John Byrne’s Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Part II

February 14, 2011  |  All Covers, John Byrne, Marvel

This is a list of covers as chosen by John Byrne himself. These are John Byrne’s favorite covers and do not include any of his own covers. If you want to read more from the genius of Mr. Byrne, please visit Byrne Robotics, his personal forum. Here are John’s favorite covers starting at number 5 and going through number 1. Read the first half: John Byrne’s favorite covers #10 – #5.



5. Doctor Strange, Vol. #2, Issue #4

Doctor Strange, Vol. #2, Issue #4 synopsis

If ever there was a scary cover, this is it!  Dr. Strange is about to be sucked in and devoured by a giant cosmic skull.  The cover title promises that he will meet Death!  Brunner at his best!  I also like the drip on the bottom edges of the word Strange.  How will our hero escape this terrifying dilemma?

4. Silver Surfer,  Vol. #1, Issue #1

Silver Surfer,  Vol. #1, Issue #1

The first time I saw this cover was in Stan Lee’s Son of Origins of Marvel Comics.  It was years later that I was able to see the original.  I like this cover because the Surfer seems in command, calm and powerful.  Here comes the herald of Galactus to usher the planet devourer to his next “meal”.  May the world below beware!  There’s something otherworldly and spectacular about a silver coated man who can soar the spaceways on a silver coated board.  Long live the Power Cosmic!  Long live the Silver Surfer!  And the cover is by Big John Buscema, too!

3. Thor #245

Thor 245

Time travel, Zarrko the Tomorrow Man, The Time Twisters, The Servitor, The Warriors Three, Jane Foster and Thor, the God of Thunder!  What a story!  John Buscema and Joe Sinnott have always been my favorite artists on the Mighty Thor.  On this cover, they really deliver!  Dynamic is the word that comes to mind when I look at this cover!  And when Mjolnir connects, watch out Servitor!  CRUNCH!  One of things that always impressed me about Thor is that he was never afraid to fight a foe who was much larger than himself.  This cover, and especially the Servitor’s right hand brings that thought home!

2. Dreadstar #8

Dreadstar #8

I love Oedi!  I love cats!  Mrrrowww!  Oedi’s got raking cat claws and laser blaster in hand!  Ready to pounce!  ‘Nuff Said!

1. Fantastic Four #159

Fantastic Four #159

It finally comes down to cover #1.  The Fantastic Four is and always will be the World’s Greatest Comic Magazine!  A brilliant scientist, his best friend, the woman he loves, and her fiery tempered kid brother!  Together, they braved the unknown terrors of outer space, and were changed by cosmic rays into something more than merely human!  MR. FANTASTIC!  THE THING!  THE INVISIBLE GIRL!  THE HUMAN TORCH!  They are the Fantastic Four, and the world will never again be the same! The cover of FF #159 is my favorite for many reasons.  Blue is the color of the FF, the background to this cover, and my favorite color!  FF #159 is also a transitional issue.  This is the last time we would see this logo and corner circle of the Thing.  This is the last time that Medusa would fight as the fourth member of the FF.  This issue features the return of Susan Richards to the FF.  The ramifications and consequences of Reed and Sue’s split (near divorce) have been healed and reconciled.  Johnny is finally over Crystal and is able to accept that she is the wife of Quicksilver.  And Xemu of the 5th Dimension loses the battle to the combined efforts of the FF and the Inhumans.  All in all, a very satisfying issue to read.  Oh . . . and then there’s the cover!  The Thing’s stance and fists indicate he’s ready to yell, “It’s Clobberin’ Time!”  The Torch is so hot, I can hear the flames sizzle as he speeds to his destination!  Black Bolt, the regal monarch of the Inhmans glides through the air with majesty!  Plus the rest of the FF and Inhumans are charging forward, ready to save the day!  Outstanding cover by Buckler and Sinnott!

 

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  1. wish had one of does. Good selection man.

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