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The Greatest Comic Book Covers of All Time

By Comics Buyer's Guide

Format: Paperback

SKU# U2237

This time, we DO judge books by their covers!

You'll Love This If:

  • You love comic books
  • You want to see eye-popping comic covers
  • You have ever looked at a cover and said "Wow!"

In this comic book cover guide Comics Buyer's Guide takes you on a tour of the top comic book cover images that made their comics a “must buy". This full-color, eye-popping special is one of a kind and a great collection for any comics fan.

In This Great Comic Cover Collection You’ll Find:

  • Covers from the Golden Age to today
  • Quotes on your favorite comic covers
  • and more!

Don't miss out on this collection of comic covers that stopped you in your tracks in the store.

SKU U2237
Author/Speaker/Editor Comics Buyer's Guide
Format Paperback
ISBN 13 9781440234996
Number Of Pages 225

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The most iconic Comic book Covers Review by tim

For dedicated comic book fans a memorable cover can take you back to the time when you read the story for the first time—and maybe even to the time you bought that particular issue. I can recall the first time I ‘discovered’ Conan the Barbarian when I was a wee lad and bought Conan #42 (for a whole quarter!) with that gorgeous John Buscema cover of Conan fighting a gargoyle in mid-air. The long-running industry publication The Comic Buyer’s Guide presents this book of comics’ most famous covers.

Obviously this kind of a book is a subjective process. After all, what makes a great comic book cover? Is it because it was done by a great artist? Is it the design? Is it the fact that it was a monumental issue because of a first appearance or a character death? The fact is that it can be all of those and more. The editors at the Comic Buyer’s Guide (canceled just this month after 42 years of publication) decide to take a categorized approach to their decisions. Rather than just saying, “here are the greatest covers”, they present them in a series of categories. Some are pedestrian like “Golden Age Gotchas” or “Silver Age Stunners”. But others are far more exotic like “Gangway” which presents a handful of great covers where a character is literally busting through the front cover and breaking down the Fourth Wall; or “Cheesy Cheesecake” which shows off famous covers of scantily clad female heroes. There are sections devoted to EC Comics, Kid’s Comics, character deaths,

The Golden Age section includes covers you’d expect to see like Action #1, Marvel Comics #1, Detective #27, and Captain America #1. A section called “Waving the Flag” highlights several patriotic covers including Fred Ray’s legendary cover to Superman #16, and Captain Marvel #16 featuring Marvel and Uncle Sam by C.C. Beck.

On one hand it’s hard to argue against the covers included in the book because they have set them within so many unique categories of its own creation. I mean X-Men #142, Hulk # 181, Green Lantern #40, Showcase #4, Giant Size X-Men #1…they are all here just like you would expect. These are some of the most memorable and most important comics of all-time. It’s harder to put more modern comics into the category of greatest of all time because these things are usually work themselves out over many years, sometimes even decades. It’s rare that a new comic can hit that pinnacle.

While I can’t pick against and of their choices, certainly there are those covers that I think should have been included…Notable among these are Avengers #57 with the first appearance of the Vision; Silver Surfer #4 with the brilliant Thor Vs. Silver Surfer cover; Batman: The Killing Joke; and Justice league #1 from the 1980s. I could go on and on but you get the picture. But it’s fun the way the CBG editors have classified the covers and it gives the book more a little more meat.

(Posted on 4/15/2013)

Not what I expected Review by Vandusen

It was smaller than I expected. I expected a big square bound volume. I think it would have been more impressive to have one page per cover. Images would have been larger and it would have been more fun to thumb through.

(Posted on 11/5/2012)

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