The proliferation of social media is an incredible boon for lovers of comic book art, design and illustration. Sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and other countless blogs and feeds bombard us with a ceaseless supply of artwork by professionals and fans that is variously excellent, clever, funny, innovative, and numerous degrees of awesome.

We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists and/or specific bodies of work, but there's just so much great work to see that we've initiated Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the virtually countless pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our travels across the digital media landscape. Some of it's new, some of it's old, some of it's created by working professionals, some of it's created by talented fans, and some of it's endearingly stupid. All of it's awesome. Going forward, we'll work out a system by which you can help us discover even more stuff, but for now, check out the work that blew us away this week.

Batman and company by an artist whose name we can't quite make out. Any help?

"354" by Dennis Culver

X-Men babies by Skottie Young

Batwoman by J.H. Williams III

Metroid by artist whose signature we can't quite make out, any help?

X-23 by Bruce Timm

The Joker by Dave McKean

The Sandman by Brian Bolland

Watchmen watches by Rocky Davies

Maria and C-3PO by unknown

Catwoman by Adam Hughes

Thor by Mike Wieringo

Superman by Bruce Timm

Batgirl and Commissioner Gordon by Evan "Doc" Shaner

The Empire Strikes Back by Dan Hipp (click to enlarge)

The Spectre by Alex Ross

Mickey Mouse Tron by Greg McCullough

Wonder Woman by Stanley Lau

Mary Marvel by Bruce Timm

Tetsuo by Guy Davis