Superhero zombies?
September 24, 2006 4:22 AM   Subscribe

IGN's top 50 Marvel Comics covers including this wonderful farmgirl She-Hulk (well, she DOES have two green thumbs!), this amazing Wolverine Origins painting, and...umm...superhero zombies?
posted by Kickstart70 (35 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
These are the just the best covers of 2006 -not of all time, right?
Some of them are amazing -interesting to see how far color covers have come in terms if technique and prodution.

No one seems to remember it, but one of my favorite covers of all time was Uncanny X-Men 187 during Paul Smiths's run of simple, strong linework... I also think it's one of the best Wolverine poses I've ever seen.

Nice post.
posted by squidfartz at 5:46 AM on September 24, 2006


oops, I meant issue 173. I'm still waking up.
posted by squidfartz at 5:47 AM on September 24, 2006


Best cover ever. (but maybe it's just that I am a Deadpool fanboy since childhood).
posted by darkripper at 6:58 AM on September 24, 2006


I was gonna say that most of these are crap, then I realized these are the top 50 Marvel covers of the past year.

So most of them ARE crap. By crap I mean, very few of them of make me want to pick the book up and read it. There's plenty of top notch artistic talent and skill on display, but not much design sense or composition or STORYTELLING. They are mostly just people in tights, striking a pose, i.e. just the the same garish covers as before, but now with photoshop!

My favorites though:

She Hulk as farmgirl.

Next wave.
-- just for a bit of humor.


Wolverine in winter
.

Mysterious External's painting
.

Xmen: first class
. --striking a pose sure, but well designed with good use of white space, which is almost unheard of in Marvel comics


Someting I can't remember the name of
-- just 'cause it makes what to know what the story is there.

Daredevil well designed and colored

Favorite of the bunch:

X-men--striking cover design and composition and a good story i.e. (two strange people kissing, one seemingly injured or dead.)
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:07 AM on September 24, 2006


As someone who was always amazed at comic covers and then totally dissapointed by the quality inside, this has definitely made my day.

Anyone willing to provide a zip of all of them together?
posted by furtive at 8:14 AM on September 24, 2006


And yet, at #8 we have Greg "Porn Tracer" Land.

:sigh:
posted by grabbingsand at 8:24 AM on September 24, 2006


What's the point of putting together a list of 50 top covers of one company for one year? I'd much rather see a "best of all time" cover gallery. I didn't think any of those were all that great, but I'm a DC fanboy and prefer goofy 60s stuff like this.
posted by MegoSteve at 8:29 AM on September 24, 2006


Not Zombies, Zuvembies.
posted by chudmonkey at 8:57 AM on September 24, 2006



Someting I can't remember the name of-- just 'cause it makes what to know what the story is there.


Just teenagers problems. Seriously, Runaways it's well written and pretty cool if you're under 17 (which I'm not). It's been created by the talented Brian K. Vaughan, author of Y the Last Man and Ex Machina.
posted by darkripper at 9:11 AM on September 24, 2006


I'd like to see gallery of the best Vertigo covers ever. That would be hard to pick though, they do a lot of great stuff.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 9:14 AM on September 24, 2006


ah she-hulk, what hast thou done to me?
posted by onkelchrispy at 9:27 AM on September 24, 2006


Equal Time.
posted by bodega at 9:27 AM on September 24, 2006


Can anybody explain what the hell is going on in this Outsiders cover?
posted by Iridic at 9:40 AM on September 24, 2006


I'd like to see gallery of the best Vertigo covers ever.

To my mind Marvel could never hold a candle to DC when it came to covers, especially the Vertigo line.

Personal faves are (in no particular order):

Brendan McCarthy for Shade the Changing Man (not a great example, but I couldnt find a link to some of the truly awesome psychedelic covers by him).

And well, anything by Dave McKean and Alex Ross, who are quite frankly the giants upon whose shoulders comic artists aspire to stand upon.

On preview of the DC top 50... not enough Dave McKean or Alex Ross :)
posted by elendil71 at 9:41 AM on September 24, 2006


Hmmm.

I can't help but imagine his claws acting like heat sinks, and basically freezing his hands. I mean I know he has that heeling factor, but damn...
posted by delmoi at 9:41 AM on September 24, 2006


Sorry, looks like 2006 has been a bit of a dull year for Marvel covers. Too many stock poses. To many boring painted covers of superheroes looking heroic.

I've seen some great comics covers in the last year, but these aren't them.
posted by Artw at 10:00 AM on September 24, 2006


Can anybody explain what the hell is going on in this Outsiders cover?

sure.
posted by Artw at 10:01 AM on September 24, 2006


heh heeling factor... trying to figure what that might be. The super-ability to act like a jerk? This amazing power to stomp out flames?



=P
posted by Phantomx at 10:05 AM on September 24, 2006


That's a great cover of Wolverine, but why is there a wolf next to him and not a, y'know, wolverine?
posted by illiad at 10:42 AM on September 24, 2006


I saw Alex Ross at a convention one time, after he started to hit it big, and I said I really liked his work on Terminator: The Burning Earth.. He thought I was nuts..

It was before the new Battlestar Galactica though..
posted by Chuckles at 10:55 AM on September 24, 2006


What grabbingsand said. Horn is a damn embarassment.

Suydam's covers for Marvel Zombies were great, though.
The best thing about that series, IMO.


Also, DC's covers have the added edge of actually referencing the contents of the comics, unlike Marvel's generic pin-up covers.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:01 AM on September 24, 2006


Can anybody explain what the hell is going on in this Outsiders cover?

A lightly-armed gorilla with a jaunty beret and a bandolier of inappropriate-caliber ammunition is carrying a brain in a jar away from something that's burning.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 11:13 AM on September 24, 2006 [1 favorite]


What the hell is going on with She-Hulk's crotch here? It seems to vanish or something. I like "Good Girl" art as much as the next guy, but most of artists listed would benefit immensely from some up-close time with a few actual women.
posted by Scoo at 11:19 AM on September 24, 2006


Can anybody explain what the hell is going on in this Outsiders cover?

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, duh!

*Wipes away tear*
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:34 AM on September 24, 2006 [1 favorite]


Displaying the cover art without the associated typography and titles is a bit odd. These aren't comic book covers, they're cover art. Entirely different.

I've always been very impressed with David Lapham's Stray Bullets covers. Endless variations on a clean and simple theme.
posted by aladfar at 12:16 PM on September 24, 2006


The worst of those DC covers is better than than almost any of those Marvel covers.
posted by solid-one-love at 12:17 PM on September 24, 2006


My god I hate the fucking gradient/"digital-painting" look so incredibly much it makes me want to stop reading comics all together.

Oh wait, that worked.

I'm grumpy. Give me watercolors.
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 1:02 PM on September 24, 2006


Watrcolors? Jesus. That leads to all kinds of wishy washy staticy crap. Maybe tahts okay for a Vertigo comic about a child crying or something but for regular comicsI have to say "give me black ands white inking with flat color and maybe the occasional tastefully done gradient or give me not reading comics."
posted by Artw at 1:33 PM on September 24, 2006


Bodega - The DC covers definately win on the Frank Quitely ones alone I think.

I'm also a big fan of Jocks covers, but I guess he had a quiet year.


posted by Artw at 1:40 PM on September 24, 2006


They didn't make the cut, but I've really been digging the covers that Dave Johnson has been doing for 100 Bullets. (Brian Azzarello's writing in that one is pretty damn good as well.)
posted by bashos_frog at 4:48 PM on September 24, 2006


Daredevil well designed and colored

I really like how the artist has acknowledged the fabric qualities of Daredevil's costume. You don't see that often with superheroes, and in that image specifically, it helps convey a feeling of weakness.
posted by NationalKato at 6:10 PM on September 24, 2006


nice post... sent this to all my friends ;)
posted by tonygarcia at 6:58 PM on September 24, 2006


darkripper - I'm over 17 and I like Runaways! (Okay, I'm 18...but still!)

*rolls eyes* That She-Hulk one is...annoying.
posted by liquorice at 1:09 AM on September 25, 2006


What's with all the super hero zombie stuff?
posted by dobie at 10:11 AM on September 25, 2006


under drawn, over rendered!
posted by joelf at 1:55 PM on September 25, 2006


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