At long, long last, here are the final results of this year’s Twelve Days event. I would’ve had this up much sooner but I had a commitment to Roy Thomas that had to take priority. So now that Infinity, Inc is all indexed, what say we delve into some stats:
24 participants cast 288 votes for 272 covers.
As those numbers imply, there was very little duplication. Four books received three votes each: Avengers #57, Love & Rockets #24, Star-Spangled War Stories #138 and Superman #14. 16 covers received two votes: Amazing Spider-Man #28, Animal Comics #17, Avengers #181, Batman #244 and 291, Detective #31, Doom Patrol #94, Fantastic Four #48, Jann of the Jungle #16, Kamandi #1, New Gods #7, Nick Fury #4, Spirit section 10/6/46, Sub-Mariner #57, Super DC Giant #S-21 and Transformers #5,
The most popular artists* were Jack Kirby (18 votes, with Mike Royer and Joe Sinnott the most cited inkers), Neal Adams (16), Steve Ditko (13) and Gil Kane (9).
8 votes: Nick Cardy, Joe Kubert, John Romita, Sr.
7 votes: Jim Aparo, Carmine Infantino, George Perez, Curt Swan
6 votes: John Buscema, Jim Steranko
5 votes Bill Everett, Mike Kaluta
4 votes: Carl Barks, Bob Brown, Russ Heath, Jaime Hernandez, Walt Kelly, Fred Ray, Barry Smith
3 votes: John Byrne, Gene Colan, Jack Davis, Will Eisner, Frank Frazetta, Bob Kane, Steve Rude, Mike Sekowsky, Walt Simonson, Jim Starlin, Berni Wrightson
2 votes: Ross Andru, Armentaro, Dick Ayers, Brian Bolland, Ernie Chan, Howard Chaykin, Johnny Craig, Dave Gibbons, Don Newton, Mac Raboy, Dave Sim, Frank Springer, Joe Staton, Dave Stevens
1 vote: Murphy Anderson, Sergio Aragones, Steve Bisette, Pat Boyette, Rich Buckler, Jack Burnley, Sal Buscema, Joe Chiodo, Dave Cockrum, L. B. Cole, Vince Colletta, Tony DeZuniga, Luis Dominguez, William Ekgren, George Evans, Lou Fine,Creig Flessel, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Keith Giffen, Mike Golden, Chester Gould, Jerry Grandenetti, Mike Grell, Paul Gulacy,Bob Hall, Al Hartley, Hal Hartman, Wayne Howard, Greg Irons, Jeff Jones, Bernard Krigstein, Harvey Kurtzman, Bob Larkin, Bob Layton, Larry Marder, David Mazzuchelli, Scott McCloud, Mike Mignola, Win Mortimer, Bob Oksner, Jerry Ordway, Tom Palmer, Richard Powers, Marshall Rogers, John Romita Jr., Arn Saba, Bernard Sachs, Norman Saunders,Alex Schomburg, Gilbert Shelton, Joe Shuster, Bill Sinkiewicz, Dan Spiegle, Frank Thorne, Herb Trimpe, George Tuska, Charles Vess, Ogden Whitney, George Wilson, S. Clay Wilson, Wally Wood, Mike Zeck
18 painted covers were cited and three with photo covers. Credits are unknown for three of the selected covers.
* For conveniences’ sake, I’m only counting pencillers on covers that feature multiple credits.
The titles most often cited were Batman (15 votes), Avengers (12), Amazing Spider-Man (11) and Superman (7).
6 votes: Fantastic Four, Showcase, Star Spangled War Stories
5 votes: Four Color, Justice League of America, Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD
4 votes: Adventure, Detective, Flash, Love & Rockets, New Gods, The Shadow, Thor, World’s Finest, X-Men
3 votes: Action, Captain America, Green Lantern, House of Mystery, Kamandi, Spirit section, Sub-Mariner, Tomahawk
2 votes: Animal Comics, Aquaman, The Atom, Brave and the Bold, Conan the Barbarian, Creepy, Daredevil, DC 100-Page Super-Spectacular, Doom Patrol, Iron Man, Jann of the Jungle, Mister Miracle, Nexus, Phantom Stranger, Piracy, Secret Hearts, Sgt. Fury, Shade the Changing Man, Silver Surfer, Spider-Woman, Super DC Giant, Superboy, Swamp Thing, Tarzan, Teen Titans, Transformers, Vault of Horror, Watchmen, Weird Science […-Fantasy]
1 vote: Too many to type!
The vast majority of comics cited were your standard comic book of 32 to 100 pages. 8 magazines got votes, 3 “treasury” format books, 3 newspaper inserts and one trade paperback.
Far and away the most popular publisher at 140 votes was DC, with Marvel a distant second at 84 votes. Dell, at 10 votes, just edged out EC (9) for the bronze.
5 votes: Charlton, Gold Key
4 votes: Fantagraphics, First
3 votes: Aardvark-Vanaheim, Register & Tribune Syndicate
2 votes: Eclipse, Fawcett, Warren
1 vote: ACG, Americomics, Aviation Press, Bazaar, Beanworld Press, Comico, Dynamic, Eagle, Eastern Color, Last Gasp, Pacific, Quality, Revell, Rip-Off Press, Sig Feuctwanger (!), St. John, Ziff-Davis
When it came to genre, it wasn’t even close: Super-Heroes predominated with 193 votes. The four closest contenders were Horror (19 votes), War (15), Sci-Fi (13) and Funny Animal (11).
6 votes: Humor, Romance, Sword and Sorcery, Western
5 votes: Crime and Mystery, Historical Adventure
1 vote: Religion
and 4 votes for whatever Love & Rockets is!
To be continued…