10 Best Comic Book Writers of All Time
We all can visualize and comprehend the popularity of comic book characters and their commonness in movies and TV. Amidst all the hype and fame, we should not forget about the comic creators. The thing which was once considered on the fringe of fantasy and sci-fi, today’s comic writers enjoy lucrative careers and mainstream success. In this article, we are going to read about the 10 best comic book writers of all time.
10 Best Comic Book Writers of All Time:
No other comic writer has had more influence over comic books than Stan Lee. He is the creator of The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, Thor, Iron Man, and the X-Men. His writings focused on the character’s issues, flaws, and contemporary issues in society. Unlike other writers, Lee was writing about belonging, love, loss, and urban decay – one of the reasons why he is so incredible.
Scottish writer Grant Morrison is a self-proclaimed “occultist”. His works focus on the dark side which explains why he was so influential with DC titles such as The Invisibles and the popular Batman. Many critics and fans consider the 90s Batman to be among the best characters. Morrison also revamped the popular Justice League of America during the mid-90s.
Jim Shooter was hugely inspired by Stan Lee. He even worked as Lee’s assistant and wrote several comics. He was a teen prodigy in the world of comic books, having entered the business just at the age of 13. The shooter was so potent that he even became the editor-in-chief of Marvel; in the meantime, he was taking writing projects such as the renowned Marvel Secret Wars and Star Brand New Universe.
Brian Michael Bendis
Eisner Awards is the equivalent of the Oscars in the world of Comics and Brian Bendis has five of them. He made his mark by revamping titles like New Avengers, Secret War series, and Ultimate Spider-Man and bringing them into the 21st century. While at Marvel, he also revitalized Daredevil and The Fantastic Four.
While McFarlane is highly praised because of his drawing skills, he is also a commendable writer and an imaginative power in the comic book world. After revamping classic names such as Spider-Man and Incredible Hulk, McFarlane broke away to create his name and brand. He formed Image Comics and made his most influential character named Spawn. This character influenced several artists who entered the comic world in the last two decades.
Gaiman is not an ordinary writer or illustrator, he liked to be recognized as a “graphic novelist”. Several of Neil Gaiman’s popular creation has been featured in movies in recent years such as Stardust and Caroline. He became more renowned for his creation of The Sandman, which was published by D.C. Comics between 1989 and 1996. It is the story of “Dream of the Endless”, who dominates over the universe of dreams.
Miller saved his place in the world of comics by drafting the popular Batman: The Dark Knight Returns alone. He also developed original creations such as 300 and Sin City. Frank Miller reshaped the popular Marvel character Daredevil. He created the charters of Bullseye and Elektra and gave the Daredevil writing a dark aspect in which the character resides today.
Byrne has been very influential in the comic world. His writing for The Fantastic Four is recognized as a golden age for the title. John Byrne has also written comics such as The Incredible Hulk, The Avengers, and Alpha Flight. Almost every storyline we see in comic movies, books, or TV shows sprang from his creations – Jean Gray/Phoenix arc in X-Men movies, young Clark Kent in Smallville, and more.
Moore is alternately referred to as “the best graphic novel writer in history”. Some of his influential writings are Watchmen, V for Vendetta, The League of Extraordinary Gentleman, and From Hell. ‘Watchmen’ is the only graphic novel to emerge in the popular Time Magazine’s ‘All-Time 100 greatest Novels” list.
Mark Millar is not only renowned for his writing of the Civil War arc, but he wrote several other popular and influential comics such as Kick-Ass, Wanted, Swamp Thing, Superman, and Marvel Knights: Spider-Man. Millar was even knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in June 2013 for his contribution to literature and film.