1998's Ten Best Covers

Is it me or is 1998 the year terrible photo covers make a comeback? Maybe it's the proliferation of tv/movie tie-in books coupled with the need for variant covers. But there are definitely a lot more of them. Unsurprisingly, none of them made it to this list, which attempts to redeem the 1990s via its better comic book covers. Alex Ross had a very strong year though; not sure how many of his covers I can keep off the list. I also have to note that this is the year I stopped buying comics for a long time. It wasn't the quality, it was the money, but same difference. My thanks to Mike's Amazing World of Comics (link will take you to the start publication month, not the cover dated one) which provided an easy means to do research, and where you can play the game too.
Daredevil #1 by Joe Quesada and James Palmiotti
Crisis on Infinite Earths HC by Alex Ross
Batman: Two Faces #1 by Anthony Williams and Tom Palmer 
Superman Forever #1 by Alex Ross
Batman: Gotham Adventures #4 by Ty Templeton
Superman for All Seasons #3 by Tim Sale
Kabuki: Masks of the Noh HC by David Mack
Hate #29 by Peter Bagge
JLA: The Nail #1 by Alan Davis and Mark Farmer
Hellblazer #123 by Sean Phillips

But perhaps you have different ideas?


LiamKav said...

Why is TNBA Batman fighting against BTAS Catwoman? Does the story explain why she changed her outfit to black and lost 40 pounds and 4 inches?

Siskoid said...

Not sure, but I'll get there in my daily reviews eventually!

Jeff R. said...

I'd have put a 300 cover in there, probably #4 or #1. Also, between the second series issue and the image reprinting of the first series with all-new covers, a lot of really good Mage covers this year.

Siskoid said...

All kind of looked the same to me. And that's a thing about doing this. While the good cover artists (Ordway, Ross, Miller, etc.) keep doing good work, I find it harder and harder to include them when the most recent "good cover" is pretty much like the last one, and loses its sheen.

Jeff R. said...

Fair enough. I've seen the same effect: all of the weird west Jonah Hex covers over the whole decade were great, but there's not one that stands out high enough over the rest to talk about.


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