Apr 17, 2015

The 40 Years of Comics Project: Weird Metadata Post #2

A breakdown of the top 10 artists and writers in my collection, by number of entries.


Name - # entries - approximate % of collection
Artists:
John Byrne - 179 - 0.019%
Jack Kirby - 157 - 0.013%
John Romita, Jr. - 131 - 0.011%
Mark Bagley - 118 - 0.010%
John Buscema - 103 - 0.009%
George Perez - 102 - 0.009%
Brent Anderson - 101 - 0.009%
Dave Gibbons - 100 - 0.008%
Tom Grummett - 94 - 0.008%
Sal Buscema - 92 - 0.008%

Writers:
Grant Morrison - 581 - 0.049%
Chris Claremont - 307 - 0.026%
Mark Waid - 305 - 0.026%
Brian Bendis - 287 - 0.024%
Alan Moore - 255 - 0.022%
Warren Ellis - 249 - 0.021%
Jonathan Hickman - 241 - 0.020%
Kurt Busiek - 231 - 0.020%
Steve Gerber - 205 - 0.017%
Geoff Johns - 201 - 0.017%

A couple of things jump out at me. First the number of comics by individual writers far outstrips the comics by individual artists. This is most likely a function of my following writers, rather than artists, but it also might say something about the relative ease of scripting a comic versus drawing a comic.

The list of writers is unsurprising to me, except for Claremont, whose writing I don't particularly care for, but who is apparently a fairly large presence in the collection. The artist list is full of surprises. I really don't care much for Byrne either, but he's my top artist? Attests to his productivity, if nothing else, I guess. The Kirby and Bagley stuff is less surprising, as is the Grummet stuff. Both Bagley and Grummet worked on Thunderbolts, which I collected voraciously.

In contrast, there's a rather remarkable amount of writers and artists in the collection who are represented by a single work.

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