Strike a Pose, There’s Nothing To It

22 Superhero Comic Books That Brought a New Dimension to Their Heroes by Using Photography on Their Covers

There was a time when photo covers were all the rage in the comics business, especially for the hundreds of books featuring adaptations of films or the continuing adventures of movie and TV stars, or the “true stories” of love and romance. It’s not hard to see why — if you’re a publisher putting out a comic based on, say, The Beverly Hillbillies, why waste money on cover artwork when a studio-supplied photo will do the job just fine?

Photo covers for superhero comic books are a bit harder to find for the simple reason the stars of those books aren’t, you know, actual people. But every once in a while, some editor gets the idea that maybe readers would like to see their heroes in the actual flesh, or maybe juxtaposed with photos of actual things. The results have been… well, see for yourself:


2 responses to “Strike a Pose, There’s Nothing To It

  1. Maybe it’s just the images you chose, but DC seems to be far better at photo covers than Marvel. None of the Marvel covers with photographic backgrounds look as if any consideration was given to perspective or scale. The Ka-Zar one is particularly bad in this respect, but none of them are good. The purely photographic ones are more successful, with the exception of the Marvel Team-Up cover, Would it have been so hard for the photographer to shoot those actors in front of the actual New York skyline instead of resorting to a bad paste-up job?

  2. The Spider-Man one is a classic.

    And hey, Damage!

    That Booster Gold one makes me chuckle…

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