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What Comics Are On Your Coffee Table?

Inferiorego talks about some of the comics he has lying around...

“What is that?” The best comics to have on your coffee table


I always try to get my non-comic reading friends to pick up a book or two just for fun. Most of the time, it doesn’t work. Until one day at my old apartment, I put a mildly offensive copy of Fantastic Four (see below) down on my coffee table. A friend came over, and he got really excited. “Oh man, what is that?” He picked it up and read it cover to cover. Now, he didn’t pick up reading books as a full-time hobby, but he was more inclined to read if I suggested some non-super hero material to him. That’s what most of us would like to some degree, to have that small amount of disrespect disappear from our non-comic reading friends.

Listed below are my five favorite coffee table comic covers. The material inside may be good, or it may be awful, but it will peak interest from non-readers. A minor warning, some of these covers may come off as offensive in a minor way, even down-right in poor taste.  These are meant to be used in a comedic manor, so don’t put these out if your friends don’t like having a chuckle.


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Captain America Goes to War Against Drugs

Marvel Comics + The FBI + 1990 = AWESOME PROPAGANDA! I know, the math equations thing may be out of hand…  I love when people declare war against inanimate objects. If I waged war on pens, I’m pretty sure 95% of the time, I’d come out on top.  Now, if he was waging war against the word “drugs”, as seen on the cover, then he’s already won. However, if he’s waging war against illegal substances, well he better team up with Nancy Reagan for some more support.





Jimmy Olsen #125

What a jerk! Yes, Jimmy gets a second book on this list, can you blame him? The covers are some of the funniest things in the world. He’s making Superman watch a sad movie so he can collect his tears. This works on two different levels.

 A. Superman is incredibly emotional if he’s crying THAT much from a sad film.

B. Jimmy Olsen is a #$%@

Your friends are going to wonder why he’s crying and I’ll let you in on a little secret… SPOILER ALERT!: The issue is awful, but the cover is A+ material!


Stalkers #8

Epic is at is again! Whether you buy this book or not… Duke from G.I. Joe is going to “nail these kids”.  This cover speaks for itself. I found it in a 25 cent bin at a show, and I kid you not, for a week straight, I laughed so hard I was crying. I read this issue and it is downright awful, which is probably the reason you never heard of the book. 





The Adventures of Jerry Lewis #124

This is my second favorite coffee table cover book. Comedian and French Favorite, Jerry Lewis, had his own book. Not only that, there are two volumes of it. Volume 2 is called The Adventures of Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, the covers aren’t as great as this one, but they’ll do. The reason I find it so funny is because the cover is trying so hard to be funny and it fails so badly. Also, there is a bird with a million dollar beak inside.




Fantastic Four #292

My favorite coffee table book, I love you F4 #292…This issue wins on so many different levels. It’s hilarious, has Hitler hanging out and saluting for no reason, and can encourage debates on paradox and time travel. Not only is the cover awesome, it’s a John Byrne story, so it’s actually a good read. People can spot this on your table from a mile away. “Is that Hitler on the cover of Fantastic Four? Can I read it?” Yes…yes you can. This book is not only loved a whole lot by me, but everyone that works at our comic book store owns it. In fact, every time we get an issue into the store, we have to pull it for other frequent shoppers, it’s that high in demand and still only $4! Great cover meets great story…



Hope you guys enjoyed another WAY TOO WORDY article. Are there any covers you think deserve honorable mention? Something hilarious I forgot about or have never seen?
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Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir

Dude I totally agree with you on the Jimmy Olsen covers, funniest F*%&ing stuff ever and am wondering who thought the idea of a Jerry Lewis comic was a good idea

Edited by johnny_spam

Wow someone has posted Stalkers #8 , I brought a bag full of comics from hastings just to get an issue of Brian Azzerallo's Batman run and got Stalkers #8 in the bag that was in 2004 and to this day I have not read it. 

Posted by cheeser93

uk

Posted by King Quisling

Right now I have the lastest issue of Old Man Logan, The 8th volume of Punisher:MAX and Captain America: Winter Soldier vol. 1 sitting out on my table. 

Posted by The Englander

Marvel Zombies


Edited by Tyler Starke

Holy CRAP That Stalkers Book still has me %#&@*&% laughing my @$$ off, great article man, Totally Dugg it on digg

Posted by Incredible Hulk-Prime

Nice Books.They look really good.

Posted by FrischDVH

For a serious conversation: Maus
For a lighter conversation: Night Nurse or The Prez
To send people running from your house: Spidey teams up with Storm and Power Man to fight Smokescreen in a free teens please don't smoke campaign comic.

Posted by oldtimer

Gay

Posted by PrtScSysRq

I have a lot of Previews next to the coffee table and the Wanted tp on it.


Posted by Jamiracles

I've got the Ares TP and Ultimates vol 2.

I'ms a readin fiend!

Posted by Vance Astro
@oldtimer said:
" Gay "
You may be an oldtimer but I don't think you're old enough to own gay comics.
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Posted by aztek_the_lost
@Vance Astro said:
" @oldtimer said:
" Gay "
You may be an oldtimer but I don't think you're old enough to own gay comics.
"
what are you talking about, Gay Comics only ended in the nineties
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Posted by Vance Astro

Really I thought Gay was a 60's-70's thing?

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Posted by aztek_the_lost

well, there are two Gay Comics volumes...one in the 40's and one in the 90's but I don't know of one in between them

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Edited by castleking

i have three hard cover comics of the new teen titans and one of the outsiders.


Posted by AliceHatter

Grear article, dugg it immediately

Posted by burr787

My friends and family generally don't care about comics, regardless of whether I put them out or not.

Posted by aztek_the_lost

I have to hide my comics...my family doesn't approve, they all know I read them but we just try not to talk about it...but if I would have any on my coffee table, it would be Lucifer and just for laughs, The Pro

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Posted by inferiorego
@johnny spam said:
" Wow someone has posted Stalkers #8 , I brought a bag full of comics from hastings just to get an issue of Brian Azzerallo's Batman run and got Stalkers #8 in the bag that was in 2004 and to this day I have not read it.  "
I actually put the book up because it wasn't on here... go me!


@FrischDVH said:
" For a serious conversation: MausFor a lighter conversation: Night Nurse or The PrezTo send people running from your house: Spidey teams up with Storm and Power Man to fight Smokescreen in a free teens please don't smoke campaign comic. "

I love The Prez.... It is a great book... teenage president!
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Posted by Slinger

Right now I have the Ultimates 1 trade, Watchmen, and Sandman: Kindly Ones all on my coffee table. I think I may have the Johnny the Homicidal Maniac trade down there too, but I'm not sure.

Posted by aztek_the_lost
@Slinger said:
" Right now I have the Ultimates 1 trade, Watchmen, and Sandman: Kindly Ones all on my coffee table. I think I may have the Johnny the Homicidal Maniac trade down there too, but I'm not sure. "
Sandman: Kindly Ones was AWESOME!!! one of my favorite trades of all time!
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Posted by Slinger
@aztek the lost: Well, you're gonna hate this: To be honest, I've never read it, it was inherited from a friend. I'm not a huge Sandman fan.
Posted by aztek_the_lost
@Slinger: I hate you now...

but, on a lighter note, have you tried reading Sandman or you just know you won't be a fan of it?
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Posted by Slinger

I've looked through Kindly Ones a few times, but couldn't get into it. My theme for today has been explaining to people how I have poor taste though, so I'll chalk it up to that.

Posted by aztek_the_lost

well Kindly Ones is the second last TPB of the series...soooo...maybe start with the first one?

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Posted by Slinger

Maybe I'll take a look next time I'm in a Borders if they have it.

Edited by Secret Turchin Man

War of Kings...is what I have on my cofee table.

Posted by inferiorego

Another one of my favorites


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Posted by J-PRIME

legion of superheroes showcase and the dark tower HD and the flash TP secrets of barry allen.

Posted by inferiorego
@oldtimer said:
" Gay "
What's gay?

Just to let everyone know, I did not have sex with another man, let alone anyone else, while writing this. I like to do my writing with my pants on.
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Posted by John_Feaster

   Several old (but much beloved) copies of the Simon and Schuster Fireside Books that collected various Marvel Comics stories. Origins of Marvel Comics, Son of Origins and Doctor Strange are there, but on top is a copy of  "Bring on the Bad Guys" that I've had since 1981. I traded 8 Star Wars figures (including Boba Fett) to the kid who owned it, so you KNOW how much I wanted it ;>)

   The cover is eye catching and the contents are entertaining. It is...perfect. The fight between the Hulk and the Abomination is classic Gil Kane, and John Buscemas work on Silver Surfer (introducing a genuinly threatening Mephisto) is some of the best work you've ever seen. This is a book that inspires more respect than laughter, and I'm alway pleased when someone picks it up...and is obviously READING it as opposed to simply flipping through it.   

  


Posted by mcrmy13

nice you have some kinda old comics there.
Do you by any chance have an Action Comics comic??????

Posted by Leliel
@burr787 said:
" My friends and family generally don't care about comics, regardless of whether I put them out or not. "
Now that a darn shame yesterday I play a game called Taboo and my team only won because I made several reference to comic books
Posted by Donovan Montgomery

Great artical, gonna have to check the ones I havent read some day.
I ussually leave the latest few issues I've bought out for a while, ussually DD.
If I could safly leave comics out it would be Black Orchid, Sons of Origins, Marvel's top 100 and most convinient, any magazine promoting comics :)
I have to say putting the right comics for the right guest is a good idea, but in general, a good variety is best, like the magazines at the doctors office ;)

Posted by inferiorego
@John_Feaster: I love that book. I'm not a big Stan Lee fan but Bring on the Bad Guys is a lot of fun


@mcrmy13 said:
" nice you have some kinda old comics there.Do you by any chance have an Action Comics comic?????? "
I didn't start reading anything Superman up until a couple years ago, I never really liked him. So the only "older" Action comics stuff I own is from the time when he died

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Posted by pixelized

X-Force #42

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Posted by gandalf3219

Watchmen is always good and the Dark Knight Returns is also wonderful but there should be coffee table comic about coffee tables.HA!HA!

Posted by rouju

nEVER THOUGHT MUCH ABOUT IT. bUT THNX, NOW i GET A GREAT COMIC REFERENCE

Posted by inferiorego

If you want cred from Indy kids (sometimes you just do, ok!) here are some good books to make you look hip
Ghost World (it's not on here?)



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Posted by sifsclub

death's head 2 vs xmen and other poeople

Posted by 123cgm

archangels its time you know the real world, the supernatural

Posted by Vortex13
@inferiorego: I have Maus and I do sometimes leave it around, a lot of people pick it up when the see it and skim through.
Posted by inferiorego
@Vortex13 said:
" @inferiorego: I have Maus and I do sometimes leave it around, a lot of people pick it up when the see it and skim through. "
It's classy good stuff...


New Top Coffee Table Book!


(Well, not #1, but up there... I found it today at work)

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Posted by inferiorego
@inferiorego said:


Jimmy Olsen #125

What a jerk! Yes, Jimmy gets a second book on this list, can you blame him? The covers are some of the funniest things in the world. He’s making Superman watch a sad movie so he can collect his tears. This works on two different levels.

 A. Superman is incredibly emotional if he’s crying THAT much from a sad film.

B. Jimmy Olsen is a #$%@

Your friends are going to wonder why he’s crying and I’ll let you in on a little secret… SPOILER ALERT!: The issue is awful, but the cover is A+ material!


I just sold this issue at the store today
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Posted by logan48227

When we get a new coffee table, I plan on putting my Kingdom Come TPB, Wolverine: Origins, and maybe Avengers Forever out for all to see.

Posted by logan48227
@John_Feaster:
You sir.......RULE! Bring on the Bad Guys was the book to have when I was a kid, and to this day I have yet to find a copy in my LCS.
Posted by Media_Master

Interesting comics...

Posted by Grendel

I like sex with women, so they stay in the longboxes.

Posted by John_Feaster
@logan48227 said:
"@John_Feaster: You sir.......RULE! Bring on the Bad Guys was the book to have when I was a kid, and to this day I have yet to find a copy in my LCS. "

   Thanks! If you desperately need a copy (most people do), give eBay a try.
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