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Thread: Most Prolific Comic Book Artist Teams: Pencilers and Inkers

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    Question Most Prolific Comic Book Artist Teams: Pencilers and Inkers

    Where can I find a list of the most prolific comic book artist teams?

    In other words, what pencilers and inkers teamed up the most when it comes to comic books?

    Is it Byrne and Austin? Is it Hannigan and Rubinstein? Is it Perez and Sinnott?

    I cannot find anything online that provides this information.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Well if thereís no research on line itís probably anyoneís guess. Iíll go with Kirby and Sinnott. Kirby is hands down the most historically prolific artist in comics so it would be logical to go with him and someone. Could be Kirby and Joe Simon too.

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    Kirby and Sinnott run unbroken on ff from 44 to 102 was 58 issues. There were more before 44. Plus they did some Thor together. Also Atlas monster stories. I am thinking they may be the champs

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    You could go to the Grand Comic Book Database (www.comicbook.org) to do the research. Do an advanced search that puts both the penciller and inker in the search criteria and get the results for that pairing, but I don't know that someone has done that kind of tallying already.

    My educated guess would be Buscema/Chan for the sheer number of pages in Conan the Barbarian and Savage Sword of Conan they did together, but I am not certain. It's my educated guess only because Roy Thomas did a tally of the pages they had all done together at one point in the letters column of Conan and commented they were on the verge of passing Kirby's output on FF, and that was a couple of years before Thomas run on Conan ended, and Buscema/Chan outlasted him on the book. What throws a wrinkle in this is the production shops like the Iger shop that literally turned out thousands of pages with uncredited teams working together to supply multiple publishers with content during the Golden Age.

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    My favorite team up was always Curt Swan & Bob Oxner.
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    I was going to suggest maybe Dan DeCarlo or Stan Goldberg, but I'm not sure if inkers were consistent. (Probably.)

    Dave Sim and Gerhard did over 200 issues of Cerebus together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MegoSteve View Post
    I was going to suggest maybe Dan DeCarlo or Stan Goldberg, but I'm not sure if inkers were consistent. (Probably.)

    Dave Sim and Gerhard did over 200 issues of Cerebus together.
    DeCarlo did a lot of his own inking and he did over 1600 issues of various stuff for Archie. He might be the true king.
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    For those interested, this is from a member of Grand Comics Database...

    "From advanced query US comic stories, including reprints because I don't know how to remove them:

    For stories:

    Dan DeCarlo, Rudy Lapick: 2763
    Charles Nicholas (signed), Vince Alascia (signed) : 1152
    Ross Andru, Mike Esposito: 1113

    For pages:

    Dan DeCarlo, Rudy Lapick: 14705
    Ross Andru, Mike Esposito: 12238
    Carmine Infantino, Joe Giella: 9951

    These are counts for the exact text, as you can see in the Nicholas/Alascia record. It does not consolidate all the various ways to credit someone, but these are the contenders.

    A naive consolidation for DeCarlo and Lapick gives me: 3859 stories and 20851 pages. But this includes Dan DeCarlo Jr. and stories with more than one penciller or inker."
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    Stories are usually multiple per issue with Archie so still need to get an issue count. DeCarlo will probably still come out on top.
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    Surprised Curt Swan or Wayne Boring didn't come closer
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