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The Most Prolific Artist

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The letter I!t's a simple question: who's the most prolific Magic artist?


Or is it? When Trick Jarrett came up with this question over the holiday break, he had to define his terms. So what we're looking for is the artist with the most individual pieces of art. Robert Bliss's Pacifism first appeared in Mirage and has appeared in eight core sets, but it should only count once. On the other hand, we'd like to count alternate art made for promo cards.

So we dove into our internal card database and came back with some comprehensive answers! And then we realized that what we were looking at was a little too comprehensive, because it included all art that had been done, regardless of whether it had been released yet. And we didn't bother changing the art credits for Unhinged, so Pete Venters doesn't get credited for Erase (Not the Urza's Legacy One) because the official artist is Pete "Yes the Urza's Legacy One" Venters.

Okay. So, with those caveats, here's a list of the top Magic artists that we think is mostly correct. It's pretty close.

Artist Credit Total Count
Kev Walker 342
Pete Venters 295
John Avon 280
Christopher Moeller 264
Greg Staples 263
Ron Spencer 243
Mark Tedin 219
Carl Critchlow 214
Heather Hudson 205
Rob Alexander 201
Daren Bader 181
Terese Nielsen 177
Matt Cavotta 175
Dan Scott 169
Dan Frazier 168
Randy Gallegos 155
Rebecca Guay 153
Scott M. Fischer 147
Alan Pollack 143
Jim Nelson 143
Steve Prescott 142
Mark Zug 140
Brian Snoddy 133
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai 131
Christopher Rush 130
Mark Poole 130
Anson Maddocks 128
Adam Rex 127
rk post 126
Karl Kopinski 125
Chippy 124
Douglas Shuler 124
Donato Giancola 119
Dave Kendall 118
Thomas M. Baxa 118
Alex Horley-Orlandelli 117
John Matson 113
Ron Spears 113
Anthony S. Waters 112
Jeff Miracola 112
Wayne England 112
Wayne Reynolds 111
Steven Belledin 110
Edward P. Beard, Jr. 109
Dave Dorman 106
Paolo Parente 101
Nils Hamm 100

Now for some bonus information! This same question was asked in 2005, and answered on March 10. At that time, Pete Venters was number one with 241. Kev Walker's really roared up the list since then!

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