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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.