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Cool Comic Cover Gallery

I thought this might be a fun bit. I’ll pick a cool comic cover artist, and then show a gallery of 10 cool comic covers by said artist. Should be a fun waste of time, no?

The first subject is Chris Bachalo!

Enjoy!

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Which one is your favorite?

Do you have a favorite Chris Bachalo cover that you think I should have put in the gallery instead of one of these ten?

What artists would you like to see featured in the future?

Let me know!

55 Comments

That is one perky Jean Grey

I’d put Generation Next #1 in place of his New X-men cover. There are probably a couple other Generation X covers I’d put in the top 10 too, but otherwise this is a good selection. I really dig his work in general, despite it being a little cartoony. His females usually look like Bratz dolls with a little more meat on their bones, but it worked well for the Gen X titles, IMO.

I just cannot believe the penis tattooed on Rachel Summers’ back in the X-Men 468 cover. That is too much. Are you sure that’s the original cover and not photoshopped?

I still like his stuff when he exercises some self-control and doesn’t overload his panels or distort figures too much, but I do miss his earlier work. Somewhere in the middle of Generation X his style started to change until it reached a height of absurd exaggeration and busyness during Steampunk. It’s normalized a bit now, but I still miss his earlier style. Looking at Mark Buckingham’s art now reminds how much I’d liked them as a penciler/inker team back in the day and how much I preferred Bachalo’s “Vertigo” style.

far too much x-men brand covers there. i really loved his early interior work, but he has never really struck me as a great cover artist. though the absence of a death cover should be an impeachable offence.

as for future picks, i’ll be the 1st of many to say the obvious: brian bolland.

would also love to see ted mckeveer, bill sienkiewicz and the like.

“Looking at Mark Buckingham’s art now reminds how much I’d liked them as a penciler/inker team back in the day and how much I preferred Bachalo’s “Vertigo” style.”

this makes Birmy a genius in my book.

Bachalo is one of my favourite artists ever; I’ve enjoyed his work since the scrappy early days of Shade the Changing Man. I just wish he’d leave the X-books and go out and do some more slightly offbeat stuff again.

He seems to have a penchant for a single female, her body not facing the camera, and her head turned to the camera as much as possible. That gives us 4/10 using that formula, 1/10 using a male, and 3/10 using a single female. One solitary cover utilizes multiple characters. Now, I know Marvel’s policy of using single-character covers, and guys loke to look at chicks, so I can cut him some slack, but his pattern and posing are pretty easy to spot.

I’d vote for the Mystique/Iceman cover. As noted above, the rest seem pretty but formulaic.

Gotta be NEW X-MEN (Weapon Plus) for me — because I don’t give a rat’s ass about the Fantomas character and I still love that cover.

The farther he gets from “comic book standard”, the better the covers look. Everybody looks awful young to me, though.

I’m looking foreward to more of these. Do Russ Heath next!

The Buffy and Gen X covers are really quite similar, aren’t they? Similar poses, same use of the bubble gum. The main difference is that the Gen X cover was from Bachalo’s fairly disastrous (in my opinion) heavily manga-influenced period. His last several issues on that book were pretty bad.

My favorite is likely Uncanny 466, the high angle shot of Rachel Summers. Uncanny 468 is a close second, though. Am I influenced by the fact that both covers feature one of my favorite Marvel characters ever? Totally. But they’re still very good on their own merits.

Pity Bachalo’s recent interior work is nowhere near as solid as his covers.

I love that iceman/mystique cover.

I think the Iceman/Mystique cover is the one that most sings Conceptually Interesting to me, but my favourite is the New Mutants one. I don’t even know the character, but I love that cover.

Most of the covers you posted left me going “Ehhh.” But I thought the New Mutants one was really good.

If yo do this again, I *really* hope you go with Brian Bolland. I mean, there are soooooooo many brilliant covers by Bolland, we could probably spend a month trying to decide his top ten ever.

I just cannot believe the penis tattooed on Rachel Summers’ back in the X-Men 468 cover.

Oh, lord, you’re right, it does look like a phallic symbol. I am never going to be able to look at that cover the same way again.

Yeah… I loved his Death art and his early Gen X…. I felt betrayed when his art turned all Cupey Doll on us… One month they were all believable teenagers like Early New Mutants and then suddenly they become anime dolls… uggg….

I like the one with the short skirt the one with the big gun the one with the bubblegum to signify “jail bait” the one that shows off his poor grasp of anatomy.

Bachalo is a great pick for your first installment. His style has changed somewhat over the years, but he remains a very underrated talent. I would have liked to have seen more covers from his Shade the Changing Man era, or even his Death covers. In my opinion, those surpass almost all of his X-related covers (I’ve always loved that Fantomex cover you featured above, though).
-r-

Excellent choices! I love the tattoo cover, and the Jean Grey one is a fave on mine too!

Think you can do a BILL SIENKIEWICZ?

I never noticed Bachalo was so consistently good as a cover artist before. Really good building of narrative in the New Mutants one and the Buffy one, though Iceman/Mystique is probably my favorite.

Only one I don’t like is Jean Grey. (A) on principle, and (B) on “What’s up with her arm?”

Did he do any Death covers? He did some okay covers for The Witching Hour with the always stellar Jeph Loeb, but I thought Dave McKean did all the Vertigo Death covers.

Generation X #17, the cover with all the characters piled on each other, is probably my favorite Bachalo cover.

If you do a bill sincweicz one, can you include the album cover he did for rap group EPMD for “business as usual?”. Not a comic cover but a cover nonetheless and gorgeous at that.

Great idea, cant wait to see where this goes. I nominate Skott Young, Bill Seiniwizzy-guy, Rick Leonardi, Walt Simonson and the late great Ringo for future sets.

I love Chris’ work, his first run on Uncanny was amazing, I loved his depection of Wolverine, you really could see how short and scrappy the guy was.

But this did need a Death cover.

My fav is actually the Buffy one, catches the feel of the show for me.

I just cannot believe the penis tattooed on Rachel Summers’ back in the X-Men 468 cover. That is too much. Are you sure that’s the original cover and not photoshopped?

HA! That’s actually pretty darn funny now that you point it out!

But this did need a Death cover.

Remember, folks, Dave McKean drew all the Death covers!

I still like his stuff when he exercises some self-control and doesn’t overload his panels or distort figures too much, but I do miss his earlier work. Somewhere in the middle of Generation X his style started to change until it reached a height of absurd exaggeration and busyness during Steampunk. It’s normalized a bit now, but I still miss his earlier style. Looking at Mark Buckingham’s art now reminds how much I’d liked them as a penciler/inker team back in the day and how much I preferred Bachalo’s “Vertigo” style.

It is amazing how the Buckingham thing worked. Towards the end of their collaboration, I believe Buckingham was practically REDRAWING Bachalo’s artwork (!!!), as Bachalo was getting more and more experimental, while Buckingham wished to keep their look consistent with their past.

Ultimately, Buckingham, I guess, just figured he’d let Bachalo do what he wanted, and that Buckingham would just pencil in their old style himself.

far too much x-men brand covers there. i really loved his early interior work, but he has never really struck me as a great cover artist. though the absence of a death cover should be an impeachable offence.

As I mentioned to the other fellow, he didn’t draw the covers for Death – so no offense intended! :)

As for the large amount of X-Men covers, they just happen to represent about 70% of Bachalo’s good comic book cover work.

He didn’t do a lot of Shade covers, and I was not a fan of his Steampunk covers.

At the risk of being beaten about the head, I think Chris Bachalo’s an extremely interesting and phenomenally talented line artist and simultaneously a fucking terrible comics artist.

the uncanny x-men cover in that issue where they go on holiday in alaska and fight crows.

It had the original lineup, i forget which issue it was though.

Maybe top ten pin ups would of been better for bachalo, finally someone can make use of those issues of batman pin up books they used to release.

You have to make a Ryan Sook list.
James Jean
Tomer Hanuka
Ty Templeton? He only did Batman though I suppose, but they were pretty creative.
Paul Pope has been around also.
Eric Powell

You should do a Todd Mc’farlane one just for fun.

I second that Brian Bolland suggestion.

oh and a best of- Chris Ware!
Though I wouldn’t know how you would even begin to do that.

Uncanny #466′s cover is one of my favorites of any comics’ covers from recent memory. But, I usually like when the logo is incorporated into the art anyway.

Remember, folks, Dave McKean drew all the Death covers!

I KNEW IT! :)

And I forgot to mention I like the Steampunk cover, but nothing between the covers.

the uncanny x-men cover in that issue where they go on holiday in alaska and fight crows.

Right, and I think the significance of that cover is that it is when Jean decided to embrace the Phoenix identity – so it was supposed to be sorta shocking that she was wearing the Phoenix outfit.

In addition, I think it was a variant cover (they weren’t doing a lot of variant covers back then, but I think that was one).

Where’s his Witching Hour covers?
I like those over all those X covers

Bachalo’s an okay artist, but I haven’t enjoyed too much of his work since his early DC/Vertigo material. Shade #1-50 by Pete Milligan and Bachalo (working with Marks Pennington and Buckingham)is a fantastic run with some of Bachalo’s trippiest and most beautiful art. I’d like to see him return more to that style…

Best Bachalo cover? GHOST RIDER 2099 # 2. His (very) short opening run on that book with Buckingham was fantastic.

He did the issue before they fought the crows, but there was a fill in artist somewhere there….

Sorry, I claimed there should be a Death cover. It’s just whenever I picture that series, I get that one now-bordering-on-overuse picture of Chris’s….. you know the one.

Francisco Germiniani

November 8, 2007 at 5:50 pm

My list would go like this:

1. Phil Jimenez ( a personal friend a favourite cover artist, fantastic multi-detailed work, especially his triptich covers),
2. George Pérez (for some of the reasons listed for Jimenez),
3. J. H. Williams,
4. Alex Ross,
5. Brian Bolland (obvious in so many ways that there´s no need to explain),
6. Simone Bianchi and let’s leave it at that!

I have to go with the X-Men 190 cover with Mystique and Iceman. I really liked that when it came out and it’s just as cool now. Nice idea for a series, Brian!

“As I mentioned to the other fellow, he didn’t draw the covers for Death – so no offense intended!”

d’oh!
i should have known this. i’ll go hang my head in shame…

but i’ll say that his art in the 1st series had a major impact on me. as i chased after a girl for quite a while who had what i called a “bachalo nose”, as it looked exactly like he drew noses in that series.

so while a good story, it does not diminish my shame….

I’m sure that Bachalo isn’t responsible for that penis tattoo cover. He probably received strict instructions and a doodle from pervo Chris Claremont.

“I’m sure that Bachalo isn’t responsible for that penis tattoo cover. He probably received strict instructions and a doodle from pervo Chris Claremont.”

Chris Claremont? A pervo? Surely, you jest.

Claremont is a perfectly normal man… who happens to write a lot of stories featuring slavery and mind control; wrote a lot of leather-clad, pseudo-bondage X-Men into New Excalibur; created a latex fetishist villain for Die by the Sword; and wrote the upskirt bonanza that was issue #2 of Die by the Sword. I ask you, what makes you think he’s a pervo?

my faves are his four age of apocalypse covers. thats when his style was at its best. he still rocks tho!

Consider mine another vote for Bill Seinkiwicz (or however you spell it)!

skottie young

he’s just so incredibly versatile.

i challenge you to do it in ten covers.

I ask you, what makes you think he’s a pervo?

You didn’t mention Rachel Summers’ hound outfit, Storm going punk, the Arena story arc, Bogan’s big old slave harem, pretty much everything to do with the Hellfire Club, Madelyne Prior as the Goblin Queen, Leash and Lupa of the Savage Land Mutates, the Body Shoppe, Kitty Pryde bartending in skintight black fetishwear… well, I’m sure there are some other’s I’ve forgotten, but you get the idea :)

All I have to say is Mohawk Storm is beyond awesome.

Sienkewicz!

Also, Liefeld!

-hx

Suggestion for future installment? Joe Quesada.

Since his start, he’s been one of the best cover artists in the business (One More Day notwithstanding).

As for Bachalo – I like his work sometimes but most of these covers are very similar.

Generation X #3 (Monet vs. Penance) and Generation X #18 (Jubilee, Husk, Synch, Monet, and Emma Frost on big pink bubbles, lol) are two of my favorites.

That Fantomex one is amazing, one of my favorites from Morrison’s New X-men.

There should be at least one Steampunk cover here though. I wish to god him and Kelly would finish the series, it’s one of my favorite comic series ever.

I think the X-Men 190 cover is pretty nice! Nice little bit of symbolism there. Man of ice melting by woman with heart of ice’s kiss.

That Buffy cover was on of the best in the early run of that series.

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