If you’ve picked up a Marvel comic book within the past 10 or 20 years, chances are you’ve seen Humberto Ramos’ artwork and lots of it. His iconic style distinguishes his work from the thousands of other artists in the industry, and he’s been working his way to the top of the comic book food chain for many years. His name is almost becoming synonymous with Spider-Man comics themselves, as fans are growing more and more fond of his take on the classic web slinger.
Humberto Ramos was born in Mexico in 1970, and took up a career in the comic book industry in 1993 with Milestone Comics. DC set their eyes on Ramos and gave him the opportunity to work on their Impulse series. He worked his way through DC comics, and by 1998, Humberto had co-founded his own company, Cliffhanger, as a way to publish original materials by way of Image Comics and Wildstorm. It was during this new venture when Ramos gained the opportunity to work on several iconic Spider-Man comic book covers, including the “A Death in the Family” storyline. As Cliffhanger’s status expired, he joined up with Paul Jenkins to bring about a brand new Spider-Man title, The Spectacular Spider-Man. It’s here where one could argue that Humberto Ramos’ name truly started to become a comic book household name.
But what made Ramos’s work so excitingly interesting and different was the obvious manga influence that he brought to the world of his characters and their titles. The youth and lightheartedness of his stylization truly fit with the vibe of Peter Parker/Spider-Man’s story and his personality. He’s been attached to nearly every major Marvel character at some point or another in his career, but history seems to repeat itself, as Ramos continually seems to wind up doing groundbreaking work with Spidey. Some notable runs include Superior Spider-Man, Hulked Out Heroes, Spider-Island, and numerous Dan Slott titles.
If you want to find out who the hottest name in comic book art is, surely Humberto Ramos is toward the top of the list, if not the best. His work stands out from almost any other artist in the mainstream comic book aisle. In case you aren’t familiar with his work, make sure you check it out. You’ll be glad you did. Plenty of us, including myself, have been enjoying the art of Humberto Ramos for years now, and can’t wait to see what the future has in store.
Image Credits: Humberto Ramos/Marvel Comics