FiveList: Five Reasons Mark Bagley Rules

When iFanboy announced on Friday that comic book illustrator Mark Bagley was returning to Marvel after three years at DC Comics, I just about lost my shit. Those of you who know me know that I come down strong on the Marvel side of the Marvel vs. DC debate, and those of you who have known me for a long time know that Bagley has been my favorite artist since the early 90s.

So, in honor of Bags returning to the House of Ideas, here’s a FiveList of reasons that Mark Bagley rules.

5. He took six Marvel cast-offs and, together with writer Fabian Nicieza, created one of the most consistently awesome books of the early 1990s: New Warriors. And don’t even try to tell me that book sucked. I will cut you, man.

4. He drew Amazing Spider-Man and New Warriors at the same time for more than a year and both books were always on time.

3. Together with Brian Michael Bendis, he set the record for longest continual run on a Marvel Comics series by two people (Ultimate Spider-Man #1-110). And that shit was always on time, too!

2. He can draw just about any character, and excels at stories with huge casts. My personal favorite example is the Sphinx storyline in New Warriors #11-13, where he drew Wolverine getting vaporized.

1. He says he’s a better artist for all the years he spent at DC, so all that time wasted drawing yutzes like Superman and Batman wasn’t really wasted after all.