With all of the special covers making a return at DC and Marvel, which gimmick covers would you most like to see make a comeback?
Hmmm…no “None of the Above” option. I don’t want any of these. The closest thing to a “cover gimmick” I can think of that I would like to see returned is Dell/Gold Key’s use of painted covers. Those covers are still gorgeous to look at after all these years and I can only imagine how much they must have just popped off the newsstand/spinner rack back in their heyday…
How about none of them?
I’d like them to bring back that gimmick where one month all the covers said “48 pages only 25¢” because that seems like a pretty sweet deal.
All of them are Heat sensitive covers. I would like to watch them all burn.
Maybe the “Plastic Protrusion” covers – I have no idea what that even is, but it sure sounds dirty!
Other than that I’m with “no gimmick covers” crowd. Those stupid cover gimmicks helped chase me away from mainstream comics back in the early 90′s. It makes me sad to think that they may be making a comeback.
How about they bring back the “Go Go checkerboard” on the DC comics and the “Pop-Art” Marvel boxes, those gimmicks I can get behind.
Oh goodness. I saw the post and wanted to say “variant cover.” I never felt compelled to buy the same book just because it had a different cover; I would just buy the cover I liked best at that time.
Sigh. All of the above are dreadful. With the price of comics, 6 issues needed to tell one story and all the generic poses covers…sadly, I’ve lost interest.
@LouReedRichards — They absolutely are making a comeback. It’ll be interesting to see if they harm the industry as much this time around as they did in the 90s or if the industry has already reached rock bottom and nothing they do could make their sales go lower than they already are.
My favorite gimmick was always chromium covers, but I don’t see those on the list.
I don’t want to see any of them become standard, but I think they are all neat. Of course, back in ’93, a gimmick cover meant that a $1.25 book would be 3 bucks, and I don’t see too much room above the current 3.99 (jeeeeeeesus. Writing it out makes it real, huh?) price point.
I bought IDW Judge Dredd 1 pretty much solely for the gold foil cover. The book was ok and I might read it in trade, but not worth 3.99. I’ll read old JD instead. But that gold foil literally made me feel like a kid again.
Marvel just did one for Age of Ultron #1.
I liked the glow in the dark cover to Batman #530, but it’s not something I’d like to see across any publisher’s line. I think any of these are fine in the right context. Die cut covers made a little sense for the last big bat crossover. Chromium covers kind of make sense for AoU. I guess gimmick covers go well with gimmick storylines.
HOW ‘BOUT NO!!!
How about covers with by top-tier artists.
Writing in my ‘None of the Above’ vote. It was a crime to leave that option off.
While I agree with the “No Gimmick Cover” crowd, I did love the lenticular covers that Alex Ross did for Superman Forever and the one for Batman: No Man’s Land. Bring those back!
Yeah, I’m with the others who say none of the above. When I clicked on the link and read the list, I just found it depressing.
When used effectively, I’ve always been partial to the chromium/foil enhancements. Again, like anything, it’s all about context and being used sparingly. Certain enhancements work for certain characters.
While I can’t say enhanced covers are a good idea, I grew up in the ’80s & ’90s and have a soft spot for them. I remember being young and genuinely impressed and excited by some of them. I think the foil-enhanced or embossed covers can look good, I like holograms, and I can say without reservation that the glow-in-the-dark covers on Spectre & Ghost Rider were cool. They became a symbol of all that was wrong in the industry, but I can’t condemn them comopletely.
Brian, any chance of a Top 10 favorite enahanced covers poll?
The “Plastic Protrusion” was basically a small Eclipso Black Diamond glued to the cover, right where Eclipso was holding it to his eye. Really wrecked whatever comic was in front of it in your long box.
Just read Age of Ultron #10 will be released in a black polybag… I know this has been done a few times in recent memory, but my goodness the 90s are really making a comeback here.
The occasional foil or hologram is okay, or some sort of prismatic effect like Doctor Strange #50 (the one from the ’90s, obviously). But these are only acceptable if they can keep the price normal, otherwise it’s just not worth it. A photograph cover is also all right, and unlike the others, they usually don’t cost extra.
How about covers that actually represent the story inside? I miss those.
Gatefold or wrap-around are better than those, but none of the above is probably still the best option. I side with “double-sized issue, same low price” as the gimmick I’d like to see.
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