Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Roller Coaster Covers

When I thought of Roller Coaster covers, the first book that sprang to mind was Spidey Super Stories #38 (January, 1979). Why? Well, for starters, I owned this one as a kid. Why would I have bought it, as I was certainly reading 'regular' comics at this time? My guess is there is no way to withstand the pure charm of this Sal Buscema pencilled gem. I love how Spidey happily takes a back seat to a fearful Ben and Reed's giant hand. Who could possibly resist this cover?

Here's one that you may not have seen before. The Informer #4 (October, 1954) is the penultimate issue of this series from short-lived publisher Sterling. The GCD suggests that Art Saaf might have drawn this cover, but I am not so sure as his stuff usually seems a little bit more cartoony to me. In any event, it is a dynamic cover featuring a bag of cash, a mean left hook and a green suit that would make Gil Kane envious. I love this one.

I have owned a few of the Archie comics published by Spire Christian over the years, but have never laid my hands on a copy of Archie's Roller Coaster (1981). To be honest, I was surprised that these were still being published into the 80s. I do dig this cover though, as I think Al Hartley had a good eye for cover design, and I'd snatch this up if I ever saw it in a bargain bin as they are fascinating curios.

Batman has been featured on a number of Roller Coaster covers, in fact we'd seen a the Scarecrow on a a roller coaster just a couple of years prior, but this double Joker cover from Batman #286 (April, 1977). Why? Two words: Jim Aparo. Aparo is my all-time favourite Batman artist. In my opinion, no one draws the Joker as well as Aparo, he's part psycho, part showman - and this one deliver two of them.

Let's leave off with this little lovely from the team of Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers. Tales of Suspense #30 (June, 1962) hit spinner racks at the dawn of the Marvel Age, but it still has a very Atlas-era feel to it. I love that dark, rich grey that only Atlas seemed capable of producing. It created a very haunting (pun intended) atmosphere. I'm not one for being anal about perspective, but this would certainly seem to be the world's tallest roller coaster, if not structure.


Sparky Ryan said...

Great post. love that Batman cover, another rollercoaster cover was Daredevil early in Millers run, maybe issue #160, not sure, it features Daredevil and Bullseye on the cover as they fight on Coney island.

Scott M said...

Yup - that's a great one as well. #161, I believe.

Anonymous said...

Glad to see your posting has picked back up! I immediately thought of Amazing Spider-Man #67, although I guess the roller coaster isn't too prominent on the cover.

That Batman cover is really beatiful. The angle of the coaster across the cover is perfectly placed to disorient the viewer (in a good way).


GarBut said...

There's gotta be one with X-Men villain Arcade. If there isn't, there should be.

Funny, Batman/Scarecrow flew to mind immediately -- but as you point out, Aparo Joke is the waaay better cover.

Scott M said...

My work is starting to slow down ever so slightly (the past 13 months has been nuts) and I'm commited to posting more.

Gary - the only Arcade ones I can think of have a pinball machine (another theme!). There are enough good coaster covers that I might do another round.

Dan S. said...

This reminded me of a G.I. Joe issue from the 80's, #37:

And a previous poster mentioned Daredevil #161: