I want to share the article I read in the Wizard Magazine (March 2011 issue, Ryan Reynolds for Green Lantern on the cover) I own where David Finch ranks the 10 artists that shaped his Caped Crusaders. I can’t find the article in the Internet so I decided to copy the whole article for the Batman fans to read.
One of the top artists of the past decade, David Finch’s popularity has grown so great that he even made Moon Knight a top seller. Currently, instead of a low-rent Bat-clone, Finch’s work—both scripting and drawing—can be found monthly in DC’s ongoing Batman: The Dark Knight. And it’s clear from discussing his latest gig that Finch has welcomed the bats into his mental belfry.
“Batman is easily the most iconic character in all of comic books. No other character can withstand so many wild interpretations and still be instantly recognizable,” says Finch.
As the latest A-list all-star to take aim at the Bat-canon, it was only natural that we convince Finch to project his feeling about the array of great Bat-artists that have tread the same ground and influenced hi visual interpretation of the comics icon.
10. Dave McKean (Arkham Asylum)
“Arkham Asylum was a game-chaner in terms of Batman visuals. It had a haunting, mysterious atmosphere that was so beautifully restrained, and it broke out into vivid color in just the right spots. It’s like an artistic symphony. It’s a masterpiece of art, and at least for the lucky few of us that follow this crazy hobby, it’s recognized as such.“
9. Bill Sienkiewicz (Batman, Detective Comics, Batman: Black and White, Batman: GCPD, Dark Knight Dynasty, DC First: Batgirl/Joker)
“There is no artist in this business with more guts to follow his own vision. At least two of the artists on my list are heavily influenced by his work. It’s a testament to his creativity that the artists he influenced the most have been able to take what he did and run with it in so many unique directions. Bill Sienkiewicz’s kinetic, sometimes abstract work suits the character beautifully. His painted Batman work is an amazing blend of bright, saturated color, and dark moodiness. He makes it work like no one else.“
8. Neal Adams (The Brave & The Bold, Detective Comics, Batman: Odyssey)
“We all have Neil Adams to thank for making Batman who is as a character today. He brought a realism and gravity to Batman that just wasn’t there before. When people talk Batman comics, there’s always two periods that comes up: Neal [Adams] and Denny [O’Neal]. And Frank Miller. Would anybody think I’m nuts if I said he’s the most influential comic artist ever? There’s [Jack] Kirby, but I really feel like Neil Adams has had the biggest impact of any artist in this business ever.“
7. Frank Miller (Batman: Year One, The Dark Knight Returns, The Dark Knight Strikes Again, All Star Batman and Robin)
“The Dark Knight Returns is the most important comic ever published. Okay, okay, there’s Action Comics #1, and then DKR. That’s as much as I’m willing to bend on that one. By the time Frank Miller drew DKR, he had matured artistically and he was pushing the boundaries of what could be done with comics storytelling, but that’s not really what grabs me every time I look at his book if I’m going to be honest here. His Batman looks like he would make inch deep footprints in a cement sidewalk. He’s all power and weight with huge hands and a barrel chest. Besides—he’s got a Bat-tank. You really can’t beat that now can you?”
6. Tim Sale (Batman: Haunted Knight, Batman: The Long Halloween, Batman: Dark Victory, Catwoman: When in Rome)
“Dark Victory is my favorite Batman comic. Tim Sale is for me, the artist that ‘gets it’ the most, when it comes to Batman. He’s a master storyteller, and he’s a master world builder. His sets feel authentic without being photo driven. Every line and shadow serves a compositional and storytelling purpose. I have the hope that some of what I picked up from his masterful portrayal will come through in my book.“
* Some pictures may not match the ones in the original article (in the magazine). I just googled them :P