1995's Ten Best Covers

CAN we EVER save the 1990s from being called the worst decade in comics by simply showing off its best comics covers? Of course not, but seeing as Ranker's Top 99 from the decade tried to and in my opinion, failed... 1995 us really when the gimmick took over: LOTTTTSSSSSSSSSS of ugly foil, embossed or otherwise over-priced covers, and experimentation with multiple variants. Me, I was tempted to just use Jerry Ordway's Power of Shazam covers from the year, maybe with the occasional Frank Miller X, but no, I'll put in the work. Do feel you can play along and recommend different top covers than I do. As usual, I used Mike's Amazing World of Comics (link will take you to the start publication month, not the cover dated one) to play along.
The Power of Shazam #1 by Jerry Ordway
Preacher #1 by Glenn Fabry
Kurt Busiek's Astro City #1 by Alex Ross
Ghost #7 by Adam Hughes
X #19 by Frank Miller
Sin City: Silent Night by Frank Miller (he had a thing for precipitation that year)
The Demon #56 by John McCrea (guys, a plane-shark, I'm not made of stone)
Swamp Thing #152 by Brian Bolland
Logan: Path of the Warlord #1 by John Paul Leon and Shawn Martinbrough
Xombi #18 by Howard Chaykin (loving the retro)

But perhaps you have different ideas?

5 comments:

Madeley said...

Looking at that Swamp Thing cover, I'm reminded that Mark Millar's run on the title was really good. It was from back when he was young and enthusiastic and could still be bothered/hadn't figured out the money to be made in cynically pandering to the lowest common denominator/was still stealing from Grant Morrison*

*Delete as applicable

Siskoid said...

Haha, yeah. He had a good run on Superman Adventures too!

Last thing I read is that Morrison pretty much wrote this run of ST and covered for him when he didn't make deadlines, or rewrote the crap, and let him take the credit so he could build his career, something he would regret later.

How much of this is true is anyone's guess, but it certainly doesn't read like modern Millar.

SallyP said...

That Preacher cover is one of my favorites of all time, much less the 90's. And you just can't go wrong with the Shazam cover by Ordway.

Jeff R. said...

Hm. I'd have wanted to get at least one Moonshadow cover in. Also some good Sandman Mystery Theater covers this year, especially from the Hourman story.

Siskoid said...

Both those series were on my short list for the past two decades. But consider Moonshadow #1 my favorite, and any photo cover with Sandman well represented as a contender.

 

Blog Archive

Category

5 Things to Like Activities Advice Alien Nation Aliens Say the Darndest Things Alpha Flight Amalgam Ambush Bug Animal Man anime Aquaman Archetypes Archie Heroes Arrowed Asterix Atom Avengers Awards Babylon 5 Batman Battle Shovel Battlestar Galactica Black Canary BnB 2-in1 Books Booster Gold Buffy Canada Captain America Captain Marvel Cat CCGs Charlton Circles of Hell Comics Comics Code Approved Conan Contest Cooking Crisis Daredevil Dating Kara Zor-El Dating Lois Lane Dating Lucy Lane Dating Princess Diana DCAU Deadman Dial H Dice Dinosaur Island Dinosaurs Director Profiles Doctor Who Doom Patrol Down the Rabbit Hole Dr. Strange Encyclopedia Fantastic Four Fashion Nightmares Fiasco Films Within Films Flash Flushpoint Foldees French Friday Night Fights Fun with Covers Galleries Game design Gaming Geekly roundup Geeks Anonymous Geekwear Gimme That Star Trek Godzilla Golden Age Grant Morrison Great Match-Ups of Science Fiction Green Arrow Green Lantern Hawkman Hero Points Podcast Holidays House of Mystery Hulk Human Target Improv Inspiration Intersect Invasion Invasion Podcast Iron Man Jack Kirby Jimmy Olsen JLA JSA Judge Dredd K9 the Series Kirby Motivationals Krypto Kung Fu Learning to Fly Legion Letters pages Liveblog Lonely Hearts Podcast Lord of the Rings Machine Man Motivationals Man-Thing Marquee Masters of the Universe Memes Memorable Moments Metal Men Metamorpho Micronauts Millennium Mini-Comics Monday Morning Macking Movies Mr. Terrific Music Nelvana of the Northern Lights Nightmare Fuel Number Ones Obituaries oHOTmu OR NOT? Old52 One Panel Outsiders Panels from Sheena Paper Dolls Play Podcast Polls Questionable Fridays Radio Rants Reaganocomics Recollected Red Bee Red Tornado Reign Retro-Comics Reviews Rom RPGs Sandman Sapphire & Steel Sarah Jane Adventures Saturday Morning Cartoons SBG for Girls Seasons of DWAITAS Secret Origins Podcast Secret Wars SF Silver Age Siskoid as Editor Siskoid's Mailbox Space 1999 Spectre Spider-Man Spring Cleaning ST non-fiction ST novels: DS9 ST novels: S.C.E. ST novels: The Shat ST novels: TNG ST novels: TOS Star Trek Suicide Squad Supergirl Superman Supershill Swamp Thing Tales from Earth-Prime Team Horrible Teen Titans That Franchise I Never Talk About The Prisoner The Thing Then and Now Theory Thor Thursdays of Two Worlds Time Capsule Timeslip Tintin Torchwood Tourist Traps of the Forgotten Realms Toys Turnarounds TV V Waking Life Warehouse 13 Websites What If? Who's This? Whoniverse-B Wikileaked Wonder Woman X-Files X-Men Zine