Here at Moviepilot, we love comics: like movies, comics will take us far away from our reality for a little while and regale us with tales of underdog victories and everyday people doing impactful things. From indie comics to super-powered publisher houses, one of the most wonderful things about comics is the limitless, unique possibilities in the art that brings the story to life.
We live in a time where variant covers are abundant and our favorite artists get a shot at drawing characters that they might not otherwise work on - but yesteryears were just as important, and we wanted to salute the comic artists over the years who have created covers that stuck with us forever.
Tobi Backhauge - CEO & Co-Founder
"I was in California as a foreign exchange student in highschool in 1992, when Spawn #1 came out and Image started to provide an alternative publishing option for comic artists to keep independent.
A weekly trip to the comic shop in Tulare became a beloved routine in that year, to get the first fresh prints of SPAWN and some of the other great image titles. That year, for one year, I was a real comic book fan, witnessing the advent of image."
Andrew Marco - Community Manager
"My comic knowledge is very limited, but I actually had to read this novel for school. The reason that I believe that this cover is the most iconic comic book cover of all time (other than the fact that it's on Times 100 Best Novels Of All Time) is simply because of how minimal it is.
Though it sounds a little contradictory, there's something about minimalism that screams 'look at me.' The most recognizable themes within the novel revolve around exactly what's shown on the front cover; you know exactly what the book is about but at the same time you have no idea until you've lifted that front cover. It's like a secret emblem of an exclusive club that those who've read it understand, but those who haven't have no idea what it means."
Kit Simpson Browne - Staff Writer
"It may not have been the first Marvel Superhero comic to appear, and it may not be all that flashy by today's standards, but the first ever X-Men comic will always have a special place in my heart. Not only did it start the journey that led to some of the greatest comics of all time, but...just look at it!
Everything you need to start loving Marvel's Merry Mutants (The Original Team! Magneto! Civil Rights Metaphors! Teenage Angst! Super-powers!) is right there in one 50-year-old image..."
Jancy Richardson - Staff Writer
"For my two cents, the most talented comic book artist alive right now is J.H. Williams III. A brand new, deeply principled, PTSD veteran, hot lesbian Batwoman was always going to be something special, but Williams' delicate, relentlessly creative watercolors tipped that project over into once-in-a-generation perfection. It takes a lot of guts and ingenuity to reinvent a classic, but the iconic black and white is now very firmly linked in my mind to another color: RED."
Ben Kubota - CPO & Co-Founder
"Death of Superman ... not only is it a brilliant cover, it also brought so many readers back to DC, that it is an important event in the comic history ... at least imho."
Alisha Grauso - Editor-in-Chief
"Why am I choosing a cover that came out almost a full 20 years before I was even born? Because it's the very first appearance of Spider-Man. In August of 1962, when Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko introduced the webslinger, they had no idea he would become Marvel's most enduring, iconic character. At the time, it was a risk. A teenage superhero that wasn't just a sidekick? That wasn't ripped and superhumanly brawny like Superman and Captain America? That had all the problems of regular people, with their money woes and neuroses? But the Amazing Fantasy series hadn't been doing well and was about to be cancelled, so they had nothing to lose. Their gamble paid off. Sales did so well for the issue that Spider-Man got his own series a few months later.
And we've had a love affair with Spidey ever since that cover first hit shelves. In the decades since, there have been a lot more "realistic" superheroes and superheroines that have graced the pages of our comic books, full of doubts, human struggles, complexity, and nuanced emotions. But Spider-Man was the first, and, in many ways, he's always been the best of all of them. Not because he never fails - he does, often; it's kind of his trademark - but because, just like a regular person, he keeps trying to do good when he has so much in his life working against him. He was us in a way that other comic book characters just weren't, at least until the last decade.
So, yeah. I choose the cover of Amazing Fantasy #15, because it's the cover that gave the world its first glimpse at the superhero that has changed and influence comic books more than any other in history. But that's just my opinion, your friendly neighborhood editor-in-chief."
Hagen Liebetrau - Finance
Dana Abeln - Community Manager
"Hippolyta from Fearless Defenders is a bonafide bad ass and she knows it. I'm obsessed with this cover because it sums up everything I love about her by showcasing her rather feisty personality and her will to do things her way despite what others think."
Josh Weinstock - Director of PR
"I grew up reading comics, and the cover above is the image that's burned into my mind when I think of those days. Comics are a simplified and digestible form of storytelling, so to be the most iconic cover, you must capture that simplicity and also define a superhero's persona.
Is there a more definitive Superman image out there? And heck, is there a more iconic superhero than Superman?"
Catrina Dennis - Senior Editor
"This was a really, really hard pick, so I'll have to say that this Black Widow cover from Issue 14 is my top pick right now. Rarely is Nat depicted on covers as anything but a mystery with a bomb booty in sketch lines and watercolors, but Phil Noto takes all of those elements and displays one of her other, more integral assets: her persuasion tactics, to humanize her. Look at how terrified and surprised these guys are! You can tell that stringing them up for questioning took her seconds.
Noto continues to be one of my favorite comic book artists, and this cover is just one of many of his works that I adore."
Julian Bahmani - Community Manager
"I've followed the artist on DeviantArt for almost 10 years and he does amazing work. Bane breaking Batman's back is an iconic moment in Batman history and this particular representation is gorgeous."
Aaron Kelly - Director of Community
"I read it religiously as a kid, and it's epic like no other!"
Matthias L. Jugel - Development Team
"The title is one of the first comics I bought. I think it was back in 1990/91 in Munich. The author has only made a few comics most notably Leo Roa.
I found Müll (Trash) fascinating as it depicted a future where most of the earth is a dump and just a few live under a dome with clean air and the protagonist is expelled and almost dies being outside. In the end he leads some kind of revolution to get back and I think he even betrays the outsiders in the end."
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