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I'll pick up a book if the cover is intriguing (i.e., it looks like the insides might hold a good story), but I think the only time I bought a book so I could own the cover is this one (Bolland):
I tend to dislike covers where it looks like the characters are posing for a photographer. Some Gold and Silver Age covers like that are fun, but it happens too much. (Even things like COIE 7 seem "posed" instead of a natural illustration of an event.
Actually, I did pick up another book for the cover (again, Bolland and, like the other, in a 50-cent or dollar bin):
"It's just lines on paper, folks!"
Get Lost !
I've never seen it, but yes, I'd buy that just for that cover. I love it !
I think Glenn Fabry with Vertigo has done tons of good covers.
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Ernie Chua (Chan) did loads of covers that burned in my childhood mind, hypnotizing me.
A few of my favorites :
Last edited by hondobrode; 11-27-2012 at 01:53 PM.
Another artist whose covers have sorely tempted me to buy the book is Jose Ladronn. His work is so awesome I'll probably hunt these issues down later mostly for these covers.
Gotta agree, that with the Internet it's really nice being able to see all these images.
The only issues of Cable I ever bought were because of Ladronn's awesome work. Casey's crazy stories were pretty good too, but without those two, I'm out again.
Last edited by hondobrode; 11-27-2012 at 09:21 PM.
I'd have to say Steranko is probably the number one cover artist for me, although in fairness to other favourites like Kirby and Perez, they were so prolific there was a higher chance of average covers appearing now and then or even a few outright duds. For example, I don't think either the Avengers or the JLA covers immediately above are among Perez's better work.
Curiously, Steranko's painted covers for the paperback market were generally of a lower standard than his comics work: mostly pretty good and never less than competent, but nowhere near the proportion of exceptionally good work as in his comics covers, where even his lesser efforts were usually better than almost everyone else's best.
Another consistently outstanding cover artist is Frank Brunner.
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Joe Kubert is the number one guy for me. A lot of the other top classic guys here have already been mentioned, especially Cardy, Kane, Steranko and Kirby.
Let me further add to the list of worthies... the incomparable Mike Kaluta.
Guys in the biz today that are of note... Darwyn Cooke, Marcos Martin, Dave Johnson, David Aja, Paolo Riviera and the superb Francesco Francavilla..
if we're counting the b&w mags with their painted covers:
... I think I might be forgetting a couple more of the Warren regulars ...
BTW, all these artists would get me to pick up a comic or magazine as in pickit up and look at it, but none of them would get me to buy the thing if the interior contents weren't up to snuff. I'd never buy a comic for the cover alone, no matter how great it was.
Paul Pope's stuff is so incredible, it's guaranteed every time.
His stuff is so Alex Toth-ish in a raw kind of manga-ish way.
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As a child I remember liking George Perez and Neal Adams etc but back then just having my fave superheroes on the cover was enough to make me buy them though some images seemed more iconic than others.