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Lookin’ to Connect: Invisibles #22-24, New Teen Titans #37/Batman and the Outsiders #5 and Justice League of America #233-236

This is the latest installment of a feature where I spotlight 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 Sean Phillips’ triptych for Invisibles #22-24…


Next, based on a suggestion from Davis S., is a diptych by George Perez and Jim Aparo featuring a crossover between New Teen Titans #37 and Batman and the Outsiders #5…


Finally, based on suggestions from Davis S., Dean H. and Scott K., we have this quadtych from Justice League of America #233-236 by Chuck Patton and Dick Giordano, introducing Justice League Detroit…


Click on any of the covers to enlarge!

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


That Detroit one is actually impressive!

Memories. I had both the Teen Titans/Outsiders and the Justice League ones. I remember laying them out to look at them once they were complete. It’s funny, though, I don’t remember them being publicized at all within the actual issues. Maybe I just didn’t look in the right place. But once I ‘discovered’ them, I was really pleased with myself.

Man, I loved those Titans/Outsiders covers back then, and I love them now. They’re particularly impressive to me because they were done by two different artists. Of course, it helps that both Perez and Aparo are real masters of the craft.

I had all of those at some point. The Invisibles is the only set I still own. That might make for a nice framing project.

Not to open myself up to too much ridicule, but that run of JLA wasn’t as bad as the rep it gets now.

Titans and Outsiders were my favorite DC books of the era, and the crossover was a lot of fun.

The word for a four-part cover would be “tetraptych.” It’s a Greek word, so you want the Greek number prefix plus “-ptych” (fold). The generic term is “polyptych.”

The only thing I could think of suggesting for this was New Teen Titans 37 / BATO 5, so I’m glad to see I wasn’t the only one. I loved those covers, though the switch to a cover by Perez inked by Jim Aparo was a bit weird at the time.

There was one in the later issues of Starman.

Wow, I just bought that BATO issue and didnt even realize it was half of a whole!

JL Detroit was better than the stories that came before and after it,actually.

Chuck Patton is so underrated. I feel like the comics world really crapped on him, when he could have really been one of its greats. It’s not a big deal for him, I’m sure, since he moved onto greener pastures in animation, but I just can’t believe how badly he was treated by the comics world, and it seems like that Justice League run was largely responsible.

By the way, that pose of Vixen on the Justice League cover…I feel like that pose was either swiped by someone later or is a swipe of something earlier…either way, I feel like I’ve seen that pose blatantly used somewhere else in comics. Anyone have any clue? I’m racking my brain and can’t come up with it.

By the way, that pose of Vixen on the Justice League cover…I feel like that pose was either swiped by someone later or is a swipe of something earlier

Well, the hand placement and the hair (and the general movement of it) makes it seem very Wolverine-y to me, but while it also strikes me as familiar, I can’t say for certain if or when I’ve seen it before/again.


This, maybe? http://www.comiccollectorlive.com/LiveData/Issue.aspx?id=2cc86ccd-4e6e-461e-bf00-37efcf2c3e83

Starmans 57-62 and Batman Shadow of the Bat 7-9 work for this topic. I think we have seen the Starman covers in another Cronin piece, but it wont hurt to see them again.

DC released a poster of that Justice League image back in the 80s (which I used to have at one point).

And the JLDetroit run was some of my favorite Justice League comics, but they were also the issues I had as a kid (you know what they say about how you think the best stuff is the stuff from when you were a kid).

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.

You should do the first 3 issues of the newest Avengers title.

(See what I did there?)

I like how that JLof A one overlaps some of the covers, not just placing the comics side by side.

T. and Teebore, you may be thinking of X-Men #173, which was published a few months before the Vixen cover. http://www.comics.org/issue/37788/cover/2/

Wow, these are pretty cool. I’ll have to start looking for these.


No problema! This way, people are surprised when they see the next installment, ya know?

Got ya. I am familiar with the rule in Comic Book Legends Revealed, but I just never thought of it in connection with this column, and obviously I skipped the intro.

S’all good. Also, I don’t want you to think you were the only one. There were about four in both of the entries already, that’s why I felt it worth pointing it out.


February 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm

By the way, that pose of Vixen on the Justice League cover…I feel like that pose was either swiped by someone later or is a swipe of something earlier

That is totally the Wolverine pose used in the corner box (and on an inside panel at some point) during the early 90’s.

Do you think these “comments” that are, like, Japanese spam or whatever are really people suggesting other linked covers, just in another language?

hee hee

Chuck Patton was one of the very few comics pros that I have ever met. He was the nicest guy in the world. Also, as T. said, he is really good comic artist that never quite got his due.

yes Patton wasn’t bad – it’s just that he was following on the heels of one George Perez and those were big shoes too fill. Just his bad luck. I did think that his women mostly had way too high cheek bones and tended to look hagged. still those JL covers were ambitious and way ahead of their time.
Of course that NTT/BATO crossover was classic ;)

That Titans/Outsiders crossover was epic. And Those covers for JLDetroit actually make me want to read those books.

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