So I was wondering what everybody's favorite covers featuring their favorite character was. Wolverine is my favorite character, and these pics shown here have to be my favorite covers of his. What are yours?
Here the best Hercules covers:
The strength of Hercules featured in such a classic manner and so prominently by Ed McGuiness. This cover is the best one featuring Hercules. Period.
Hercules and Thor battling in Olympus by John Buscema. Both heroes look great in their Bronze Age looks on this one. John Buscema is one of the all-time greats.
Hercules vs Thor! Olympus vs Asgard! Hercules and Thor facing off while leading their respective realms!
Art by Jack Kirby. It's almost too much!
This is the first superhero team featuring Hercules. Artist Gil Kane did a great job on this one; Hercules is featured most prominently and looks absolutely great!
Hercules vs the Hulk. The first meeting and fight between Hercules and the Hulk. Hercules matching up against the Hulk in both size and strength by Jack Kirby and Bill Everett. It's a classic.
This cover shows Hercules rendered by perhaps the greatest Hercules artist ever: Bob Layton.
Layton showcases his artistic talent and his love for the character of Hercules in this mini-series, specifically on this comic cover.
This comic was my introduction to Marvel's Hercules. George Perez's art is excellent on this cover, despite the fact that Hercules is getting punched! The cover takes me back to my youth and holds up over time, imo.
This is the actual first issue of Hercules first ever ongoing series.
This cover is a homage to "Thor" #126 and it features Hercules grappling with Ares. Art by Arthur Adams.
Hercules vs Thor in what many consider Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's best "Thor" Story-arc. This is Jack Kirby's art (naturally) and this cover has been paid homage on several occasions.
Though the main cover by Arthur Adams is very good, it's actually the variant cover by Daniel Ancuna (which can be seen at the top of this list) that I place here. Hercules is seen with the other original members of the Champions, though it is he that is featured most prominently.
Hercules and other assorted immortals unite to form "The God Squad" with Herc as the leader. This cover looks really good and the story within the comic is just as good. Art by John Romita, Jr.
Hercules vs Ikaris! Two different kinds of Olympians, two different kinds of immortals and two Jack Kirby designed characters. Cool stuff. Art by John Romita, Jr.
Hercules in final battle against his deadliest enemy; Typhon!
The other Avengers have fallen, yet Hercules battles on with the fate of the world at stake. This,sadly, is the final issue of Hercules first ongoing series. This cover is beautifully rendered by Alex Garner.
Hercules and Deadpool raising massive mugs of beer in apparent celebration of their defeat of their respective rivals; Thor and Wolverine. Art by Humberto Ramos.
Hercules matching strength with the Olympian Titan Atlas. The two rivals from ancient times battle in out in Washington, D.C. in this comic. Art by one of the best (the best in my opinion) Hercules artists ever; Bob Layton.
Hercules vs Thor, again! This cover features Hercules in his super-powerful, amped up, God of Gods sky-father form going up against his old friend and rival Thor in his modern, armored look. Art by Ed McGuinness.
This is Jack Kirby's only cover featuring Hercules as a solo hero.
Kirby's distinctive style is obvious and Hercules looks great.
Hercules battling Namor the Sub-Mariner as depicted by John Buscema.
This line-up of Avengers is very underrated. Hercules is featured as the top-level strongman on par with the Hulk during this run.
This homage, by Art Adams, to Jim Steranko's previous Hulk cover is truly awesome. It shows Hercules' strength as he takes over the Hulk's comic making it into "Incredible Hercules."
This is a one-on-one match-up type cover not often seen in comics anymore. Hercules fighting the Hulk is always an enticing premise and artist Gary Frank did a truly awesome job depicting both characters on this cover. It's also interesting to note that the size difference between Herc and Hulk isn't that much which is how it should be because Hercules is an extremely large man.
Hercules has seldom looked more menacing than he does here on this cover by Gabriel Hardman. His size and implied strength contrasts well with Spider-Man slightly in front of him. The story within was pretty good, too. Hercules actually feels jealous of Spider-Man and kicks his scrawny butt.
Hercules head-locking Thor in pitched battle! This Hercules vs Thor battle turns out to be one of their all-time greats. The cover is by Scott Kolins and he is also did the interior art, too.
This cover features art by Ariel Olivetti whom renders Hercules in a muscular, powerful way befitting the Prince of Power. Olivetti also does an excellent job of rendering Hercules for the interior art, too, and would be well suited for regular work depicting Hercules.
Here are my favorite Thing (Ben Grimm) comic covers:
The Thing has never looked better than he did in this Rich Buckler FF cover. Ben leads the charge of the FF & Inhumans in all of his rock-hewn, two-fisted glory! I first saw this one as a reproduction printed on some Mead paper products in the mid-70's.
This cover features one of the ultimate hero-vs-hero match-ups and is, imo, the ultimate face-off cover! Drawn by one of the all-time greats, John Buscema, this cover has never been matched in terms of anticipation, iconic characters, posing and simplicity.
The Thing; enslaved! Chained and prodded like a beast by a bunch of old-time gangster-types! This cover shows Ben, despite his size and strength, in an unusual predicament, Bound, yet still defiant. The Thing's original designer, Jack Kirby, drew this one.
The Thing battling Power Man high above the sky's of New York City with Alicia Masters in peril. This cover exploded off the rack with action and drama. Drawn by the artist who drew the Thing better than any other; George Perez.
The Thing vs the Silver Surfer in the sky's and on the roof tops of New York City. The Thing's rock-textured skin and powerful frame is shown taking a cosmic blast from the once and future Herald of Galactus. This one is a Jack Kirby masterpiece.
The Thing and the Hulk, Marvels best known heroic behemoths, side by side, trapped by the Stranger. This cover kind of served as a comparative picture by which to gauge the physical similarities and differences between these two characters.
Most of Marvel's heavy-hitters standing behind the Thing, in full boxing gear, as he stands ready to face the CHAMPION! Ben's toughness and determination is undeniable here. By Ron Wilson.
Old foes, Thing and Sandman, bellied up to the bar in a pub and having a cold one. Beautiful detail and color. This one is cool and classic. By Ron Wilson and Chic Stone.
The Thing and the savage Sub-Mariner (now more commonly known as "Namor") standing toe-to-toe under the sea and exchanging punches! This cover promises fight-filled action and the interior delivers! By former DC master and Marvel 70's cover guru Gil Kane.
The Thing grapples the Hulk in this all-time classic cover which was eventually (2007?, 2008?) made into a collectible toy to commemorate it. This cover is as great today as is was back then.
The Thing is decked out & slicked up in a tuxedo and about to get triple teamed by statues of three FF foes statues come to life. I loved it when I bought it as a kid and I love it still. This cover is by the incomparable George Perez.
The Thing in his first ever on-going solo series! Ben looks large and in charge standing fists-up in rubble and wreckage. Art by John Byrne at his best!
This is not only one of the best-ever Thing covers, it's one of the best-ever covers of all-time! That's despite the fact the Thing is shown in defeat. I absolutely love this cover. This is John Byrne's best FF cover, imo.
This cover commemorates the FF's 20th anniversary and artist John Byrne drew a cover with enough characters to give George Perez a run for his money. The layout is superb with the Thing front and center showing his rocky size and his true kindness equally.
Big Ben is ready to rumble on this cover by Andrea DiVito. Simple idea used to great effect as Marvel's original tough-guy strikes an iconic pose for a memorable cover.
The only Mike Wieringo cover to make this list, this cover features the entire FF with Ben standing behind them and still appearing larger than all of them combined; a head taller and noticeably wider. The Thing drawn at his proper size!
On this cover Ben is shown participating in one of his famous superhero poker tournaments. Even with the many, varied and even more popular other heroes around him, it's the Thing who stands out. The theme and art of this Andrea DiVito cover was so good it was made into a t-shirt.
The Thing vs Hercules! This cover has two of Marvel's strongest heroes going toe-to-toe with Hercules even wearing his fable Lion-skin. Very nice, indeed. Art by Andrea DiVito.
Though he is much better known for his epic, iconic work on Spider-Man, artist John Romita, Sr. shows with his work on this cover that he can draw the Thing as well as anyone. Ben rarely (maybe never!) looked better than he does here as he charges towrd the reader.
Goofy and fun, this Andrea DiVito cover has Ben and fellow smart-mouth New Yorker, Spider-Man, literally hanging out together though Ben's web looks like it's used to lighter loads. Great, fun, cover!
This is, to many people, the Thing's most iconic cover and it definitely is one of his best. Artist Jack Kirby really conveys the "Thing's" emotional struggle as he grapples with a life-changing choice.
What an awesome roundhouse punch! The Thing swings for the fences here on this cover by Stuart Immonen. The power Ben has is thoroughly conveyed by this awesome punch! Love it!
The Thing's size, texture, arms and fists really come through on this cover. His mean downcast stare is great, too. Another great cover by Stuart Immonen.
The Thing's size, stance and expression are all perfect on this Stuart Immonen cover. Simple but good.
Another Thing vs Hulk battle. This is a John Romita, Sr. cover to a book collecting/reprinting many of Marvel's best superhero vs superhero battles (up til that point in time). I always wanted this one but still haven't acquired it. I still love this cover, though.
The Thing's face and fist are drawn perfectly on this cover. George Perez had no equal when it came to drawing the Thing and this is a great example of it.
I made a list of my favorite Hercules comic covers. If you're interested, here's a link:
I made a list of my favorite Hercules comic covers. If you're interested, here's a link:
Cool stuff Herc!
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