Favorite Flash Covers
FLASH WEEK continues here at ONCE UPON A GEEK…
Today we’re talking about my Flash collecting and spotlighting some of my favorite covers.
As I mentioned on Monday, I didn’t start collecting the Flash comic faithfully until 1992 with Mark Waid’s run. However, I had managed to pick-up several issues here and there prior to 1992. I always liked the Flash, but for whatever reason the comics didn’t captivate me enough to merit collecting on an ongoing basis. I was actually surprised when I counted the other day and realized I owned 37 issues of the Barry Allen run of the Flash. The bulk of my run was from issues 289 – 309; this was primarily because of the Firestorm & Doctor Fate back-up stories in those issues. Here are a few of my favorite covers from that series.
Death of Iris issue, and it features a guy dressed up as the golden age Sandman on the cover. Awesome!
Gotta love some Firestorm action! After appearing as a back-up for several issues, Firestorm actually got to team-up with Flash in this one.
Carmine Infantino is credited with the following cover, but I swear that looks like a Keith Giffen Doctor Fate. My suspicion is supported by the fact that Keith Giffen drew the Doctor Fate back-up in this issue.
By the way, did I ever tell you that I’m a big Trickster fan? Love that character!
I’m also a big Justice League of America collector. I have nearly every issue from 100 of the original series onward (that’s over 400 comics). Here are a few of my favorite JLA covers featuring the Flash (I even threw in one JLE cover for good measure). Going through this recently, I was surprised the Flash wasn’t prominently featured on more JLA covers.
For Wally’s run of the Flash, I’ve managed to go back and get lots of issues prior to Waid’s run. Out of the 242 issues published so far, I’m missing 56 issues (some in the 30’s, some in the 50’s, 160’s, 170’s, and 180’s). Sadly I have to admit that I missed out on the first part of Geoff John’s Flash run. About the time Mark Waid finished his run, I was looking to cut back on my monthly spending. I saw a good “jumping off” point with Flash, so I took it. Obviously I now regret that decision. I’m in the process of picking up the trades for the early Geoff Johns issues. Here are some of my favorite covers from Wally’s Flash series.
My all-time favorite Flash cover. Drawn by the late Michael Turner. Say what you will about his art, I think this cover is awesome!
A nice creepy cover from Wally’s early days as the Flash.
Another great cover by another fantastic artist taken too soon… Mike Wieringo. It honestly took me a little while to warm to his style. But once I “got” his style, I couldn’t get enough.
I’ve always loved the cover above. Interestingly enough, I didn’t realize until today that this was actually a tribute to an old Barry cover.
Not a lot of good things I can say about Bart’s run as the Flash. While the series did improve about halfway through, it really doesn’t stand out. Here is one particular cover that I liked and some Impulse-related covers.
This next one is Bart’s first appearance. I love how they positioned the word “Kid” just above Flash, especially since he went by Impulse back then.
I chose this next one because it is by Ethan Van Sciver (artist on the upcoming “Flash: Rebirth”), and this was the first issue in a run where Bart started to take his superhero role more seriously. I think this helped eventually play into him becoming Kid Flash and then Flash.
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t showcase some Jay Garrick covers that I like.
The following cover is from the last issue of the short-lived, but fantastic, Justice Society of America series in 1992. Once again, another great artist that was taken before their time… Mike Parobeck.
Alex Ross is the best thing to happen to comics in the last 20 years.
Gotta respect the oldies…
Love me some Jerry Ordway and the 1980s portrayal of the WWII era.
The return of Jay’s old enemy called the Rival.
While I don’t own every issue I highlighted here, I do own most of them. If you can think of any other fantastic Flash covers I missed, feel free to share!
Come back for more Flash action tomorrow…