The 15 Greatest Covers in All of Comics

You can find your favourite comic book covers right here. You are aware that there are several techniques to comic book cover art. To create a strong comic cover that stands out from the competitors, keep reading to understand some essential fundamentals.

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Want to design a comic book cover that will draw attention and encourage readers to buy your book?

Yes, you should never judge a book by its cover, but this is especially true when it comes to comic book covers, which frequently depict heroes and villains in flashy outfits.

To the best of its ability, a comic book cover should tease the artwork and narrative that lie within.

We’ve chosen the top 15 comic book covers to explore below.

1. Captain America (1941)

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The first issue’s cover has him in a new outfit alongside a squad of Sams dressed as Captain America, Sharon Carter, and the Winter Soldier.

By striking Hitler in the face on this controversial cover, Captain America made a remarkable first impression.

This artwork is blatantly offensive and generated a lot of debate among Nazi sympathizers in America when it was first distributed.

By using this cover, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby made it quite obvious that they opposed Nazism, and we knew that Steve Rogers wouldn’t accept any crap either.

2. Batman: The Killing Joke

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The image of the Joker taking a photo with his blood-red smile is even more unsettling if you learn what he is photographing.

This cover features one of the most well-known representations of the Clown Prince of Crime.

This cover not only shows how much he enjoys making people suffer, but it also hints that he enjoys watching our shocked faces as we read this terrible comic.

3. The Amazing Spider-Man (1967)

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To commemorate his 50th issue, Peter Parker decided to give up being Spider-Man since he was tired of being disrespected for all the lives he has rescued.

The reversal of his heroic character on this cover serves as a melancholy prelude to his brief but serious identity crisis.

4. Green Lantern (1994)

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The devastation of Hal Jordan’s hometown in the 1990s caused the Green Lantern to join the dark side.

He engages in conflict with his fellow Lanterns for attempting to repair the harm and ultimately takes their Power Rings.

It’s clear from the expression on Jordan’s face as he holds all of their rings that he has turned wicked, a startling change for one of the most adored superheroes in history.

5. Iron Man (1979)

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The greatest enemy Tony Stark ever faced was drinking, even if he also battled armoured warriors and extraterrestrials.

It was stunning to see Iron Man on this cover looking so defeated, showing how tormented and helpless he is in the face of his own addiction.

6. Green Lantern (1971)

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In comic book history, this was a turning point because it prepared the ground for the genre to address more complex societal themes.

And the unexpected discovery that Green Arrow’s sidekick, Speedy, was a heroin addict, set the whole thing off. No buildup occurred. On the cover, the twist was simply printed.

7. Action Comics (1938)

This iconic comic book cover introduced Superman to the world.

Everyone recognized the Man of Steel as a supernatural entity when they saw him hoisting a vehicle over his head.

Since the publication of this comic book, Superman has grown to be one of the most well-known and admired figures in all of literature, helping to establish the superhero subgenre.

8. Amazing Fantasy (1962)

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One of the most iconic pictures to emerge from the comics business is the cover for Spider-first Man’s issue.

We have admired the web-slinger since his 1962 debut, and this image perfectly captures what he is all about—swinging in on his web and grabbing a thief off the street.

9. Avengers: Promises An Issue Starring Jarvis

The double-sized epic from Avengers #200 was interrupted by the next issue.

On the cover, Edwin Jarvis, the Avengers’ butler, is seen telling the team to back up.

Despite the cover’s hint that Jarvis is taking on a problem, the Avengers can’t handle, the comic focuses on the Avengers’ downtime.

Hank and Janet spend time together as Beast joins Wonder Man on the set and Iron Man and Thor leave for unrelated reasons.

The enemy, who turns out to be a robot named Wasp, engages in combat for two pages while Jarvis only makes an appearance in one panel.

10. Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 (1985)

This cover was modelled after an illustration from “The Dark Phoenix Saga,” but it doesn’t lessen how frightening it is.

Supergirl’s lifeless body being held by the Man of Steel as he sobs eloquently conveys the existential peril the Justice League must deal with in this epic tale.

11. Watchmen #1 (1986)

One of the most enduring images in comedy is the Comedian’s bloody smiling button.

The red line across the button’s yellow face is a brilliant allusion to the doomsday clock that is mentioned often in the narrative.

Additionally, it established the story’s dark, sarcastic tone, which would ultimately shatter the purity of superhero comics.

12. Wonder Woman #205 Gives Wonder Woman’s Tools to the Joker

The Joker is seen on the cover of Wonder Woman #205 with the tagline “Who’s Laughing Now?” and “HAHA” scribbled all over the backdrop, dodging bullets with her bracelets while she smiles. The Joker, however, does not show up at all in the comic.

At Cale-Anderson Pharmaceutical, Wonder Woman battles Dr Psycho, her mental-powers-wielding foe.

Dr Psycho fools the security personnel into believing Wonder Woman is the Joker, and when she pursues him, they start shooting at her.

The illusion is dispelled once Wonder Woman has them in her lasso of truth.

13. Superman #75 (1993)

Superman’s passing occurred on a dark day, and this picture perfectly captured the horrible loss.

The Man of Steel’s death was signified by the sight of his frayed cape flying like a flag, but it also seemed as though a small part of the rest of the planet died along with him.

14. The Uncanny X-Men #135 (1980)

The most threatening antagonist of the X-Men first appeared in the 1980s as Jean Grey.

She proudly smashes the “X-Men” title with her own hands while standing over her slain allies after transforming into the all-powerful Dark Phoenix.

The story of Jean and the Dark Phoenix would turn Marvel Comics on its head, and they would never be the same again, this cover warned readers.

15. Excalibur #54 Turns Captain Britain Into a Clown

In the 1990s, the popularity of The X-Men skyrocketed, and the series gave rise to spin-offs of related mutant teams.

Excalibur, the British team led by Captain Britain, took a different approach than the majority of the X-titles in their attempt to define their identity.

Excalibur had odd enemies, other universes, and reality-bending.

Captain Britain appeared on the cover of Excalibur #54 with a clown nose, although neither he nor anybody else was costumed as a clown during the real events.

The narrative itself ended up being an Alice in Wonderland parody.

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