Faced with the challenge to lead a little discussion, I'll start with something that's been on my mind for a bit, something I hope other people might be willing to chime in with their own examples, too: Covers that were so compelling, you just HAD to buy the comic. 

 

I have a few examples, so I thought I'd share them. 

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Daredevil #163, March 1980:

 

 

When you see this image, you can only think: How dead and mangled is Daredevil going to be when this match is over?

 

 

Doc Beechler (mod-MD) said:
http://www.dcindexes.com/newsstand/index.php

Here's a great site for covers from multiple companies by month and year. It may help jog some memories.

Oh. My. Gosh. It's like the Promised Land in there.

www.comics.org/issue/21668/cover/4/

 

What kid could resist this? I couldn't.

Pretty much every DC Comic war comic I've bought because of Joe Kubert. Like:

 

Joe Kubert's covers are amazing -- there's so much drama in every image. And that Rock cover is so confrontational -- I love it!
I'm not sure why, but I loved this cover, and immediately just grabbed it when I saw it on the spinner rack of a local bookstore when I was a kid.

www.comics.org/issue/22601/cover/4/

 

I've never forgotten this one. It brings back the weird dichotomy of being a kid during the Vietnam era (when this was published). In our notebooks, we would draw peace symbols next to scenes of warfare and carnage. We were bombarded with both sorts of images, whenever we turned on the TV.

This one’s got spaceships, giant robots, an exploding atomic bomb, and the “Black Canary” standing in a dinosaur’s mouth swinging a shark by the tail at a gorilla in a space suit. C’mon! How could you not buy it?

 

That's ... that's just awesome.

A great example of Mort Weisinger's "SCREW EVERYBODY!" attitude...

http://www.comics.org/issue/17483/cover/4/

 

This one's so ridiculous, I'm reminded of the phrase "We make C*** for idiots!"

http://www.comics.org/issue/17737/cover/4/

 



Henry R. Kujawa said:

A great example of Mort Weisinger's "SCREW EVERYBODY!" attitude...

http://www.comics.org/issue/17483/cover/4/

 

This one's so ridiculous, I'm reminded of the phrase "We make C*** for idiots!"

http://www.comics.org/issue/17737/cover/4/

 

 

I don't see any problem with those. (Did Weisinger really say that?) I can see why you posted them in the 'covers that made you buy the comics' thread, which is the main thing. The Superman mythos tales happened in a weird fever-dream world where people only pretended to be grown-ups, and people's fears and anxieties came to life and were played out in broad daylight.

 

We are finding out now, that when you remove the weirdness and laughably illogical from these comics, you get dour grit-toothed 'tough-guys in tights' nonsense that never seems to just fly the way these old comics did.

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