Eli Katz wrote:Anyway, I think the early 1970s represents the high point of comics art. Just a great roster of artists both at Marvel and DC, putting out solid work month after month.
I think the 70s overall, up to the early 80s, was basically the high-water mark for the industry overall, story, art, mass appeal, etc. We still had the classic versions of most of the heroes, and they were being produced by people with more talent in their pinkie fingers than most of the folks of today (especially the writers). Mantlo, Buscema, Moench, Trimpe, Swan, etc. These guys knew how to tell great comic-book stories. The comics were fun, had mass appeal, were interesting, and had just a touch
more realism than they had in the Silver Age -- just enough, but not too much.
After the Crisis, little by little one title after another passed that tipping point, both in story and art, to become too "realistic," and this destroyed the sense of just good plain fun that comic-books once represented.