Sometimes you just need to appreciate a nice West Coast Avengers cover.

§ July 5th, 2011 § Filed under west coast avengers § 7 Comments

Like this one:

Whenever I come across it, it certainly stands out from the other covers in the series around it, most of which (at least early in the run) are very much in the “let’s cram in everybody however we can” style.

While the crowd-scene covers from West Coast Avengers seemed to be more…utilitarian than artistic, some covers could have benefited from a little more artsiness:

…especially if you’ve got gorillas in the midst of your funnybook image. Wonder Man fighting an ape army totally should have been the full cover image, particularly as the fallen West Coasters just look like they’re floating in the aether, there. The bright-yellow aether, as, you know, aether tends to be. But regardless, the “bodies” are a big distraction and take space away from apes, and when you got apes on your cover, you want to take full advantage of them.

And then there’s this cover:


Once again, covers from the Grand Comics Database. All covers by Al Milgrom and Mike Machlan, except for the Hawkeye one, inked by Joe Sinnot. Also, “gorillias in the midst?” Yeah, I meant to do that.

7 Responses to “Sometimes you just need to appreciate a nice West Coast Avengers cover.”

  • Martin Wisse says:

    That was the problem with WCA for far too long, the decidedly pedestrian art of Al Milgrom, who as an artist made a good editor…

  • Harvey Jerkwater says:

    Doom with a poo-eatin’ grin is always a terrifying thing.

    “How did he get that mask to…smile?”
    “Don’t ask! RUN!”

  • Joe Williams says:

    I like that Doctor Doom cover a lot. It looks like those old-timey Halloween decorations. Nice!

  • Kurt Onstad says:

    That Hawkeye cover needs the caption, “Ladies…”

  • Diego Ibarra says:

    The Doom cover, strangely, needs the same caption.

  • Jim says:

    Man, this makes me want an Essential West Coast Avengers volume real bad! Living Lightning is the Eternal Flame of Superhero B-Teams everywhere.

  • Moonrock says:

    I’ve always liked Milgrom’s art but unfortunately Mike Machlan wasn’t the best inker for him. My favorite “bad” cover from this period had to be issue #25 with this ludicrous Wonder Man & Abomination fight scene. Do we all agree that Wondy’s green, yellow & red costume was the worst design ever?