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Lookin’ to Connect: Avengers #1-3, JSA #68-69 and Fantastic Four #51-54

This is the first of a new feature where I feature interconnecting covers. I will feature three selections each installment, with my current plan being to feature one diptych, one triptych and one tetraptych (or larger). Here is an archive of all of the covers listed so far. I am sure you have suggestions for future editions, so feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com with your suggestions for future installments. Don’t post suggestions in the comments section!


First up is the recently completed triptych by Dustin Weaver for Avengers #1-3…

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Next is this Alex Ross diptych for JSA #68-69…

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Finally, we have this quadtych by the late, great Mike Wieringo…

Again, if you want to suggest covers, let me know at bcronin@comicbookresources.com!


That Avengers one is really good, mostly because while I’ve bought all 3 issues, I did not realize that they were a triptych. That’s when one really “works”, when they work on their own but they’re that much more enjoyable together.

Same for that FF connection. It works all together nicely, but each one looks really cool on their own. (One weird thing is that those issues were from BEFORE the Waid/’Ringo run, right?)

That JSA one, though. I don’t know if it’s your scans or if the 2 issues printed at that different a light source (that is, 69 is way more washed out), but it doesn’t look like they belong together. Plus, the connection is so odd (Stargirl not being on 69 is throwing me off), and the whole “team floating in a non-space” is irritating, as well.

However, I’ve got ideas for ones to email you about!

Yeah, Bagley was on art for those issues of Fantastic Four. I think Pacheco was still writing it, from memory.

All of Stargirl is on #68’s cover. Incidentally, that was the first JSA I had picked up. It made me continue the series until it was canceled.

It’s funny, I was going to say that those first two look really awkward together. Not that they don’t match up, but the composition is kind of all over the place. I think the covers look better separately than they do together. The only one here that I think really works is the FF one.

And man, I can think of a LOT of examples of this. But they’re ones I’m sure Brian would think of offhand, so I dunno if I’ll bother emailing suggestions, at least just yet.

Man, I miss those 100 page monsters. Like their 70’s predecessors, they were a great value for your buck.

I agree with buttler: FF’s one is just great. It works from every side. Every single cover is great, you won’tell from the first one that’s a combo cover. Every issue sports a trace of the characters previously spotted (only the Torch in #51, but we see signs of the whole quartet in #54). It plays with the very concept of four and it justify the final cover linking with the word “monster” (poor Ben!)
Last but not least: the four of them are simple, clean and tidy and not messy as these kind of covers often tend to be. Yes, we really lost an astonishing artist with Wieringo.

For future reference, when I write “don’t post suggestions in the comments section” I mean that you should not post suggestions in the comments section.

There is another cover to issue #3 of the Avengers that interconnects with issue #4. It’s a shot of every Avenger ever. I haven’t seen all of those covers laid out together.

Dustin Weaver intended Avengers #4-6 to connect to #1-3. The 6 cover image would give a 180 degree perspective of the scene. He talks about it in this blog post with an image of what it would have looked like.


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