My Favorite Comic Book Covers #1
As I was thinking of new things to write about, I thought about what I hadn’t yet spoke about. And immediately, I thought about the close to 1,000 comic books I had stored in long boxes in “The Vault”(aka my closet).
For many years I purchased comic books on a regular basis. Whether I was 12 years old spending my allowance, or a twenty-something spending a nice chunk of change every week, I was a frequent customer in more than a few comic book shops for more than a decade. As such, I have an ass-load of comics.
This will mark the first of a series of posts, that will showcase my favorite comic book covers. The only stipulation is, that I must own the comics I feature. So you’re not going to see any super-expensive vintage comics here. So…let’s go!!
The Punisher Vol.2 #47
This is my favorite all-time comic book cover…with good reason. This was the one that started it all. I remember walking with my younger brother Jeff and my nephew Victor. It was a warm Saturday, and my brother and I knew of a comic book store in nearby Pleasantville. The name of the shop was Adventure Ink and it was a good three mile walk from our house. We had just gotten our allowance and we decided to check out this comic shop. You see, this was the first comic book I purchased that started my collection(this is not the original copy I purchased). I’m pretty sure this cover was echoing Desert Storm. On this day I discovered my love for comic books and also found out my favorite Marvel Super Hero was the Punisher. My brother found out that he was a Daredevil fan. And I found it totally awesome that The Punisher and Daredevil had a little rivalry.
Teenage Nutant Ninja Turtles Vol.1, Book 22
Shortly after I had started collecting comics, I stumbled across some of the old school TMNT books in a back issue box. I decided to check them out, and I was totally floored! I loved the stories, the art work, everything. The original first volume, has amazing cover art. Being young, I judged my first choices on their cover. Donatello is my favorite, and yes, while this is an old school comic, and they should all be wearing red, that is clearly Donatello. I would be hard pressed to tell you anything that happens in any of these comics because I haven’t read any of them in more than 8 years. I got this one signed by Kevin Eastman at a comic convention at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in 2001 or 2002. The same show I got this at.
Ghost Rider Vol.3 #15
Now in the early to mid nineties, comic book companies started rolling out all sorts of gimmick covers, to increase sales. There were holographic covers, prismatic covers, gold embossed covers and this. A glow-in-the-dark cover. When your twelve years old…what could be cooler?! Out of all the gimmick covers released to date, this is my absolute favorite! The art work is great, and the glow-in-the-dark flames totally fit the subject matter. This is one of two Ghost Rider comics that I own.
So, that’s the end of the first of, hopefully, a series of posts about my favorite comic book covers. The comics that appear are in no particular order, except for The Punisher Vol.2 #47, because as stated earlier, it will always be my all-time favorite.
This was actually pretty fun, and I might be able to do posts like this on a regular basis. What did you think?