Blinded by the White

38 Comic Covers That Saved a Fortune in Printing Costs By Employing Vast Swaths of White in the Background

In the early days — namely, the 1940s — the main method used by comic cover artists to attract eyeballs was “throw everything you can at the readers; hope something sticks.” Alex Schomburg was a master of that type of cover, with leaping heroes and raging Nazis and rockets and monsters and tanks and fighter planes and anything else he could cram into the space.

Back then, printing a comic with a predominantly white background was unheard of, and likely even seen as a waste of good, war-rationed paper. Over the past couple of decades, though, artists have often used the blank slates in front of them to good effect, creating images that suggest despair, loneliness, resignation, existential angst… or maybe they were just in a hurry to get their pages to the printer. Bold artistic statement or five minutes to deadline? You decide!



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