And when I say “the year” I mean since last year’s comic-con in San Diego. That’s right, in honor of SDCC 2012, which I am, again, not able to attend I thought I’d do a list of my 52 favorite covers* since last year’s comic-con, so essentially July 2011 – July 2012.** Check out previous years as well – here and here.
I’m not going bore you with lengthy descriptions about what I respond to in each image, but if you frequent this blog with any regularity, the choices will not surprise you. My tastes skew to specific things like anyone, and I reward covers that cater to those personal tastes. For example, as a woman, I tend to be interested in covers with female characters and at the same time you’re unlikely to see many covers with a lot of objectification and hyper sexualization. As an artist (but only sorta, and a crappy one at that) I tend to be a bit of a snob about what I think is a good or bad cover – good often involves highly graphic images, lots of great negative space, interesting/solid composition, single figures, white space, and good integration of text into the image.
Whenever possible I’ve included the full cover, with text etc., as I feel that’s part of the whole. I made a few exceptions if the covers were saddled with particularly horrible “event banners” or some such, or if I didn’t have access to a high enough resolution image including the text.
I’m sure I missed a bunch of great covers anyway and, as always, I never feel great about the order, but I tried my best! I hope you’ll enjoy, even if they’re not the covers you would pick, it’s a beautiful line up of cover gorgeousness.
Next year SDCC, next year!***
* This includes only monthly saddle stapled North American comics since that is what I have access to and did not include graphic novels, trades, etc.
**Because comics are generally dated a month or two after they are actually released, there’s a bit of a fudging of the numbers/eligibility. It makes for a bit of grey area around the eligibility dates, but I did the best I could.
***Be advised, I say this every year. Although there is a SLIM chance I’ll be going to NYCC this year – thanks to THIS.
52. SECRET AVENGERS #18 – DAVID AJA
51. DAREDEVIL #11 – STEFFI SCHUTZEE (AAA VARIANT – AVENGERS ART APPRECIATION)
50. THE UNWRITTEN #35 – YUKO SHIMIZU
49. THE DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER – THE MAN IN BLACK #2 – ALEX MALEEV
48. BATWOMAN #10 – J.H. WILLIAMS III
47. THE PUNISHER #3 – BRYAN HITCH
46. SAUCER COUNTRY #3 – RYAN KELLY
45. INCREDIBLE HULK #7 – CHARLES PAUL WILSON III (AAA VARIANT)
44. X-MEN LEGACY #262 – MARK BROOKS
43. BATMAN #6 – GREG CAPULLO
42. X-FACTOR 228 – DAVID YARDIN
41. SCALPED #59 – JOCK
40. IZOMBIE #23 – MICHAEL ALLRED
39. GLORY #25 – ROSS CAMPBELL
38. SKELETON KEY ONE-SHOT – ANDI WATSON
37. THE NEW DEADWARDIANS #4 – I.N.J. CULBARD
36. NORTHLANDERS #50 – MASSIMO CARNEVALE
35. B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH: THE DEVILS ENGINE #3 – MIKE MIGNOLA
34. DOROTHY & THE WIZARD IN OZ #2 – SKOTTIE YOUNG
33. WOLVERINE 306 – CHRIS SAMNEE
32. B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH: YEAR OF MONSTERS #1 – MIKE MIGNOLA
31. BATWOMAN 5 – J.H. WILLIAMS III
30. THE MASSIVE 1 – KRISTIAN DONALDSON
29. CONAN THE BARBARIAN 6 – MASSIMO CARNEVALE
28. AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #7 – SARA PICHELLI
27. DEFENDERS #1 – BY ??? PLEASE TELL ME IF YOU KNOW, BECAUSE I LOOKED UNTIL I GOT PISSED AND THEN I GAVE UP!
26. SAGA #2 – FIONA STAPLES
25. DOROTHY AND THE WIZARD IN OZ #8 – SKOTTIE YOUNG
24. CREATOR-OWNED HEROES #2 – PHIL NOTO ILLUSTRATION
I DIDN’T FEEL LIKE I COULD PUT THIS UP HERE THOUGH, WITHOUT POINTING OUT HOW BADLY THEY BOTCHED THE ACTUAL COVER. I EXPECT MORE FROM YOU GUYS – YOU’RE TOO SMART TO RUIN THAT GREAT ILLUSTRATION WITH BAD CLUTTER.
23. JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #641 – STEPHANIE HANS
22. UNCANNY X-FORCE #17 – ESAD RIBIC
21. SECRET AVENGERS #16 – JAMIE MCKELVIE
20 FATALE #1 – SEAN PHILLIPS
19. SAGA #4 – FIONA STAPLES
18. WONDER WOMAN #10 – CLIFF CHIANG
17. WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #2 – CHRIS BACHALO
16. JOHN CARTER: PRINCESS OF MARS 3 – SKOTTIE YOUNG
15. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: SEASON 9 #1 – STEVE MORRIS
14. BATWOMAN #1 – J.H. WILLIAMS III
13. HELLBLAZER #292 – SIMON BISLEY
12. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: SEASON 9 #5 – STEVE MORRIS
11. MIND MGMT #3 – MATT KINDT
10. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #683 – MIKE DEL MUNDO (AAA VARIANT)
09. WINTER SOLDIER #4 – JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (AAA VARIANT)
08. CONAN THE BARBARIAN #3 – MASSIMO CARNEVALE
07. BATWOMAN #8 – AMY REEDER
06. SAGA #1 – FIONA STAPLES
05. BATWOMAN #2 – J.H. WILLIAMS III
04. GLORY #23 – ROSS CAMPBELL
03. RAGEMOOR #3 – RICHARD CORBEN
02. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: SEASON 9 #2 – STEVE MORRIS
01. DETECTIVE COMICS #880 – JOCK
And it’s worth noting that if the below had been the cover to Wonder Woman #1, it would have easily placed in the top 5. Alas, it never showed as a cover and thus, it’s ineligible.
Okay, so that’s it for this year. Come back next for more. This is always harder than I think, and I never feel confident I got it right but there was some damn beautiful stuff this year. I believe J.H. Williams takes 1st place overall this year, with four books in the top 52 (all Batwoman covers). Steve Morris, Fiona Staples, Massimo Carnevale, and Skottie Young all tie for second with three books each. Jock, Ross Campbell, and Mike Mignola all tie for third with two covers each, and everyone else only got one mention. It was a tough year, a lot of beautiful stuff. Dark Horse did surprisingly well with 9 spots and Image is just behind them with 8. Marvel took home the main prize with 19 spots, in large part thanks to their excellent “Avengers Art Appreciation Covers”, which grabbed them 4 spots – and 2 in the top ten – just enough to edge out DC at 15.
What about you? What were some of your favorites?
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