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Eric Jansen
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Posted: 09 January 2024 at 7:42am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I would love to read the hundreds of SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MANs I missed--so many of them drawn by Sal Buscema--but there seems to be no plans to reprint them anytime soon--or ever.  (As always, I don't want to try to read a 30-pound Omnibus in bed as I fall asleep.)
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Rick Senger
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Posted: 09 January 2024 at 3:53pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

The first stuff that popped in my head.

Infantino's silver age THE FLASH was an almost uninterrupted run of beautiful, deceptively simple design and oft-eyegrabbing story hooks from 105-174... perfect silver age time capsule.

Brian Bolland's ANIMAL MAN and other titles were similarly clean, evocative and as someone said upthread, filled with that sense of silver fun in the 80s / 90s.

Neal Adams anything.

Russ Heath's magnificent SEA DEVILS run (1-16 minus a few then a few later?) was brief but I still think about them 50 yrs post-first view. Heath and Kubert both did fantastic covers I admire for various war comics but I've never bought a war comic.

Strange that the first things in my head seem to be DC even though I was ultimately a bigger Marvel guy than DC in my peak buying years in the 1980s. Byrne's AVENGERS, FF and X-MEN covers are some of my favorites for Marvel group titles. Jim Lee, too, did some lovely Marvel cover work (though often generic poses) just as I was exiting comics.

Wally Wood's EC covers (particularly SF)... gorgeous with that sense of wonder and exotic possibility.

Gene Colan's TOMB OF DRACULA covers circa up to 50 were moody / dark with enough whiff of the supernatural and violence to PREVENT me from buying them in the 1970s but I did glance at them on the rack from the corner of my eye.
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Mark Haslett
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Posted: 09 January 2024 at 9:05pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Still not seeing any run that compares to 100 uninterrupted classic Jack
Kirby covers on the World’s Greatest Comics Magazine.
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Daniel Gillotte
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Posted: 09 January 2024 at 10:24pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Dave Mckean's Sandman covers are (in my mind) an inextricable aspect of the success and wonder of Sandman. He did all 75 covers along with many spin-offs and collections. His covers were works of art on their won but also were powerfully reflective of the story and themes inside the book.
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Brad Hague
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Posted: 10 January 2024 at 2:39am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Some artists just create awesome covers no matter what:
John Byrne, Michael Golden, Neal Adams, George Perez, Jim Starlin, Brian Bolland and Art Adams come to mind.

But my personal favorite run is Big John Buscema's 17 issues of Silver Surfer.
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Joe Hollon
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Posted: 10 January 2024 at 7:55am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

100% agree about Sal Buscema's SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN
covers. I happen to be currently re-reading that run and
it is SO good!

Curt Swan's Superman covers from the late 50s/60s are some
of my all-time favorites. Just about any of them
absolutely SCREAM to be purchased and find out what's going
to be happening to Superman inside! I wish he had been
given more covers to draw in the 70s and into the 80s.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 10 January 2024 at 1:09pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Curt also did quite a few Batman covers in the Silver Age. A real contrast to the interior art!

The first issue of BATMAN I bought, 119, had a cover by Curt.

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Joe Hollon
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Posted: 10 January 2024 at 3:02pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Rip Van Batman! Who could resist buying that to see what happens to the
caped crusader?!
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John Byrne

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Prior to purchasing that issue, following my family’s emigration to Canada in 1958, my exposure to American comics had been largely thru black and white hardcover “annuals” (plus one Australian reprint).

Discovering the “real things” in the book/magazine department in a large department store (Eaton’s) in Edmonton, was an epiphany for my eight year old self. I can still feel the sense of transportation upon discovering that wall-sized rack that would become one of my main sources for comics.

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Wallace Sellars
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I dig Neal. Adams' GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW covers as well.
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Mark Waldman
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Posted: 10 January 2024 at 10:32pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Great memories on this thread. Also love the 70s Spider-Man covers by Ross Andru as well as Keith Pollard. A fun time for Spider-Man stories.
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Brian Miller
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Seems like Gil did the cover for like 75% of Marvel’s 70s output.
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