Thursday, September 4, 2014

Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself...

Doug: Anyone up for more comic book covers? As we did last time, we're going to present several covers in a genre, and then you nominate others -- next week we'll do it again and show off our readers' suggestions! So today -- face-off covers!






17 comments:

Edo Bosnar said...

The first one that came to mind when I saw that "old" Teen Titans cover is the one from New Teen Titans #4.
And also, one of my favorite ever super-hero confrontation covers, also by Perez: JLA #200.

Colin Jones said...

What about X-Men #134 - the X-Men vs. the Hellfire Club, a classic cover in my opinion.

Doug said...

I thought of another one this morning, and it has a similar angle to Teen Titans #50 and to Edo's suggestion of NTT #4 -- Avengers #142, with our heroes facing down a charge from the Wild, Wild West's best.

OK, so we have four covers for our next post -- keep 'em coming!

Doug

Martinex1 said...

That King Size Avengers #2 is one of my all time favorite face-off covers. I don't believe in all my years of collecting that I ever came across that FF Annual 11. I would suggest Avengers #53 with the X-Men, and Avengers #70 battling the Squadron Sinister. Not sure if Avengers #71 would really count but I like that one too.

Murray said...

It's not a comic book, per se, but the cover of The Art of Neal Adams (Volume 1) rocked my young world.

1) It's art by Neal Adams

2) It features the characters he'd drawn for Marvel lined up on the left and the characters he'd draw for DC on the right. The heroes are all tensing and a half-step away from a brawl...with Atomic Mouse floating in between the two lines playing peacemaker.

This was before the Superman-Spider-Man milestone. The sheer nerd amazement of that cover required I had to go lie quietly for a while to calm my heart rate. Took some 40 years before Perez-Busiek did it for realsies.

Edo Bosnar said...

Doug mentioning heroes facing the Wild West's best reminded me that the JLA also had their own version of this idea, in # 198.
And one that has me slapping my forehead and saying "d'oh!" because I didn't think of it immediately is the excellent cover of Fantastic Four #250.

Murray, the Art of Neal Adams cover is a really good one - I thought of that one as well. And since you mentioned the JLA/Avengers crossover, I guess the cover to issue #2 would count for this category, although it's not Bronze Age.

J.A. Morris said...

Not from the Bronze Age, but I always liked the parody face-off cover on this Sealab 2021 dvd,probably inspired by X-men 100:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-media/product-gallery/B00069L0Z4

Doug said...

Murray --

Speaking of books about artists, did everyone see that IDW is giving John Buscema the Artist's Edition treatment? If you've not seen these, you should. They are huge books that are full of the very highest quality scans of original art, plus loads of extras. The Big John book will feature complete reprints of Silver Surfer #s 5, 6, and 8. I know Rip Jagger has one of these (Kirby's New Gods, I believe... Rip??), so maybe he'll be along to comment.

They are pricey, but I'd lie if I said I wasn't strongly considering plunking down some of my sales returns for a copy of the Buscema book.

Doug

Edo Bosnar said...

Just remembered one that's quite obscure: Justice Machine #4, with the members of the JM facing off against the Free Force. That's the only issue of that series I ever had, but I remember thinking it was pretty cool.

Murray said...

Doug - Oooh. I do likes me some Big John art. I'll have to have a looksee myself!

William said...

This is one of my favorites. Spidey facing off against the Sinister Six (with the Lizard thrown in for good measure).

[url=http://www.comicvine.com/marvel-special-edition-featuring-the-spectacular-s/4000-265145/] Spectacular Spider-Man Treasury Edition [/url]

William said...

Sorry for all the deletions. I was trying to create a direct link to the cover art, but I just can't get it to work for some reason.

Colin Jones said...

Another face-off cover is The Defenders #119 - it has a similar design to X-Men #100 and #134.

Anonymous said...

What I really loved about the Avengers 141 cover (and my first Avengers was 139) was the added action. Beast bounding into action, the arrow flying across the cover. Just blew me away.

The Marvel Triple Action cover where the Avengers are completely surrounded. And then I think Quicksilver ran around and took everybody's gun. Good times, ... good times.

The Prowler (had everything fine with the system until the power grid was shut off by dickless here).

PS: Doug, the new A National Conversation 2014 Fall Event Calender is in. Looks nice!

Martinex1 said...

Another face off is West Coast Avengers 8 although that may be slightly this side of the Bronze Age. Again with a team of western heroes. I would also maybe include Invaders 15 and the Crusaders.

Edo Bosnar said...

Martinex reminded me of Hulk #265, which in fact features the first appearance of the Rangers.

And along the lines of one hero facing two or more (if those , here's a few others I remembered:
Nova #15

Marvel Team-up Annual #3

Daredevil #178
(although I'll admit, that last one is a bit abstract and arty).

Sean Budde said...

Marvel Treasury Edition #9

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