- Here at LMO, we enjoy doing comic-book artist top 10 rankings. We’ve already done the X-Men, Batman, and Spider-Man. Now it’s Supes’ turn! Here we go.
10. Frank Quitely
Quitely made the ranking solely based on his immensely popular All-Star Superman series that had a huge following, and was immensely successful and filled with a modern take on Silver Age Superman tropes.
9. Win Mortimer
Win Mortimer was of the main Superman artists for much both the 1940s and 50s, he drew a lot of covers and stories for both Action and Superman as well as the newspaper strip.
8. George Perez
George Perez is one of the all-time great comic book artists. He worked on Superman in the JLA as well as in his own series a number of times but not for very long stretches. If he had, he would be higher on this list.
7. Jim Lee
Jim Lee is a great artist on Superman, but his Batman work fits the character better. Still, his Superman work gets him into the top 10.
6. Wayne Boring
Wayne Boring’s artwork is anything but boring. Like Win Mortimer, he worked on the character for many years. He started getting ghost work for Joe Shuster on the newspaper strip and eventually became the credited artist. He also worked on the main titles for almost two decades.
5. John Byrne
John Byrne is as high on this list for his revamp of Superman in the Post-Crisis DCU during the 80s. He came up with a lot of the tropes that would last in the decades that followed including the businessman Lex Luthor and no more Clark Kent as Superboy.
4. Dan Jurgens
Dan Jurgens is the name people think of when they think Superman in the last 1980s/90s. He had a big hand in all of the major event storylines including “The Death of Superman” and “The Reign of the Supermen”.
3. Al Plastino
Plastino started working at DC in 1948 and was supposed to mimic Boring’s style. Over the years his style evolved. He worked on the character for many years including co-creating Supergirl, the Legion of Superheroes, and Brainiac.
2. Neal Adams
Neal Adams was the guy that DC had do a lot of covers in the late 1960s/early 1970s supplanting Curt Swan as the marquee artist on the character. He also drew the iconic Superman vs. Muhammad Ali special.
1. Curt Swan
Curt Swan is pretty much the definitive Superman artist to many fans. He drew just about every cover in the Superman Family of titles (Action Comics, Superman, Adventure Comics, Lois Lane, and Jimmy Olsen) for over a decade as well as countless stories. When people think Superman they think Curt Swan.