2. JOHN BYRNE
Along with writer Chris Claremont, artist John Byrne was part of the greatest creative team to ever work on the pages of Uncanny X-Men. Byrne helped make this run legendary with jaw-dropping splash pages and his ability to tell a fantastic story. He is one of the few artists to find a happy medium between low-key art that expressed what a character was going through and eye-popping visuals designed to boggle the mind.
With thousands of fans reading every month and some great artists that preceded him, Byrne had a ton of pressure on him to propel X-Men to the top of the comic sales charts. Despite the pressure, he always found a way to stun audiences with every issue. Stories like The Dark Phoenix Saga and Days of Future Past are still considered masterpieces in the comic world. And while Claremont’s writing is universally hailed as genius, it’s Byrne's staggering artwork that fans remember most.