From the upcoming X-Men Forever
To be clear, I was not always a big Tom Grummett fan. As someone caught up in the hyper-stylized 90s, Grummett's illustrations seemed sort of retro. Sort of...normal-looking. But he has become one of the great underrated comic book artists to me, and looking back on his body of work I have a newfound appreciation for it.
I even followed his run on Titans in the early 90s. Never appreciated his expressive art and clear, sharp storytelling. Kept looking for tiny noses, stress lines, and no feet.
Now, is this a matter of getting older and having developing tastes? I think the art of someone like Tom Grummett is a universal. It's good storytelling. I can dive right into it. And I think he has drawn the iconic Superboy for me.
I read this old post once that questioned Marvel's exclusive with Grummett. The idea was that his work was "boring." Why would Marvel make exclusive a "boring" artist?
Artists like Grummett produce beautifully rendered pages with great storytelling on time. Maybe you have to have been editor to appreciate this, I don't know. Is it a matter of an editor being "lazy" and turning to him for a project? No, it's an editor wanting a professional artist who can turn around a good looking book that also makes sense visually. I could name (but I'm not) 3 or 4 books out now off the top of my head that would immediately benefit from having Grummett on it. Books that would suddenly make sense story-telling wise. Books that would stop looking ugly/wonky. And books that would not give the editor agita schedule-wise.
I mean, god bless Rob Liefeld and the rest, but these aren't the mainstream superhero artists whose work I track down nowadays. Now, I track down John Byrne, Bob McLeod, John Buscema, Sal Buscema, Norm Breyfogle.
Anyway, that's my two cents on it. Didn't appreciate his art when I was younger, now I go seek it out on purpose. I'd pass up the cover to the original X-Force #1 for an iconic Superboy shot any day.