30 Day Comic Book Challenge Day 23 – Favourite Artist

It’s day 23 of the 30-day comic book challenge! Every day I cover a different comic book question, along with the other members of the IGN Assemble Facebook group.

Day 23 – Favourite Artist

I’ve already talked about how comic books are wonderfully unique in having such a varied art style. As such I had to really think about this question. When I was younger I always preferred the art that was very no-nonsense. If it was detailed and clean with realistic proportions then I’d eat it up. When things got a bit different and crazy that’d generally turn me off. That looks weird and confusing! What’s going on? I’m sacred! – Says young and naive me, struggling to understand why things look so bizarre. Okay, that’s a bit of a dramatisation but you get the point.  That’s changed dramatically in the last few years.

I now enjoy artwork that’s a bit different. Something that has a unique flair to it is far more attractive then simple solid art. Right now my favourite artist is actually a duo rather than one person, it’s the team of Mike Allred on retro inspired pencils and Laura Allred with her brilliantly bright colour work.

I could rave on for a while about how good the art is, but simply put I just think it’s a brilliant classic style  that just explodes with personality. So here’s some pictures, which speak far louder than any words I can articulate.


FF, my favourite Marvel series right now.


A panel from one of their Fables issues.


Batman ’66! Another fantastic series, the Allreds provide the covers.

I’ve heard some people say their art takes some getting used to but I’d be stunned if someone could read their work on FF and not come out a fan. It captures so much of the fun spirit of comic books. It’s colourful, dynamic, energetic and just pops right off the page. I love it.


Author: Mia Violet

Mia has been blogging about comics and video games for several years from her home in merry ol’ England. She invites you to take a look around the blog before saying hello on Twitter, where she can be found tweeting about pop culture from @PanelsAndPixels

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