A few years ago, the world-famous Brandon Stroud and I wrote an article running down the 40 worst Rob Liefeld drawings of all time. For a not-insignificant period of time, that article was the top Google result for "Rob Liefeld," which I still consider to be one of my greatest accomplishments in life. It's still in the top two or three results returned in just about any search engine if you type in his name.
But beyond the fact that Rob Liefeld has never stopped being one of the most famous and best-selling comic book artists FOR TWENTY YEARS NOW, the joke was on us (not really), because our dear friend has never stopped putting out work. Do you know how many drawings a comic book artist pumps out over the course of 20 years? SO MANY DRAWINGS. So the truth of the matter is that there can never truly be a 40 "Worst" Rob Liefeld drawings until the dude is dead and gone and his remains have been blasted into the sun in a gold-plated space shuttle with diamond-encrusted control panel. Maybe not even then. There are so many awful Liefeld drawings that B and I could probably do a list of 40 every other month, forever.
But B and I have managed to channel our rage for you and review another 40 of the very worst Rob Liefeld drawings we could find. The results appear below, in no REAL order, because if looking at one drawing gives you a nosebleed and looking at the next drawing gives you a burst blood vessel in your eye, which is worse? The answer: Rob Liefeld. Please enjoy this terrible art. Click to embiggen smaller images.
All images are copyright Rob Liefeld, because who else would willingly admit they drew this stuff?
This is from Youngblood #0, and this is the page that shows how the crack weirdos of Youngblood got together (spoiler: Shaft was put in charge of an existing team. Yayyyyy). When I was a kid reading comic books in the early 90s, I literally thought that how you told a comic book story was you had a bunch of people that already had crazy powers, and introduced them to each other, taking the time to say their name in such a badass way as to verbalize their team typeface or logo. I wrote and drew a sad amount of comics that featured this formula, and I am blaming Rob Liefeld for all of it.
In the first panel, Chapel just looks SO SAD. Probably because the fingers of his left hand are all out of order and because his legs don't meet up with his body. Look at the purple lady in the first panel ("Vogue." No idea where he ever would have come up with an idea for a name that clever). Her right foot is possibly the tiniest Liefeld-foot ever actually shown on-panel. It's gotta be hard being a gymnast when one of your feet is a size eight and one of your feet is a size one.
Liefeld does something else that bothers me more than it should. Badrock is reading an issue of Wizard magazine on these pages (heh, get it) and the name of the magazine is on what should clearly be the back cover. Motherfucker, not even Highlights magazine puts the name of the magazine on the top of the back cover. And this asshole does this TWICE in TWO SEPARATE PANELS in this spread. Couldn't even flip Badrock for the closeup? Jesus. My anger is only further exacerbated in the final panel, when they refer to the magazine in the dialogue as "THE" Wizard. Argh what
Rob Liefeld's characters can possess one of two emotions: clenched-teeth scowling, or mouths WIDE-THE-FUCK-OPEN. Sometimes both at once! But that's it. Those are the only facial expressions our dear artist is aware of. One thing that he particularly does all the time is, any time a character is unconscious or dead, their mouth is WIDE-THE-FUCK-OPEN. That indicates unconsciousness, you see. I don't know if you've ever seen an unconscious or dead person, but that uh, generally isn't the case. I believe that the only unconscious people Liefeld has ever seen all have sleep apnea.
5. Hidden feet, because drawing is hard.
These pages, from the relaunched "Hawk & Dove," were drawn in 2011. In 2011, Rob Liefeld had been drawing comics professionally for 25 years. In the years between 1986 and 2011, not once did an editor crack open a FedEx package containing Liefeld's art, slide out the inked pages, and say "what the shit am I looking at." For 25 years, just "Beautiful! Send this to the letterer! Wouldn't change a thing!" So I guess what I'm saying is...maybe Rob Liefeld isn't history's greatest monster?
Haha, what are you talking about? Of course he is. Check out the guy being held aloft by Hawk here. See those two claw-fingers grabbing the front of that lifeless body's shirtchest? Those are meant to be Hawk's thumb and index finger. Which means that Hawk is essentially holding him like a pencil. Look at Dove sort of emerging out of the driver's seat in the cockpit, rather than appearing to turn around and look behind her. CRAZYLEGS DOVE, that's what they call her. And of course, let's not forget about the decapitated mostly-a-head in the foreground, whose WIDE-THE-FUCK-OPEN mouth indicates, in Liefeldian shorthand, that the man is either unconscious or dead.
Again, this is from 2011, but it contains the same bag of tricks that our hero has employed over the last 25 years of his insanely lucrative career.
- A face covered with so many lines and angles that it actually looks like three or four faces on top of each other
- Vague 90s haircuts, including his standard mushroom-haircut "hair on the sides of your head is dumb" and "short hair, but a nine-foot ponytail." There is a reason that 90% of Liefeld-created characters include some sort of head-sleeve that only shows the top of the head and leaves an opening for a ponytail. (It is because Liefeld hates us.)
- Flying character keeping legs akimbo so feet don't have to be drawn
- Lots of straight lines, but then shit placed on top of them so all the perspectives are fucked up and nothing seems inhabit the same plane of existence. Check out the car and the cop car in the first panel. It's like a Magic Eye painting)
- Motion lines trying to trick us into something happening. "Hey, I'll draw Dove doing a lunge and then I'll draw a crumpled car hood on a different layer in Photoshop! Flawless."
Numbers 40 through 31 (you are here)
Numbers 30 through 21
Numbers 20 through 11
The 10 worst!
The 2007 "Worst Liefeld Drawings" List