The Combined Best Comics & Graphic Novels of 2022!


Over the last 5 months there have been many, many websites with “Best of 2022” lists concerning comic books, manga and graphic novels. If you’ve looked at a few, you may have noticed some of the same books on different lists and seen some unique to only that list.

I went through 213 different URLs with “Best Of” Lists regarding comics and combined them into a spreadsheet. There are almost 3,280 different listings of books from these websites. I should note that I’ve included books that were given honourable mentions. In short, if somebody thought it was a good book that you should check out, it’s on here.

This year the #1 book was Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands by Kate Beaton, published by Drawn & Quarterly. Ducks was picked more than double the amount of times than the #2 book. I’ve been doing these lists since 2015 and no #1 book had that big of a spread between it and the #2 book. This is the 2nd time Kate’s book was #1 on this list, with Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection being tied for that spot in 2015. Congratulations to the very talented and intelligent Kate Beaton for making paying off your student loans pay you.

Ducks by Kate Beaton - Best GN of 2022

The #2 book was Fantastic Four: Full Cirlce by Alex Ross (Abrams ComicArts). It’s Lonely at the Centre of the Earth by Zoe Thorogood (Image Comics) and The Night Eaters, Book 1: She Eats the Night by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Abrams ComicArts) tied for the 3rd spot. The Nice House on the Lake by last years shout out James Tynion IV, Álvaro Martínez Bueno and Jordie Bellaire (DC Comics) are your top 5 recommended books of the year.

Below are all the books with 5 mentions or more.

Book Title Count Writer Artist Publisher
Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands 58 Kate Beaton Kate Beaton Drawn & Quarterly
Fantastic Four: Full Circle 28 Alex Ross Alex Ross and Josh Johnson Abrams ComicArts
It’s Lonely at the Centre of the Earth 26 Zoe Thorogood Zoe Thorogood Image Comics
The Night Eaters, Book 1: She Eats the Night 26 Marjorie Liu Sana Takeda Abrams ComicArts
The Nice House on the Lake 25 James Tynion IV Álvaro Martínez Bueno and Jordie Bellaire DC Comics
Squire 23 Nadia Shammas and Sara Alfageeh Sara Alfageeh Quill Tree Books
One Beautiful Spring Day 20 Jim Woodring Jim Woodring Fantagraphics
Do A Powerbomb! 19 Daniel Warren Johnson Daniel Warren Johnson and Mike Spicer Image Comics
Wash Day Diaries 18 Jamila Rowser Robyn Smith Chronicle Books
Little Monarchs 18 Jonathan Case Jonathan Case Margaret Ferguson Books
Monkey Meat 17 Juni Ba Juni Ba Image Comics
Batman/Superman: World’s Finest 17 Mark Waid Dan Mora, Travis Moore and Tamra Bonvillain DC Comics
Immortal X-Men 17 Kieron Gillen Lucas Werneck, Michele Bandini, David Curiel and Diijo Lima Marvel Comics
AXE: Judgment Day 17 Kieron Gillen Valerio Schiti and Marte Gracia Marvel Comics
Catwoman: Lonely City 17 Cliff Chiang Cliff Chiang DC Comics
Talk to My Back 17 Yamada Murasaki Yamada Murasaki Drawn & Quarterly
Saga 16 Brian K. Vaughan Fiona Staples Image Comics
Step By Bloody Step 16 Si Spurrier Matías Bergara and Mattheu Lopes Image Comics
Clementine 16 Tillie Walden Tillie Walden Image Comics
X-Men: Red 16 Al Ewing Various Marvel Comics
Keeping Two 16 Jordan Crane Jordan Crane Fantagraphics
Frizzy 15 Claribel A. Ortega Rose Bousamra First Second
Acting Class 15 Nick Drnaso Nick Drnaso Drawn & Quarterly
Chainsaw Man 15 Tatsuki Fujimoto Tatsuki Fujimoto VIZ Media
The Human Target 14 Tom King Greg Smallwood DC Comics
Swim Team 14 Johnnie Christmas Johnnie Christmas HarperAlley
Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice 14 Tommie Smith and Derrick Barnes Dawud Anyabwile Norton Young Readers
Birds of Maine 14 Michael DeForge Michael DeForge Drawn & Quarterly
Time Zone J 14 Julie Doucet Julie Doucet Drawn & Quarterly
The Many Deaths of Laila Starr 14 Ram V Filipe Andrade BOOM! Studios
Eight Billion Genies 13 Charles Soule Ryan Browne Image Comics
Nightwing 13 Tom Taylor Various DC Comics
Public Domain 13 Chip Zdarsky Chip Zdarsky Image Comics
Miss Quinces 13 Kat Fajardo Kat Fajardo and Mariana Azzi Graphix
Enter the Blue 12 David Chisholm David Chisholm Z2 Comics
Flung Out of Space 12 Grace Ellis Hannah Templer Abrams ComicArts
Isla to Island 12 Alexis Castellanos Alexis Castellanos Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Men I Trust 11 Tommi Parrish Tommi Parrish Fantagraphics
That Texas Blood 11 Chris Condon Jacob Phillips Image Comics
The Flash 11 Jeremy Adams Various DC Comics
Shuna’s Journey 10 Hayao Miyazaki Hayao Miyazaki First Second
She-Hulk 10 Rainbow Rowell Rogê Antônio, Luca Maresca, Takeshi Miyazawa and Rico Renzi Marvel Comics
Thieves 10 Lucie Bryon Lucie Bryon Nobrow
The High Desert: Black. Punk. Nowhere—A Memoir 10 James Spooner James Spooner Harper
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow 10 Tom King Bilquis Evely and Mattheus Lopes DC Comics
Lore Olympus 10 Rachel Smythe Rachel Smythe Random House Worlds
Who Will Make the Pancakes 10 Megan Kelso Megan Kelso Fantagraphics
Chivalry 10 Neil Gaiman Colleen Doran Dark Horse Books
Sir Ladybug 10 Corey R. Tabor Corey R. Tabor Balzer + Bray
Detention 9 Tim Hensley Tim Hensley Fantagraphics
Sabretooth 9 Victor LaValle Leonard Kirk and Rain Beredo Marvel Comics
Reckless: The Ghost in You 9 Ed Brubaker Sean Phillips and Jacob Phillips Image Comics
Poison Ivy 9 G. Willow Wilson Marcio Takara, Brian Level, Atagun Ilhan and Arif Prianto DC Comics
Welcome to St. Hell: My Trans Teen Misadventure 9 Lewis Hancox Lewis Hancox Graphix
Amazing Spider-Man 9 Zeb Wells Various Marvel Comics
Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese-American 9 Laura Gao Laura Gao Balzer + Bray
Goodbye, Eri! 9 Tatsuki Fujimoto Tatsuki Fujimoto VIZ Media
Reckless: Follow Me Down 9 Ed Brubaker Sean Phillips and Jacob Phillips Image Comics
Look Back 9 Tatsuki Fujimoto Tatsuki Fujimoto VIZ Media
The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza 9 Mac Barnett Shawn Harris Katherine Tegen Books
A Righteous Thirst for Vengeance 9 Rick Remender André Lima Araújo and Chris O’Halloran Image Comics
Spy x Family 9 Tatsuya Endo Tatsuya Endo VIZ Media
Fine: A Comic About Gender 9 Rhea Ewing Rhea Ewing Liveright
The Good Asian 9 Pornsak Pichetshote Alexandre Tefenkgi and Lee Loughridge Image Comics
The Flamingo 9 Guojing Guojing Random House Studio
Always Never 9 Jordi Lafebre Jordi Lafebre and Clémence Sapin Dark Horse Books
Invisible 9 Christina Diaz Gonzalez Gabriela Epstein Graphix
Cat + Gamer 8 Wataru Nadatani Wataru Nadatani Dark Horse Books
The Tryout 8 Christina Soontornvat Joanna Cacao and Amanda Lafrenais Graphix
Crickets 8 Sammy Harkham Sammy Harkham Commonwealth Comic Book Company
Akane-Banashi 8 Yuki Suenaga Takamasa Moue VIZ Media
The Liminal Zone 8 Junji Ito Junji Ito VIZ Media
Mamo 8 Sas Milledge Sas Milledge BOOM! Studios
Detective Comics 8 Ram V Rafael Albuquerque, Ivan Reis, Danny Miki and Dave Stewart DC Comics
Moon Knight 8 Jed MacKay Allesandro Cappuccio, Federico Sabbatini and Rachelle Rosenberg Marvel Comics
Action Comics 8 Phillip Kennedy Johnson Riccardo Federici, Will Conrad, Dale Eaglesham, Mike Perkins, and David Lapham DC Comics
Once & Future 8 Kieron Gillen Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillan BOOM! Studios
Days of Sand 8 Aimée de Jongh Aimée de Jongh SelfMadeHero
Galaxy: The Prettiest Star 8 Jadzia Axelrod Jess Taylor and Cris Peter DC Comics
Love and Rockets: The First Fifty: The Classic 40th Anniversary Collection 8 Gilbert, Jaime and Mario Hernandez Gilbert, Jaime and Mario Hernandez Fantagraphics
Kaiju No. 8 8 Naoya Matsumoto Naoya Matsumoto VIZ Media
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin 8 Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird and Tom Waltz Esau Escorza, Isaac Escorza and Ben Bishop IDW Publishing
Wingbearer 8 Marjorie Liu Teny Issakhanian Quill Tree Books
Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths 7 Joshua Williamson Various DC Comics
Suzanne: The Jazz Age Goddess of Tennis 7 Tom Humberstone Tom Humberstone Avery Hill Publishing
As a Cartoonist 7 Noah Van Sciver Noah Van Sciver Fantagraphics
The Thing: The Next Best Thing 7 Walter Mosley Tom Reilly and Jordie Bellaire Marvel Comics
The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton 7 Kyle Starks Chris Schweizer Image Comics
Joseph Smith and the Mormons 7 Noah Van Sciver Noah Van Sciver Abrams ComicArts
The Third Person 7 Emma Grove Emma Grove Drawn & Quarterly
Batman 7 Chip Zdarsky Jorge Jimenez and Tomeu Morey DC Comics
Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons 7 Kelly Sue DeConnick Phil Jimenez, Gene Ha, Nicola Scott and Hi-Fi DC Comics
Twin Cities 7 Jose Pimienta Jose Pimienta Random House Graphic
The Aquanaut 7 Dan Santat Dan Santat Graphix
What Is Home, Mum? 7 Sabba Khan Sabba Khan Street Noise Books
Devil’s Reign 7 Chip Zdarsky Marco Checchetto and Marcio Menyz Marvel Comics
Smahtguy: The Life and Times of Barney Frank 7 Eric Orner Eric Orner Metropolitan Books
The Department of Truth 7 James Tynion IV Various Image Comics
Run on Your New Legs 6 Wataru Midori Wataru Midori Yen Press
Witches: The Complete Collection 6 Daisuke Igarashi and Jamal Joseph Jr. Daisuke Igarashi Seven Seas Entertainment
Ride On 6 Faith Erin Hicks Faith Erin Hicks First Second
Orochi 6 Kazuo Umezu and Molly Tanzer Kazuo Umezu VIZ Media
DC Pride 2022 6 Various Various DC Comics
Salamandre 6 I.N.J. Culbard I.N.J. Culbard Dark Horse Books
The Greatest Thing 6 Sarah Winifred Searle Sarah Winifred Searle First Second
Ultrasound 6 Conor Stechschulte Conor Stechschulte Fantagraphics
One-Punch Man 6 ONE Yusuke Murata VIZ Media
The Projector and Elephant 6 Martin Vaughn-James Martin Vaughn-James New York Review Comics
Chef’s Kiss 6 Jarrett Melendez Danica Brine and Hank Jones Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group
Walk Me to the Corner 6 Anneli Furmark Anneli Furmark Drawn & Quarterly
Daredevil 6 Chip Zdarsky Marco Checchetto, Rafael de Latorre and Matthew Wilson Marvel Comics
The Keeper 6 Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes Marco Finnegan Abrams ComicArts
Jujutsu Kaisen 6 Gege Akutami Gege Akutami VIZ Media
Sakamoto Days 6 Yuto Suzuki Yuto Suzuki VIZ Media
Pinball: A Graphic History of the Silver Ball 6 Jon Chad Jon Chad First Second
It Won’t Always Be Like This: A Graphic Memoir 6 Malaka Gharib Malaka Gharib Ten Speed Press
The Real Riley Mayes 5 Rachel Elliott Rachel Elliott Balzer + Bray
Killing Stalking: Deluxe Edition 5 Koogi Koogi Seven Seas Entertainment
Freestyle: A Graphic Novel 5 Gale Galligan Gale Galligan and K Czap Graphix
Your Pal Fred 5 Michael Rex Michael Rex Viking Books for Young Readers
Forest Hills Bootleg Society 5 Dave Baker Nicole Goux Simon & Schuster
20th Century Men 5 Deniz Camp Stipan Morian Image Comics
The Joy of Quitting 5 Keiler Roberts Keiler Roberts Drawn & Quarterly
Crumbs 5 Danie Stirling Danie Stirling Clarion Books
Rogues’ Gallery 5 Hannah Rose May and Declan Shalvey Justin Mason and Triona Farrell Image Comics
A Frog in the Fall 5 Linnea Sterte Linnea Sterte Peow Studio
X-Terminators 5 Leah Williams Carlos Gomez and Bryan Valenza Marvel Comics
Schappi 5 Anna Haifisch Anna Haifisch Fantagraphics
Ghost Cage 5 Caleb Goellner and Nick Dragotta Nick Dragotta Image Comics
My Aunt Is a Monster 5 Reimena Yee Reimena Yee Random House Graphic
Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator 5 Sofia Warren Sofia Warren IDW Publishing
Defenders Beyond 5 Al Ewing and Javier Rodriguez Javier Rodriguez Marvel Comics
Katie the Catsitter: Best Friends 4 Never 5 Colleen AF Venable Stephanie Yue and Branden Lamb Random House Graphic
Aquaman: Andromeda 5 Ram V Christian Ward DC Comics
Ice Cream Man 5 W. Maxwell Prince Martin Morazzo and Chris O’Halloran Image Comics
Growing Pangs 5 Kathryn Ormsbee Molly Brooks Random House Graphic
Mazebook 5 Jeff Lemire Jeff Lemire Dark Horse Books
Something is Killing the Children 5 James Tynion IV Werther Dell’Edera BOOM! Studios
What’s the Furthest Place from Here? 5 Matt Rosenberg Tyler Boss, Josh Hickson, Roberto Lopez Ortiz and Sweeney Boo Image Comics
The Well 5 Jake Wyatt Choo First Second
Red Scare: A Graphic Novel 5 Liam Francis Walsh Liam Francis Walsh Graphix
Huda F Are You? 5 Huda Fahmy Huda Fahmy Dial Books
Newburn 5 Chip Zdarsky and Nadia Shammas Jacob Phillips and Ziyed Yusuf Ayoub Image Comics
Heartstopper 5 Alice Oseman Alice Oseman Graphix
Tokyo Revengers 5 Ken Wakui Ken Wakui Seven Seas Entertainment
We Only Kill Each Other 5 Stephanie Phillips Peter Krause and Ellie Wright Dark Horse Books
Iron Man 5 Christopher Cantwell, Kurt Busiek, and Gerry Duggan Various Marvel Comics
My Hero Academia 5 Kohei Horikoshi Kohei Horikoshi VIZ Media

The full spreadsheet with pivot tables for books, writers, artists, publishers and more is available here.

Regarding Publishers:

This year Image Comics was the most popular publisher with 89 different titles.

Marvel was 2nd place (again) with 84 different titles.

DC drops from 1st to 3rd with 69 different titles.

VIZ Media moves from 5th to 4th with 56 different titles.

and Fantagraphics gets the 5th spot with 48 titles.

47 Self-Published books made the list too.

The 3 most popular web comics were (again!) Batman: Wayne Family Adventures by CRC Payne, StarBite, Maria Li and Lan Ma (4 picks), The Nib and I’m Fine I’m Fine Just Understand by ND Stevenson trying for 2nd place with 2 picks each.


Where a reviewer/writer wrote ‘best of’ lists for multiple websites, I’ve cross referenced their lists and removed books that were named twice. I did not think it would be fair if those writers could tip the popularity scale by naming the same book(s) over and over again on multiple websites. Sadly, there was an increase of websites publishing lists with no credit to who (or whom) created the list. In those cases I marked them as n/a but the practice of not crediting writers is a shameful one.

If a writer wrote for multiple sites, but one of those sites picks was a group effort, I did not remove books that are listed twice.

I generally did not include lists that were a mixed of prose books and graphic novels unless there were a significant number of graphic novels on the list, or they had a list of GNs only and put a GN on a otherwise list of prose books. I did find there were more lists like that this year, which was one of the reasons it took me this long to finish this. Many YA prose books have Graphic Novel looking covers and I need to examine previews to determine if it’s comics or not. If this continues to be the trend I may need to just focus on GN/Comics only lists.

I did not use lists where the website was not in English and the books appeared to be translated versions.

With inkers and colourists I often, but not always included them within the Artist section. Where there were multiple (usually more than 5) involved in a book, or in the title’s run over the course of the year, various was used instead of listing them all. In some cases I combined those involved even if they worked on the title for different issues. Where the translaters were credited (without me having to really dig for it) are mentioned on column G of the data. The same goes for the editors of anthologies.

For simplicity sake, if a list named a specific comic book issue or specific volume of a graphic novel, I removed those specifics and just listed the series title, with rare exceptions. The same goes with issue #s. My apologies to the reviewers of those books.

Some reviewers included books that were published in 2021 or earlier. Normally the amount of times these books were mentioned isn’t significant, but I am seeing more and more books pop up that were comics series last year and came up again this year as a collected edition. Most notable for this year is The Many Deaths of Laila Starr, which tied for #1 last year, got 14 picks this year.

Most of the lists were general ‘best/favourite books’ of 2022, but I also included lists dedicated to young readers, manga, LGBTQ+, etc… What type list is noted on column B in the spreadsheet.

A small number of lists also had rankings and those are included in Column C.

This list of websites this list is compiled from:

ABC Canberra
Anime Hunch
Anime Soul King
Asian Movie Pulse
Barnes and Noble
Barnes and Noble
Barnes and Noble
Barnes and Noble
Beneath The Tangles
Big Comic Page
Book Riot
Book Riot
Broken Frontier
But Why Tho?
But Why Tho?
But Why Tho?
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Chicago Public Library
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Comic Book Club
Comic Book Herald
Comic Book Revolution
Comic Book Revolution
Comic Book Revolution
Comic Book Revolution
Comic Book Yeti
Comic Frontline
Comic Frontline
Comic Frontline
Comic Frontline
Comic Frontline
Comics Beat
Comics Grinder
Comics Wrorth Reading
Comics XF
Den of Geek
Denver Library
Diverse Tech Geek
Diverse Tech Geek
Doom Rocket
Fiction Talk
Film School Rejects
Game Rant
Games Radar
Geek Girl Authority
Geek Hard Show
Geek Network
Geek Vibes Nation
Geekcast Radio
Globe and Mail
Go Book Mart
Go BookMart
Good OK Bad
Good Reeds
Graphic Policy
Horn Book
Horror News Network
Imagination Soup
Imagination Soup
Imagination Soup
Irish Times
Japan Geeks
Joshua Adelglass
Laughing Place
Level Up Entertainment
Library Journal
Lit Reactor
Literary Hub
Locus Magazine
Los Angeles Public Library
Matthew Price
Mercury News
Monkeys Fighting Robots
Multiversity Comics
Multiversity Comics
Multiversity Comics
Multiversity Comics
Multiversity Comics
Multiversity Comics
Multiversity Comics
Multiversity Comics
Multiversity Comics
Multiversity Comics
Multiversity Comics
Multiversity Comics
Multiversity Comics
Multiversity Comics
Multnomah County Library
Nerdy Book Club
Nerdy Book Club
New York Public Library
New York Public Library
New York Public Library
New York Times
New Yorker
Panel Platter
Panel Platter
Panel Platter
Paste Magazine
Pop Culture and Comics
Pop Culture Squad
Pop Matters
Publishers Weekly
Random Thoughts
Reddit r/comicbooks poll
Reddit r/ImageComics
Reddit: culturefan
Reddit: MakeWayForTomorrow
School Library Journal
School Library Journal
Screen Rant
Screen Rant
Screen Rant
Screen Rant
Seattle Public Library
Seattle Public Library
She Reads
Skokie Public Library
Skokie Public Library
Skokie Public Library
Skokie Public Library
Skokie Public Library
Skokie Public Library
Stack Overflow
Texas Public Library
Texas Public Library
The Comics Journal
The Guardian
The Indianapolis Public Library
The Irish Times
The Mary Sue
The Pop Verse
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The Turnaround Blog
Toledo Public Library
Toronto Star
Walden Pond Books
Washington Post
What Do We Do All Day
Why So Blu?
Women Write About Comics
Women Write About Comics
Yuri Anime News

Dan Jurgens Interview

Originally published in May 1999. I went a little more fanboy-ish with this interview, but I did ask him some questions about editors and got answers that I probably should have expected.


An Interview With Dan Jurgens


Dan Jurgens is best known for his work on Superman, but today he is working on other books like Thor, and has just been announced as the new writer for Aquaman. He, along with Jerry Ordway, will also be doing a Fantastic Four/Avengers mini-series. Dan answers questions on all three projects and more!


Mike Carlin and Dan Jugens at 2013 San Diego Comic Con

Jamie: When will the Fantastic Four/Avengers mini series be out?

Dan Jurgens: Plans call for us to ship the book in September.


Jamie: I’m assuming we’ll see the traditional FF line up, but what will the Avengers line-up be?

Dan Jurgens: Jerry Ordway will be writing and drawing the Avengers book and the line-up will primarily consist of the traditional core group.


Jamie: What will the story be about and is it in current continuity?

Dan Jurgens: The story places the FF and Avengers together in an epic adventure featuring a new villain and a fun trip through Marvel’s past.


Jamie: Both you and Jerry Ordway are writer/artists. Who will be writing and who will be drawing, and how did you guys decide to divide the responsibilities?

Dan Jurgens: I’ll be writing and drawing a 4 issue mini-series called Fantastic Four: The Domination Factor. Jerry will write and draw a companion series called Avengers: The Domination Factor and the books will intertwine to tell the whole story.


Jamie: Erik Larsen and other former Aquaman writers have complained about “creative difficulties” with editor Kevin Dooley, even saying Dooley asked them to rip off other stories. How will you respond if you have similar problems?

Dan Jurgens: I’ll leave the book. Fortunately, I don’t anticipate those problems coming up.


Jamie: Will there be any changes to Aquaman’s appearance or his powers?

Dan Jurgens: Not his powers, though I would like to change his hair and costume. Stay tuned.


Jamie: You mentioned that you would be creating new villains for Aquaman, can you tell us about them?

Dan Jurgens: Sorry, it’s a bit early.


Jamie: What do you plan on doing with Tempest and other Aquaman supporting characters?

Dan Jurgens: Turn them from supporting characters into core characters. Aquaman will be a book about a majestic, royal family. That family happens to be Aquaman, Mera, Tempest and Dolphin.


Jamie: Is there a new artist for Aquaman yet? If so, who, and can you describe their work for us?

Dan Jurgens: There will be a new artist but I can’t announce who it is yet.


Jamie: Erik Larsen said he’s leaving Dolphin’s pregnancy to the next writer. How do feel about it and what do you intend to do with it?

Dan Jurgens: I don’t think Garth should have slept with someone who is essentially his step mother. His relationship with Arthur would never allow that to happen. But I have no say in that now, it’s done, and I’ll deal with it appropriately.

Unfortunately, it symbolizes the continued erosion of the heroic qualities of DC’s heroes.


Jamie: Is there any chance you will draw a fill in for either Aquaman or Thor?

Dan Jurgens: Nothing’s planned but it’s always possible.


Jamie: Roger Stern and Peter David reportedly both sent in proposals to become Thor’s writer, how did you beat them for the coveted job?

Dan Jurgens: I honestly have no idea. I don’t know what they wrote and have no concept about how any of their thoughts compared with my own. I consider them friends and talented writers and would have looked forward to reading their work on Thor.


Jamie: When preparing for Thor, what kind of research did you do?

Dan Jurgens: Jumped into Norse mythology big time!


Jamie: What was the inspiration of the Dark Gods?

Dan Jurgens: Tough question. It started with trying to create a pantheon of gods based on today’s thoughts and values, or lack of them.


Jamie: What is it like working with John Romita Jr.?

Dan Jurgens: John’s absolutely brilliant and incredibly well suited to this book. It’s a treat to see what he does each and every month.


Jamie: Do you have any plans on drawing a regular series again?

Dan Jurgens: I’d like to at some point. I’m not avoiding it at all. Just seems to have developed into a situation where I’m writing the monthly stuff and drawing special projects.


Jamie: What tools do you use when penciling?

Dan Jurgens: I draw on the board Marvel and DC supply me with, using a .05 mm mechanical pencil, HB lead.


Jamie: After the Fantastic Four/Superman crossover will you try to get any more comics published in the Treasury Sized format?

Dan Jurgens: I’d love to do a Superman/Thor book in that format.


Jamie: Who is the easiest editor you have worked for?

Dan Jurgens: Hard to say, though it should be noted the easiest editors aren’t necessarily the best. I like working with editors with whom I share a vision of what the book should be.


Jamie: What caused you to leave the Spectacular Spider-Man book?

Dan Jurgens: Mostly the fact that the editor and I had profound differences on what a good Spider-Man story was.


Jamie: What other projects will you be doing in the future?

Dan Jurgens: That covers it for now!


R.I.P. Paul Ryan (1949 – 2016)

Paul Ryan, 2004 Paradise Comics Toronto Comic Con

Paul Ryan, 2004 Paradise Comics Toronto Comic Con

Artist Paul Ryan has passed away at the age of 66. You hear about comic creators dying and while they are all sad, this one hit me harder than most. I met Paul at least once or twice at conventions and was always happy to see and talk with him.

Paul drew the 2nd comic I ever bought, which was D.P. 7 #2. I would eventually go on to collect the entire series. It is one of my favourite comics of my youth. Paul drew all 32 issues of the comic but Lee Weeks drew the D.P. 7 Annual. The entire New Universe line of books were panned back in the day, but many noted that D.P. 7 was easily the best of the bunch and is fondly remembered by fans like myself.

Paul and D.P. 7 writer Mark Gruenwald worked together on the first 6 issues of Quasar. While I didn’t collect it I did buy the odd issue, particularly the issue that had Quasar go to the New Universe and visit the D.P. 7 cast of characters. I’ve never had any desire to buy original art but I had a serious look at Paul’s D.P. 7 pages. If I saw something I really liked for a decent price I likely would have bought it. Sadly most of the good pages I would have been interested in had been bought already.

Amazing Spider-Man Annual 21

Amazing Spider-Man Annual 21

Paul’s most famous 80’s comic was The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21, which featured the marriage of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson. I also enjoyed Paul’s run on Fantastic Four with Tom DeFalco in the 90s. I know those comics get a bad rap but they were fun, fast paced, popcorn reading. At the time comic industry sales were crashing and if I remember Dan Ravi’s Comic Wars correctly the editors were put under immense pressure to increase sales every quarter in spite of this. DeFalco (who was then the Editor in Chief) and Ryan did their best to do entertaining stories while keeping the upstairs people happy. Their run was filled with with gimmick covers, shocking revelations (Alicia is really a Skrull named Lyja the Lazerfist!), costume changes and more. Paul would go on to draw many more comics for Marvel, DC and other publishers.

Paul had been drawing the Phantom newspaper strip since 2005 and I always happy that he found solid, steady work as he fell out of flavour in comic books. Sadly, many artists do not and are heavily reliant on the convention circuit and fan commissions to support themselves. Many more just don’t get any more work in comics and have to go into some other field. Paul’s consistency and clarity in telling a story were among the qualities that lead to him having a long and successful career in comics.