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Top List: Comicbook Writers submission thread (last weekend)

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BubbaKanoosh

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Postby BubbaKanoosh » Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:21 am

Herald wrote:My list was somewhat easy; putting them in order was the difficult part.

1. Marv Wolfman
Three words: New. Teen. Titans. He also wrote Crisis on Infinite Earths, THE Crisis Crossover; accept no Johns or Morrison substitutes! :P And of course, in COIE, he co-created the lovely lady to the left, for which I will be forever grateful! :-D

2. Keith Giffen/J.M. DeMatteis
Giffen by himself tends to be too awkwardly goofy to succeed very well at being funny (Heckler, Vext). DeMatteis by himself tends to be too self-importantly esoteric (Dr. Fate, Hal Jordan Spectre). Put 'em together and it's GOLD, Jerry! (JLI, I Can't Believe It's Not the Justice League) :smt023

3. George Pérez
While all hail his renowned artistic capabilities, his writing is often overlooked. He brilliantly revamped the notoriously "difficult-to-write" Wonder Woman, as well as being the co-conspirator of the New Teen Titans juggernaut and Crisis on Infinite Earths. And of course, in that last one, he co-created the lovely lady to the left, for which I will be forever grateful! :-D

4. Peter David
People nowadays like to claim that Geoff Johns put Aquaman on the map; nope, that was PAD. And he handled the heroes of Young Justice better than Geoff in Teen Titans, too. Just ask Wonder Girl about it especially. :P Oh, and I hear there were well-regarded Hulk and X-Factor runs from this David guy, as well.

5. John Ostrander
Recreated the Suicide Squad as the "supervillains doing espionage" concept that most fans know it as today. Wrote an excellent Martian Manhunter run. Proved that the Spectre CAN hold a series -- a quite compelling one, at that -- and that any writer/fan who points to any character and claims that "This character is TOO POWERFUL to use!!" is just whining pitifully. :P

6. Mark Waid
Wrote THE definitive Wally West Flash run, and therein gave us Mr. Fun Personified, Impulse. Also defined the post-Zero-Hour Legion of Super-Heroes, my favorite version of the team, including creating two of my favorite Legionnaires, XS and Gates.

7. Tony Isabella
Created another of my favorite characters, Black Lightning, while simultaneously keeping DC from unleashing the questionable "Black Bomber" concept on the world. Wrote my favorite single issue of any comic, Black Lighting (second series) #5. Thanks, Tony! :smt023

8. Mike W. Barr
And, since I clearly haven't mentioned Black Lightning enough yet, Mike W. Barr brought him back to be in one of the most enjoyable DC teams, the Outsiders. I've liked every member of his team lineups. Barr also penned my favorite "Filling up the first-issue letter page because there are no letters yet" editorial, in Batman and the Outsiders #1.

9. Denny O'Neil
BATMAN.
'Nuff said.

10. Chuck Dixon
The best workhorse in the biz. Most writers' quality level drops with the number of books they're writing, but Dixon can write several series every month, and you can count on them all to be great stuff. I'm still impressed that he was writing Robin, Nightwing, and Detective Comics (starring some Bat-guy you may have heard of), three books featuring characters with similar abilities, and yet he nicely differentiated between the characters and their separate milieus. Not all writers can pull that off, either.


Nice!! Great list and quotes!!
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BubbaKanoosh

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Postby BubbaKanoosh » Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:22 am

Stephen Day wrote:Oh man that was hard. There were so many names I wanted to fit in, but just couldn't.

Bendis, Vaughn, Gaiman, Liss got left off at the last minute, Marv Wolfman, Mark Waid; I wanted to get them all on there. Damn there were some tough choices.


This wouldn't be fun (especially for me) if this was easy lol
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misac

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Postby misac » Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:03 pm

:smt119 Just noticed this. Will start on mine today.

:D
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TONGO

Whippersnapper

Postby TONGO » Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:45 pm

1. Stan Lee's early work on Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and Thor.

2. Walt Simonsons run on Thor. Exceptional!

3. Peter Davids run on Hulk.

4. Dave Sim for High Society and Church & State in Cerebus. Issues 1-126 to be exact. No more than that though.

5. Neil Gaimans Sandman.

6. Alan Moores run on Swamp Thing.

7. Frank Millers run on Daredevil.

8. Jonathan Hickmans run on Fantastic Four & FF.

9. Garth Ennis's run on Hellblazer. Those stories were better than Preacher, imo.

10. Grant Morrisons JLA.
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Amoebas

Son of Stein

Postby Amoebas » Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:12 pm

Looks like the new guy is posting Top Runs.
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Stephen Day

Wrasslin' Fan

Postby Stephen Day » Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:37 pm

BubbaKanoosh wrote:
This wouldn't be fun (especially for me) if this was easy lol


True, and as much as I complained about this, I don't think I'd actually enjoy putting together a list that was too easy.
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Stephen Day

Wrasslin' Fan

Postby Stephen Day » Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:40 pm

Amoebas wrote:Looks like the new guy is posting Top Runs.


It's still a nice looking group of writers though. :)
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Stalzer2002

Motherfucker from Hell

Postby Stalzer2002 » Sat Jan 18, 2014 4:31 pm

I've narrowed it down to a dozen. Eliminating these last two names is gonna be tough.
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BubbaKanoosh

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Postby BubbaKanoosh » Sat Jan 18, 2014 10:45 pm

:-D
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Stephen Day

Wrasslin' Fan

Postby Stephen Day » Sat Jan 18, 2014 11:00 pm

BubbaKanoosh wrote::-D


How how are the lists coming? You seemed to be worried at first that you weren't getting enough from here. Is that still a problem?
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Amoebas

Son of Stein

Postby Amoebas » Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:23 pm

And my list is done (Bubba I'll send write-ups later).

Putting this Top Ten together hurt. A lot! I've listed previously writers I've whittled away and the last one, my number eleven... John Ostrander. So close!

01) John Byrne
02) The EC writing corps of Johnny Craig/Al Feldstein/Bill Gaines/Harvey Kurtzman
03) JM DeMatteis
04) Gardner Fox
05) Jack Kirby/Stan Lee
06) Keith Giffen/JM DeMatteis
07) Geoff Johns
08) Frank Miller
09) Alan Moore
10) John Wagner/Alan Grant
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BubbaKanoosh

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Postby BubbaKanoosh » Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:35 pm

Stephen Day wrote:
How how are the lists coming? You seemed to be worried at first that you weren't getting enough from here. Is that still a problem?


I got a quite a few, I am hoping I get a few more OHers involved.

In going to start me write ups of various writers now. I haven't started tallying yet.
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BubbaKanoosh

2009 Most Valuable Poster

Postby BubbaKanoosh » Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:37 pm

Amoebas wrote:And my list is done (Bubba I'll send write-ups later).

Putting this Top Ten together hurt. A lot! I've listed previously writers I've whittled away and the last one, my number eleven... John Ostrander. So close!

01) John Byrne
02) The EC writing corps of Johnny Craig/Al Feldstein/Bill Gaines/Harvey Kurtzman
03) JM DeMatteis
04) Gardner Fox
05) Jack Kirby/Stan Lee
06) Keith Giffen/JM DeMatteis
07) Geoff Johns
08) Frank Miller
09) Alan Moore
10) John Wagner/Alan Grant


Gardner Fox?
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LobsterJ

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Postby LobsterJ » Sun Jan 19, 2014 2:24 pm

1. Alan Moore
2. Jack Kirby
2. Brian K Vaughan
3. Mike Carey
4. Peter Bagge
5. Garth Ennis
6. Dan Clowes
7. Neil Gaiman
8. Ann Nocenti
10. Cristos Gage
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Amoebas

Son of Stein

Postby Amoebas » Sun Jan 19, 2014 3:07 pm

BubbaKanoosh wrote:

Gardner Fox?

Hell yeah. His resume is massive (almost 1500 stories to his credit) and with his hands in the creation of: Adam Strange, Atom (Palmer), Doctor Fate, Flash (Garrick), Hawkman (both Hall & Hol), the JLA, the JSA, Sandman (Dodds), Zatanna, etc. Yes his stuff was written for a different generation but who cares - it's still a blast to read.

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