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Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
01-28-2017, 03:08 PM
Who's your favourite TMNT Archie or Mutanimals artist? I liked all except Jim Lawson (but I know some people like his work).

neatoman
01-28-2017, 05:19 PM
If we're allowed to go with cover artists, then why not go with one of the original creators himself, Peter Laird:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Hi0Cqra6uG0/Tj7YVwy3g7I/AAAAAAAAGjY/JEg4tgILFoA/s1600/Future01.jpg

But if have to go with interiors, I'd say I genuinly liked Bill Wray and not many others to be honest:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-jnSmRTVc0ro/Tf1BGfVdoWI/AAAAAAAAGCo/wuBx1AVYQik/s1600/02.jpg

As for Lawson, his average artwork starting with Vol 2 can certainly leave a bad taste in people's mouths and the Archie work really did suck, but when it comes to his pre-V2 Mirage work... Rather magnificent:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/X2Bgd2FNfmZ5QUL0cCf4t80sQoDWOR7o7COLXUpmSns7YQ7bsV od8xlOVkDOC-4NCQZ3eaJKtAqM=s0

plastroncafe
01-28-2017, 11:13 PM
Ken Mitchroney, hands down.
I love the cartoony linework.

Huh, googled his name to make sure I was spelling it correctly and learned he's worked extensively in the animation industry!

Sweet!

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
01-29-2017, 09:02 AM
Ken Mitchroney, hands down.
I love the cartoony linework.

Huh, googled his name to make sure I was spelling it correctly and learned he's worked extensively in the animation industry!

Sweet!

Ken Mitchroney was great at the beginning, when the Archie comics were still a lot like the original TV-series.

DestronMirage22
01-29-2017, 08:31 PM
Chris Allen.
His work on the April miniseries in particular was very good:
https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZNzphlEL2PY/V0wmoNe2gPI/AAAAAAAAA38/urLZbjN8H0IUqGmJYTw2K-oL6pH-TeAvQCKgB/s1600/IMG_1420.JPG http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-XbwwFMPUWpU/ThoU5hgsGHI/AAAAAAAAGTw/7Co6YLof0Ow/s1600/April03.jpghttp://3.bp.blogspot.com/-thHjrP8Et9A/ThCyzyRhylI/AAAAAAAAGRA/WVtXsr2MXMI/s1600/April06.jpg

Jester
01-29-2017, 08:36 PM
Allen followed closely by Micthroney.

Hated Donald Simpson...who only did a couple issues, thankfully.

oldmanwinters
01-29-2017, 09:07 PM
Allan and Mitchroney were the real troopers that define the "on model" look of the series for me, but I really loved Gene Colan's effort in issue #22.

My list of underrated Archie contributors are Brian Thomas, Michael Gaydos, and Bill Wray.

Allen followed closely by Micthroney.

Hated Donald Simpson...who only did a couple issues, thankfully.

I remember the infamous Jagwar debut in issue #14, but I actually thought the art worked for the story (which shifted the series in a more mature tone after the frantic fun of the Stump Asteroid arc).

Check out his little blog post retrospective from a couple years back!
http://donsimpsoncartoonist.blogspot.com/2015/06/from-my-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtle.html

What was his other issue?

Sadly, most of Jim Lawson's issues on the series looked very rushed and perhaps early indicators of his extremely stylized humans seen later in the Volume 4 Mirage era.

I respected the artistic talent of Garrett Ho, but I rarely thought his style blended well with in-continuity stories, like the Mutanimals chapter of the Four Horsemen arc.

And for my money, no artist did worse work on the franchise than Bob Fingerman. Bleh (http://tmntentity.blogspot.com/2012/06/it-takes-guts.html)...

Sabacooza
01-29-2017, 09:24 PM
There are a few I like but Doug Crane comes to mind. He did the art for TMNT Adventures Special #3 "Monsters are the Rage".

Kingoji
01-30-2017, 03:47 AM
Chris Allan by a country mile. Then Michael Dooney.

oldmanwinters
01-30-2017, 06:26 AM
Chris Allan by a country mile. Then Michael Dooney.

I really wish Dooney could have gotten an encore performance. I think he was still figuring out his style when he drew the Heroes in the Half-Shell arc.

Jester
01-30-2017, 06:39 AM
Looking back at Chris Allen's early issues, I never realized how Mitchroney-esque they were.

DrSpengler
01-30-2017, 07:21 AM
It's tough to choose. I'll narrow it down to artists I think of primarily as "Archie artists" and not the Mirage artists like Dooney and Lawson who did fill-ins or occasional pencils.

Mitchroney is probably my favorite, but his style and approach were so different to Chris Allan's it's a bit like comparing apples to oranges. His look and feel helped define the early years of the book and fit that more carefree era before the book took more serious turns toward action-adventure and drama. "The Final Conflict" (#5-13) is my favorite arc of the book for this very reason; it's very laid back and spontaneous, with a new colorful character introduced in each story, but still offering a serialized narrative with high stakes waiting at the end. Mitchroney's work was expressive, cartoony, fun, but still got that element of danger across when need be. Loved every page of it. (And it's especially impressive to think he penciled all his TMNT work on the weekends while doing his day job on animation in Hollywood!)

Chris Allan is probably the signature artist for the Archie series and with good reason; his run was epic length and gorgeous. His approach handled the more diverse gamut of genres the series had evolved into, hitting more drama and horror and violent action. He could still be cartoony, if not in the same sort of squash-and-stretch way that Mitchroney was, and I think that lingering element of silliness kept his work from getting TOO dark even in the most dismal storylines. Really, my vote would go to Allan if I didn't like "The Final Conflict" as a storyline so much. But again; apples to oranges. Individually, they're both the best/my favorite, but for different reasons.

Honorable mentions:

Garrett Ho. His aesthetic was maybe a bit TOO stylized in some cases (tiny heads, huge bodies), but it was very dynamic in the layouts and often... cute. But in an endearing way and not a saccharine way. "The Return of Monsterex" is one of my favorites of his, but his brief run on Mutanimals and rare TMNT Adventures issues were highlights. His Donatello and Leatherhead miniseries had good character work, but lazy backgrounds most of the time.

Gene Colan and Bill Wray. The ultimate one-offs. These were great artists in their own rights, and Colan was already a legend in his field when he did his TMNT Adventures fill-ins, so it was stunning to see them have a brief go at the title. Their styles I don't think would have been good fits for a long run (both were very dark and almost horror-oriented), but as a passing gift, they were superb.

Michael Gaydos and Dave Garcia. These guys were a little rough around the edges and their styles evolved and changed over the course of their random guest stints on the book. Garcia at the beginning looks almost nothing like Garcia at the end, especially. I think they both did good work (especially fond of Gaydos' Merdude miniseries), but they were too unreliable in their aesthetic.

Brian Thomas. I think he's the most underrated of all the revolving Archie guys who did fill-ins and Special segments. His style was cute and cartoony but in a way that was distinct from the other artists that tried the same vibe. He did action very well, too, and at times it seemed like he was trying to maintain and visual cohesion with what Allan was doing. In that regard, he really should have been Allan's alternate on TMNT Adventures instead of Lawson, but that's an alternate timeline we don't live in.

There are others that I liked, but not strongly, such as Mike Kazaleh. Others that I liked but in small doses, such as Milton Knight (a little Milton Knight goes a loooooong way).

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
01-30-2017, 07:56 AM
Chris Allan rocked as the storyline continued.

Powder
01-30-2017, 04:46 PM
Barring Ken & Chris, Gene Colan. His issue was my first ever TMNT comic, so it left a lasting impression. Nostalgia bias aside, the art is freakin' amazing... I'd have loved a few more issues from him.

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
02-01-2017, 08:59 AM
I didn't know-recall Peter Laird drew covers until now.

pferreira
02-02-2017, 07:58 AM
Michael Dooney or Jim Lawson. I really didn't like Dan Berger's work on the comics. Too cartoony if I remember correctly.

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
02-11-2017, 05:07 AM
Michael Dooney or Jim Lawson. I really didn't like Dan Berger's work on the comics. Too cartoony if I remember correctly.

This cover is co-drawn with Peter Laird

http://tmntentity.blogspot.se/2011/03/tmnt-adventures-32.html

pferreira
02-16-2017, 08:00 AM
This cover is co-drawn with Peter Laird

http://tmntentity.blogspot.se/2011/03/tmnt-adventures-32.htmlOk, cool. :)

cartoonistaaron
02-20-2017, 02:10 PM
Ken Mitchroney. I'm such a huge fan I own one of his TMNT pages (the only one I've been able to find for sale). http://i.imgur.com/sl03XkV.jpg