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The 25 Best Comic Book Covers of the 1970s

The 1970s was an amazing time for countless comic book creators and characters. Instant-classic characters created in the ‘60s were hitting their heyday and the ideas of comic book art were slowly expanding to encompass new styles. In addition, some of the all-time greats of the medium were getting their chance to shine.

It was during this time when Marvel Comics produced many of its most classic stories and DC Comics took major steps away from their extremely campy style that took up much of the ‘50s and ‘60s.

The best comic books of the 1970s are just as well known for their plots as they are for their art. It was here that stories such as “The Death of Gwen Stacy,” “The Phoenix Saga,” and “The Fourth World” began. Not only that, but characters like The Punisher, Ghost Rider, and even Howard the Duck made their debut. Fresh ideas, new creators, and colorful new characters always inject more exciting opportunities in comic books, and this era was chock full of them.

There’s a certain blend between the more realistic and detailed style brought by many artists and the colorful and bombastic cartoonish ideas in the 1970s that results in countless images that are quintessential comic books. The art produced here would go on to influence countless artists and styles in the years to follow. As artists grew and expanded the style, the medium would only go on to be more diverse and artistically explosive. But the comics off the ‘70s are still incredibly fun.

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The 25 Best Comic Book Covers of the 1960s

Comic book art is the result of a long evolution that has taken decades to get to where it is now. While today’s coloring advancements and new art styles make art from decades give artists new opportunities to tell stories in the medium, nothing beats a master crafting something truly amazing, no matter what tools are available.

The 1960s were a time when comic book artists were first truly able to spread their wings and embrace bold new ideas on how to present comic book stories. Artists like Jack Kirby were creating new ways of expressing motion and power on the page, putting heroes into iconic poses that felt both kinetic and statuesque at the same time. The ideas explored here changed the way that comics were drawn and their influence can still be seen today, decades later.

You’ll also notice the extreme differences between Marvel Comics and DC Comics during this decade. This was the time period when Marvel really exploded onto the scene, with then-new characters like Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, and The Avengers making a huge splash in the comic world. Meanwhile, longtime heroes like Superman and Batman were devolving into serious camp with outlandish stories, even for a comic book.

These 25 comic book covers are the best of the best when it comes to the comic book renaissance of the 1960s. For more comic book covers across the century, read more entries in The Greatest Comic Book Covers by Decade.
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The 25 Best Comic Book Covers of the 1990s

The 1990s – easily the most turbulent decade in all of comic book history. It was the time where comic book sales skyrocketed, with single issues selling hundreds of thousands of copies on the basis of variant covers and the idea that every issue would eventually be resold for millions of dollars and make owners rich. Gimmicks were omnipresent, seriously impacting both art and stories. It was also when the Image Comics style of comic book art came into demand, with extreme musculature and an inability to draw feet properly that still managed to be all the rage. And, of course, it was the time of The Great Comics Crash and The Dark Age of Comic Books, where profits and quality truly plummeted.

Yes, the ‘90s are not where one should look to see the largest amount of examples of why comic books should be considered a true art form. So finding 25 truly fantastic comic book covers was not as easy as finding covers from other decades. In fact, some of the most famous covers from this era are examples of the exact type of comic book art that goes against what good art should be.

Thankfully, there are still enough great covers that these 25 pieces are excellent and memorable entries that represent a wide variety of what a fantastic comic book cover can truly be. From the biggest events of the decade to the small books that showed how creativity was still viable in the 1990s, these are the greatest covers from this strange span of time.

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The 25 Best Comic Book Covers of the 1980s

Comic book covers have been a unique form of art since their inception in the 1930s. While they have shifted and grown more intricate over the years, few decade experience such massive changes and improvements as the 1980s.

New artistic styles, titanic artists, and more inventive approaches to what can be featured onside and on the cover of a comic book led to a renaissance. The art of the 1970s paved the way for more dynamic layouts and detailed takes on comic book storylines, but the 1980s ran wild with new notions.

Because of artists taking chances and comic book companies pushing the envelope more than ever, covers were created that stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the greatest art work anywhere. These 25 covers are some of the comic industry’s shining examples, many of which have influenced comic book art in the decades since.

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The 25 Best Comic Book Covers of the 2000s

Comic book covers are like the best movie posters: they make people desperate to buy the product while also standing on their own as a piece of artwork. It’s this incredible balance that makes these artistic creations some of the most memorable pieces of comic books. A great cover is not only something that can stand the test of time on its own, it is a promise made to readers about the quality of the content in the pages that lie beyond the cover.

Comic book covers, like comics as a whole, have gone through a massive evolution in the decades since the medium was first created in the 1930s. As comic book art has progressed, with a vast array of styles taking shape throughout the decades, covers have become more and more unique. The creativity that took shape in the 1970s and 1980s combined with the artistic flourishes of the somewhat dull 1990s, resulting in the fantastic 2000s.

These 25 covers, which were published from 2000 through 2009, represent some of the best covers ever created in the medium. Unlike many of the other decades, the 2000s have some of the most variety in cover styles, with artists putting their hearts and souls into insanely memorable pieces of art.

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