Though Chris Sims is known to the world at large as the penultimate Batmanologist, his comic knowledge reaches far beyond that of Gotham City and its Dark Knight. Yesterday over at Comics Alliance he shared the 25 most awesome Action Comics covers of all time, I’ve included a few below with Chris’s own views on the cover, but make sure to follow the link above to see the wonderful insanity that was Action Comics!
Action Comics #243 “The Lady and the Lion”
“The best covers are the ones that tell a story beyond just what’s on the page, and this one — one of the most perfect examples of the kookiness of the Silver Age, by Swan and Kaye — does exactly that. Not only is superman rocking a lion’s head and paws, but Swan manages to make him look really sad about it, as he soliloquizes about how Lois will have to accept his new, monstrous form.
Lois, meanwhile, looks like she wants nothing more than to get the hell out of there until Superman’s back to his handsome, mane-less state. That is not the posture of a woman who wants to act out Beauty and the Beast. That is a woman wondering if she can afford to move to another state and legally change her name.”
Action Comics #311 “Superman, King of Earth!”
“There is nothing I can add to this one that would even come close to describing what is unquestionably the most amazing hat in comics history. Bless you, Curt Swan and Shelly Moldoff.”
Action Comics #441
“Another one from Cardy that just cracks me right up every time I see it. Flash going for a handshake and getting punched across the street by an extremely casual Superman just seems like an awesomely jerky reminder that he didn’t really need to hang out with the rest of the Justice League, and how next time, maybe you shouldn’t run your mouth about how the Central City Picture News is better than the Daily Planet.