The 40 Best Comic Book Covers of All Time

Here they are – the 40 absolute best comic book covers of all time.


Please know up front that I made certain to look at and consider the cover of every comic book ever and if it’s not on this list then it’s bad, okay?

When narrowing down the expanse of the untold millions of funny books published, I was considering what was pleasing to the eye up close and from a distance, what covers made me stop dead in my tracks the first time I saw them and what covers glow in the dark. No glow in the dark covers are on this list. There’s just no way to enjoy them properly on the screen of your device, but please know they’re the only things that really matter to me. They are my children.

There are comics that are full of bullshit that I will own forever because I think the cover is too cool to toss. We’re talking comics that are almost impossible to read from front to back. If you’re curious, those particular comics will be marked with an asterisk next to their title.

Another question I had kept in mind while assembling this list was “What sort of portrait do these selections paint of your character Nate McDonough? Do you look like an insane person?” So that’s why we’re leading off with…

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What Do These 12 Superhero T-Shirts Say About You?

Images: Nate McDonough/Grixly.com

A visual guide to just the worst dudes

With the explosion of Marvel blockbusters and the paradoxically popular Big Bang Theory, it’s never been a better time to be a nerd. Couple that with the fact that Demi Lovato cured bullying in 2014 and you have the recipe for a geek renaissance! Yes, the current pop culture landscape has allowed for even the grossest neckbeards to crawl out of their caves. However, not all nerds are created equal and some are to be avoided at all costs. If only there were a completely unfair, yet infallible, system by which we could differentiate harmless loners from the grown adults calling middle schoolers racial slurs on Xbox Live…

And while we’re no strangers to hopeless nerdery ourselves, you really have to draw the line somewhere. So sign out of that Smallville forum and peep our list of the worst offenders, starting with:
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12 Things That Are Okay on the Last Day of a Music Festival

Illustrated by Nate McDonough

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Reflections on a Post Normcore Future

Mini-essay by Brett Sullivan Santry

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Untitled (How’s it going?)

Free form by Brett Sullivan Santry

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The 10 All Time Greatest Fun Runs!

Illustrated by Nate McDonough

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“The Number One”

Poem by Rob O’Donnell

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Bus Stop Bingo Vol. 1 – Illustrated by Nate McDonough

Bus Stop Bingo Vol. 1

Here’s a fun game I came up with while waiting for the neighborhood bus.

Illustrated by Nate McDonough of GRIXLY (the same guy who did our banner!)