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Old 07-31-15, 12:32 PM
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Whenever I think of Mike Zeck, it's this classic Captain America cover. The man was an incredible cover artist.

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Infinity Gauntlet #4. So simple, but so awesome.



But a part of me will always love Transformers #5.

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^ I could have sworn that series lasted longer than 5 issues.
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They got better.
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Old 07-31-15, 05:23 PM
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Old 07-31-15, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Dimension X View Post
Maybe not my absolute favorite cover, but I really like this one. I have a poster version of it from the '70s, that hung on my wall for years when I was a teenager, that I had for a long time before I ever got a copy of the comic.


Plus, you gotta love that big "1" over there on the right, to maybe confuse people into thinking it's a fist issue, or something.
On an ep. of Comic Book Men; Adams said he hated that cover because he drew the legs incorrectly.

My favorite is Adams' homage to Detective 31.

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The Cyclops/Wolverine one is the best. The other ones had regular quality of material to them. But that one was the glossy paper.

Jim Lee created the most iconic looks to them.
The layout is simply horrible. Why is Magneto NOT facing the X-Men? Doesn't make any sense. The original version's layout is way better.

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Old 07-31-15, 05:53 PM
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On an ep. of Comic Book Men; Adams said he hated that cover because he drew the legs incorrectly.
Good thing I didn't ask him to sign it when I saw him then.

I don't remember that episode, so I'm guessing that it was on this past season (since I haven't watch it in about a year)? I'll look for it.
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Old 07-31-15, 06:32 PM
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On an ep. of Comic Book Men; Adams said he hated that cover because he drew the legs incorrectly.
Now I can't stop looking at how awkward that left leg looks.

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The layout is simply horrible. Why is Magneto NOT facing the X-Men? Doesn't make any sense. The original version's layout is way better.
Magneto is so awesome he doesn't even care about those pesky X-Men attacking him.
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Old 07-31-15, 06:42 PM
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Now I can't stop looking at how awkward that left leg looks.
That's the same thing the guys said in the ep. It's too freakin' long.


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Magneto is so awesome he doesn't even care about those pesky X-Men attacking him.
That's what irks me about the drawing. That's the kind of shit you get without any formal training. A couple of art classes isn't going to cut it.
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Old 07-31-15, 06:48 PM
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^ I could have sworn that series lasted longer than 5 issues.
Well, that was issue 5 of a four issue miniseries after all...

And I can't fault Lee for Magneto facing front; if Magneto is facing away and to the left, what kind of cover is that for a comic?
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Well, I just watched the episode. Here's what he said:

Neal Adams: "That is the worst-drawn cover I've ever done."

Walter: "How so?"

Adams: "I had to stretch his leg to go around the lettering. It's badly done, but everybody loves it. I cannot stand that cover." (pretends to shiver) "Just gives me the trembly-wemblies."

I see what he's saying, but I still think it's a great cover.

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Old 07-31-15, 07:10 PM
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Well, I just watched the episode. Here's what he said:

Neal Adams: "That is the worst-drawn cover I've ever done."

Walter: "How so?"

Adams: "I had to stretch his leg to go around the lettering. It's badly done, but everybody loves it. I cannot stand that cover." (pretends to shiver) "Just gives me the trembly-wemblies."

I see what he's saying, but I still think it's a great cover.
Yeah, I still like it despite what Adams says.
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Old 07-31-15, 07:41 PM
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Yeah, I still like it despite what Adams says.
Well, he did say "everybody loves it."

I'm sure he's done covers he'd think were worse, but those don't get reprinted a lot, so he doesn't keep seeing them and can't obsess over the one thing about them he did that he didn't like.

EDIT: He's had a few chances to revisit that image. I remember the Action Comics cover, hadn't seen the newer two. Looks like he fixed the leg in the last one.


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Old 07-31-15, 08:25 PM
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The problem with the X-Men cover is that they all have to work individually and as a whole. It works the best as an individual cover with Mags facing forward but that may distract from the gatefold cover. I still think it works though.
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The problem with the X-Men cover is that they all have to work individually and as a whole. It works the best as an individual cover with Mags facing forward but that may distract from the gatefold cover. I still think it works though.
Yeah, that quad gatefold cover is actually a composite of four individual covers, A-D, with red backgrounds that formed a spanning image when placed side-by-side. Then there was the gatefold cover, E, which sort of a special edition that was printed on heavier, glossy paper, had all four covers in a gatefold, and all four pin-ups.

Having the Magneto cover, as an individual,cover, with his back to the reader would have been weird, especially for a #1 issue of that importance.
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Old 08-01-15, 12:08 AM
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This cover caught my eye when it came out and I've always liked it.
Had a copy signed by Snyder and Lee last year.

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It would be tough for me to pick an absolute favorite, but X-Men #137 is an all-time classic that unfortunately is almost completely ruined by the contest banner.

Agreed. Hate that shit. DC even recently did it to promote the Green Lantern movie and ruined a great homage to Hellblazer #61 by Simon Bisley.

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Yeah, the month Marvel did that to all their covers sucked the life out of the cover art. One bright side at least, it makes it easy to find that particular month when searching back issue bins.
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Lots of Zeck in here, I approve.
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But a part of me will always love Transformers #5.

That is definitely an all-time classic cover. I clearly remember it on the newsstands and having to get it even though I didn't read the Transformers, due to that cover. Sadly, the interior art is pretty terrible and was a great disappointment to the young me.
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There are a couple Wood covers I could easily swap for this one, but Kamen just doesn't get enough love.

Close runners up would be

-not only a classic cover, but earliest comic I actually remember owing


Batman, Superman, a beautiful woman, and a monster. Pretty much every basic food group that had my attention as a kid.


A beautiful representation of the female form always got my attention, but this went further. Smith has the sensibilities and skills of an animator and those qualities are amply apparent in this image. Definitely a cut above most of the talent pool working in comics at the time. I started reading the book, and became a huge fan of the material because of this cover. I dropped it after his brief run was over and haven't read much beyond the Whedon and Morrison stuff since (and of course all the prior Crockum and Byrne classic stuff). His Kitty Pryde back to the wall cover is another that made my eyes pop when I first saw it on the rack.


Similar to what happened with X-men, this was the cover that made me start reading NTT. The fetish/bondage aspect was definitely a big part of the fascination for me. Fortunately Marv and George were firing on all cylinders and book was great and only about to get better and more epic.
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-not only a classic cover, but earliest comic I actually remember owing
I always thought the splash page would have also made a cool cover for that issue.

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