(Guest columnist Jason R. is filling in for regular Best Covers columnist Andy B. this week. If you, too, have an interest in writing a Best Covers column — perhaps because you think you could do a better job… to which I say, GOOD LUCK, CHUM — just send us an email!)
Happy Independence Day, everybody! Hope you’re all having fun at your cookouts, parades and firework viewings. Cosmic Comix laid down the gauntlet last week for someone to try and write a better Best Covers column than Andy B. so I thought I would give it my shot this week.
ACTION COMICS #11
Cover by Rags Morales
This is a great cover because not only is it a great action shot, but it makes you wonder what happened prior to Superman being engulfed in flames. From the looks of the cover it seems that Superman was first caught in this fire as Clark Kent instead of Superman, evidenced by the Clark clothes being burned off of Superman and Clark’s glasses in his left hand. Did someone attack the Daily Planet with Clark inside? Was someone directly trying to attack Clark? Can you imagine the look on the person’s face that thought they were attacking Clark Kent, and then Superman comes out of the fire, looking pretty mad?
Cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli
I really liked this cover because of the desperate situation it may portray. As a superhero, you know that you’re in trouble when the one armed guy has to help you get away from a crazed vampire. Another thing that I really liked about this cover is that all the characters have legitimate looks on their faces. Curt Connors looks (appropriately) scared out of his mind, while Morbius looks menacing and terrifying. And even though you can’t see his face, Spider-Man looks pretty out of it.
Plus, the tagline above the title states, “It’s No Turning Back For The Lizard and The Amazing Spider-Man”! Yeah I’m sure they wouldn’t want to turn back, due to the scary looking vampire right behind them. It also doesn’t hurt that there is a Spider-man movie out this week, eh.
Cover by Todd McFarlane
Continuing the Spider-Man love, you just have to dig this cover because of the obvious homage to Amazing Fantasy #15, or otherwise known as the first appearance of Spider-Man. Now, Spawn is not exactly the pillar of morality that Spidey is, so who knows what is going to happen to this guy once Spawn lands with him, or what this guy did to garner the attention of Spawn in the first place.
I also like the use of chains instead of webbing to swing from the building. It stays true to the original image while still being a part of Spawn.
Cover by Marco Checchetto
I like this cover because it displays the Punisher doing what he does best. He’s already got one weapon firing off, but as we can see he is already taking another gun out of his jacket, ready to bring more pain should the ammo in his first weapon run out. Makes me wonder, how many other weapons does the Punisher have tucked away to use at any time? I’m going to guess a whole lot, and I don’t think I want to know where they are all hidden.
Also, I really like the beard that the Punisher has been sporting in this series and on the cover. It shows that the Punisher has way too many people to kill to worry about keeping his facial hair trimmed. And then we have Rachel Cole-Alves in the background. What do we call her anyway? Mrs. Punisher? Madame Punisher? Punisherette? Lady Punisher?
- Jason R.