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Top 5 favorite long comics runs by a writer or artist

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Alright, I'm going to arbitrarily define a long run as 40 issues or more. In cases like Kirby's Fourth World, where it's multiple titles, they can count as one run.

 

Writers

 

1. Garth Ennis - Hitman

2. Grant Morrison - The Invisibles

3. Alan Moore - Swamp Thing

4. Jack Kirby - Fourth World

5. Dave Sim - Cerebus/Jamie Delano - Hellblazer/Mike Carey - Lucifer

 

Artists

 

1. Dave Sim - Cerebus

2. Jack Kirby - Fourth World (There might be better Kirby stuff but I'm just getting into him)

3. Will Eisner - The Spirit

4. Darrick Robertson - Transmetropolitan

5. Steve Dillon - Preacher

 

Sad to say Bryan Talbot was disqualified from the beginning.

 

What hip, indie names can StH drop?

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Writers:

 

Neil Gaiman-Sandman

Dave Sim-Cerebus (I've only read to issue 200)

Garth Ennis-Preacher

James Robinson-Starman

Keith Giffen/J.M. DeMatteis-Justice League

 

 

 

Artists:

Tony Harris-Starman

Mike Mignola-Hellboy (did he draw 40 issues?)

Steve Dillon-Preacher

Kevin Maguire-Justice League

Matt Wagner-Grendel (did he draw 40 issues?)

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Oooh - I like the idea of breaking it into writers and artists...

 

WRITERS (alphabetically)

 

Brian Azzarello - 100 Bullets

Mike Carey - Lucifer

Neil Gaiman - Hmmn :wink:

Peter Milligan - Shade the Changing Man

Brian K Vaughan - Y the Last Man

 

ARTISTS (alphabetically)

 

Peter Gross - Lucifer/Books of Magic (does that count as two? Either way, he rules!)

Pia Guerra - Y the Last Man

Leonardo Manco - Hellblazer

John McCrea - Hitman

Darick Robertson - Transmetropolitan (best looking series of all)

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Lucifer and Transmet almost made the cut for me, for writing and drawing respectively.

 

Hitman for visuals, but being beaten for writing by Y?

Seriously?

 

Jay, don't read Latter Days I.

 

Seriously, don't.

 

Read The Last Day if you're going all the way, but Latter Days I is the only one where you can say the comic itself is crap, not just the text.

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Hey, I didn't know our choices were mockable (yeah yeah "Venkman, your choices are *always* mockable" etc)

 

Hitman was soooo close. To this day, it's the only long running series that I bought every single issue of right from Issue 1 to the very last one. Now you've made me feel bad... No. Y just pips it.

 

Just.

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Look, objectively, Y got worse and worse, and Hitman went off with one of its best stories.

 

And as a man, you're kind of obligated to choose Garf writing something about two dudes killing people and drinking over an effeminate guy and a bunch of women going places.

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Hmmmm. If we're talking about about runs in the American sense, does that rule out (say) the streak of pure gold John Wagner eased into on Judge Dredd during the early '80s and kept going for the best part of a decade, or the whole of the Alan Grant Strontium Dog?

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Hey, I didn't know our choices were mockable

 

Hey, Vagabond declared that in his very first post, by mentioning Spawn and Youngblood. :tongue:

 

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Grand. Let's see then:

 

Artists:

Carlos Equezerra on the aforementioned Strontium Dog (Simon Harrison's final run wasn't half bad, either but there's a lot less of it.)

Gene Colan on Tomb Of Dracula

John Byrne if he managed a full forty issues of Fantastic Four

Ian Gibson on Robo Hunter (a few of the scripts were very weak indeed, but the art is a constant delight)

Jack Kirby on the Fourth World stuff (if everybody else is having that as one series, so am I)

 

Writers:

John Wagner on Judge Dredd (pretty much everything between the Judge Child Quest and the turn of the '90s is wonderful)

Peter Milligan on Shade The Changing Man

Garth Ennis on Hitman

Mike carey on Lucifer

Frank Miller on Daredevil

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WRITERS

 

Brian Azzarello - 100 Bullets

Mike Carey - Lucifer

Garth Ennis - Hitman

Garth Ennis - Punisher Max

Brian K Vaughan - Y the Last Man

 

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Hey, I didn't know our choices were mockable

 

Hey, Vagabond declared that in his very first post, by mentioning Spawn and Youngblood. :tongue:

 

Those were placeholders until I thought of things.

 

And say what you will about Spawn, at times it could look kind of cool in a 90s way.

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So hard....

(no order)

 

I just want to mention that my real top 3 were excluded from this list for being less than 40 issues.

Jamie Delano-Hellblazer

Steve Gerber-Howard the Duck

Grant Morrison-Animal Man

 

OK, actual list:

Grant Morrison-Invisibles

Chris Claremont-Uncanny X-Men

Neil Gaiman-Sandman

Mike Carey-Lucifer

Peter Milligan-Shade

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I just want to mention that my real top 3 were excluded from this list for being less than 40 issues.

Jamie Delano-Hellblazer

Grant Morrison-Animal Man

Shit yes.

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Words

1. Denny O'Neil-Detective Comics

2. Matt Wagner-Sandman Mystery Theatre

3. Alan Moore-Swamp Thing

4. Garth Ennis-Preacher, let the boos and hisses begin....now!

5. Geoff Johns-JSA/Justice Society of America

 

Pictures

1. Norm Breyfogle-Detective Comics/Batman: Has to be my favorite Batman artist of all time.

2. Jim Lee-Uncanny X-Men/X-Men

3. Rick Burchett-The Batman Adventures

4. Terry Moore-Strangers In Paradise: I can't stand the story, but the guys art is top notch.

5. Drew Hayes-Poison Elves

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Have you read Hitman though?

 

Because if you have and you like Preacher more, you should smack yourself upside the head and learn you some sense.

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Have you read Hitman though?

 

Because if you have and you like Preacher more, you should smack yourself upside the head and learn you some sense.

I love Texas, and that filthy mick sure does write my homeland like he was from here. Plus how can you not like Herr Starr. Hell I liked em so much I named my cat after him, Herr Starr not Garth.

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2. Matt Wagner-Sandman Mystery Theatre

 

That's a good one there at #2, which no one had mentioned.

 

I somehow forgot Alan Moore's Promethea (32 issues) and Denny O'Neil's The Question (36 issues) which makes my "should be on a list, but doesn't quite meet the criteria" alternate list.

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Now I think about this more, I should really have mentioned The Invisibles and Doom Patrol (which I think Morrison did forty or so issues of), shouldn't I? Arse.

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Now I think about this more, I should really have mentioned The Invisibles and Doom Patrol (which I think Morrison did forty or so issues of), shouldn't I? Arse.

 

 

Doesn't matter. Unless you're talking about Hitman, Vagabond doesn't care! :mong:

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Writer:

Peter Milligan-Shade the Changing Man.

Neil Gaiman-Sandman.

Mike Carey-Hellblazer.

Grant Morrison-Doom Patrol.

Chris Claremont-Uncanny X-men.

 

Artist:

Chris Bachalo-Shade the Changing Man.

Guy Davis-Sandman Mystery Theatre.

Eduardo Risso-100 Bullets.

Alex Maleev-Daredevil.

Jim Lee-Uncanny X-men/X-men.

 

 

Special mention to John Byrne for his thirty some odd issues of his NextMen title.

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Writer

Warren Ellis - Transmetropolitan

Garth Ennis - Preacher/Hitman/Punisher/Hellblazer - take your pick

Niel Gaiman - Sandman

Alan Moore - Swamp Thing

Brian Azzarello - 100 Bullets

 

 

Artist

Darrick Robertson - Transmetropolitan

Steve Dillon - Preacher

John Tottlben - Swamp Thing

Sean Phillips - Hellblazer

Eduardo Risso - 100 Bullets

 

Hmmmm....all vertigo type stuff...

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1. Denny O'Neil-Detective Comics

 

 

Nowhere near enough issues to qualify - he only did 24 issues of 'Tec in total, spread over about 8-9 years. If you add his Batman work as well, you get just over 50 largely non-consecutive comics. Great work, for the most part, but I think you're stretching the definition of "long comics runs" beyond breaking point.

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Hmmmm....all vertigo type stuff...

You're obviously a more sophisticated reader than those of us who are naming stuff with guys in tights hitting each other, Lou.

:hattip:

 

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