Doug: The masses have spoken (well, Garett spoke) and we have listened! After quite some time, against the clamoring of Humanbelly and others, we have decided to take another plunge into the depths of Bracketology. Some of you who've been around for awhile may recall the logo pictured below -- Karen and I used it for examinations of different pencilers' influence on characters such as the Thing, Spider-Man, Batman, and the Vision. We're dusting it off to serve as your thought-provoker to begin this tournament's nomination process.
Doug: As you see from the title of today's post, our voting over the next several weeks will determine (through no scientific method whatsoever) the "best" penciler of the Bronze Age of Comics. Of course, as we've haggled over in the past, "best" is about as subjective a word as one can find in the English language. You treat it as you see fit -- if you think you're going to use "master of anatomy" as your measuring stick, by all means... If storytelling is more important to you, go for it. Or, if you're like many of us -- when this gets down to the nitty gritty in a few weeks -- you'll probably have the word "favorite" troubling your conscience.
Doug: Here are some parameters for nomination:
- The artist must be considered as a penciler. So a guy like Joe Sinnott is probably out, but a guy like Bob Layton could be in. Klaus Janson...?
- The artist must have been active during the period 1970-85 (hey, we had this discussion just the other day).
- Only original work done by the artist within the boundaries of the Bronze Age should be considered -- Steve Ditko's Spider-Man and Dr. Strange are out, for example.
- Other merits of your nominee, such as inking or writing, should not be considered.
Doug: For reference, you can feel free to use the links to the Comic Book Database and the Grand Comics Database found at the top of our main page. We'll close nominations sometime on Tuesday and I'll try to get a bracket pulled together for next Sunday, when polls will also go up on the sidebar. As in the past, we'll let the polls run for around three days, and then I can get the next round set up. During our voting, that's when we'd like you to use the weekly Bracketology post to make comments lobbying for "your guy (or gal -- Ramona Fradon? Wendy Pini?)" and your favorite work.
Doug: Above all, have fun with this and treat it like that -- fun!