This installment of ‘Top 10 Covers” comes from The Yuan Twins. You may have seen them on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Observe & Report or most recently in the new season of Arrested Development. More importantly they run LA’s newest comic shop, Cool Cat Comics & Cards at 10922 1/2 W. Pico Blvd. in West Los Angeles! What makes their store so great? Plentiful parking, they care about independent comics (they produce one themselves!), they’re open late (9pm!), but most of all it’s the fact that it’s a shop run by two self-professed dorks who were excited to create a Top 10 list of their favorite covers. Sweet!
Now let’s see their Top 10 list!
FANTASTIC FOUR #278 by John Byrne: The comic that started us
collecting. We’d read comics before, but this is the one that got us
to dive into that deep, dark rabbit hole of bagging and boarding and
all the other sorts of obsessive-compulsive stuff that comic
collectors engage in.
THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS #4 by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley:
Superman vs. Batman. One of the first, definitely the best.
THE PUNISHER #21 by Erik Larsen and Scott Williams: The Punisher
takes on corruption in professional boxing! YEE-HAW!!!! Why should
drug dealers, human traffickers, murderers, and cannibals get all the
fun? Time for Frank Castle to put the smack down on loud, obnoxious
fight promoters with big hair! Hot damn, this was a great issue!!!!
UNCANNY X-MEN #199 by John Romita, Jr.: Not only was this a great
cover, but it was first time there was a sequel to an “event” that
didn’t make us roll our eyes and throw up all over the place. Rachel
Summers as Phoenix was awesome and the writer who made her not-Phoenix
deserves to be shunned ruthlessly.
DAREDEVIL #232 by David Mazzuchelli: A great cover to one of the greatest storylines ever.
GREEN LANTERN #49 by Darryl Banks: A psychotic Hal Jordan with
two fistfuls of stolen power rings. This cover not only shows the
depths to which Hal Jordan succumbed to grief, but it also offered
definitive proof that while one power ring is awesome, ten or more is
even awesomer (and if that’s not a word, it is now).
EXCALIBUR SPECIAL #1 by Alan Davis: Excalibur was a fantastic
book without the sort of angst, drama, and nonsense so prevalent in
comic books of the time. While everyone was trying to prove how much
of a wringer they could put their characters through, Chris Claremont
and Alan Davis spent their time telling enjoyable stories with
ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN #4 by Bill Sienkiewicz: Okay, so all the covers
to Elektra: Assassin were amazing, but this one epitomizes the
brilliant lunacy that Sienkiewicz’s art brought to the series. This
series was one of the first ones to show us that comics could be so
much more than just spandex-covered folks beating each other stupid.
HECTIC PLANET #6 by Evan Dorkin: Pirate Corp$/Hectic Planet was
the other one. This comic really blew our minds. Here was a comic
that was black and white and full of people talking rather than
knocking each other around for twenty-some-odd pages. With its
amazing dialogue, truly original and creative stories, and memorable
characters, “Hectic Planet” should be read by everyone.
MARSHAL LAW #1 by Kevin O’Neill: Before “The Boys”, before
“Kick-Ass”, Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neill took the notion of superhero
parody, tossed into a blender, added a pound of razor blades to the
mix, and served it to children. Marshal Law was the firstest with the
mostest not only because of the amazing artwork and brilliant writing,
but because Pat Mills’ satire goes deeper than just poking fun at the
patent absurdity of the whole superhero genre. Whereas other writers
prance about and say, “Look at me! I’m poking fun at sacred cows by
making them swear and get naked,” Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neill turn
every cherished icon into something disturbingly and frightfully human
and in doing so make it repulsive in the extreme. And while other
creators mock super heroes purely for shock value, Mills and O’Neill
do it, it seems, almost out of a sense of civic duty. As Marshal Law
says, “I don’t like being a bastard, but they leave me no choice.”
We’re sure Pat Mills feels the exact same way.