Ok, your task is to list up to a dozen (or as many as you can) artist names, living or deceased, that show a career of exceptional professionalism, influence, and artistry in the craft of inking. Must have at least 25 years in the game by the year 2010. (This is just for fun. The official Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame nominees will be selected by a special nomination committee made up of Inkwell Awards committee members, contributors, and past HoF winners. The other categories' nominees will still be selected from the rotating Nomination Committee as in '09.) Have fun!
Bob, would I be out of line recommending Will Eisner? I know he was not truly an inker per se, I have always admired his skill finishing his own work. The man can definitely set a mood with his ink and brush.
honorable mentions to Gerry Alanguilan and Klaus Janson
It's funny you mention McKenna. I just found a run of Aliens comics he inked awhile back while cleaning out the "comics closet". Made me smile like I was young again!
I'd love to put guys like Mike Mignola, Kevin Nowlan, and Jimmy Palmiotti on my list...but they have to ripen a bit more on the vine to qualify! HA!...I thought that would go over better than "get older"!
I can't believe I left out Burne Hogarth from my honorable mentions....whoops! I love those Tarzan books!
Funny how listing out some of the earliest artists I saw as a child, thanks to my maternal grandfather, makes me feel like I'm 7 years old!....If you ask my wife, she might tell you I ALWAYS act that way!
1. John Severin 2. Alan Weiss - have you seen his inks? Mouthwatering! 3. Wally Wood 4. Tom Palmer 5. Mike Esposito 6. Dave Hunt 7. Klaus Janson 8. Steve Leialoha 9. Jim Mooney 10. Norm Breyfogle 11. Dick Ayers 12. Frank Giacoia
I dunno...it's always hard for me to do these kinds of lists because I want to put everyone on it.