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When did you begin to notice comic book creators?

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Food Eater lad

cheese

Postby Food Eater lad » Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:03 am

I would have to say I first noticed artists over writers. I am sure most of us did. It was Byrne and Perez. Byrne's X Men and Perez's Avengers are still some of my favorite comics of all time.
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mrorangesoda

FROGMAN

Postby mrorangesoda » Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:39 am

Keb wrote:Yeah I pretty much always had McFarlane and Larsen in my head since my brother was a big fan of them.

I didn't start actively seeking out works by a certain creator until I started actually reading comics in university. After reading New X-Men, I sought out Grant Morrison's work.


I took a break after the excesses of the 90s made me a jaded little kid. I came back in college too with basically the same profile- reading Animal Man and Sandman.

I think it's worth noting that the "paying attention to creators" isn't a new creation of the industry- it was pretty part and parcel after Stan Lee got big.
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Amoebas

Son of Stein

Postby Amoebas » Thu Mar 21, 2013 6:39 am

My introduction to comics was a 3 page reprint of the Fantastic Four's origin in a school magazine (Dynamite #4) (I was in 7th grade). It captured me so much I went out and bought the first comic of my comic collecting years (Fantastic Four #160).

In school with someone who had been reading comics for a while (with older brothers) I asked why the art was so different.

He said because they were drawn by different artists. The Dynamite pages were drawn by Jack Kirby and my FF #160 was drawn by...

It didn't matter to me that John Buscema was the name given to finish that sentence. I had the answer I was looking for. Kirby!

So to answer the question this thread asks - I noticed immediately.
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Punchy

Staff Writer

Postby Punchy » Thu Mar 21, 2013 6:42 am

Probably that story in Busiek/Perez's late 90s run on Avengers where they broke the fourth wall and had little mini versions of Kurt and George appear in the story.

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3MJ

Postby 3MJ » Thu Mar 21, 2013 7:20 am

Right away. My first comic I sought out specifically was by Whedon/Claremont
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Schlemmer

Rain Partier

Postby Schlemmer » Thu Mar 21, 2013 7:47 am

John Byrne was probably the first artist I consistently knew moreso than the characters or name of the comic.

Alan Davis is what brought me back to comics with Excalibur back in the, what, late 80's early 90's?
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holtom2000

dINGO

Postby holtom2000 » Thu Mar 21, 2013 7:57 am

aparo and Perez. I just knew I loved their art
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Zero

Zombie Guard

Postby Zero » Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:49 am

I didn't start on comics until I was 16 and it was a creator (Neil Gaiman) I followed into the medium rather than an overwhelming urge to read about Batman. From Sandman I read a bunch of Vertigo stuff and when I saw that writers I liked were doing superhero titles I would pick up things like New X-Men and go from there.

It's the same now where while there are characters I like, I still won't pick up a book featuring them if the creators do nothing for me. Conversely a writer I like on a character I'm cool on is probably going to get a read (All Star Superman and Wonder Woman benefited from this)
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Chesscub

WTF is this rank?

Postby Chesscub » Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:00 am

I think the first time I noticed an artist was John Buscema on Avengers. His art defined Avengers for me for a lifetime.

From a writer standpoint, I think it was either Roger Stern on Avengers or of all people Jeph Loeb on Challengers of the Unknown.

ThirtyFiveMinutesAgo

Rorshach Test Subject

Postby ThirtyFiveMinutesAgo » Sun Mar 24, 2013 4:03 am

I noticed artists pretty much right away. I was eight-years-old and reading Wizard, which made it difficult to ignore artists as there was so much hype surrounding the Image Comics founders at the time.

Not sure when I started taking a liking to particular writers. For a long time, I felt ashamed -- to the point of crying because I thought I was stupid -- when I was unable to follow/understand Youngblood or some other poorly written comic book. My focus was on my comprehension and not on the writers. It was a short time after putting this issue behind me, that I began to seek out particular writers.
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DMM

Rain Partier

Postby DMM » Sun Mar 24, 2013 4:09 am

I got into comics as an eleven or twelve year old in 1990 or 1991, if I remember correctly, and right away, I paid attention to the artists' names. I never really cared about writers until I got back into comics in 2006.
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Eli Katz

OMCTO

Postby Eli Katz » Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:35 am

Gil Kane did it for me. I saw the opening page of ASM 100 and realized that he drew NYC with a level of detail and realism that was at the time unparalleled.

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Tor_Hershman

luchadore

Postby Tor_Hershman » Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:30 am

When I saw, & purchased, me first Marvel (Avengers #1) comic.
It was SOOOOOOOOOOO vastly superior to DC.

I also must mention the first two Mad paperbacks.

Stay on groovin' safari,
:shock: Tor :shock:
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covalesky

Expert Post Whore

Postby covalesky » Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:43 am

When I read my first Warren Ellis book. Then again for my first Judd Winick book. Both made me look at the creative team before buying a book, but for opposite reasons.
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DMM

Rain Partier

Postby DMM » Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:11 am

ThirtyFiveMinutesAgo wrote:For a long time, I felt ashamed -- to the point of crying because I thought I was stupid -- when I was unable to follow/understand Youngblood or some other poorly written comic book.

haha! Same here. I mean, I could and did read massive, complicated books like Dune back when I was 14, but I couldn't grasp the complexities and political intrigue of a Youngblood comic.

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