Amoebas wrote:One reason why we really don't see 'late bloomers' in comics is because if they sucked as early bloomers, who'd want to keep them around?
Still, Kurt Busiek started in the early 80's but didn't 'make it' until 1994's Marvels.
Busiek probably fits. I can't think of any others.
But on art, you see many illustrators getting better with age. Gil Kane's early Green Lantern stories lack the energy, depth, and detail of his mature work from the late '60s onward.
Barry Windsor Smith's work really changed and became much more stylish as he grew older. The difference between his Conan issues and his Weapon X work is stunning.
John Romita Jr. really jumped in quality when he started on Daredevil. His early work on ASM and X-Men was okay, but nothing special. He really came into his own on the DD series. And he did some of his best work in the '90s, his work on Thor being especially amazing. Too bad in recent years, especially since World War Hulk, his art has become so sloppy.