When we started this, I talked about how the cover of Avengers 181
was what drew me into the title. That one, with its cover full of Avengers being whittled down to seven set me on the road to fanboydom.
Comics are, at their core, a visual medium. And, there is no more important part of the book than the cover. Its your first impression. Its a single page designed to draw you in and make you want to buy and read the book.
Thanks to the fine folks over at Cover Browser
, I was able to take a trip through the annals of Avengers covers. Here now are a few of their finer moments.
- I picked this one up as a reprint in the late 1970s. I had been introduced to the Masters of Evil courtesy of the Marvel cartoons and the idea of the Masters reunited taking the Avengers down was just what I was looking for. Add in the Black Knight and this one has all the elements of a great cover.
- I love this one. The Vision, who became the soul of the team over time, was a mysterious new character. His motives were unknown. His allegiances a mystery. Who wouldn't want to find out what was inside the book behind this cover.
- This one has a special place for me. I found it in a stack of comics at a friend's house. It probably belonged to his older brother. I must have read the book a dozen times. I never knew how the story ended. I didn't care. I was introduced to a new group of villains and yet another iteration of the team. Dig Aries won't you? So 70s.
- I've never read this book. Nope, this cover was on my Trapper Keeper. Yeah, that's right. I must have wondered who the Squadron Sinister was but I wanted to know. I would later discover the Squadron was Marvel's take on the Justice League and they became some of my favorite characters. You just never go wrong with two teams squaring off on the cover. Ever!
- This one was just weird. It was a fill-in issue. The artist was different. The story was odd. The Beast and Wonder Man take to the sewers to face off with "the Crawlers." The monsters wound up being misunderstood. The Avengers learned a lesson and the issue stuck in my mind. What more could you ask for?
- When I started working out this article, I knew this one would be part of it. Its everything you want from a title. Perspective. Arrows. Ant-Man. An explanation. Its a classic cover. So classic that a few years ago, the Marvel Legends Hawkeye action figure came with an Ant-Man arrow
. That's how you know your cover resonated.
I've got more covers captured. We'll do this again.
Until then, let's take a look at the greatest Avengers lineups of all time courtesy of Newsarama.