Category Archives: All-time Favorite comic covers

This category is to talk about the best selling feature of the comic book. The cover!

Bat Lash #2 by Nick Cardy: All-time favorite comic covers

Nick Cardy (1920-2013) had a long association with comic books beginning in the 1940s and for a time worked with Will Eisner. He took a break to serve in World War II as a tank driver, receiving two purple hearts. He came back to comics and in 1950 began a long career with DC comics. Many of his comic covers were memorable including an amazing run of Aquaman covers which I remember very well. The covers alone enticed me to purchase every Aquaman Comic issue and I’m sure contributed to the character’s rejuvenation for the run.

Like anyone who saw action in war, the memories must have inspired many of his drawings. Even though I may add some of his Aquaman covers to the list of all time favorite comic book covers Nick Cardy’s cover to Bat Lash #2 is my favorite.

Published in 1969, near the end of the Silver Age of Comics, check this cover out. You can feel the tension, hear the the cold icy wind and hear the crunch of snow beneath moccasin covered feet. The searchers move along with grim determination. I can’t help but think that Nick Cardy experienced this type of life and death tension during his time in the combat. He captures it with raw emotion.

A classic comic book cover by a classy comic artist:

Bat Lash #2

Bat Lash #2 by Nick Cardy 1969. All time favorite comic book covers.

 

Vampirella Sad Wings Of Destiny By Joe Jusko master painter

Joe Jusko has given us many a comic cover to mull over for inclusion in the all-time favorite comic covers. Where Joe Jusko excels is in the mastery of paint. Whether it be with brush or virtual brush he is able to capture much in one image. He has worked many times with Vampirella giving him insight into the mind of this classic comic character and one of the original “Bad Girls” of comics. Case in point, with the 1996 release of Vampirella Sad Wings of Destiny (one-shot), Joe Jusko has given us one of the most realistic bust ever to grace a comic book cover: Continue reading

Beware The Creeper #1 by Steve Ditko

Steve Ditko gave us Spider-Man and for that alone, he will forever be remembered as one of the most imaginative comic book creators. Sure, Stan Lee gave him a hand, but the Spidey we know came from the mind and pencil of Steve Ditko.

Today’s all time favorite comic book cover is a classic Silver Age Comic and another Ditko masterpiece creation, The Creeper. “Beware The Creeper” #1 was released in 1968 by DC comics, after a successful first appearance in Showcase comic issue #73, also in 1968. Ditko’s style is ever present and this cover is a classic during a time recognized as Steve Ditko at his best. Continue reading

Conan #24 by Barry Windsor-Smith

Barry Windsor-Smith sketched some of the most memorable artwork in comics history. His first full comic work was Marvel Comic’s X-Men #53 in 1969. He seemed to be a Jack Kirby clone in the beginning. But, when Roy Thomas offered him the job of artist for the comic book adaptation for Robert E Howard’s Conan The Barbarian, comic book artwork bumped up several notches. Continue reading

Captain America #113 by Steranko the innovator

Jim Steranko had his beginnings in comics in 1966, when he landed assignments at Harvey Comics under editor Joe Simon, who as one writer described was “trying to create a line of super heroes within a publishing company that had specialized in anthropomorphic animals.” Here Steranko created and wrote the characters Spyman, Magicmaster and the Gladiator for the company’s short-lived superhero line, Harvey Thriller. His first published comics art came in Spyman #1 (Sept. 1966), for which he wrote the 20-page story “The Birth of a Hero” and penciled the first page, which included a diagram of a robotic hand that was reprinted as an inset on artist George Tuska’s cover

Steranko also approached Marvel Comics in 1966. He met with editor Stan Lee, who had Steranko ink a two-page Jack Kirby sample of typical art for the superspy feature “Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.”. Steranko self-published it in 1970 in the limited-edition “Steranko Portfolio One”; it appeared again 30 years later in slightly altered form in the 2000 trade-paperback collection Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. This led to Lee’s assigning him the Nick Fury feature in Strange Tales, a “split book” that shared each issue with another feature. Future Marvel editor-in-chief Roy Thomas, then a staff writer, recalled,

Steranko began his stint on the feature by penciling and inking “finishes” over Kirby layouts in Strange Tales #151 (Dec. 1966), just as many fellow new Marvel artists did at the time. Two issues later, Steranko took over full penciling and also began drawing the every-other-issue “Nick Fury” cover art. Then, in a rarity for comics artists, he took over the series’ writing with #155 (April 1967), following Roy Thomas, who had succeeded Lee. In another break with custom, he himself, rather than a Marvel staff artist, had become the series’ uncredited colorist by that issue.

“Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” soon became one of the creative zeniths of the Silver Age, and one of comics’ most groundbreaking, innovative and acclaimed features. Wrote Les Daniels, in his Comix: A History of Comic Books in America, Even the dullest of readers could sense that something new was happening. … With each passing issue Steranko’s efforts became more and more innovative.

Steranko’s Marvel work became a benchmark of ’60s pop culture, combining the traditional comic book art styles of Wally Wood and Jack Kirby with the surrealism of Richard Powers and Salvador Dalí. There will be many key Steranko issues up on www.cybercomicsandtoys.com for sale soon!

Here is one of his Captain America issues whose cover strikes immediately at several emotions: grief, pride, fear, hatred and things that go bump in the night. I want to shout “Look out!” This is comic cover genius!

Captain America #113 published in May 1969

 

Favorite Christmas Comic Book Cover

Since it’s Christmas day, here is my favorite Christmas comic cover. Published in 1993, it is the third year that Marvel Comics published this annual classic to celebrate the holidays. The gorgeous cover, which this picture doesn’t do justice, is thanks to the genius of Mr Michael W Kaluta.

Marvel Holiday Special 1993

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Famous Funnies #214 Lets start with a bang!

Let’s face it, a good comic cover has the ability to sell all by itself. Many artists are assigned exclusively to covers when they break into the industry so they are trying to make an impression. And sometimes…do they ever! In my 50 years of collecting, I have bought many a comic just for the quality of its cover, and often what’s inside doesn’t measure up. But, that doesn’t matter, I can still admire the cover.

So every week or so, I will post one of my all time favorite covers. As well, I’ll post an interesting cover due to historical reasons or a cover that pulls at some strings one way or another. Comments, discussions and other suggestions for classic covers are most welcome!

I’m going to start this blog category off with a bang! Here is a comic cover that is in the top 5 of my all time favorites!

Famous Funnies was published by Eastern Color beginning in 1934 with the first issues reprinting newspaper comic strips. Famous Funnies became the first comic book to publish monthly. It’s run ended 21 years later in July 0f 1955 with issue #218. Near the end of the publishing run there were some fabulous covers.

In November of 1954, Famous Funnies #214 was published with this classic Frank Frazetta Buck Rogers cover. I’m sure nothing inside the comic could hope to match this!

Famous Funnies #214 published in 1954