My Top 20 Favorite Covers Part 3

The only time I do a daily blog is when I have several figured out at the same time.  Thus is the case with my top 20 covers.  I obviously had to come up with the entire list before I started the process, so I am able to post daily.  Well, until I run out of covers, of course.

It was an interesting procedure, coming up with the top 10.  I discovered that I liked more of my covers than I thought I would.  It’s amazing to me how much a little time changes your opinion of your artwork. Some of these covers I was disappointed with when I first drew them but after a few years I can look back on them with a fresh perspective and see something of value that I didn’t see before.  Psychology 101….blah, blah, blah…let’s get on with it!

NO. 10: Superman #699.  The story behind this is pretty funny.  I got a call from an editor who needed this cover penciled and inked in a day and a half.  I did a couple of roughs, they picked one and I had to pencil it that day/night.  The next morning I got up, inked it and turned it in.  I liked it the minute I finished it and I still like it.  Sometimes working under the gun can create some surprising results.

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NO. 9: Legends of the Dark Knight 100 page Spectacular #3.  This is on this list for one reason and one reason only.  Batman.  Okay, that’s a lie, Joker, Clayface and Killer Croc are also huge reasons.  This is a story that I wrote, penciled and inked, so I was thrilled that I got the cover as well.  Although the design is pretty standard fare, it’s a cover that misrepresents the content of the story in a literal sense but captures the content very nicely in a metaphorical sense.   I also spent a lot of time cross-hatching the bricks behind Batman and I colored this one as well.

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NO. 8:  Wonder Woman #28.  The intent here was to capture a Norman Rockwell americana vibe.  I think I succeeded.  It also features my daughter when she was in kindergarten which makes it a keeper for life.

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NO. 7: Metamorpho TPB Cover.  This was originally supposed to be the cover to Metamorpho #1 but when the title got absorbed into the anthology book “Legends of Tomorrow”, there was no need for a Metamorpho cover.   Since there is a trade paperback coming out, DC decided to use this art for the cover.  Great inking by Matt Banning and nice rich coloring by Soto.

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NO. 6: Excalibur #10.  I can’t tell you how much I like this cover.  It has been one of my favorites since I saw the inks by the great Tim Townsend.  When I drew it I wanted to capture a Wrightson Frankenstein feel in the rocky cliff and the skeletal remains.  I conveyed this to Tim and he brought it home.  This is a keeper and that’s why I still have it.

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Well, that’s it for now.  Only the top five remain….so if you have come this far you are obligated to come back and see the exciting conclusion.