I’m so excited to be able to present this next Top 10 Covers list. The funnest guy in the comics world – Fred Hembeck gives us his Top 10 Covers! Having loved his parodies in the pages of Marvel Age in the 1980’s and his Hembeck-ized cover recreations over the years he was the one and only person I even considered contacting when our site needed a logo. If you’d like a commission from Fred (no self-respecting commission collector can be without one!) be sure to hop over to his Facebook page and send him a message! You can also own a tome collecting his years of parodies – The Nearly Complete Essential Hembeck Archives Omnibus! 900 pages of Hembeck greatness!
Take it away Fred!
Let’s call these ten of my favorite covers, not necessarily THE top ten, okay? Personal nostalgia plays a lot into these choices, and I’ve decided to limit myself to only two Kirby and Ditko covers apiece, and one each for the remaining artists named. Plus, as much as the actual artwork plays into the equation, color is also a very important component.
I love each and every one of the above covers! And, as an aside, I have, over the years, had the opportunity to redraw nearly every one of them in my own quirky style, sometimes more than once and sometimes even in color! There is no better way for me to appreciate the greatness of the original illustrations–stunners all!
The Hembeck’d versions!