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Doug Centers
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Favorites;
Austin, Marcos, Byrne
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Mike Norris
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Can't imagine someone not liking Swanderson. It's like not liking Kirby/Sinnott or Byrne/Austin!
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Favorites, there are so many. The first that come to mind, Joe Sinnott, Klaus Janson, Terry Austin, Tom Palmer, Murphy Anderson...

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Can't imagine someone not liking Swanderson.

I can imagine it.  It's a personal preference thing.  I like Vince Colletta's inks.  A lot of people don't for various reasons.  I'm also not a big fan of Kirby's work after he left Marvel for DC (I think he created some interesting characters and had some interesting concepts, but didn't enjoy his writing or art).

No opinion is universal.

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True. 
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Yvan Jullien
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Jim Mooney was one of the best, but he is often overlooked.
His Spider-Man is the definitive Spider-Man and I think he considerably embellished John Romita's pencils.
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One of the things I'm finding interesting about this thread is the way it's revealing how little most of you really know about what goes on "behind the scenes".

It's also one of the things I find frustrating about lists like this. "Oh, Blanky McBlank is the greatest inker ever!" Well, the end result is pretty good, maybe, but he's really just the front man for a studio of six or eight different guys--not always the same ones from job to job.

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No doubt!  But that's probably why many of us are here.  

When I was in my early teens the LCS started having occasional signings. Personally, I never cared about getting autographs, so I rarely if ever brought anything in to get signed.  The benefit of that was that I didn't have to stand in line.  I'd find a good spot where I was out of the way but close by, hang out, and just listen to the stories.  

Guys like Chris Claremont, Marv Wolfman, Keith Giffen, and Ron Wilson (to name a few) would talk about the creative process, how they got into the business, what was happening behind the scenes, etc.  

These conversations were always a great time.  I was fascinated by the process and the personalities behind the comics.

Above all, it was just fun for all of us to get together and bond over our common love of comics.    

When this forum (and others like it) are at their best we get that.  So I enjoy your comments in threads like this; especially when we learn something new.
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Be VERY certain - I didn't dislike Swanderson. But I didn't think either was the best match for the other. I think George Klein was probably the best inker for Curt Swan, but we all know why that stopped. And Murphy Anderson was so good, to me, that the best penciller match for him was Murphy Anderson. Aside from his own pencils, mostly I saw him ink Carmine Infantino, which suited me just fine also. He also worked on Gil Kane - another special match up.

As I noted, some pairings just wouldn't work - say, Gene Colan and Kurt Schaffenberger. That's the nature of the beast.
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Didn't Terry Austin do the backgrounds on some Dick Giordano ink jobs? Sometimes I think I can tell. These might be from before his name was known. SF author Harry Harrison was once a comic book inker working at the Wood/Orlando shop. I used to have a Dr Jekyll & Mr. Hyde comic for Fox pencilled by Wood and inked by Harrison. I'm glad he became an author. :^)

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I have two double-page spreads from the first SUPERMAN/SPIDER-MAN, on both of which Terry inked the backgrounds.

It was because of that job I originally suggested he ink my pencils on MARVEL TEAM-UP rather than X-MEN.

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Adam Schulman
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My favorites:

Tom Palmer
Terry Austin
Klaus Janson
Al Williamson
Wally Wood
Joe Sinnott 
Mark Farmer
Paul Neary
George Klein
Dick Ayers


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