Thursday, 29 October 2015

THE GREATEST COMIC BOOK COVERS OF ALL TIME!


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Here's something I picked up in my local FORBIDDEN PLANET
today.  (Better watch that, I'll get caught one day!  Joke.)  As you can
see, it's a book called The GREATEST COMIC BOOK COVERS Of
ALL TIME! - a slim volume, but with some nice covers within its pages.
It was difficult on deciding which examples to show you, but in the end, I
decided to go with a couple from the CHEESY CHEESECAKE section,
so here they are.  Now if these don't convince you to seek out a copy
of this COMIC BUYER'S GUIDE presentation, nothing will.

What would be your 20 greatest covers of all time?



23 comments:

TC said...

World's Finest Comics #171 (Nov. 1967)
Brave & Bold #124 (Jan. 1976)
Batman #249 (June 1973)
Hawkman #13 (May 1966)
Superman #199 (Aug. 1967)
The Phantom #31 (April 1969)
Thor #139 (April 1967)
Shazam #6 (Oct. 1973)
Tales of Suspense #83 (Nov. 1966)
The Flash #163 (Aug. 1966)
Star Spangled War Stories #180 (June 1974)
Daffy Duck #36 (Feb. 1964)
Bugs Bunny #101 (Sept. 1965)(reprints #31, but I never had the earlier one)
The Badger #10 (March 1986)
Tarzan #179 (Sept. 1968)
The Shadow: Heat Wave #3 (Dark Horse, 1995)
Huckleberry Hound #19 (Jan. 1963)
Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #270 (March 1963)
Donald Duck #107 (May 1966)
Mickey and Donald #3 (July 1988)

Kid said...

Thanks for the list, TC. I'll have fun looking them up on the internet.

Phil said...

Hit comics 5 (Lou Fine Red Bee fighting the shark)
Mary Marvel 5 (Jack Binder Mary Marvel on a butterfly)
Batman 17 (batman Robin riding an eagle)
Spy Smasher 2 Mac Raboy (death to spies in America)
Captain Marvel Jr 4 Raboy
All Star Comics 8 (JSA looking in Crystal ball)
The Spirit Bring in Sand Saref part one
Weird Science 14 Wally Wood
Famous Funnies 214 frazetta Buck Rogers
Famous funnies 215 frazetta
Daredevil 10 Wood
Flash 123 Infantino flash of two worlds
Mystery in Space 82 Infantino war between earth and Rann
Thor 126 Kirby Thor vs Hercules
Batman 156 Sheldon moldoff Robin Dies at Dawn
Action 300 curt Swan Superman captive of the red son last man on earth
Thor 155 Kirby mangog
Captain America 111 steranko
Nick Fury 4 steranko
Nick fury 6 steranko space cover



I know I left some out but you can't have everything. And I bet you know all those covers without even looking at them.

Phil said...

I think it would be fun if you post some of these covers as representative of certain styles or eras. I know I ended the list early before I got to Adams or Corben and no Ditko or Colan but I think their best work was inside the covers.

Kid said...

I know most of them, Phil, but there are two or three that don't immediately ring a bell. That's certainly an idea for a future post.

Paul McScotty -Muir said...

This is one of those almost impossible questions but I’ll give it a go:

In no particular order

Teen Titans 16
Green Lantern Arrow 86
Green Lantern Arrow 85
Green Lantern / Arrow 76
JLA 100
JLA 81
Batman 408
Silver Surfer 4
Savage Tales 4
Flash 191
House of Secrets 91
Superman 232
Batman 237
Superman (100 Pager) 252
Avengers 51
Avengers 57
Avenger 58
Captain America 106
King Size Hulk 1
Worlds Greatest Super-Heroes (DC) 6

Darn forgot Eisner, Colan, Ditko , Kubert etc :(

Kid said...

Almost impossible, but fun nevertheless, eh, McS?

Christopher Nevell said...

A quick dozen in no particular order:
Warrior 7 (Marvelman)
The Super-Heroes 8 (Silver Surfer 4)
Blockbuster Winter Special (painted Thor cover)
Rampage Monthly 3 (Rampaging Hulk 3)
2000AD Prog 23
Whoopee Xmas issue 1976
2000AD Prog 2000
TV Century 21 53 (1st Thunderbirds)
Look-In 28 (1973) Bowie
Beano Book 1977
Action 37 (Banned issue)
Buster & Monster Fun merger issue

Kid said...

Some interesting choices there, Chris, particularly as they're all British comics. (I've got at least half of them.) Would I be right in assuming that you're not really into American comicbooks?

Phil said...

So interesting none of us share any covers! My excuse is I ran out of time at 1968.

Kid said...

I suppose the choices are subjective, Phil, and represent the covers that made an impression on people as they were growing up, but I did expect a few 'doublers' and that doesn't seem to have happened. Although, had I made it 100 covers, there would no doubt have been a few examples of comic covers snap.

Phil said...

Yes and btw I'm not 80 years old, but I did see a lot of the golden age covers in Steranko's history of comics which left a deep impression on me.

Kid said...

I'm not 80 years old either, Phil, but I feel like it sometimes. Ooh, my bones creak.

Christopher Nevell said...

On the contrary Kid, I love American comics and amassed Silver, Bronze and Modern

Kid said...

Ah, right, Chris, then let's have a list of what you consider the best 8 U.S. covers - that'll make up 20 added to the 12 you've already listed.

Christopher Nevell said...

I'm up for the challenge Kid so here goes....

Incredible Hulk Annual 1
Uncanny X-Men 141
Fantastic Four 26
Kingdom Come 1
Avengers 4
Planet of the Apes mag 2 (UK POTA 1)
Tales to Astonish 59
Incredible Hulk 377

Kid said...

And I do believe I see at least one that's in another list, Chris, so we're finally seeing some agreement on what constitutes a great cover.

John Pitt said...

Kid, you know I love lists, but, as McS says it's a near impossible task. So I am going to do 20 comics I bought, because the covers grabbed me.
Leave it with me.

Kid said...

The countdown has begun, JP.

John Pitt said...

Well, ( at long last! ), and in no particular order, here are 20 comics I bought, because the covers made me want them!
2000 AD 216
The Avengers 16
The X-Men 19
Action comics 340
Mad 105
Our Army At War 158
World's Finest 135
Strange Adv's 181, 183, 186
House of Mystery 155
Ghosts 111
Mystery in Space 104
Blackhawk 215
Metal Men 10
Doom Patrol 89
Batman 171, 181
Defective 359
Justice League of Am 42
Green Lantern ?

John Pitt said...

P.S. It was GL #52 - couldn't read my own writing!!

Kid said...

What, no pictures? Now I'll have to look them up. Some interesting choices as far as the ones I recognize 'though.

John Pitt said...

I would have actually liked to have posted the URLs, but I only know how to add one link per post.
The 2000ad isn't on GCD, but everything else is. I got that off 2000ad.org

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