Director | The Bugs Bunny Show
Friz Freleng was born Isadore Freleng on August 21, 1906 in Kansas City, Missouri. With no formal training in drawing, his first job as an animator was with United Film Advancement Services in 1924 at the age of 17. The first work Friz is credited with was for Disney Studios where he worked as an ...
10. Robert McKimson
Writer | Speedy Gonzales
Robert McKimson was born on October 13, 1910. He started his career in animation, along with many others, as an artist for Walt Disney's Oswald the Rabbit in 1928. After Disney went to produce Mickey Mouse cartoons, Hugh Harman & Rudolph Ising went to Warner Brothers to direct and co-produce ...
11. Arthur Davis
Director | Challenge of the GoBots
Arthur Davis is among the most overlooked & forgotten members of Warner Brother's "Golden Age". He has been overshadowed by other animation directors, including Tex Avery, Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones & Robert Clampett. A serviceable animator, Davis came to Warner Brothers with fellow animator Frank ...
Writer | The Peanuts Movie
Charles M. Schulz was born on November 26, 1922 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Charles Monroe Schulz. He was a writer and producer, known for The Peanuts Movie (2015), The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show (1983) and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973). He was married to Jean Schulz and Joyce ...
14. Dik Browne
Writer | The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie
Dik Browne was born on August 11, 1917 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard Arthur Allan Browne. He was a writer, known for The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (1972), Hagar the Horrible (2021) and Hägar the Horrible (1989). He was married to Joan Kelly. He died on June 4, 1989 in Sarasota,...
15. William Hanna
Producer | ABC Afterschool Specials
William Hanna was an animator, film director, and television producer. He was the co-founder of the company Hanna-Barbera, with his longtime partner Joseph Barbera.
Hanna was born in an Irish-American family, son of William John Hanna (1873-1949) and his wife Avice Joyce Denby. He was born in ...
16. Joseph Barbera
Producer | ABC Afterschool Specials
Joseph Roland Barbera was an American animator, film director, and television producer. He was the co-founder of the company Hanna-Barbera, with his longtime partner William Hanna.
Barbera was born in an Italian-American family. His parents were barbershop-owner Vincent Barbera (1889-1965) and ...
17. Al Jean
Producer | The Simpsons
Al Jean was born on January 9, 1961 in Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA as Alfred Ernest Jean III. He is a producer and writer, known for The Simpsons (1989), The Simpsons Movie (2007) and It's Garry Shandling's Show. (1986). He has been married to Stephanie Gillis since 2002.
Producer | Samurai Jack
Genndy Tartakovsky was born and raised in Moscow, USSR. He and his family moved to Chicago, IL when he was 7 years old, after his father defected to the US. His interest in comic books and animation led him to study animation at CalArts in Los Angeles. While he was there he produced two student ...
20. Craig McCracken
Writer | Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
Craig McCracken has been interested in drawing and animation since the age of three. Some of his sources of inspiration are Japanese anime, Super Friends (1973), Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986) and Little Golden Books. After briefly considering a career as a comic book illustrator, McCracken studied ...
21. John Kricfalusi
Animation_department | The Ren & Stimpy Show
Canadian-born cartoon cartoonist Kricfalusi began his career by working on low end Saturday morning cartoons like The Jetsons (1962) revival and Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972). In 1987, Kricfalusi's mentor, Ralph Bakshi, "saved" him by hiring him as supervising director on his show Mighty ...
22. Joe Murray
Animation_department | Rocko's Modern Life
Joe Murray was born on May 3, 1961 in San Jose, California, USA as Joseph David Murray. He is known for his work on Rocko's Modern Life (1993), Camp Lazlo: Where's Lazlo? (2007) and Camp Lazlo! (2004). He has been married to Aleide since 2011. He was previously married to Diane Murray and Carol ...
25. Paul Dini
Writer | Batman: The Animated Series
Paul Dini was born on August 7, 1957 in New York City, New York, USA as Paul McClaran Dini. He is known for his work on Batman: The Animated Series (1992), Batman Beyond (1999) and Lost (2004). He has been married to Misty Lee since October 30, 2005.
27. Tad Stones
Producer | Darkwing Duck
Tad Stones was born on May 28, 1952 in Burbank, California, USA as Edward T. Stones. He is a producer and director, known for Darkwing Duck (1991), Aladdin (1994) and Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms (2006). He has been married to Lisa Anne Muscio since September 18, 1976. They have one child.
28. Paul Germain
Writer | Rugrats
Writer/director/producer Paul Germain makes character-driven family comedies that are popular worldwide and across generations.
A native Angeleno, Paul started out at Gracie Films with James L. Brooks, working as a PA on "Terms of Endearment" and associate producer on the film "Say Anything" and the...
30. David Feiss
Art_department | Cow and Chicken
David Feiss was born on April 16, 1959 in Sacramento, California, USA as David Michael Feiss. He is known for his work on Cow and Chicken (1997), Astro Boy (2009) and Heavy Metal (1981). He has been married to Annmarie Ashkar McCarty since 2009. They have one child. He was previously married to ...
32. Jhonen Vasquez
Writer | Invader ZIM
Jhonen Vasquez was born and raised on San Jose's East Side. He graduated from Mount Pleasant High in 1992 and was a one-time film student at De Anza College. Even though he has little formal artistic training, he entered the world of alternative comics, as the writer/creator/artist of such titles ...
33. Peter Laird
Writer | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Peter Laird was born on January 27, 1954 in North Adams, Massachusetts, USA. He is a writer, known for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993).
34. Kevin Eastman
Writer | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Kevin Eastman was born on May 30, 1962 in Portland, Maine, USA as Kevin Brooks Eastman. He is a writer and actor, known for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993). He has been married to ...
36. 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 ...
37. Jim Lee
Writer | Young Justice
Jim Lee was born on August 11, 1964 in Seoul, South Korea as I Yong-cheol. He is a writer and producer, known for Young Justice (2010), Re\Visioned: Tomb Raider Animated Series (2007) and Wild C.A.T.S: Covert Action Teams (1994). He is married to Carla Michelle. They have nine children.
38. Jack Kirby
Writer | Black Panther
Jack "The King" Kirby was an influential comic book writer and artist, particularly famous for creating or co-creating some of the most famous characters for both DC Comics and Marvel Comics.
In 1917, Kirby was born under the name "Jacob Kurtzberg" on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York ...
40. Seth MacFarlane
Writer | Family Guy
Seth Woodbury MacFarlane was born in the small New England town of Kent, Connecticut, where he lived with his mother, Ann Perry (Sager), an admissions office worker, his father, Ronald Milton MacFarlane, a prep school teacher, and his sister, Rachael MacFarlane, now a voice actress and singer. He ...
To be fair he used to have talent, and it's not entirely his fault that Family Guy became terrible in recent years.
42. Brad Bird
Writer | The Incredibles
Phillip Bradley "Brad" Bird is an American director, screenwriter, animator, producer and occasional voice actor, known for both animated and live-action films. Bird was born in Kalispell, Montana, the youngest of four children of Marjorie A. (née Cross) and Philip Cullen Bird. His father worked in...
Writer | SpongeBob SquarePants
Stephen Hillenburg is the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants (1999), Nickelodeon's highest-rated cartoons for children and a staple of American television. Stephen was born on August 21st, 1961 in Lawton, Oklahoma and raised in Anaheim, California. Hillenburg became fascinated with the ocean as a ...
48. Craig Bartlett
Writer | Dinosaur Train
Craig Bartlett was born on October 18, 1956 in Seattle, Washington, USA as Craig Michael Bartlett. He is a writer and producer, known for Dinosaur Train (2009), Hey Arnold! (1996) and Rugrats (1990). He has been married to Lisa Groening since 1987. They have two children.
49. Mitch Schauer
Art_department | The Angry Beavers
Mitch Schauer started sketching at the young age of 18 months. In early childhood, his favorite thing to draw was telephone poles in perspective. He was back and forth between Oklahoma and California with his career and eventually moved to Germany to work for Berlin Animation Film. His animation ...
50. Peter Hannan
Writer | CatDog
Peter Hannan is an artist and writer. He is the creator and executive producer of the Nickelodeon animated series, CatDog, overseeing all aspects (writing, storyboarding, character design, art direction, and post-production) of sixty-five half hours, including several holiday specials. Since most ...
54. Josh Weinstein
Producer | The Simpsons
Josh Weinstein was born on May 5, 1966 in Alexandria, Virginia, USA as Joshua Moses Weinstein. He is a producer and writer, known for The Simpsons (1989), Futurama (1999) and Gravity Falls (2012). He has been married to Lisa Simmons since July 2, 1995. They have two children.
57. Greg Weisman
Writer | Young Justice
Gregory David Weisman grew up in Woodland Hills, California with his parents, younger sister and younger brother, Jon Weisman. In school, which he attended with John Elway of the Denver Broncos, Greg liked history, which was proven throughout his many works. After graduating, he moved to New York ...
60. Doug Langdale
Writer | The Book of Life
Doug Langdale was born on August 19, 1969 in North Hollywood, California, USA as Douglas Michael Langdale. He is known for his work on The Book of Life (2014), Earthworm Jim (1995) and Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (2011). He has been married to Candie Langdale since October 18, 2009.
61. Tim Burton
Producer | Edward Scissorhands
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was ...
62. Ralph Bakshi
Director | Wizards
Ralph Bakshi worked his way up from Brooklyn and became an animation legend. He was born on October 29, 1938, in Haifa, Israel, the son of Mina (Zlotin) and Eliezar Bakshi, and is of Krymchak Jewish descent. He was raised in Brownsville, after his family came to New York to escape World War II. ...
64. Bob Kane
Writer | Batman Begins
Bob Kane was an American comic book writer and artist of Jewish descent, most famous for co-creating Batman and several members of Batman's supporting cast. Kane was inducted into the comic book industry's Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1994 and into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1996.
65. Neal Adams
Writer | Death to the Pee Wee Squad
Neal Adams was born on June 15, 1941 in Governors Island, New York City, New York, USA as Neal Edward Adams. He is known for his work on Death to the Pee Wee Squad (1988), Heavy Metal (1981) and Young Justice (2010). He has been married to Marilyn Susser since 1987. They have one child. He was ...
67. Dwayne McDuffie
Writer | Static Shock
Dwayne McDuffie was an African American comic book and animation writer best known as one of the founders of Milestone Media, an imprint of DC Comics dedicated to promoting better stories and characterizations for minorities and for his contributions to Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, ...
69. Doug TenNapel
Writer | Earthworm Jim
Doug TenNapel writes books, makes art and created Catscratch, The Neverhood and Earthworm Jim. His work in television includes creating Earthworm Jim, Nickelodeon's Catscratch and serving as show runner for the Netflix/Dreamworks VeggieTales in the House. He made the comic Cardboard, the mysterious...
70. Kent Butterworth
Animation_department | Attila and the Great Blue Bean
Kent Butterworth was born on January 20, 1953 in Gilbert, Arizona, USA as Kent David Butterworth. He is known for his work on Attila and the Great Blue Bean (2007), Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (1993) and Batman: The Killing Joke (2016).
72. Jay Ward
Writer | George of the Jungle
Jay Ward was born on September 20, 1920 in San Francisco, California, USA as Joseph W. Cohen Jr. He was a producer and writer, known for George of the Jungle (1997), Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) and The Golden Age of Buster Keaton (1975). He was married to Ramona Ward. He died on October 12, ...
73. Max Fleischer
Producer | The Tantalizing Fly
Max Fleischer was born on July 19, 1883 in Krakau, Galicia, Austria-Hungary. He was a producer and actor, known for The Tantalizing Fly (1919), The Circus (1920) and Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (1936). He was married to Essie Goldstein. He died on September 11, 1972 in Los Angeles, ...
Actor | The Venture Bros.
Also known under the pseudonym Jackson Publick. His debut as a writer was a comedy superhero comic book "Cement Shooz", which got the attention of Ben Edlund. This led to McCulloch working as a storyboard artist on Edlund's animated series The Tick (1994). He later story boarded PB&J Otter (...
77. Aaron McGruder
Writer | The Boondocks
An unlikely firestorm was ignited on the 19th of April, 1999. The Universal Press Syndicate made the largest launch ever of a single comic strip in the history of the printed page when it debuted an off-beat work in more than 160 newspapers that day (and 40 more by year's end). The strip, centering...
78. Brendon Small
Writer | Home Movies
Small started learning guitar at 15, and graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 1997. During his music studies he concurrently took several writing and comedy classes at Emerson College. After graduating, he began performing stand-up at The Comedy Studio in Harvard Square, where he was ...
79. Aaron Springer
Writer | SpongeBob SquarePants
Aaron Springer is a graphic and digital artist who is employed by Walt Disney Television Studios Production Company. He has gained notoriety through his efforts as a writer and storyboard artist on various movies and television series. His notable efforts include Samurai Jack (2002-2003), Dexter's ...
80. Stan Lee
Producer | Black Panther
Stan Lee was an American comic-book writer, editor, and publisher, who was executive vice president and publisher of Marvel Comics.
Stan was born in New York City, to Celia (Solomon) and Jack Lieber, a dress cutter. His parents were Romanian Jewish immigrants. Lee co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, ...
81. Carl Barks
Writer | è solo questione di punti di vista
As the creator of 'Scrooge McDuck', Carl Barks did more than any other comic book artist to widen the popularity of Donald Duck, bringing in the process a vast array of memorable supporting characters into the Disney universe, among them Uncle Scrooge himself, Gladstone Gander, Gyro Gearloose (and ...
82. Steve Ditko
Writer | Spider-Man
Steve Ditko was born on November 2, 1927 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA as Stephen John Ditko. He was a writer, known for Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004) and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). He died on June 27, 2018 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.
83. Frank Frazetta
Writer | Fire and Ice
Frank Frazetta is one of the most prolific and well-known illustrators of the 20th century. This is due in part to the variety of media in which his art has appeared (comics, posters, album covers, books, etc.), but also to his very recognizable style. Frazetta was a very precocious artist, ...
84. Rob Liefeld
Writer | Capeshooters
Rob Liefeld was born in the 1960s. From an early age finding a love for drawing, he soon found himself filling tests less and less with meaningful facts and more and more with doodles of superheroes. He knew he wanted to get into comics. Later on, during 1980's, his father became ill and he found ...
85. John Romita Sr.
Writer | Luke Cage
John Romita Sr. was born on January 24, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as John Victor Romita. He is a writer, known for Luke Cage (2016), Bullseye: The Man Who Never Misses (2017) and Helstrom (2020). He has been married to Virginia Romita since November 1952. They have two children.
88. Walt Kelly
Animation_department | Dumbo
Walt Kelly was born on August 25, 1913 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Walter Crawford Kelly Jr. He is known for his work on Dumbo (1941), The Pogo Special Birthday Special (1969) and I Go Pogo (1980). He was married to Selby Daley, Stephanie Waggony and Helen. He died on October 19, 1973 in ...
89. Walt Disney
Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Flora Disney (née Call) and Elias Disney, a Canadian-born farmer and businessperson. He had Irish, German, and English ancestry. Walt moved with his parents to Kansas City at age seven, where he spent the majority of ...
91. 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 ...
92. David Michelinie
Writer | Venom
David Michelinie is an American comic book writer. Among Michelinie's best-known work are his two runs on Iron Man with co-plotter/inker Bob Layton, in the late 1970s and early 1980s which introduced the character's serious problem with alcoholism and his specialized power armor variants. He ...
96. Gerry Conway
Writer | Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Gerry got his start as a writer of comic books at age fifteen. He created _The Punisher_ for Marvel Comics in 1972. In recent years, he's written for film and television, and has written and produced for Father Dowling Mysteries (1989) (ABC, 1990-91) and Under Suspicion (1994) (CBS, 1994-95).]
98. Judd Winick
Writer | The Life and Times of Juniper Lee
Judd Winick was born on February 12, 1970 in Long Island, New York, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The Life and Times of Juniper Lee (2005), Young Justice (2010) and Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010). He has been married to Pam Ling since August 26, 2001. They have two children.
100. Alan Moore
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 Watchmen (2019). He has been married to Melinda Gebbie since May 12, 2007. He was previously married to Phyllis B. Dixon.