We’ve had snow on the ground for about a month straight, so it’s no surprise that this post is about comic book covers that have snow on the cover. As you go through this list, which is in chronological order, you’ll notice a shift from simple outdoor scenes of the golden age books, to the “Dirty Harry” type characters in the late 70’s and 80’s. Finally, you will see the gorgeous art from today’s best. Striving to answer, What are the best comic book covers with a great winter or snow scene?
Detective Comics #119 – Win Mortimer created this hilarious cover in 1947. It shows two criminals throwing snowballs at snowmen who look like Batman and Robin. Behind them, the caped crusaders arrive on the scene in time to see a snowball smash snow Batman’s face. The guilt on one of the criminal’s faces is priceless. I’m not an expert in the law but I’m pretty sure they aren’t breaking a law.
Action Comics #118 – One of the great artists of the Golden age, Wayne Boring did this cover in 1948. It shows Superman blowing a sail for two young boys. You can see action from the blades churning up snow and the joy on the boy’s faces. There is a lot of white space but that simplicity fits the scene.
World’s Finest #57 – 1952 cover from the amazing, Win Mortimer. Superman is pulling a large group of ladies up a snow-covered hill, while Batman and Robin look on. This cover shows great action with all three heroes capes whipping in the wind. Very fun and very 50’s.
Conan #16 – This is a fantastic Barry Windsor Smith cover from 1972. Conan is on a snowy mountainside fighting Frost-Giants while a barely dressed lady lies in the snow nearby. Hint: she’s not as she appears. Barry does this interesting and unique scallop-like shading on legs and arms that are in shadow. He creates drama with a giant falling, the snow moving, and Conan in full swing.
House of Mystery #199 – Neal Adams drew this creepy cover in 1972. It shows a man huddling near a small fire with his dog. The bright yellow glow of the fire touches everything nearby. His dog has already seen Snow Beasts sneaking up behind them and is wildly barking. The Beasts are elongated creatures silhouetted on a bright orange moon.
Iron Fist 14 – Al Milgrom cover from 1977. Beyond being a key issue of the era with the first appearance of Sabretooth this is an action-packed cover. Sabretooth is taking a swipe at the snowblind Iron Fist, who is backing himself off a cliff. Iron Fist is flaying at wind because Sabretooth is so low to the ground.
Detective Comics 514 – This is a Dick Giordano cover from 1982. This cover is all about attitude. Batman was hiding in the snow to surprise Zeus’ gang. He reveals himself, snow is falling off him and he says, “Looking for me…Punks!” Batman’s face is angry and expressive while his hands are ready for a grappling match. Great Cover!
Alpha Flight #6 – This is a John Bryne cover from 1984. This is a minimalistic cover long before it was popular to do so. Snowbird is running through a snowstorm that has a strong wind behind her. Emblazoned at the bottom is the word, “Snowblind”. With a one or two seconds glance, you know exactly what this book is about.
Walking Dead #5 – A Tony Moore Cover from 2004. This cover is a snapshot of a desperate situation. Humans are surrounded by zombies, adding to the excitement Billy is peeking out from behind an adult. The snow falling is pretty but nothing else on the cover gives a sense of tranquillity.
Wolverine 49 – A 2007 cover from Laurence Campbell. The outfit looks very much like a Santa suit with white trim and a large square belt buckle. The colors are all muted because of the intensity of the snow storm. Then you see the 3 claws on each hand and you say, “That’s not jolly old St. Nick”.
Red Hood and the Outlaws #5 – This is a Kenneth Rocafort cover from 2012. If you just look at the background this is a gorgeous cover, placid with delicate pencil work. Then look at the 3 characters, Starfire is hurt, Roy is worried, and Crux isn’t finished fighting. There is a mix of emotions, pain, and vengeance. (Issue 4 is nice as well)
Punisher Vol. 11 #10 – 2017 cover from Declan Shalvey. Wow, is this a brutal snow cover. We see two people strung up in trees in the foreground and a trail of blood leading away. The trail of blood from the lone figure walking away forms the Punisher skull. It’s a powerful and disturbing cover, exactly what the artist intended.
Did I miss a snow-covered cover that you love? If so, leave a comment.