Saturday, December 24, 2005

Top Fifteen Best Christmas Comic Covers #6-4

Here comes the next three!!


Uncanny X-Men #143

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What I love about this cover (only the second issue to use the "Uncanny" adjective in the title) is that it is clearly a Christmas cover, but it ALSO works as just a plain ol' comic book cover, too!

Drawn by Terry Austin (who also drew the previous issue's cover, #142, the one with the Sentinel blowing Wolverine away), this cover is very moody and spooky - while still maintaining clear Christmas imagery.

By the way, Austin's art on the cover is a good reason why Byrne has said that he does not think of Austin as his "premier" inker, mainly because, as you can see, Austin's style is so powerful that, even without Byrne, like this cover, it STILL looks a lot like the Byrne/Austin classic X-Men issues.

Anyhow, this is a very good cover (to the LAST, and I think, one of the BEST Claremont/Byrne X-Men issues), but it is hurt slightly by the look of Kitty on the cover. She looks like Mick Jagger, with those lips!


Marvel Treasury Edition #13

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See, now this is just the kind of Christmas cover that I love so much. The kind that is fill of style, but also willing to not be pretentious at all.

The idea of Hulk pulling Santa's sleigh makes absolutely no sense, but Gil Kane (with powerful Romita inks) knows that flying REINDEER make no sense EITHER, so heck, why NOT have Hulk fly the sleigh?

That is the kind of refreshing humility that I love about this comic - just give the kids something cool to look at - don't overthink it.

The cover only takes a slight hit because Thing is Jewish, but dressed up as Santa...hehe.

Great cover.


Batman #27

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Jack Burnley makes his SECOND appearance on this list, with this drawing, which, like I was just saying about the Treasury Edition cover, truly embraces the innocence of Christmas, removed from any pretentious feelings at all.

This is just Batman, Robin and Santa Claus showing up to give toys to all the little girls and boys whose parents were still fighting in World War II.

Hope and joy offered up, with no pretenses.

And Burnley makes sure to use the space given to him well, as far as spacing, keeping the cover from having the same sort of sparseness that the Dick Sprang cover for #33 had.

Just a marvelous Christmas cover.

Okay, that's #6-4! Tune in tomorrow to see the next three covers on the countdown! What (non-Liberty Meadows) cover will be #1?!?!

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Blogger John said...

That Batman cover has recently been repurposed as a holiday greeting card. I used them as my primary Christmas card a few years ago and they were a huge hit. It's an appealing design.

12/25/2005 10:25:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Yeah, John, I meant to point that out, but forgot.

That Batman cover was so successful of a design that it has been reprinted for stuff like that since the 60s.

I did not know that it was made into a card so recently, though! Thanks for the link!

12/26/2005 04:42:00 PM  

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