No one wants to be the dude to date the girl that just broke up with Derek Jeter. The pressure of filling those shoes would likely drive any man insane. Those are the kind of expectations that Andy Kubert had to live up to in the '90s after he took over the X-Men art from the legendary Jim Lee. It was just inevitable that fans were going to hate him and sales were going to plummet. But here’s the thing: none of that happened. Kubert didn’t just fill in admirably for Lee, he introduced a style all his own while keeping the spirit of Lee’s work intact.

In fact, Kubert’s X-Men run was so well received that, to this day, many fans actually prefer him to Lee. His art during the '90s was a welcome change from the disgustingly rendered penciling of Rob Liefeld and other artists who nearly destroyed the industry. Along with Lee, Kubert crafted a look for the X-Men that defined a generation and carried over into toys, video games, cartoons, and eventually made the property popular enough to earn itself a string of blockbuster movies.