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December 17, 2010

To Those That Served: Funnybook Babylon Salutes the Creators of Supergirl #1-59

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , , , , , — Chris Eckert @ 10:23 pm


Sterling Gates’s about-to-conclude Supergirl run — twenty six issues plus two annuals — is a respectable tenure on any Big Two comic these days, but for Supergirl this is an achievement comparable to Dave Sim’s 300 issues of Cerebus! In the thirty three issues prior to Gates’s run, the Girl of Steel had to put up with ten writers, thirteen pencillers, and seventeen inkers!

Gates, alongside the art team of Jamal Igle and Keith Champagne did five consecutive issues as a unit, the first time since the start of the series any team accomplished such a feat. And sure, the remainder of his run featured a handful of co-writers, seven extra artists and a dozen inkers, it was still a good run. And now that Gates, Igle, and friends are off to new projects, who better to follow this “character-defining run” than rising star Nick Spencer, who’s been wowing people with his Jimmy Olsen backup?

Well, James Peaty apparently. It looks like Bernard Chang is sticking around to work with Peaty, after drawing the last of Gates’s run as well.

I wish Peaty and Chang the best of luck, and who knows? Perhaps they’ll do six consecutive issues together, and really carve their place in the history books!


Jeph Loeb, Greg Rucka, Joe Kelly, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Grey, Mark Sable, Tony Bedard, Kelley Puckett, Will Pfeifer, James Peaty, Sterling Gates, Greg Rucka, Jake Black, Helen Slater

Ian Churchill, Ed Benes, Ron Adrian, Joe Benitez, Amanda Conner, Ale Garza, Adam Archer, Renato Guedes, Drew Johnson, Lee Ferguson, Rick Leonardi, Ron Randall, Brad Walker, Jamal Igle, Talent Caldwell, Fernando Dagnino, Eduardo Pansica, Matt Camp, Cliff Chiang, Ivan Rodriguez, Bernard Chang

Norm Rapmund, Rob Lea, Andy Lanning, Victor Llamas, Jimmy Palmiotti, Mario Alquiza, Sandra Hope, Rick Davis, Richard Friend, Jose Magalhaes, Ray Snyder, Marc Deering, Dan Green, Ron Randall, Jesse Delperdang, Rodney Ramos, Jonathan Sibal, Keith Champagne, Talent Caldwell, Raul Fernandez, Mark McKenna, Cliff Chiang, Ivan Rodriguez, John Dell III, Richard Friend, Bernard Chang, Robin Riggs

Beth Sotelo, David Moran, David Baron, Alex Bleyaret, Rod Reis, Renato Guedes, Brad Anderson, Kanilla Tripp, Shannon Blanchard, Edgar Delgado, Wes Dzioba, Neil Ruffino, Tom Chiu, Pete Pantazis, Ulises Arreola, Dave McCaig, Steve Buccellato, Javier Mena, Zaratus, Jamie Grant, Jim Devlin, Blond

Richard Starkings, Comicraft, Rob Leigh, Jared Fletcher, Travis Lanham, Steve Wands, Sal Cipriano, Pat Brousseau, Rob Clark, Rob Leigh


  1. you do know that Igle not only did six consecutive issues (34-40), he drew 22 issues of Gates 26 issue run.

    Comment by guy fummetti — December 18, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

  2. While Igle was a consistent artistic partner to Gates, he only drew five full consecutive issues (#34-38) as issue 39 had several main story pages pencilled by Talent Caldwell. #46 had portions drawn by Eduardo Pansica. This isn’t counting issues 38 and 50 which had separate back-up stories drawn by different artists, this is the very definition of a fill-in, where another artist comes in and draws a narratively arbitrary portion of the main story.

    Additionally (and not counting the annuals) there were six Igle-free issues in Gates’s run:
    Supergirl #41 – Fernando Dagnino
    Supergirl #47 – Matt Camp
    Supergirl #48 – Fernando Dagnino
    Supergirl #49 – Matt Camp
    Supergirl #52 – Ivan Rodriguez
    Supergirl #57 – Bernard Chang

    Comment by Chris Eckert — December 18, 2010 @ 2:21 pm

  3. Issue #( had 4 pages by Caldwell. Igle didn’t skip the issue, and Panicsa drew 5 pages of another issue. That’s not a “Fill -in”. Igle also drew 50 which was double sized issue, as well as War of the Supermen and World’s finest. That’s 10-11 issues a year for two years.

    Comment by guy fummetti — December 18, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

  4. Call me crazy, but I don’t think the work ethics of Jamal Igle, Sterling Gates, or anyone else on the list are the subjects of derision here.

    Comment by Jonathan Bernhardt — December 19, 2010 @ 2:02 am

  5. Guy: This has nothing to do with Igle’s work ethic or consistency, neither of which deserve any criticism. You’re right, he drew the lion’s share of Gates’s Supergirl run, and also found time to work on related projects (an issue of World’s Finest, an issue of War of the Supermen, possibly other things I’ve overlooked).

    There’s absolutely nothing wrong with Igle’s level of output, or its quality: the same can be said of the vast majority of the people on that Supergirl Creators list. The real question here is why the list above is so long, and I don’t think that’s the fault of anyone on the list itself.

    Comment by Chris Eckert — December 19, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

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