Friday, May 06, 2005

Bill Finger Award Through the Decades

Well, THIS is nice news!

DC is helping to sponsor a new award, the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing.

The panel they chose Jerry Robinson, Mark Evanier, Jules Feiffer, Denny O’Neill, and Roy Thomas) makes me think we'll probably see someone like Geoff Johns win, but forget that for a second as I pitch today's game.

If the Bill Finger Award existed during the past 50 years, in 5-year increments, who do you think should have won the award?

I'm talking 1956-1960, 1961-1965, 1966-1970, 1971-1975, 1976-1980, 1981-1985, 1986-1990, 1991-1995, 1996-2000, 2001-2005.

1956-1960 : I will go with Gardner Fox.

1961-1965: I will go with Stan Lee.

1966-1970: I will go with...hmm...tough one....I guess I will pick...hmm...Denny O'Neill? Tough one.

1971-1975: I will go with Lex's pick, which is Jack Kirby.

1976-1980: I will go with Will Eisner (unless someone can pick out a writer who did more in the five years than A Contract With God).

1981-1985 : I will go with Frank Miller

1986-1990: I will go with Alan Moore

1991-1995 : I will go with Neil Gaiman

1996-2000 : I will go with Alan Moore

2001-2005 : I will go with Grant Morrison

Care to mock my picks, or care to share who you consider the "most excellent" comic book writer during those ten time periods?

7 Comments:

Blogger Lex said...

I'll have to think on most of these, but I know the "most excellent" writer for the 1971-1975 period.

Jack Kirby.

That's totally for his brilliant New Gods work.

Also, the key words to this award are "lifetime contributions to the art of comic book writing." Geoff Johns has only been writing comics for 5-6 years. Not really a "lifetime."

5/07/2005 12:21:00 AM  
Blogger Tim O'Neil said...

Who wrote US-1?

5/07/2005 08:06:00 AM  
Blogger David Campbell said...

1986-1990: John Ostrander!

5/07/2005 11:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

US-1 was written by Al Milgrom, I think.

And yes, he really deserves to be given the Finger.

5/07/2005 11:31:00 AM  
Blogger MarkAndrew said...

Ooooh! Fun! Fun! Fun!

1956-1960 : "I will go with Gardner Fox."

Now, Fox is one of my favorite writers ever. Mebbe my favorite superhero writer ever, cause noone had more cool ideas, one after another, than he did.

Still, from what I've read, Fox got waaaay better in the Sixties. So I gotta go with the Duckman, Carl Barks. He's maybe the best plotter in comics, ever. And he's one of the few gents who's neck 'n neck with Gardner in the imagination sweepstakes.

"1961-1965: I will go with Stan Lee."

Early Marvels: Charming, full of energy... Not actually, well, all that good.

HERE I'm going Gardner.

"1966-1970: I will go with...hmm...tough one....I guess I will pick...hmm...Denny O'Neill? Tough one."

And HERE's Stan. :) Romita Spider-man, the absolute pick of the Kirby/Fantastic Four litter. Marvel's best of the best.

Fox is STILL right up there, with Robert Kanigher damn close. His "Enemy Ace" is my favorie DC book ever.

"1971-1975: I will go with Lex's pick, which is Jack Kirby."

Kirby's New Gods is unique, brilliant, and nobodies come close to equalling it for intellectual scope. The way I see it: Some comic writers use elements of myth, but Kirby, and ONLY Kirby, writes Mythology.

That said, I'm gonna split my vote between Crumb for Inventing Indy comics 'n Steve Gerber for Howard the Duck. :)

"1976-1980: I will go with Will Eisner (unless someone can pick out a writer who did more in the five years than A Contract With God)."

With the caveat that Eisner TOTALLY wins the 45-50 Finger award. (And that a Contract with God is amazingly freakin' good...)

I'm sayin' Harvey Pekar.

Or maybe Kim Deitch. I'm not 100% sure of the time-frame, here.

"1981-1985 : I will go with Frank Miller"

Los. Bros. Hernandez fer me. (And there's A LOT of Fantagraphics to come. Fair warning.) Dave Sim is right-the-hell-up-there.

"1986-1990: I will go with Alan Moore"

Larry Marder for Beanworld. But if you know me, you know that. Spiegelman's damn close.

"1991-1995 : I will go with Neil Gaiman"

Shit, man. I love Sandman. Got me back into comics.

That said, Dan Clowes.

Eightball # 15 is the best anthology comic I's ever read.

"1996-2000 : I will go with Alan Moore"

I like this Alan Moore a lot more than the last Alan Moore.

But I'm votin' Clowes again, unless I think of someone better.

"2001-2005 : I will go with Grant Morrison"

I..I...I...I dunno yet. Give me five years. (Although I 100% agree that Morrison's the best 'o the Mainstream. He's like the new Gardner Fox, except with 380% more drug intake.)

5/11/2005 03:16:00 AM  
Blogger MarkAndrew said...

The short list for 2001-2005:

Jason

Linda (Lynda? I'm too lazy to check) Barry.

Craig Thompson

Grant Morrison

... Dan Clowes. Again.

5/13/2005 12:53:00 AM  
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