Comic book covers are primarily used to pull the potential reader into the book, often using shock, surprise, suspense, surrealism, or often blatant lies. Many classic covers have emerged over the years, as have many classic stories that can be told and retold to new generations. But can lightning strike twice? With these posts, I'll be looking at comic book covers that re-tell a story from a previous issue, analyze both and determine which does the best job of telling its story and grabbing the reader.
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Adventure Comics #328 (January 1965), art by Curt Swan and George Klein
Legion of Super-Heroes #1 (February 1973), art by Nick Cardy
In the Adventure cover my eye goes directly for Superboy, who stands in an alright pose, but the cover for Legion is awesome! The composition is from a dynamic angle, Mon-El's hurtled body catapults the eye to his speech balloon that narrows down the story to its simplest. Superboy's gone Mad! That gets us excited. There's greater damage to the structure and we see other Legionaires flee in terror. I would definitely read "Legion" if I saw it over "Adventure".
My only problem with both is Ultra Boy's legs sticking out of a hole there. It looks like he just got drunk and fell into a crater. At least show us something to suggest he fell over heroicly, you can't really do that with just legs.