Showcase Of Brilliant Comic Book Cover Art

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From Rudolph Töpffer and Wilhelm Bush’s precursors to modern-day incarnations, comics have been a large part of popular culture for generations. Growing over the ages through contributions to the genre from Christophe Chabouté, Angelo Agostini and, of course, Richard Outcault, this then-revolutionary new way for artists to create and deliver a narrative exploded throughout the art world, leaving a lasting mark that would mature over the years, morphing into a mainstream artistic medium. Today, with a more stylized focus on heroic tales and dark worlds beyond the imagination, this genre continuously churns out amazing artwork from some extremely talented artists.

In this inspirational installment, we look at some of the wonderful works over the years that have graced the covers of comics — art that has delighted and dazzled fans and non-fans alike from shelves and displays across the globe, the kind of works that tempt those not usually taken by this genre to give it another look or to pick up a book for the first time. We feel these impressive feats that draw this kind of attention and inspire this kind of adoration deserve a showcase, so we proudly present examples of brilliant comic book cover art!

Spoiler Alert!

Britta und Colin – Yglinga #21
Cover Art by François Bourgeon2

Yglinga #23

Bone – Rock Jaw: Master of the Eastern Border, Volume 54
Cover Art by Elizabeth Lewis5 and Jeff Smith6

Bone7

Batman: The Killing Joke – #18
Cover Art by Brian Bolland129

Batman: The Killing Joke10

A1 #311
Cover Art by Brian Bolland129

A1 #313

Daredevil # 97 – To the Devil, His Due, Part 314
Cover Art by Marko Djurdjevic15

Daredevil # 9716

Broken Trinity # 217
Cover Art by Stjepan Sejic12318

Broken Trinity # 219

Jonah Hex # 520
Cover Art by Tony Dezuniga21

Screenshot22

100 Bullets # 62 – Staring at the Son, Part 323
Cover Art by Dave Johnson24

100 Bullets # 6225

Dead of Night, Featuring Devil-Slayer # 1 – One Foot in Hell26
Cover Art by June Chung27

Dead Of Night Featuring Devil-Slayer # 128

Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness # 329, Part 3 of 5: Night of the Livid Dead
Cover Art by Arthur Suydam30

Marvel Zombies vs Army of Darkness # 331

Moon Knight # 832 – Midnight Sun, Chapter 2: The Dead Don’t Stay
Cover Art by David Finch33

Moon Knight # 834

Faker #135
Cover Art by Mark ’Jock’ Simpson11736

Faker #137

Zentak 338 – Digital Nation
Cover Art by Olivier Deffieux39

Zentak 3. Digital Nation40

Les Désarmés #241
Cover Art by Michel Pirus42

Les Désarmés #243

X-Men # 19044 – Supernovas: Part 3 of 6
Cover Art by Chris Bachalo45

X-Men # 19046

Y: The Last Man # 5547 – Whys and Wherefores: Chapter One
Cover Art by Massimo Carnevale48

Y: The Last Man # 5549

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Season 8) # 250 – The Long Way Home, Part 2
Cover Art by Jo Chen9051

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Season 8) # 252

Angel: After the Fall # 1153 – Chapter 8
Cover Art by Alex Garner54

Angel: After the Fall # 1155

Zero Girl: Full Circle # 256
Cover Art by Sam Kieth57

Zero Girl: Full Circle # 2 58

Iron Man # 3259 – With Iron Hands, Part 4 of 4
Cover Art by Adi Granov60

Iron Man # 3261

Manhunter # 1762 – Who’s Your Daddy?, Part 2: Fear and Loathing
Cover Art by David Lopez63

Manhunter # 1764

The Vinyl Underground # 1165 – Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down
Cover Art by Sean Phillips1088166

The Vinyl Underground # 1167

Hellblazer # 22568 – The Red Right Hand, Chapter 2
Cover Art by Leonardo Manco1059669

Hellblazer # 22570

Captain Britain And MI:13 # 571 – Hell Comes to Birmingham, Prologue
Cover Art by Bryan Hitch13810272

Captain Britain And MI:13 # 573

X-Men # 17774 – House Arrest, Part 1 of 3: Losing It
Cover Art by Salvador Larroca75

X-Men # 17776

Watchmen # 477 – Watchmaker
Cover Art by Dave Gibbons78

Watchmen # 479

Kid Eternity # 280
Cover Art by Sean Phillips1088166

Kid Eternity # 282

Grant Morrison’s Doctor Who # 183 – Changes, Episodes 1 and 2: Culture Shock!
Cover Art by Robert ’Hack’ Hacker84

Grant Morrison's Doctor Who # 185

Echo # 286
Cover Art by Terry Moore87

Echo # 288

Runaways # 189 – Pride and Joy, Chapter 1
Cover Art by Jo Chen9051

Runaways # 191

Ex Machina # 2592 – Standalone
Cover Art by Tony Harris93

Ex Machina # 2594

Druid # 295
Cover Art by Leonardo Manco1059669

Druid # 297

Marvel Knights Spider-Man # 2198 – The Other: Evolve or Die 8/12 – Aftermath
Cover Art by Pat Lee99

Marvel Knights Spider-Man # 21100

The Ultimates # 13101 – How I Learned to Love the Hulk
Cover Art by Bryan Hitch13810272

The Ultimates # 13103

Werewolf by Night # 6104
Cover Art by Leonardo Manco1059669

Werewolf by Night # 6106

The Invisibles # 14107 – Day of Nine Dogs (Sheman, Part 2)
Cover Art by Sean Phillips1088166

The Invisibles # 14109

Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America # 4110 – Depression
Cover Art by Michael Turner111

Fallen Son, The Death of Captain America # 4112

Astonishing X-Men # 6113 – Gifted, Part 6
Cover Art by John Cassaday114

Astonishing X-Men # 6115

Faker #4116
Cover Art by Mark ’Jock’ Simpson11736

Faker #4118

Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter119 – Guilty Pleasures # 4
Cover Art by Brett Booth120

Anita Blake Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures # 4121

The Darkness, Volume 3, # 6122 – Empire, Part 6: Daybreak
Cover Art by Stjepan Sejic12318

The Darkness - Volume 3 # 6124

Daredevil # 76125 – The Murdock Papers: Part 1
Cover Art by Alex Maleev126

Daredevil # 76127

Last Click

One of my personal all-time favorite comics has got to be Wolverine. So I couldn’t compile a list like this without throwing in some of the covers that have inspired me through the years. So, the last click is a nod to a series whose artwork is as fantastic as its stories.

Wolverine # 180128 – Everything’s Zen
Cover Art by Andy Kubert129

Wolverine # 180130

Wolverine # 165131 – The Hunted, Part 4
Cover Art by Sean Chen132

Wolverine # 165133

Wolverine # 187134 – Down the Road
Cover Art by John McCrea135

Wolverine # 187136

Wolverine: Origins # 2137 – Born in Blood, Part 2
Cover Art by Bryan Hitch13810272

Wolverine: Origins # 2139

Wolverine: Origins # 10140 – Savior Conclusion
Cover Art by Joe Quesada141

Wolverine: Origins # 10142

Wolverine: Origins # 28143 – Dark Deception: Prologue
Cover Art by Mike Deodato144

Wolverine: Origins # 28145

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Footnotes

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  2. 2 http://www.comicbookdb.com/creator_covergallery.php?ID=14550
  3. 3 http://www.comicbookdb.com/issue.php?ID=122853
  4. 4 http://www.comicbookdb.com/issue.php?ID=34197
  5. 5 http://www.comicbookdb.com/creator_covergallery.php?ID=2398
  6. 6 http://www.boneville.com/
  7. 7 http://www.comicbookdb.com/issue.php?ID=34197
  8. 8 http://www.comicbookdb.com/issue.php?ID=8245
  9. 9 http://www.comicbookdb.com/creator.php?ID=173
  10. 10 http://www.comicbookdb.com/issue.php?ID=8245
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  17. 17 http://www.comicvine.com/broken-trinity-/37-138885/
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  20. 20 http://www.comicvine.com/jonah-hex-/37-110358/
  21. 21 http://www.comicvine.com/tony-dezuniga/26-16372/
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  23. 23 http://www.comicvine.com/100-bullets-staring-at-the-son-pt3/37-106537/
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  27. 27 http://www.comicvine.com/june-chung/26-41793/
  28. 28 http://www.comicvine.com/dead-of-night-featuring-devil-slayer-one-foot-in-hell/37-137327/
  29. 29 http://www.comicvine.com/marvel-zombies-vs-army-of-darkness-part-3-of-5-night-of-the-livid-dead/37-108930/
  30. 30 http://www.comicvine.com/arthur-suydam/26-23406/
  31. 31 http://www.comicvine.com/marvel-zombies-vs-army-of-darkness-part-3-of-5-night-of-the-livid-dead/37-108930/
  32. 32 http://www.comicvine.com/moon-knight-midnight-sun-chapter-2-the-dead-dont-stay/37-106904/
  33. 33 http://www.comicvine.com/david-finch/26-3226/
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  35. 35 http://www.comiccollectorlive.com/LiveData/Issue.aspx?id=2b2a4442-efa0-49a2-aefa-e89910cabf28
  36. 36 http://www.comicvine.com/jock/26-5653/
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  38. 38 http://www.editions-delcourt.fr/catalogue/bd/zentak_3_digital_nation
  39. 39 http://www.editions-delcourt.fr/catalogue/auteurs/deffieux_olivier
  40. 40 http://www.editions-delcourt.fr/catalogue/bd/zentak_3_digital_nation
  41. 41 http://www.coverbrowser.com/covers/desarmes
  42. 42 http://lambiek.net/artists/p/pirus_michel.htm
  43. 43 http://www.coverbrowser.com/covers/desarmes
  44. 44 http://www.comicvine.com/x-men-supernovas-part-3-of-6/37-107956/
  45. 45 http://www.comicvine.com/chris-bachalo/26-1941/
  46. 46 http://www.comicvine.com/x-men-supernovas-part-3-of-6/37-107956/
  47. 47 http://www.comicvine.com/y-the-last-man-whys-and-wherefores-chapter-one/37-109679/
  48. 48 http://ildonodieric.blogspot.com/
  49. 49 http://www.comicvine.com/y-the-last-man-whys-and-wherefores-chapter-one/37-109679/
  50. 50 http://www.comicvine.com/buffy-the-vampire-slayer-season-8-the-long-way-home-part-ii/37-107999/
  51. 51 http://jo-chen.com/main-data/jo.html
  52. 52 http://www.comicvine.com/buffy-the-vampire-slayer-season-8-the-long-way-home-part-ii/37-107999/
  53. 53 http://www.comicvine.com/angel-after-the-fall-chapter-eight/37-135460/
  54. 54 http://www.comicvine.com/alex-garner/26-17818/
  55. 55 http://www.comicvine.com/angel-after-the-fall-chapter-eight/37-135460/
  56. 56 http://www.comicvine.com/zero-girl-full-circle-/37-120339/
  57. 57 http://www.comicvine.com/sam-kieth/26-5329/
  58. 58 http://www.comicvine.com/zero-girl-full-circle-/37-120339/
  59. 59 http://www.comicvine.com/iron-man-with-iron-hands-part-4-of-4/37-135986/
  60. 60 http://www.comicvine.com/adi-granov/26-42356/
  61. 61 http://www.comicvine.com/iron-man-with-iron-hands-part-4-of-4/37-135986/
  62. 62 http://www.comicvine.com/manhunter-whos-your-daddy-part-2-fear-and-loathing/37-120019/
  63. 63 http://www.comicvine.com/david-lopez/26-5626/
  64. 64 http://www.comicvine.com/manhunter-whos-your-daddy-part-2-fear-and-loathing/37-120019/
  65. 65 http://www.comicvine.com/the-vinyl-underground-cant-stand-up-for-falling-down/37-136756/
  66. 66 http://www.comicvine.com/sean-phillips/26-3717/
  67. 67 http://www.comicvine.com/the-vinyl-underground-cant-stand-up-for-falling-down/37-136756/
  68. 68 http://www.comicvine.com/hellblazer-the-red-right-hand-chapter-2/37-111519/
  69. 69 http://www.comicvine.com/leonardo-manco/26-14694/
  70. 70 http://www.comicvine.com/hellblazer-the-red-right-hand-chapter-2/37-111519/
  71. 71 http://www.comicvine.com/captain-britain-and-mi13-hell-comes-to-birmingham-prologue/37-139070/
  72. 72 http://www.comicvine.com/bryan-hitch/26-5061/
  73. 73 http://www.comicvine.com/captain-britain-and-mi13-hell-comes-to-birmingham-prologue/37-139070/
  74. 74 http://www.comicvine.com/x-men-house-arrest-part-1-of-3-losing-it/37-106207/
  75. 75 http://www.comicvine.com/salvador-larroca/26-3545/
  76. 76 http://www.comicvine.com/x-men-house-arrest-part-1-of-3-losing-it/37-106207/
  77. 77 http://www.comicvine.com/watchmen-watchmaker/37-27458/
  78. 78 http://www.comicvine.com/dave-gibbons/26-4941/
  79. 79 http://www.comicvine.com/watchmen-watchmaker/37-27458/
  80. 80 http://www.comicvine.com/kid-eternity-/37-37318/
  81. 81 http://www.comicvine.com/sean-phillips/26-3717/
  82. 82 http://www.comicvine.com/kid-eternity-/37-37318/
  83. 83 http://www.comicvine.com/grant-morrisons-doctor-who-changes-episodes-one-two-culture-shock/37-140471/
  84. 84 http://www.comicvine.com/robert-hack-hacker/26-56106/
  85. 85 http://www.comicvine.com/grant-morrisons-doctor-who-changes-episodes-one-two-culture-shock/37-140471/
  86. 86 http://www.comicvine.com/echo-/37-127129/
  87. 87 http://www.comicvine.com/terry-moore/26-3635/
  88. 88 http://www.comicvine.com/echo-/37-127129/
  89. 89 http://www.comicvine.com/runaways-pride-and-joy-chapter-1/37-105324/
  90. 90 http://jo-chen.com/main-data/jo.html
  91. 91 http://www.comicvine.com/runaways-pride-and-joy-chapter-1/37-105324/
  92. 92 http://www.comicvine.com/ex-machina-standalone/37-111686/
  93. 93 http://www.comicvine.com/tony-harris/26-4485/
  94. 94 http://www.comicvine.com/ex-machina-standalone/37-111686/
  95. 95 http://www.comicvine.com/druid-/37-107878/
  96. 96 http://www.comicvine.com/leonardo-manco/26-14694/
  97. 97 http://www.comicvine.com/druid-/37-107878/
  98. 98 http://www.comicvine.com/marvel-knights-spider-man-the-other-evolve-or-die-812-aftermath/37-135804/
  99. 99 http://www.comicvine.com/pat-lee/26-3551/
  100. 100 http://www.comicvine.com/marvel-knights-spider-man-the-other-evolve-or-die-812-aftermath/37-135804/
  101. 101 http://www.comicvine.com/the-ultimates-how-i-learned-to-love-the-hulk/37-134192/
  102. 102 http://www.comicvine.com/bryan-hitch/26-5061/
  103. 103 http://www.comicvine.com/the-ultimates-how-i-learned-to-love-the-hulk/37-134192/
  104. 104 http://www.comicvine.com/werewolf-by-night-/37-108998/
  105. 105 http://www.comicvine.com/leonardo-manco/26-14694/
  106. 106 http://www.comicvine.com/werewolf-by-night-/37-108998/
  107. 107 http://www.comicvine.com/the-invisibles-day-of-nine-dogs-she-man-part-2/37-41608/
  108. 108 http://www.comicvine.com/sean-phillips/26-3717/
  109. 109 http://www.comicvine.com/the-invisibles-day-of-nine-dogs-she-man-part-2/37-41608/
  110. 110 http://www.comicvine.com/fallen-son-the-death-of-captain-america-depression/37-110668/
  111. 111 http://www.comicvine.com/michael-turner/26-3626/
  112. 112 http://www.comicvine.com/fallen-son-the-death-of-captain-america-depression/37-110668/
  113. 113 http://www.comicvine.com/astonishing-x-men-gifted-part-6/37-99750/
  114. 114 http://www.comicvine.com/john-cassaday/26-1816/
  115. 115 http://www.comicvine.com/astonishing-x-men-gifted-part-6/37-99750/
  116. 116 http://www.comiccollectorlive.com/LiveData/Issue.aspx?id=3394d968-3839-46b1-8ded-c7270f3a8d03
  117. 117 http://www.comicvine.com/jock/26-5653/
  118. 118 http://www.comiccollectorlive.com/LiveData/Issue.aspx?id=3394d968-3839-46b1-8ded-c7270f3a8d03
  119. 119 http://www.comicvine.com/anita-blake-vampire-hunter-guilty-pleasures-anita-blake-vampire-hunter-guilty-pleasures/37-106645/
  120. 120 http://www.comicvine.com/brett-booth/26-24919/
  121. 121 http://www.comicvine.com/anita-blake-vampire-hunter-guilty-pleasures-anita-blake-vampire-hunter-guilty-pleasures/37-106645/
  122. 122 http://www.comicvine.com/the-darkness-volume-3-empire-part-six-daybreak/37-140478/
  123. 123 http://nebezial.deviantart.com/
  124. 124 http://www.comicvine.com/the-darkness-volume-3-empire-part-six-daybreak/37-140478/
  125. 125 http://www.comicvine.com/daredevil-the-murdock-papers-part-one/37-111423/
  126. 126 http://maleev.com/
  127. 127 http://www.comicvine.com/daredevil-the-murdock-papers-part-one/37-111423/
  128. 128 http://www.comicvine.com/wolverine-everythings-zen/37-93791/
  129. 129 http://www.comicvine.com/andy-kubert/26-8472/
  130. 130 http://www.comicvine.com/wolverine-everythings-zen/37-93791/
  131. 131 http://www.comicvine.com/wolverine-the-hunted-part-4/37-89836/
  132. 132 http://www.comicvine.com/sean-chen/26-5567/
  133. 133 http://www.comicvine.com/wolverine-the-hunted-part-4/37-89836/
  134. 134 http://www.comicvine.com/wolverine-down-the-road/37-93798/
  135. 135 http://www.comicvine.com/john-mccrea/26-6341/
  136. 136 http://www.comicvine.com/wolverine-down-the-road/37-93798/
  137. 137 http://www.comicvine.com/wolverine-origins-born-in-blood-part-2/37-106339/
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  139. 139 http://www.comicvine.com/wolverine-origins-born-in-blood-part-2/37-106339/
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  143. 143 http://www.comicvine.com/wolverine-origins-dark-deception-prologue/37-139330/
  144. 144 http://www.comicvine.com/mike-deodato/26-21341/
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  1. 1

    pretty weak collection IMHO

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  2. 52

    U failed to mention Bill Sienkiewicz, Frank Miller, Moebius, Ted mcKeever and Mike Mignola!

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  3. 103

    Great list of covers!

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  4. 154

    One of the Dave's I Know

    November 30, 2008 8:26 am

    Nice covers. Only the Killing Joke stands out. The X-men/Kitty Pryde/Colossus cover reminds me of another… As the others pointed out, Miller, Ross, McKeever and Sienkiewicz are missing.
    Also missing are George Perez, Neal Adams and Jim Steranko.
    How could you forget Jack Kirby?

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  6. 256

    As mentioned by the others, James Jean, Todd MacFarlane, Alex Ross, Frank Miller, Tim Sale and Jim Lee should all have been represented… they’ve produced some pretty great covers over the years.

    Rai #0 and Incredible Hulk #377 should have DEFINITELY been on this list, check out another good Top Covers list here: http://www.coverbrowser.com/top/cool

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  7. 307

    Oh and I forgot Jae Lee, he’s had some great covers too!

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  8. 358

    Agree. Missing some big names here: Jim Lee, Alex Ross, and I would add the late Michael Turner – not my favorite artist, but definitely a distinct style and very well-known for his covers.

    Ditto Jae lee. His cover for Dark Tower #1 is fantastic.

    Segura Inc.’s covers for Vertigo’s The Filth are interesting because they take a more purely design-based approach to doing covers. Maybe worth checking out.

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  9. 409

    i would remove the first cover. as others mentioned, it’s a blatant rip off frazetta.

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  10. 460

    You should also check out the covers of the XIII, Blueberry or Largo Winch albums (iirc all published by Dargaud).

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  11. 511

    Not one link to Ashley Wood !!

    Ashley Wood

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    • 562

      Because he’s a hack who rips off other, more talented artists such as Paul Guinan, Seth and Kow Yokoyama.

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  12. 613

    Hi folks,
    please have a look at this gallery showing mainly COVERS (and pages). Enjoy.

    http://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryDetail.asp?GCat=33681

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  13. 664

    You don’t know much about comics books… Read the comments, search the name listed above, then re-do that list. Search for golden age comic books then you will realise than most the cover above are just rip-off.

    http://www.acomics.com/cover2.htm
    http://www.coverbrowser.com/

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  14. 715

    This really just looks like a random assemblage of covers. These covers aren’t a better collection than you would get looking at any shelf in a comic shop. No Sandman covers?

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  15. 766

    what? no Chris Ware? Pls have a look at some European stuff, or some Fantagraphics titles, there’s too much left out…

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  16. 817

    “Kabuki” has some absolutely beautiful artwork. Actually the whole comic is a work of art.

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  17. 868

    I have to say I’m a little disappointed at the lack of Dave McKean in this selection – An artist widely regarded as producing some of the finest coming book cover art ever with his series of dustcovers for Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” series. No showcase of comic cover art can possibly complete without him featured prominently. I agree that Frank Miller, Moebius and more should have been represented as well… This feels like a very poorly researched piece, taken from the limited knowledge of one or two individuals, who clearly dont have a huge range of experience. There are so many covers here featured either from the same artist, or the same franchise – Surely a broader cross section would be more useful as inspiration, though?

    Not a good piece at all as far as I am concerned. Thoroughly disappointed.

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    Indra Indihira Trimasty

    December 1, 2008 9:47 pm

    Very exelent, thank you with your album. I hope more picture for my student to open idea when they learn drawing and coloring their art work.

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  19. 970

    Great selection. But, because i’m french, i just want said that is not Michel Pirus who drawing the cover of this, but a great french drawer named Mezzo. Thanks for all your job !

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  20. 1021

    THE. DARK. NIGHT. RETURNS.

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  21. 1072

    Very weak list. Try again!

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    No Berni Wrightson. No Richard Corben. No Frank Frazetta. No Jack Davis. No Sanjulian. No Esteban Maroto. No Boris Vallejo. Meh.
    Oh, right. The first one’s a Frazetta ripoff. But you probably didn’t know that. Kids these days.

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    nice but nothing extraordinary in the list.
    some very prominent comics are missing. MAUS, BATMAN,SIN CITY, FROM HELL AND FEW MORE.

    hope to see some of those soon

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    As a comic book and manga reader/fan, I’m very dissapointed. 90% of these covers are generic and blah. Sorry. Like Garotadpi said: “…Try again!”

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    As both a comic book fan and a designer I can see how some of those covers were chosen, some not so much… I LOVE that Kitty Pride and Colossus cover… classic.

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  27. 1378

    Manga covers missing here! How about if you do another list, but this time only Manga covers, and other with European covers.. and so on. This list can be the “DC – Marvel Comics Book Art list” :)

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    If you’re including older covers my vote would be for Elfquest #16 (art by Wendy Pini) which, as an antidote to all this death and mayhem, is a beautifully moving character study. You can look it up on the elfquest.com website.

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    This is by no means “The List”.
    This is the only post which has let me down.
    It’s more like a newby fanboy’s list who has not peeked much out of Marvel.
    Many of this list cannot even be considered art [that is just my *pov*]
    Here is my list.
    There is no ranking.
    Just a list of comic books of which covers are consistently marvelous [pun intended]

    > The Killer by Matz & Jacamon
    > The Fables [Vertigo]
    > 300
    > Hardboiled
    > Sincity
    > Tank Girl
    > Hellboy
    > Umbrella Academy
    > Bite Club
    > Hellblazer
    > 100 Bullets [there are other much better or as good as this one]
    > Transmetropolitan
    > The Losers [new series]
    > Y-the last man
    …and many more i just wish your list was more researched.

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    Two biggest misses IMO – Glenn Fabry (Preacher) and Dave McKean (Sandman).

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    a few of these covers are “homages” or blatant ripoffs of other works. sorry, but there is no genius in a design that was already used. you should just post up the original work. how brilliant do you have to be to photocopy neal adams or frank frazetta?
    comic book cover design in the 21st century probably needs to try to take less cues from movie posters and more from print and prose book covers

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    I’m particularly a fan of that Killing Joke cover. Probably my favorite of all time.

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    Yeah, Fables is definitely missing form this list. Or how about any Ashley Wood covers? LIke PopBot or Tank Girl.

    Also that first cover is a rip off of Frank Frazetta Death Dealer cover http://www.witchesofwicca.com/images/Death%20Dealer.jpg

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    Oh man, thankfully most of those covers are good but I’m surprised that so many of them are so awful! The first issue of Buffy was way better than the one with Xander (and iconic), the Angel one was plain generic and the Marvel Zombies comics had way better covers.

    Honestly, there are better comic covers over at Indy Planet.

    How about an article on indy comic covers?

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  35. 1786

    I was looking for some Star Wars . Did see any here.The art work I saw was great.Seen alot that I new.I have been around comics for a lot of years.Great collection.

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