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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!

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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 Sejic12218

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’ Simpson11636

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 Chen8951

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 Phillips1078166

The Vinyl Underground # 1167

Hellblazer # 22568 – The Red Right Hand, Chapter 2
Cover Art by Leonardo Manco1049569

Hellblazer # 22570

Captain Britain And MI:13 # 571 – Hell Comes to Birmingham, Prologue
Cover Art by Bryan Hitch13710172

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 Phillips1078166

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 Moore

Echo # 287

Runaways # 188 – Pride and Joy, Chapter 1
Cover Art by Jo Chen8951

Runaways # 190

Ex Machina # 2591 – Standalone
Cover Art by Tony Harris92

Ex Machina # 2593

Druid # 294
Cover Art by Leonardo Manco1049569

Druid # 296

Marvel Knights Spider-Man # 2197 – The Other: Evolve or Die 8/12 – Aftermath
Cover Art by Pat Lee98

Marvel Knights Spider-Man # 2199

The Ultimates # 13100 – How I Learned to Love the Hulk
Cover Art by Bryan Hitch13710172

The Ultimates # 13102

Werewolf by Night # 6103
Cover Art by Leonardo Manco1049569

Werewolf by Night # 6105

The Invisibles # 14106 – Day of Nine Dogs (Sheman, Part 2)
Cover Art by Sean Phillips1078166

The Invisibles # 14108

Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America # 4109 – Depression
Cover Art by Michael Turner110

Fallen Son, The Death of Captain America # 4111

Astonishing X-Men # 6112 – Gifted, Part 6
Cover Art by John Cassaday113

Astonishing X-Men # 6114

Faker #4115
Cover Art by Mark ’Jock’ Simpson11636

Faker #4117

Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter118 – Guilty Pleasures # 4
Cover Art by Brett Booth119

Anita Blake Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures # 4120

The Darkness, Volume 3, # 6121 – Empire, Part 6: Daybreak
Cover Art by Stjepan Sejic12218

The Darkness - Volume 3 # 6123

Daredevil # 76124 – The Murdock Papers: Part 1
Cover Art by Alex Maleev125

Daredevil # 76126

Last Click Link

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 # 180127 – Everything’s Zen
Cover Art by Andy Kubert128

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Wolverine # 165130 – The Hunted, Part 4
Cover Art by Sean Chen131

Wolverine # 165132

Wolverine # 187133 – Down the Road
Cover Art by John McCrea134

Wolverine # 187135

Wolverine: Origins # 2136 – Born in Blood, Part 2
Cover Art by Bryan Hitch13710172

Wolverine: Origins # 2138

Wolverine: Origins # 10139 – Savior Conclusion
Cover Art by Joe Quesada140

Wolverine: Origins # 10141

Wolverine: Origins # 28142 – Dark Deception: Prologue
Cover Art by Mike Deodato143

Wolverine: Origins # 28144

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Footnotes Link

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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
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  8. 8 http://www.comicbookdb.com/issue.php?ID=8245
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  17. 17 http://www.comicvine.com/broken-trinity-/37-138885/
  18. 18 http://nebezial.deviantart.com/
  19. 19 http://www.comicvine.com/broken-trinity-/37-138885/
  20. 20 http://www.comicvine.com/jonah-hex-/37-110358/
  21. 21 http://www.comicvine.com/tony-dezuniga/26-16372/
  22. 22 http://www.comicvine.com/jonah-hex-/37-110358/
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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/
  34. 34 http://www.comicvine.com/moon-knight-midnight-sun-chapter-2-the-dead-dont-stay/37-106904/
  35. 35 http://www.comiccollectorlive.com/LiveData/Issue.aspx?id=2b2a4442-efa0-49a2-aefa-e89910cabf28
  36. 36 http://www.comicvine.com/jock/26-5653/
  37. 37 http://www.comiccollectorlive.com/LiveData/Issue.aspx?id=2b2a4442-efa0-49a2-aefa-e89910cabf28
  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/echo-/37-127129/
  88. 88 http://www.comicvine.com/runaways-pride-and-joy-chapter-1/37-105324/
  89. 89 http://jo-chen.com/main-data/jo.html
  90. 90 http://www.comicvine.com/runaways-pride-and-joy-chapter-1/37-105324/
  91. 91 http://www.comicvine.com/ex-machina-standalone/37-111686/
  92. 92 http://www.comicvine.com/tony-harris/26-4485/
  93. 93 http://www.comicvine.com/ex-machina-standalone/37-111686/
  94. 94 http://www.comicvine.com/druid-/37-107878/
  95. 95 http://www.comicvine.com/leonardo-manco/26-14694/
  96. 96 http://www.comicvine.com/druid-/37-107878/
  97. 97 http://www.comicvine.com/marvel-knights-spider-man-the-other-evolve-or-die-812-aftermath/37-135804/
  98. 98 http://www.comicvine.com/pat-lee/26-3551/
  99. 99 http://www.comicvine.com/marvel-knights-spider-man-the-other-evolve-or-die-812-aftermath/37-135804/
  100. 100 http://www.comicvine.com/the-ultimates-how-i-learned-to-love-the-hulk/37-134192/
  101. 101 http://www.comicvine.com/bryan-hitch/26-5061/
  102. 102 http://www.comicvine.com/the-ultimates-how-i-learned-to-love-the-hulk/37-134192/
  103. 103 http://www.comicvine.com/werewolf-by-night-/37-108998/
  104. 104 http://www.comicvine.com/leonardo-manco/26-14694/
  105. 105 http://www.comicvine.com/werewolf-by-night-/37-108998/
  106. 106 http://www.comicvine.com/the-invisibles-day-of-nine-dogs-she-man-part-2/37-41608/
  107. 107 http://www.comicvine.com/sean-phillips/26-3717/
  108. 108 http://www.comicvine.com/the-invisibles-day-of-nine-dogs-she-man-part-2/37-41608/
  109. 109 http://www.comicvine.com/fallen-son-the-death-of-captain-america-depression/37-110668/
  110. 110 http://www.comicvine.com/michael-turner/26-3626/
  111. 111 http://www.comicvine.com/fallen-son-the-death-of-captain-america-depression/37-110668/
  112. 112 http://www.comicvine.com/astonishing-x-men-gifted-part-6/37-99750/
  113. 113 http://www.comicvine.com/john-cassaday/26-1816/
  114. 114 http://www.comicvine.com/astonishing-x-men-gifted-part-6/37-99750/
  115. 115 http://www.comiccollectorlive.com/LiveData/Issue.aspx?id=3394d968-3839-46b1-8ded-c7270f3a8d03
  116. 116 http://www.comicvine.com/jock/26-5653/
  117. 117 http://www.comiccollectorlive.com/LiveData/Issue.aspx?id=3394d968-3839-46b1-8ded-c7270f3a8d03
  118. 118 http://www.comicvine.com/anita-blake-vampire-hunter-guilty-pleasures-anita-blake-vampire-hunter-guilty-pleasures/37-106645/
  119. 119 http://www.comicvine.com/brett-booth/26-24919/
  120. 120 http://www.comicvine.com/anita-blake-vampire-hunter-guilty-pleasures-anita-blake-vampire-hunter-guilty-pleasures/37-106645/
  121. 121 http://www.comicvine.com/the-darkness-volume-3-empire-part-six-daybreak/37-140478/
  122. 122 http://nebezial.deviantart.com/
  123. 123 http://www.comicvine.com/the-darkness-volume-3-empire-part-six-daybreak/37-140478/
  124. 124 http://www.comicvine.com/daredevil-the-murdock-papers-part-one/37-111423/
  125. 125 http://maleev.com/
  126. 126 http://www.comicvine.com/daredevil-the-murdock-papers-part-one/37-111423/
  127. 127 http://www.comicvine.com/wolverine-everythings-zen/37-93791/
  128. 128 http://www.comicvine.com/andy-kubert/26-8472/
  129. 129 http://www.comicvine.com/wolverine-everythings-zen/37-93791/
  130. 130 http://www.comicvine.com/wolverine-the-hunted-part-4/37-89836/
  131. 131 http://www.comicvine.com/sean-chen/26-5567/
  132. 132 http://www.comicvine.com/wolverine-the-hunted-part-4/37-89836/
  133. 133 http://www.comicvine.com/wolverine-down-the-road/37-93798/
  134. 134 http://www.comicvine.com/john-mccrea/26-6341/
  135. 135 http://www.comicvine.com/wolverine-down-the-road/37-93798/
  136. 136 http://www.comicvine.com/wolverine-origins-born-in-blood-part-2/37-106339/
  137. 137 http://www.comicvine.com/bryan-hitch/26-5061/
  138. 138 http://www.comicvine.com/wolverine-origins-born-in-blood-part-2/37-106339/
  139. 139 http://www.comicvine.com/wolverine-origins-savior-conclusion/37-106254/
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  142. 142 http://www.comicvine.com/wolverine-origins-dark-deception-prologue/37-139330/
  143. 143 http://www.comicvine.com/mike-deodato/26-21341/
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  1. 1

    fantastic list , excellent
    http://www.reecall.com

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  2. 2

    Some cool artwork, but not my type of art :)
    kupen.net

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  3. 3

    nice list. i love marvel. i wish i could create art like that.

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  4. 4

    Good compilation, but I think you forgot to include some of the best like Simon Bysley’s “Slaine”, Barry Windsor Smith’s “Weapon X”, and a very long list of great covers.

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  5. 5

    Can’t seem to find any Conan-covers..

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    I agree with that… some Conan covers, please!!!

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    galaxyspectrum.com

    November 28, 2008 6:05 am

    Does brilliant have to limit itself to death, torture, agony.

    Some comic art can be peaceful, loving and uplifting and still be brilliant.

    There is just so much real life horror over the holidays – that one feels like a break every now and then

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  8. 8

    no way, James Jean’s not in the list???

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  9. 9

    lo mejor de lo mejor en comics, se nota que leen noveno arte

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  10. 10

    Where are the Fables covers?! You could pick one at random and it would be better than 90% of these. They’re really that good. Link http://www.coverbrowser.com/covers/fables

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  11. 11

    There definitley should have been alot of Alex Ross in there

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  12. 12

    While you included the Watchmen cover of issue 4, I can’t help but think that the cover of the compilation, the huge smiley with the drop of blood on it, would stand out even more. Also, V for Vendetta or one of the From Hell covers would have been cool, too.

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  13. 13

    I do only agree on some of them. And where the heck is Mike Mignola’s Hellboy in that list, or at least some cover from Frank Miller?

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  14. 14

    Sorry, don’t like this kind of comic. You know Lucky Luke? He is one cool guy.

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  15. 15

    where’s sin city, dudes?

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  16. 16

    No Umbrella Academy?

    Some great stuff on this list, just a lot of crap too. Angel, Echo, Jonah Hex, I don’t think so…

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  17. 17

    where is everyones fave kangaroo shagging beer swilling harpy Tank Girl? Some of the original covers for Deadline were amazing

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    Thomas van Zuijlen

    November 28, 2008 7:53 am

    Some nice covers, there, but what a shame that there doesn’t seem to be any common thread or theme to this collection! Some context would have been a great addition worthy of Smashing Magazine… I’d rather see a smaller number of covers that are well assembled than such a plethora of strongly varying material.

    I would think that the “100 Bullets” covers of Dave Johnson merit an entire post by themselves, for example, and the same can be said about James Jean’s work on “Fables”. And that’s just two comic book series that are very recent examples. By zooming in even slightly on a theme, series, or concept, we’d get a much better view of the different ways artists can use the space of one page to convey a story – – and sell it at the same time.

    Nice to see a spotlight on comics and comic art. Here’s hoping for a follow-up!

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  19. 19

    very nice thinks!

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  20. 20

    Great selection.
    A lot of comics too many “BD”, though.
    What about covers of the serie called “Les cités obscures” (http://recherche.fnac.com/s233/Les-Cites-Obscures) or even the cover of “La marque Jaune” (http://multimedia.fnac.com/multimedia/images_produits/ZoomPE/2/0/1/9782870970102.jpg) ?

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  21. 21

    oh. wow, nice cover collection.

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  22. 22

    Not sure if this is SM worthy… not a whole lot of inspiration for me personally.

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  23. 23

    i loved!

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    Johnny Nothing

    November 28, 2008 8:57 am

    One name. Bill Sienkiewicz.

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    I see some Vertigo comics, but no Sandman covers, which is kinda odd I think. They present interesting themes and often nice typography in their always brilliant covers.

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    I love all of these covers but I think you could have included a Dark Tower cover (Marvel), some of those, in my opinion, are amazing.

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    Nice showcase! And, hey that’s Joker cover art looks familiar.. check my avatar haha!

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    Reclusive Monkey

    November 28, 2008 10:24 am

    Obvious ones not here for me are “V for Vendetta” (with “him” on the wall, cape out) and “The Dark Night Returns”.

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    You guys forgot the famous Todd MacFarlane Spiderman cover

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    Alejandro Yanaculis

    November 28, 2008 11:49 am

    What? No Jim Lee? I think you missed both the covers of X-Men #1 and Wildcats #1, both are beyond awesome!

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    where’s Dave Mackean, Moebius, Bill Sienkiewicz, Jon j. Muth, Sam Keith, Bilal…?

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    Thanks for the suggestions and comments. Some of the original covers included a couple mentioned, but due to computer errors. the first list was lost.

    I would love to do a follow up later on with some of these suggestions. Again, so really great links included in the comments. I highly recommend checking them out.

    As for the critique on the Angel comic, I’m sorry, but that’s such a realistic rendering that looks so much like the actors I had to include. Though that could further be the fanboy in me :p.

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    It is probably a question of tastes, but I would delete all of these covers from the list, perhaps keeping the 100 bullets one.

    I prefer cleaner, more elegant designs like those in other publishers’ volumes, such as Drawn and Quarterly, some Fantagraphics publications, La Pastéque and Atrabile.

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    The first cover is an obvious ripoff from the great Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer.

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    I feel ashamed knowing that I have read all of the above comics.

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    Smashing – Where are my sweet Thanksgiving Turkey RSS icons?! So disappointed.

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    Why hello there Marvel fanboy!

    Most of this is complete garbage in the comic book industry. Any showcase of “brilliant” comic book cover art that does not include James Jean, Alex Ross, Frank Miller- the list goes on and on- is just crap.

    Not to mention that you could include some more variety- European comic books (Sky Doll, come on!), Japanese comic books, independent artists… give us something truly inspiring! Not just the overly corporate, soul-sucking fan-pandering teenage boy wankfest crap that Marvel and DC spits out every month in Wolverine, Spider-man, The Avengers, and X-Men.

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    Amazing covers… but I think you miss some Spawn’s covers.

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    Also, no Fables.

    and Maus.

    and Sandman.

    and Civil War.

    and maybe some Batman:Hush.

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    awesome list. I would also add radical comics, they are a fairly new comic book company, but i think their work is amazing. http://www.radicalcomics.com

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