You thought I had forgotten about this section, right? It’s just a matter of time, but when there’s a chance to do it, I will!!! This week (year?) we turn to Fraser Campbell to ask him what his favorite 5 comic covers are. Mr Campbell is the writer of self-published hit Alex Automatic and has teamed up with Iain Laurie (And then Emily was Gone) to launch a Kickstarter for their new series The Edge Off. Haven’t read it yet, but I am betting there will be no boring reheated superheroics involved. On top of that, they will be offering a reeeeeeally cool Frank Quitely variant as an incentive. Two of the most interesting talents to come out from Scotland in recent years together on an awesome looking project. Don’t miss out!
We Will Now Resume Our Regularly Scheduled Programming … Fraser, what are your favorite five covers then?
Love and Rockets 24 by Jamie Hernandez
You could pick any L&R cover really, but I particularly love this one. It captures so much; the raw energy of the show, the momentary joy of youth and lots of humour. But what stands out to me is that study of Hopey in the corner as she concentrates on playing. There’s so much going on there. Everyone loved Maggie of course, but Hopey was kind of spiky and sarcastic, a little harder to love, struggling to figure out who she was and how she slotted into the World. That’s all there, bringing a bit of heft and poignancy to the image.
Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. 7 by Jim Steranko
Can’t really talk classic covers without a Steranko in there and this springs to mind from his incredible run of Nick Fury S.H.I.E.L.D covers, with the Dali influence obviously to the fore.
All-Star Superman 9 by Frank Quitely
I love this cover particularly because it’s a great example of Quitely’s humour comic roots. The look on Superman’s face after being punched by Bar-el (which I assume is a cheeky Grant Morrison reference to Barlinnie, the famous Glasgow prison known locally as Bar-el) is priceless. Quitely handles more or less everything with elegance, but this is a nice reminder that he cut his teeth in underground humour comics before graduating to bigger things.
Uncanny X-Men 141 by John Byrne & Terry Austin
This, for me, is the greatest comic book cover of all time. I remember seeing it when I was a kid and my mind exploding. Why was Wolverine old? Who was that lady who looked like a grown-up Kitty? And hold up, EVERYONE’S DEAD? I practically threw my pocket money at the shopkeeper. It’s just everything superhero comics should be about, from one of the all-time great runs.
Justice League #1 by Kevin Maguire
This one gives X Men 141 a run for its money. A great line up and full of humour as the (then) all new JL line-up try to act tough for this publicity shot style cover. There’s a reason this has been copied and riffed off of so many times. It’s just such an iconic image and immediately communicates the message – that this is a fresh, vibrant take on an old concept.
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