Thursday, August 22, 2013

Warren Publishing Statistics (Part 1)

The first blog post from me in about a year and a half, but I hope to not make this an isolated event. Today will feature the first in a multiple part feature. May not be everyone's cup of tea, but I hope to have some more traditional features in future posts.

The appendix to the Warren Companion offers a section featuring some statistics relating to Warren's staff, in particular focusing on the most prolific story artists, cover artists and story writers in Warren's history. This post is inspired in part based on that feature, largely because I thought providing some more detailed information may be helpful, as well as trying to address some mistakes I found (for example Ididro Mones, a prolific artist was left out entirely). For a self proclaimed stats geek like myself this is something that interests me a lot, and I compiled this data while slowly building up my Warren collection over the years.

This first post focuses on Warren's most prolific story artists. Only full length stories are included (1 page frontispieces are not, althoguh they will be included in a future post). Magazines included when compiling this data included those published in Creepy, Eerie, Vampirella, Blazing Combat, 1984/1994, The Rook, The Goblin and the occasional comic story included in Famous Monsters/Monsters World (of which there were few). I have not included anything included in Help! or The Spirit since I don't own any issues of those publications. For collaborations, each artist involved was credited for a full story.

I've included the top 40 overall, as well as any artist with double digit figures for individual magazines, except for 1984/1994 which I included the top 10. Note that for The Rook, Lee Elias, with 13 stories was the only one in double digits so a ranking for that title has been omitted.

Warren's Most Prolific Artists (in Aggregate)
1. Jose Ortiz - 116 stories
2. Esteban Maroto - 100
3. Luis Bermejo - 78
4. Rafael Auraleon - 72
5. Leo Duranona - 66
6. Alex Nino - 64
7. Tom Sutton - 60
8. Jose Gonzalez - 59
8. Rudy Nebres - 59
10. Martin Salvador - 58
11. Gonzalo Mayo - 56
12. Leopold Sanchez - 53
13. Richard Corben - 50
14. Carmine Infantino - 46
15. Ramon Torrents - 42
16. Alfredo Alcala - 40
16. Isidro Mones - 40
18. Bill Fraccio (as "Tony Williamsune") - 33
18. Tony Tallarico (as "Tony Williamsune") - 33
18. Paul Neary - 33
18. Reed Crandall  - 33
22. Jose Bea - 32
22. Jerry Grandenetti - 32
24. Ernie Colon - 31
25. John Severin - 30
25. Abel Laxamana - 30
27. Joe Orlando - 29
27. Val Mayerik - 29
29. Alex Toth - 28
30. Pablo Marcos - 23
30. Victor de la Fuente - 23
32. Jack Sparling - 22
33. Pepe Moreno Casares - 21
34. Angelo Torres - 20*
35. Delando Nino - 19
35. E.R. Cruz - 19
37. Lee Elias - 18
38. Frank Thorne - 17
38. Fred Carillo - 17
38. Felix Mas - 17
* Torres provided the last page of the story "Wardrobe of Monsters" in Creepy #2 which has not been included in this total.

Creepy's Most Prolific Artists
1. Martin Salvador - 44 stories
2. Leo Duranona - 29
3. Carmine Infantino - 28
4. Jose Ortiz - 23
4. Richard Corben - 23
6. Luis Bermejo - 22
6. Tom Sutton - 22
6. Reed Crandall - 22
6. John Severin - 22
10. Esteban Maroto - 18
11. Joe Orlando - 17
12. Alfredo Alcala - 16
12. Isidro Mones - 16
12. Val Mayerick - 16
12. Fred Carillo - 16
16. Ernie Colon - 15
16. Alex Toth - 15
16. Adolfo Abellan - 15
19. Auraleon - 14
19. Alex Nino - 14
21. Leopold Sanchez - 13
22. Bill Fraccio (as "Tony Williamsune") - 13
22. Tony Tallarico (as "Tony Williamsune") - 13
22. Jose Bea - 13
22. Angelo Torres - 13
26. Pablo Marcos - 11
26. Grey Morrow - 11
28. Pepe Moreno Casares - 10
29. Jose Gual - 10

Eerie's Most Prolific Artists
1. Jose Ortiz - 40 stories
2. Tom Sutton - 28
2. Esteban Maroto - 28
4. Leopold Sanchez - 27
5. Luis Bermejo - 26
6. Leo Duranona - 24
7. Paul Neary - 23
8. Victor de la Fuente - 20
9. E.R. Cruz - 18
10. Gonzalo Mayo - 17
11. Jerry Grandenetti - 16
12. Richard Corben - 14
12. Bill Fraccio (as "Tony Williamsune") - 14
12. Tony Tallarico (as "Tony Williamsune") - 14
15. Isidro Mones - 13
16. Martin Salvador - 12
16. Jaime Brocal - 12
18. Carmine Infantino - 10
18. Ernie Colon - 10
18. Jack Sparling - 10
18. Eugene Colan - 10

Vampirella's Most Prolific Artists
1. Jose Gonzalez - 54 stories
2. Rafael Auraleon - 52
3. Esteban Maroto - 41
4. Jose Ortiz - 36
5. Gonzalo Mayo - 33
5. Ramon Torrents - 33
7. Luis Bermejo - 19
8. Leopold Sanchez - 13
8. Leo Duranona - 13
10. Jose Bea - 12
11. Rudy Nebres - 11
11. Isidro Mones - 11
11. Fernando Fernandez - 11
11. Felix Mas - 11
15. Tom Sutton - 10
15. Luis Garcia - 10

1984/1994's Most Prolific Artists
1. Alex Nino - 37 stories
2. Rudy Nebres - 19
3. Frank Thorne - 17
4. Abel Laxamana - 16
5. Jose Ortiz - 14
6. Esteban Maroto - 13
7. Delando Nino - 12
8. Richard Corben - 9
8. Vic Catan - 9
10. Jose Gonzalez - 5

Some interesting facts:
-Warren's usage of international artists is particularly apparent, of the top 10 only 1 artist is American (Tom Sutton). Spanish Artists from Seleciones Illustrada make up 6 of the top 10, including the top 4.
-Reed Crandall was the most prolific of the former EC artists to work for the company, appearing near the bottom of the top 20.
-Alex Nino's dominance in 1984/1994 is quite apparant, with him having nearly twice as many stories as the second placer. Numerous issues contain multiple stories from him.
-Jose Gonzalez has a whopping 54 stories in Vampirella, which is more stories in a single magazine than any other artist, although a mere 5 in Warren's other titles, all of which appear in 1984/1994.

2 comments:

Steve Harris said...

Hello,

I have a question. It looks like you know just everything (stories, art, etc.) about Creepy magazine. In the late 60s or early 70s, I read an issue that had story in it about a roman looking soldier battling it out with a bull headed figure. They were at war, and then they had to join forces when some a zombie corpse army erupted from the earth. Very apocalyptic. The artist and/or writer was Italian (I remember the magazine saying he was a great artist, and they felt honored to run the story). Would you know which issue this ran in?

Anonymous said...

Hi Steve, I'm just a reader like you but I was reading a story just today in Creepy #41 called "Prelude to Amageddon" that has a bull headed (minotaur) character in swordplay with a centaur who then join forces againt a zombie apocalypse. The story is by Wally Wood, who also wrote/illustrated a story called "To kill a God" from Vampirella #12 that features a roman soldier fighting a wolf-headed man. I believe that "prelude to Amageddon" is what you're looking for. Both great stories. Wood was GREAT!