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Comic books have been growing steadily more legitimate since the 70s, but while writers like Alan Moore and Frank Miller have stumbled into mainstream recognition, comic book artists not named R. Crumb are still mostly viewed as doodlers with a voyeuristic streak.

Well, we’re doing our part (with a little help from Mr. Spear).

Phil Noto cut his teeth (and, presumably, earns a living) in the comic world doing art for titles like *Wonder Woman*, *Hellboy*, and the cult series *Jonah Hex*, but he also churns out oil paintings with surprising wit. He may not be ready for Sotheby’s just yet, but any man who devotes an entire canvas to depicting Bond and Goldfinger on the golf course has our vote.

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—R.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Russell Brandom