I'm looking forward to everyone's selections, but man... taking out a ton of people I love is going to make this a little hard. No Eisner, Kirby, Hernandez Bros, Chaykin.... oof. Going to have to do some digging into the long boxes and trades.
By scripter we basically mean writer, as long as it isn't a writer/artist writing and drawing the same book?
Basically, although the specifications allow us to avoid some unseemly "sausage factory" discussions on whether the person whose name is on the credits as "writer" or "scripter" or "plotter" is the one who really deserves to be thought of as the one who conceived all the details the average person would attribute to the credited role.
Let's face it, Stan Lee is certain to be prominent on many lists this year, and I don't think any of us wants to spend the holiday season arguing that Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Dick Ayers, or Don Heck was the real "writer", even--had we somehow personally been witnesses to the creative process--we'd be inclined to agree with that assessment in one particular instance or another.
For most of us, all we've got to go on for certain is the printed (or otherwise expertly-confirmed) credits, so I think we're supposed to be discussing the folks whose names appeared in that "writer" or "scripter" slot, rather than the "penciler", "artist", "layouts", etc. slots. I'm OK with that viewpoint. If someone's name crops up consistently in that slot on work that I love, I figure they merit my appreciation for what they brought to the mix, even if I can't always be sure exactly how much of the full story came from them and how much came from the artist, editor, or ghost writer.
I think my 12 is set and the order is roughly in place. I may revisit some things though to make sure I don't want to include any of those I cut instead, as this was all done on first impressions of memory.
People don't want the Truth. They want only information that supports what they think they already know. -Vess from Invisible Kingdom
I see a comics culture that preserves and appreciates its past, but doesn't wallow in witless nostalgia. -Scott McCloud
Humans beings always do the most intelligent thing…after they’ve tried every stupid alternative and none of them have worked -Buckminster Fuller
Have around 15 chosen, just have to work it down to 12 now. Favorite should make this VERY interesting. Hoping diversity plays a strong hand with others as it has for me. A few "bigger" names but others may surprise I hope...
Gimme a home on the ol' prairie where I can sit in my rockin' chair reading my favorite old comic books of yesteryear!