In 1975 four figures came together in an art commune setting and formed what would be called "The Studio". Those four people were Wm Michael Kaluta, Barry Windsor-Smith, Bernie Wrightson and Jeffrey Catherine Jones. They lived and worked together in the Chelsea District of Manhattan. These guys were unique because their incredible comic book work more than hinted at fine art. Anyone familiar with the work of Arthur Rackham will see his enormous influence on William Michael Kaluta. The line work and themes are unmistakable. It might be a reach, but one might see a bit of Albrecht Durer in the awesome Frankenstein pages by Bernie Wrightson. Check out the recently republished book by Dark Horse Comics. It is an awe inspiring work and as I understand it, Bernie met up with a kindly benefactor who made the pet project possible. Bernie spent seven years fine tuning these works of art which total fifty full page illustrations. In Barry Windsor-Smith's work the influence of the Pre-Raphaelites is worn on his considerable art sleeve. Last, but not least, the legendary Frank Frazetta once referred to Jones as "the world's greatest living painter". No small compliment indeed.
IMDB him and take a look at his list of credits. That dude wants a paycheck whenever possible.
The Studio was fascinating zeitgeist moment in the little insulated vacuum of comics, but they forever left their influence on generations to come. There are probably tons of interesting stories about these characters, so if you have one feel free to share in the comments or email it to me and I will post it.