Thanks to all of you who voted in the Irv Novick poll last week!! This week the cover lists shift, going from artist with five covers to three artists with two each. Only one of the six covers will make it to the finals, based on your votes, of course. We have a post-Crisis selection today, with John Byrne vs. J.G. Jones vs. Aaron Lopresti!! You can see my picks and vote here:
Be sure to keep track of any covers you think should have been included for the "Egregious Snubs" thread that's coming in a couple weeks. Vote for your favourite of my picks now, and then submit your true favourite down the road.
And here are the previous polls if you haven't voted yet:
I'm already wondering how many of my previous cover suggestions are going to make it into the "snubs" list :) Although, if you clump them all together and pit them against each other, it's hardly fair...
SO, your new poll brings together various talent, which I like. Have you already done a Dodson poll, or is that next up? I would argue the Dodson covers are more memorable than Lopreski's.
As for this list, I agree that the Byrne JSA cover is pretty neat. I like the way everything is neatly laid out, including the Nazi logo with the arrows on the bottom. Nice cover.
As for Jones, though...you've seemingly skipped some of the better ones. And there are quite a few:
This cover for WW #207 really threw me. When I first saw it, I was asking "Who is that guy? Why is he in shadow? Is he flying? Is he Diana's boyfriend? Why does she look scared? Are they over a city?" It was an image that was romantic, intriguing and possible threatening. Too bad the guy didn't really factor much into the story OR Rucka's run.
Are you SERIOUS!?! This one is the definition of awesome! Issue 201...and here's Di's little sister Nessie, corrupted into the Silver Swan, laying possibly dead in her arms, and she goes back home to get help and WHAM! Home's falling apart. That's nuts. HOW did you not include this one??
Wonder Woman rides into battle! You gotta love this one, because of the great use of composition and color. You feel like you're deep in the earth with them - and isn't nice to see secondary characters getting some cover time?
Diana, shielding herself, hacking away at...who? Medusa! Great use of POV again, and I really love seeing the Owl getting in there, again raising questions.
Maybe this isn't an especially epic cover, but I enjoy the cartoony cattiness of this cover. Diana's just smiling and waving, but all of us immediately go to examining her body, and then seeing Cale's sneer of disgust. If WW were real, wanna bet this wouldn't be happening every night on Entertainment Tonight?
So there you go...Jones' covers, now that I stop and look at them are really really awesome.
DisneyBoy: The "Egregious Snubs" list will be based on nominations in a new thread, from which I'll pick five or six, depending on what seems popular with everyone. I hope you'll submit a few!!
Dodson will come up in the "Best of the Rest" list I have planned for two weeks from now. I agree that the Dodson covers are more memorable than Lopresti's, but Lopresti, Jones, and Byrne did more covers than Dodson, so I went with those three. There will definitely be a Dodson cover in the "Best of the Rest" list, and people can nominate other ones in the "Snubs" thread if they'd like, which is also coming in two weeks' time (there will be a pre-Crisis faceoff next week, and then the "Best of the Rest" list the week after, which will be last list of my own picks, so I will simultaneously start the "Snubs" thread when that list goes up).
It was VERY hard to pick the Jones covers!! I like the ones I chose, but the ones you listed are super great too... his covers were damn impressive. It's sort of amusing actually, because I did this faceoff thing thinking that with less prolific artists, picking five really good covers would be tricky, but I could have done so easily with Jones (not so much with Byrne or Lopresti though, so it worked out on that end at least ).
Wonder Woman #25 has maintained its one vote lead, but now Wonder Woman #200 and Wonder Woman #222 are tied for second place, just shy of first. This is, by far, the closest vote yet!! The polls will remain open for a couple weeks yet, so if you haven't voted, go for it!!
A new list will be up Tuesday afternoon, as always. It will be a pre-Crisis faceoff, with three less prolific but still notable cover artists. I'm not exactly who it'll be yet, but it'll likely include Mike Sekowsky, and perhaps some of the Andru/Giordano team ups from the 70s and 80s... I'm still deciding.