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  • Old school, Golden-Age wins it for me but I'm putting Chris Samnee, Mike Allred, Cameron Stewart and Evan Shaner in there which I think doesn't quite do them justice for what they've done to mainstream comics style. Somewhere between Cartoony and super-simplified, Hyper-realistic and Old school, Golden-Age is about where I'd put them.

    Old School is definitely up there if I'm thinking Bruce Timm or Darwyn Cooke though. This topic made me realise how many more styles fall in between these days!

    Colours have evolved so much I think since this article was first posted that it's hard to judge. Tom Scioli has moved on from his Kirby imitation days and I think now falls in the same inbetweens as Samnee, Allred, Stewart and Shaner but I don't think that in 2006 their colours would have achieved this and put them much closer to the Hyper-realistic scale. I'm so happy that flat, limited colour palettes are becoming popular again and not everything needs strong gradients going from dark blue to white in the space of a couple inches. When used well, it definitely works with some styles but the 90's really stuck around for a long time!

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    • Interesting.. I'd have put him on the Hyper-realistic scale! After reading through the comments I'm noticing how differently people agree on what a style is! This Forum is hard

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      • I will choose catoonic and ficitious and funny as well.

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        • If I'm honest, I don't care that much about "style," just competence. I'm "old school" because I'm 46 years old. I grew up reading comics from the 60s, 70s and 80s, and that's what I enjoy seeing as I have a strong connection to that. I can appreciate animated styles too -- I often draw them myself, and who doesn't marvel at the hyper-realism stuff? The big things I look for in comic art: Storytelling ability. Exciting layouts. Energy. Dynamics. Execution of technique. Those things matter to me more than if it's "cartoony" or "realistic" or "old school." Grace under pressure is always impressive. Deadlines force artists to sink or swim in the comics business, and I like those who've mastered the breaststroke.
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          • Not experienced enough to vote and I am just getting into comic books. I do like the style DareDevil is drawn in just now. Kind of a modern, noir style. And Batman Earth One. Pretty cool.

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            • If I had to choose I'd say Old School, but in fact I like the other options too, being Hyper Realistic (Maybe Reis) and Cartoony (Maybe Ottley) the last of my likes, in that order. My personal favourites are:

              José Luis García-López
              John Buscema
              Brian Stelfreeze
              Frank Cho
              Stuart Immonen
              Yanick Paquette
              Katsuhiro Otomo
              Hiroaki Samura
              Takehiko Inoue

              And, even knowing the historical importance of the ones that created Image, I don't like their art so much. I find Liefeld especially bad and don't like McFarlane's style.
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              • I prefer manga, as my art style is largely influenced by that, but old school comics have a special place in my heart.

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