The GeeksverseLeaving Proof 312 | Brothers in Arts: On Leinil Yu and Gerry Alanguilan’s shared bibliography

Leaving Proof 312 | Brothers in Arts: On Leinil Yu and Gerry Alanguilan’s shared bibliography
Published on Monday, June 13, 2016 by

In today’s post: A detailed listing of penciler Leinil Francis Yu and inker Gerry Alanguilan’s penciler-inker collaborations to date.

The penciler-inker combo is a feature somewhat peculiar to American comics, a concession to expediency resulting from the commercially-motivated, assembly-line creative process employed by many stateside publishers. There are pros and cons to this sort of arrangement, a discussion of which I’ll leave for another day. For this post’s purpose, it’s sufficient to say that when a penciler and an inker are in a simpatico creative relationship, they can produce work that is better than anything they can manage as solo illustrators—each artist’s individual skills and experiences filling in the gaps in the knowledge and abilities of the other.

Some of the best known penciler-inker duos have become synonymous with particular titles. Among these are Jack Kirby-Joe Sinnott (Fantastic Four), Carmine Infantino-Murphy Anderson (Mystery in Space), Dick Ayers-John Severin (Sgt. Rock and His Howling Commandos), Neal Adams-Dick Giordano (Green Lantern), John Buscema-Ernie Chan (Conan the Barbarian), John Buscema-Alfredo Alcala (The Savage Sword of Conan), John Byrne-Terry Austin (Uncanny X-Men), Frank Miller-Klaus Janson (Daredevil), Alan Davis-Paul Neary (Excalibur), and Charlie Adlard-Stefano Gaudiano (The Walking Dead).

In recent years, however, penciler-inker duos have become less common in comics. The digitization of the art process has made it so that a penciler who works “tight” can easily transition to “digitally inking” his own pencils, obviating the need for a dedicated, full-time inker. Additionally, today’s shorter business cycles means a quicker turnover for creative teams, decreasing the likelihood of pencilers and inkers collaborating for a significant amount of time and developing the complementary aesthetics seen in the penciler-inker pairings of years past.

Still, there continue to exist some prominent penciler-inker teams in today’s comics scene, and there is perhaps none as long-established as the team of penciler Leinil Francis Yu and inker Gerry Alanguilan.

Natives of the Philippines, Yu and Alanguilan entered the American comics industry via similar avenues. Both artists went through the studio school established in Manila by Image Comics co-founder and former Uncanny X-Men artist Whilce Portacio. Alanguilan’s first recognized American comics credit is for inking Aster: The Last Celestial Knight #1 (1995, Entity Comics) while Yu’s stateside comics debut came as the penciler-inker on Aster: The Last Celestial Knight #3 (1996, Entity Comics).

Despite their professional and geographical proximity, it wouldn’t be until 1998 that Yu and Alanguilan would work together on an American comic. This initial collaboration wasn’t even supposed to happen—Alanguilan was brought in at the last minute to ink Yu’s pencils for the final five pages of Wolverine #121 (the issue’s regularly assigned inker was Edgar Tadeo):

Yu and Alanguilan are successful solo artists in their own right—Yu is one of Marvel Comics’ high-profile exclusive-contract illustrators (he is also a capable inker himself and one of Howard Chaykin’s favorite contemporary artists) while Alanguilan has garnered critical acclaim in France for his original graphic novel Elmer—but many of their most popular comics are those that involve working with each other. Their most recent collaborations hint at various influences ranging from the aforementioned Portacio, Canadian artist Travis Charest, Alex Niño, and Filipino komiks legend Francisco Coching.

Below is an alphabetically arranged list of comics penciled by Yu and inked by Alanguilan (excludes reprints and cover-only work) to date, with sample galleries for select issues:

  • “Avengers Universe 1″: Avengers #18 (October 2013), Marvel Comics
  • “The Offer”: Avengers #20 (November 2013), Marvel Comics
  • “Emancipation”: Avengers #21 (December 2013), Marvel Comics
  • “To The Earth”: Avengers #22 (December 2013), Marvel Comics
  • “Infinite Avengers”: Avengers #29 (July 2014), Marvel Comics
  • “Fifty Into the Future”: Avengers #30 (July 2014), Marvel Comics
  • “500 Into the Future”: Avengers #31 (August 2014), Marvel Comics
  • “Five Thousand Into the Future”: Avengers #32 (September 2014), Marvel Comics
  • “Fifty Thousand Into the Future”: Avengers #33 (September 2014), Marvel Comics
  • “The Last Avenger”: Avengers #34 (October 2014), Marvel Comics
  • “The Red Supremacy: Chapter 3″: Avengers & X-Men: Axis #3 (December 2014), Marvel Comics
  • “Inversion: Chapter 1″: Avengers & X-Men: Axis #4 (January 2015), Marvel Comics
  • “New World Disorder: Chapter 2″: Avengers & X-Men: Axis #8 (February 2015), Marvel Comics
  • Avenging Spider-Man #5 (May 2012), Marvel Comics
  • “Hawkeye vs. Angel”: AVX Vs #5 (October 2012), Marvel Comics
  • “Dangerous Connections”: Batman/Danger Girl #1 (February 2005), Wildstorm Signature/DC Comics
  • Civil War #2 (October 2015), Marvel Comics
  • Civil War #3 (October 2015), Marvel Comics
  • Civil War #4 (November 2015), Marvel Comics
  • Civil War #5 (December 2015), Marvel Comics
  • “The Arc”: Fantastic Four #600 (January 2012), Marvel Comics
  • “Dragon Man for All Seasons”: Fantastic Four Annual 2001 (2001), Marvel Comics
  • High Roads #1 (June 2002), Cliffhanger!/DC Comics
  • High Roads #2 (July 2002), Cliffhanger!/DC Comics
  • High Roads #3 (August 2002), Cliffhanger!/DC Comics
  • High Roads #4 (September 2002), Cliffhanger!/DC Comics
  • High Roads #5 (October 2002), Cliffhanger!/DC Comics
  • High Roads #6 (November 2002), Cliffhanger!/DC Comics
  • “Who Is the Red Hulk?”: Hulk #23 (August 2010), Marvel Comics [NOTE: co-penciled by Sal Buscema, Ian Churchill, Mike Deodato Jr., Dale Keown, Ed McGuinness, John Romita Jr., Tim Sale, and Herb Trimpe; co-inked by Sal Buscema, Ian Churchill, Mike Deodato Jr., Mark Farmer, Klaus Janson, Dale Keown, Tim Sale, and Herb Trimpe]
  • “Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (part 1): Indestructible Hulk #1 (January 2013), Marvel Comics
  • “Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (part 2): Indestructible Hulk #2 (February 2013), Marvel Comics
  • “Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (part 3): Indestructible Hulk #3 (March 2013), Marvel Comics
  • “Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (part 4): Indestructible Hulk #4 (April 2013), Marvel Comics
  • “Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (part 5): Indestructible Hulk #5 (May 2013), Marvel Comics
  • Inhumanity #1 (February 2014), Marvel Comics [NOTE: co-penciled by Olivier Coipel and Dustin Weaver; co-inked by Mark Morales]
  • Silent Dragon #1 (September 2005), Wildstorm Signature/DC Comics
  • Silent Dragon #2 (October 2005), Wildstorm Signature/DC Comics
  • Silent Dragon #3 (November 2005), Wildstorm Signature/DC Comics
  • Silent Dragon #4 (December 2005), Wildstorm Signature/DC Comics
  • Silent Dragon #6 (February 2006), Wildstorm Signature/DC Comics
  • “Book IV, Part I Rebel Jail”: Star Wars #16 (April 2016), Marvel Comics
  • Supercrooks #2 (June 2012), Icon/Marvel Comics
  • Supercrooks #3 (July 2012), Icon/Marvel Comics
  • Supercrooks #4 (August 2012), Icon/Marvel Comics
  • Superior #1 (December 2010), Icon/Marvel Comics
  • Superior #2 (January 2011), Icon/Marvel Comics
  • Superior #3 (February 2011), Icon/Marvel Comics
  • Superior #4 (March 2011), Icon/Marvel Comics
  • Superior #5 (December 2011), Icon/Marvel Comics
  • Superior #6 (December 2011), Icon/Marvel Comics
  • Superior #7 (March 2012), Icon/Marvel Comics
  • “Kal-El… “: Superman: Birthright #1 (September 2003), DC Comics
  • “Kobe Asuru: A Change to Keep”: Superman: Birthright #2 (October 2003), DC Comics
  • “A Symbol of Hope to All”: Superman: Birthright #3 (November 2003), DC Comics
  • “It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane!”: Superman: Birthright #4 (December 2003), DC Comics
  • “The Secret Identity”: Superman: Birthright #5 (January 2004), DC Comics
  • “Home Is Where the Hurt Is”: Superman: Birthright #6 (March 2004), DC Comics
  • “Alienation”: Superman: Birthright #7 (April 2004), DC Comics
  • “Best Friend Forever”: Superman: Birthright #8 (May 2004), DC Comics
  • “Krypton Lives!”: Superman: Birthright #9 (June 2004), DC Comics
  • “Death of Superman”: Superman: Birthright #10 (July 2004), DC Comics
  • “Surrender”: Superman: Birthright #11 (August 2004), DC Comics
  • “Neverending Battle”: Superman: Birthright #12 (September 2004), DC Comics
  • “Crime & Punishment, Part 1″: Ultimate Avengers #7 (June 2010), Marvel Comics
  • “Crime & Punishment, Part 2″: Ultimate Avengers #8 (July 2010), Marvel Comics
  • “Crime & Punishment, Part 3″: Ultimate Avengers #9 (August 2010), Marvel Comics
  • “Crime & Punishment, Part 4″: Ultimate Avengers #10 (August 2010), Marvel Comics
  • “Crime & Punishment, Part 5″: Ultimate Avengers #11 (September 2010), Marvel Comics
  • “Crime & Punishment, Part 6″: Ultimate Avengers #12 (October 2010), Marvel Comics
  • Ultimate Avengers vs. New Ultimates #1 (April 2011), Marvel Comics
  • Ultimate Avengers vs. New Ultimates #2 (May 2011), Marvel Comics
  • Ultimate Avengers vs. New Ultimates #3 (June 2011), Marvel Comics
  • Ultimate Avengers vs. New Ultimates #4 (July 2011), Marvel Comics
  • “Not Dead Yet Part 3″: Wolverine #121 (February 1998), Marvel Comics [NOTE: co-inked by Edgar Tadeo]
  • “Logan’s Run!”: Wolverine #125 (June 1998), Marvel Comics [NOTE: co-inked by Edgar Tadeo]
  • “Blood Wedding”: Wolverine #126 (July 1998), Marvel Comics [NOTE: co-inked by Edgar Tadeo]
  • “Eve of Destruction, Conclusion”: X-Men #113 (June 2001), Marvel Comics [NOTE: co-inked by Dexter Vines and Edgar Tadeo]
  • “The Man From Room X”: X-Men Annual 2001 (September 2001), Marvel Comics
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