Friday, October 21, 2005

Covers Should Be Good - Which One Is Better?

The variant cover for All-Star Superman is out. Now it is time to decide which cover is better.

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I pick the Neal Adams one.

I think it is more vibrant. I think the Quitely cover is a better DRAWING, but I do not believe that it pulls the reader in as well. And yes, the Quitely cover depicts EXACTLY what Morrison says he is trying to do with Superman (someone who is so powerful, he can just chill out on a cloud), but for a number one, I do not think it is dynamic enough.

The Adams cover is dynamic...to the EXTREME!

I pick the Adams one.

See the Covers!

33 Comments:

Blogger Jake said...

You're out of your goddamn mind. First, it's a bad drawing. Sorry, it is. Second, it's got a Frank Quitely cover competing with it. Quitely always wins. Third, it's a bad choice for issue #1.

I don't even know what Neal Adams has to do with this book. It's as if DC said "hey Neil! you're free, right? Come do a cover for us!"

I will buy 2 of the Quitely cover to offset your purchase.

10/21/2005 09:45:00 PM  
Blogger Christopher Burton said...

I choose the Adams cover. It's a little angsty, but the Quitely cover? "I'm Superman with my bedroom eyes sitting up here on a white puffy cloud." Gaaayyy.

10/21/2005 10:15:00 PM  
Anonymous RAB said...

When I was a lad, Neal Adams was the god of DC covers and well deserved that status. His covers made many thousands of potential readers say, "Wow -- what's going on in this story to produce that cover scene? I've got to read this!" And we'd happily slap down our 15/20/25¢ just to find out.

What's utterly heartbreaking for me is how this piece displays none of the narrative or aesthetic qualities which made those covers so effective.

The Quitely cover, by contrast, makes me like this Superman; it makes me want to look over his shoulder, like he's a big super-powered pal I'm chilling with. So I'm already drawn into the world Grant and Frank are creating.

10/21/2005 10:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Brian (not Cronin) said...

Disclaimer first: I don't like Frank Quitely much (his faces creep me out), and I've always been blown away by Adams, for the usual reasons.

That said, I'm going with the Quitely cover on this one. I can't even believe these are covers to the same book. The Quitely cover makes me think, "OK, what's up with this, then? Where's the story that comes out of this pose?" The Adams cover just makes me think, "Oh, this again?"

10/21/2005 10:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Iron Lungfish said...

The Quitely cover is actually the only Quitely Superman drawing I've seen that I've liked that much.

The Neal Adams cover is a better drawing, and it's a better cover for, say, a #2 or some other middle-of-the-run comic, but to introduce us to the character - as the very first thing we see of this Superman - I like the laid-back Superman looking over Metropolis better.

That said, none of the Supermen actually inside Quitely's book appear to look much like the one he's drawn on the cover - one of my bigger problems with him as an artist.

10/21/2005 10:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Scott said...

I don't like Neal Adams much to begin with, but that cover is especially awful. I wouldn't be surprised to discover Ian Churchill drew it.

Quitely is the clear winner.

10/21/2005 11:57:00 PM  
Blogger Ragnell said...

I'm not normally a Quitely but he's the clear winner in this contest.

The Adams cover is fiery, designed to catch the eye. It is a standard design and color scheme. It looks like any number of other covers of heroes in despair. It will be lost easily on the DC Comics shelves.

Quitely's Superman is unique. He's in a good mood, he's relaxing. He's finished with the job and ready to enjoy a beer or twelve Not a care in the world.

This mood is almost never seen on a comic book shelf. It will stick out like the proverbial sore thumb. It is, and I can't beleive I'm admitting this of Frank Quitely's work, beautiful.

I want a poster of Quitely's cover.

10/22/2005 12:10:00 AM  
Blogger Tom Foss said...

I was so psyched when I heard Neal Adams was doing a varient cover for this. I mean, I love Quitely, I love Morrison, and despite coming into comics well after Adams's heyday, I really enjoy his work. I fully expected to be buying two copies of this issue.

After seeing the Adams, cover, however, I'm not so sure. I mean, the Quitely cover is so different from every Superman cover that has been on the shelves for the past several years. I remember reading a letter back when the Superman comics still had letters pages that counted the number of times in the most recent years that Superman had appeared smiling on the cover. It was in the single digits.

Meanwhile, Adams's cover has a Superman screaming in front of the sun. The sun is a frequent guest-star on Superman covers, and it seems like someone's screaming on every other cover nowadays anyway. Plus, Adams's art doesn't mesh real well with the actual photographic image of the sun.

Sorry, clearly Quitely has the more enticing cover in just about every way. I hope Adams does more of the covers, and I hope they end up better than this.

10/22/2005 01:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Eli said...

Quitely wins, because apparently Adams has decided to depict Superman as someone with psoriatic dandruff who just spent three hours leaning forward over his logo reading.

Also, the Quitely makes Supes seem like he's just patiently waiting for the dopeness to hit, which is exactly how I feel about this comic.

10/22/2005 03:09:00 AM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

I freely admit that I have some weird bias against this cover, ever since I first saw it, so I am using the rarely used "Taste Exemption" here.

10/22/2005 03:48:00 AM  
Blogger kelvingreen said...

Doesn't matter; I'm getting both and CGC-slabbing them! variant covers r0x0rs! Booyah!

10/22/2005 09:25:00 AM  
Blogger T. said...

Wierd bias against which one, Brian?

I just wonder exactly what's going on in the Neal Adams one. Why is he screaming? Is the sun burning his ass? Is he constipated? Is that an explosion in space? Is there a party in his pants and he's having the best orgasm of his life?

I vote Quitely.

10/22/2005 10:08:00 AM  
Blogger Chad said...

If you hadn't said it was Neal Adams I would have assumed that it was by some third-tier Wildstorm or Top Cow hack. It is one of the worst comic book covers I have ever seen. There is nothing good about it. The pose is awkward, the coloring is murky and muddled, the photoshopping is just pathetic. It's utter crap.

The Quitely drawing is a better design and a better execution. It's an interesting image and it gives a take on Superman that never gets used.

10/22/2005 10:13:00 AM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

"Wierd bias against which one, Brian?"

I have been complaining about the (in my mind) inappropriateness of the Quitely cover for a number one issue since the image was released. Even before we knew that it was definitely FOR the first issue cover, I was saying, "I hope that isn't used as the cover for the first issue!"

So I am nutty when it comes to this cover...hehe.

10/22/2005 10:56:00 AM  
Blogger Tom Foss said...

My one problem with the Quitely cover is how off-model his S-shield is. Lying in the Gutters showed some before and after images of the interior's shield, and I really have to wonder what made Quitely decide to initially draw such an awful-looking insignia.

10/22/2005 11:24:00 AM  
Blogger Christopher Burton said...

I just wonder exactly what's going on in the Neal Adams one. Why is he screaming? Is the sun burning his ass? Is he constipated? Is that an explosion in space? Is there a party in his pants and he's having the best orgasm of his life?

Any one of these constitutes reason enough for this to be the better cover. The Quitely one -- it's girly. It would be a suitable cover for Shojo Beat if Shojo Beat published American superhero comics. Supes looks like he could be fantasizing about Jimmy Olsen. "Oh, Jimmy. Transform into the Human Metal-Eater because I am the Man of Steel, you know."

10/22/2005 11:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Martin said...

Adams: 3/10 (it's just awful and generic)
Quitely: 7/10

10/22/2005 12:08:00 PM  
Blogger Bill Reed said...

Quitely wins. The Adams cover is shit, and possibly ghosted by Marc Silvestri.

Goooo Frank. His cover isn't *supposed* to dynamic. It is, instead, serene, because the entire rack will be covered with angsty "dynamic" covers and no one will care. Instead, we get Superman: The Dude of Cool.

10/22/2005 01:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Dan Coyle said...

Actually, Bill, the Adams cover looks like Phil Winslade ghosted it. Superman's face in particular looks like a Winslade face.

10/22/2005 02:52:00 PM  
Blogger Chad said...

Yeah, I can see where someone would think Superman getting assraped by the sun is os much less girly.

*rollseyes*

So what IS your problme with the Quitely cover, Brian? What is it exactly about the image that bothers you? You've said it bugs you and it isn't appropriate for a first issue and all that- but you need to tell me why. Why, Brian? C'mon, tell us why this cover isn't so good. C'mon, Brian. C'mon. I wanna know.

10/22/2005 03:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Bob Violence said...

Quitely takes it. It's static, but cool. Adams' cover looks like Superman has radioactive agita, and seems rather generic at that.

10/22/2005 03:26:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

"So what IS your problme with the Quitely cover, Brian?"

Not much of a secret. It's right there in the entry --> "I pick the Neal Adams one. I think it is more vibrant. I think the Quitely cover is a better DRAWING, but I do not believe that it pulls the reader in as well. And yes, the Quitely cover depicts EXACTLY what Morrison says he is trying to do with Superman (someone who is so powerful, he can just chill out on a cloud), but for a number one, I do not think it is dynamic enough.

The Adams cover is dynamic...to the EXTREME!"

10/22/2005 05:26:00 PM  
Blogger Christopher Burton said...

Yeah, I can see where someone would think Superman getting assraped by the sun is os much less girly.

I was going for the cheap laugh and playing devil's advocate a bit, too, but...good point.

10/22/2005 07:03:00 PM  
Blogger Lex said...

If I was coming into a comics shop with no knowledge about All-Star Superman at all, and I saw the Quietly cover and the Adams cover sitting side-by-side... I would choose the Quietly cover. No question.

It captures the coolness of Superman.

Score:
Adams cover = 3
Quietly cover = INFINITY + 1

Take that, Cronin!

10/22/2005 09:25:00 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

I'm gonna join the dogpile and say that I like the Quitely cover better. The Adams, while more dynamic, is pedestrian; it could just as easily have been done by Van Sciver, or Turner, or anyone along a long spectrum of artists. Whereas Quitely went with something truly iconic and personal. which, for me, works better for a first issue.

Plus, there aren't enough covers with hereos *smiling* these days.

10/22/2005 10:24:00 PM  
Blogger layne said...

If Quitely's cover is gay, then consider me a four-color fag hag.
It is one of this year's best, heck, I consider on par with this, as far as iconic images go. Who'da thunk that tranquility would be the best cover gimmick ever?(Sorry lenticular/holographic/gatefold fans)
I have never wanted to-nay, had to buy a comic because of the cover.
Ever.
But I will buy this.

10/22/2005 11:24:00 PM  
Blogger Bully said...

I prefer the Quitely cover. Still, I'll take a Neal Adams anyday over most of the modern comic book covers.

Heck, on this book, I'll take a Michael Turner cover inked by Rob Liefeld as long as it doesn't have Lois in her underwear on page two and Superman uttering the words "Are you retarded?"

10/23/2005 10:54:00 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Quitely cover=AIRWOLF.
Adams cover=SeaQuest.

Advantage: Quitely!

10/23/2005 12:56:00 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

I like the way you analogize, Chris.

10/23/2005 10:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Daniel Apodaca said...

I'm sure it comes as no surprise that I vote for the Quitely cover. The Adams one just seems completely UN-vibrant to me. The colors are dark and murky, the pose is stale, and the cover doesn't seem to have any idea behind it. Supes strikes an extreme pose in front of the sun. Great. I'd much rather see a cover that tells me "Supes just finished his patrol for the afternoon and there was no crime in Metropolis today. Now he gets to relax on a cloud and gaze upon the land he loves. God Bless Motherfucking America."

10/24/2005 05:03:00 PM  
Blogger Joe Rice said...

The Quitely piece is amazing. The Adams piece is dklsaj;lkas;fdlkj sorry I fell asleep at the keyboard just thinking about it.

10/25/2005 04:51:00 PM  
Blogger Joe Rice said...

Oh, and just a point: Morrison said that he was redesigning the S-shield. So if Quitely is "off point" then it's on purpose.

10/26/2005 04:31:00 PM  
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