Very, very difficult, but I had to go for Jim Lee.
- Very solid anatomy;
- Characters have, well, character;
- Can draw many a different body type.
- repeats himself in layouts
- Over-renders, making some panels or characters muddy;
- REALLY over-hatches his stuff, way too many lines in there for pseudo-texturing
- Dynamic style, a bit more action in there than Silvestri IMO;
- Leaves plenty of ground for his inkers and colorists to work with;
- Best technical improvement of the two over the years.
- Can only draw roughly 5 body types (Heroic Male, Beefy Male, Skinny Male, Babe, Midget)
- Atrocious at keeping deadlines
- Seems to me like he can multi-task better (white-out usage, inks, washes, etc)
It's very tough to decide. I went with Jim Lee because as an inker I'd ink Lee over Silvestri any day of the week.
Jim Lee has always been solid, I like his Punisher art a lot (I *think* that's what inspired the movie version as well,) and his watercolors are something he should do more of.
Same for Silvestri, really solid artist, his Wolverine run was pretty iconic for the time, he colors pretty good a lot of the time as well.
IMO Silvestri handles his figures a little better, and has better facial expressions, Lee does better backgrounds, and does a little better at layouts and composition.
Really tough for me growing up with reading both, but I like Silvestri a little more.
Okay I came back to this thread because when I saw it awhile back ... well I couldn't decide. However I had to go for Jim Lee, but by a hairs breath. Ten years ago it would have been a much larger margin though I was still a fan of Silvestri's.
I think that Lee is going to be remembered as kind of the Icon of this artistic age. I think that in time when we look back on it he will have has almost if not the same amount of impact on artists as the likes of Kirby, Buscema, Ditko, and the old guard. In fact I think we are starting to see that already. I just don't think Silvestri will reach that point. Partially, I think it is because Lee keeps his work so crisp and defined ... or should I say Williams does ... lol. His work on Batman Hush ... and Superman was completely iconic and it is the image that I think will be in a lot of peoples heads when they think Batman or Supes for a lot of years. Silvestri hasn't had that impact and I think it is partically because ... as it has been said before ... he does have a tendency to muddy up his work a bit ... though recently I have noticed it appears he is getting much better ... or his inker is ... . After all of that ... the gap is closing in my oppinion; in part because Lee is having a lot of trouble meeting a deadline lately. I think he put out one book ... maybe two ... for all of 2006. The thing is why? We know he can meet a monthly schedule.
Okay ... that is a long winded explanation ... but there you have it ... lol.
id have to agree with fig, jim lee is way better in my opinion i think he has better attention to detail and his shading is fantastic
Lee, because Silvestri don't continuously do great books anymore, and Lee is doing All Star... !
man, i have silvestir's whole run on Wolverine. I loved his loose Buscema style on that. I hate that he tightened up over the years to match Lee.
Lee is technically fantastic, ilove his backgrounds and tech stuff,, but sometimes (and maybe this is Scott Williams), he loses some of the energy, and yes, he does repeat himself a lot. In the end, I agree, jim Lee will be remembered as more of an icon than Mark.
Man this poll was easy, although Marc is a quality artist there aint no one as good as Jim Lee. You may think that is my opinion but its a fact. just go to that chuck norris fact website and read all the facts replacing the words Chuck Norris with Jim Lee.
See my point is proved. It dont work if you do it with Marc Silvestri.
The repertoire of things that Jim Lee can draw competently is much larger than most comic artists working today.
Honestly, I don't think I have seen anyone clearly "better" or more accomplished as an artist in comics at present. His style of rendering may not be as hip...for some reason, only in comics is it not enough to be an excellent artist but one is also expected to reinvent one's style every 5 years.
I don't think Jim Lee is quite Neal Adams or the late John Buscema but he is much younger than either of them. In time he may be.