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Covers: Always Judge a Comic By One [56K no way]

TexiKenTexiKen Dammit!That fish really got me!Registered User regular
edited May 2011 in Graphic Violence
It's the sizzle that sells the steak, the potato chips that go with a nice sandwich, Steve Perry being a member of Journey: without a good cover a comic is oftentimes DOA or overlooked, even in this era of scans.

You've got all different categories of covers, from the iconic:

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to the funny:

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The T&A, sometimes done right, sometimes not:

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To the ones that set up a plot twist inside:

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to the ones that are just cool and you wish DC didn't alter the image when nothing was wrong with it to begin with:

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And even in the current era where covers are akin to movie posters, especially at Marvel, a few gems break free of the forced mold:

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So let us laugh, cry, nod our heads in agreement in how covers make prejudging so much easier, like so:

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    AntimatterAntimatter Devo Was Right Gates of SteelRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
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    Diablo FettDiablo Fett Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
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    also i love the del'Otto variants for Siege. he does some pretty iconic character covers, imo

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    Robos A Go GoRobos A Go Go Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I like how the guys in the second cover of the OP have, for once, experienced more sexy battle damage than the women on their team.

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    OwenashiOwenashi Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
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    AntimatterAntimatter Devo Was Right Gates of SteelRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    anything by Trevor Hutchison is guaranteed to be good
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    HenslerHensler Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
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    cardboard delusionscardboard delusions USAgent PSN: USAgent31Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Owenashi wrote: »
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    I will say that this is better than most of the things Liefeld has done in the past... but looking at the other covers in the thread this is still crap. I mean the guy still cannot draw feet and the swords/guns are drawn so poor you'd probably be able to snap the handles like twigs.

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    OwenashiOwenashi Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
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    HenslerHensler Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
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    LuxLux Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Do Marvel & DC have mandated cover styles? Because it seems to me that, at least in terms of inking and coloring, Marvel tends to use darker, more realistic tones and DC covers stick to vibrant, comic book colors. There are a few exceptions, but I've always wondered if that was a conscious decision, like a brand identity, or if I was seeing things.

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    LucascraftLucascraft Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I posted this in the old covers thread, but this is one of my favorites. So iconic, and I love the Dodsons so much.

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    TexiKenTexiKen Dammit! That fish really got me!Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Marvel has, since the end of the Jemas era, been more focused on movie poster type covers. Ultimate Spider-Man was plagued by them, where you couldn't tell the difference between each issue until the later part of the run. It was always "Spider-Man on this wall, swinging this way, etc"

    They do let some more experimenting show up now, like that Nova cover posted earlier.

    And some Incredible Hulk covers by Kaare Andrews, and of course James Jean Fables covers, with a Brian Bolland Jack of Fables homage:

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    LuxLux Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    TexiKen wrote: »
    Marvel has, since the end of the Jemas era, been more focused on movie poster type covers. Ultimate Spider-Man was plagued by them, where you couldn't tell the difference between each issue until the later part of the run. It was always "Spider-Man on this wall, swinging this way, etc"

    You know, I had always assumed that was because they just didn't have enough established characters to spotlight. It was Spider-Man in various generic poses and then bam! Electro!

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    ManetherenWolfManetherenWolf Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Fables covers in general are among the best out there bar none.

    Its almost unfair to compare them.

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    OwenashiOwenashi Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
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    My hammer! Mine!!

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    DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Wow, that one Thor's upper arm is bigger than his head.

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    OwenashiOwenashi Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I always did like a lot of the covers from the Marvel Adventures line.

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    Bloods EndBloods End Blade of Tyshalle Punch dimensionRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    52 covers shouldn't count because they were all so awesome but this one stood out

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    Always liked this Republic cover

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    SolarSolar Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Oh yes yes yes. All these ones were good but this one was just awesome.

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    AntimatterAntimatter Devo Was Right Gates of SteelRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
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    CorporateLogoCorporateLogo The toilet knows how I feelRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Anti that is not the "ARE ALL DEAD" TF cover

    What are you doing

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    Do not have a cow, mortal.

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    AntimatterAntimatter Devo Was Right Gates of SteelRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    You had the ability to post it too, silly goose!
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    ZeromusZeromus Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    You know what had nice covers?

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    AntimatterAntimatter Devo Was Right Gates of SteelRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Y: The Last Man had some fantastic covers.
    http://www.coverbrowser.com/covers/y-the-last-man

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    HenslerHensler Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
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    WarcryWarcry I'm getting my shit pushed in here! AustraliaRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    HOW has this not been posted yet?

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    Still my all time favorite.

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    WildcatWildcat Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Warcry wrote: »
    HOW has this not been posted yet?

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    Still my all time favorite.

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    descdesc Goretexing to death Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Yes actually, I do keep a copy of this in my flickr account in case I ever need the image:

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    TexiKenTexiKen Dammit! That fish really got me!Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
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    I always liked this Losers cover, for basically the opposite reasons the art was trying to convey (America will cure the world!)

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    And I like this cover just for the blurb by Kurt Busiek, as if Marvel was so desperate for people to give the book a chance after gutting it and replacing the real T-Bolts team that they had to ask Busiek to say something positive about it:

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    BionicPenguinBionicPenguin Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    desc wrote: »
    Yes actually, I do keep a copy of this in my flickr account in case I ever need the image:
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    How is his optic blast not destroying her hands?

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    WarcryWarcry I'm getting my shit pushed in here! AustraliaRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    desc wrote: »
    Yes actually, I do keep a copy of this in my flickr account in case I ever need the image:
    3294743911_bfa574d7d4_o.jpg

    How is his optic blast not destroying her hands?

    Her diamond form negates it.

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    LuxLux Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I like a lot of Marko Djurdjevic covers.
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    and Jae Lee
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    WarcryWarcry I'm getting my shit pushed in here! AustraliaRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Yeah, Marko Djurdjevic is amazing. His cover for Daredevil #100 is awesome.

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    SolarSolar Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Jae Lee is so awesome. He does spiky shadows like no-one's business.

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    descdesc Goretexing to death Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Solar wrote: »
    Jae Lee is so awesome. He does spiky shadows like no-one's business.

    Truest statement ever.

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    DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    The folds and wrinkles in Snake Eyes's clothes are completely gratuitous though. His Dark Tower covers suffer from that too some times.

    I enjoy the reprint covers of Punisher, especially this one:
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    Frank is going to sulk somewhere, leave him alone!

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    AntimatterAntimatter Devo Was Right Gates of SteelRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    That Ravage looks like an amorphous blob. Ech.

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    AlgertmanAlgertman Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Warcry wrote: »
    desc wrote: »
    Yes actually, I do keep a copy of this in my flickr account in case I ever need the image:
    3294743911_bfa574d7d4_o.jpg

    How is his optic blast not destroying her hands?

    Her diamond form negates it.

    she's not in her diamond form

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    SolarSolar Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Algertman wrote: »
    Warcry wrote: »
    desc wrote: »
    Yes actually, I do keep a copy of this in my flickr account in case I ever need the image:
    3294743911_bfa574d7d4_o.jpg

    How is his optic blast not destroying her hands?

    Her diamond form negates it.

    she's not in her diamond form

    Maybe his eyes are shut? I'm pretty sure energy leaks out from his eyelids even when they are shut, like little PUNCH tears from the PUNCH dimension.

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    CrimsondudeCrimsondude Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    The folds and wrinkles in Snake Eyes's clothes are completely gratuitous though. His Dark Tower covers suffer from that too some times.

    I enjoy the reprint covers of Punisher, especially this one:
    punisher11secondprintin.jpg

    Frank is going to sulk somewhere, leave him alone!

    Bull.

    Frank only does two things: 1) Murder bad guys, and 2) Prepare to murder bad guys.

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