Mike Huddleston: Top 5 Covers
New section! This time we turn the table and ask comic creators what their favorites are. Our first
victim guest is none other than Mike Huddleston, artist of, among others, Harley Quinn, Deathstroke, Deep Sleeper, Homeland Directive, the very excellent Butcher Baker and currently finishing up his and Dave Lapham's adaptation of The Strain. The question: ‘What are your five favorite covers ever?' … Take it away, Mike!
For someone who grew up reading comics picking your “Five Favorite Covers EVER!!!” is no small task. Like making top 5 movie or album lists, one is asked to sacrifice more of their favorites than they can pick, and are pushed to make crazy comparisons that make no sense: “Hmmm, do I like this beautifully painted Massimo Carnevale cover better than the graphic, inventive Dave Johnson cover? What about ANY Adam Hughes cover? Or Simonson's brilliant run on X-Factor? James Jean, Kent Williams…”
These questions are impossible, plus every person who reads your list is just waiting to inform you of how incorrect your choices are. It's a thankless task! Thanks Iñigo.
To get this question down into a manageable size I decided to pick the top 5 covers that were still in my greatly reduced collection.
In no particular order:
Micronauts Special Edition #1
Jackson Guice and Joe Rubinstein
All the “Marvel meets Star Wars” energy a 10 year old could get in 1983. 20 something years later I still love this book, and the interiors are every bit as solid as the cover.
I think this cover captures what I love most about Paul's work. Eisner meets Picasso.
The work of Tomer (and Asaf) Hanuka consistently makes me feel like I should be working harder and this is the series where I first discovered him. This cover shows the editorial voice, solid design, and brilliant color palettes that have come to define his work. Plus there's a bear eating ice cream.
Rom, King Sized Annual #1
Not much to say here… Al Milgrom just knocking it out of the park with some Marvel cosmic strangeness. This cover has lived in my brain for 23 years.
Elektra Assassin #1
If you're making a top covers list and Bill Sienkiewicz isn't somewhere on that list, I don't think we can hang out. From his work on New Mutants on through to Elektra, Bill consistently pushed the envelope on what comic art could be. Probably one of his most iconic images here.
Honorable Mention: Uncanny X-Men #275
Jim Lee and Scott Williams
Jim Lee was THE rockstar artist of my comic reading adolescence so I can't wrap up without acknowledging him here. I think this triple panel cover catches Lee and Williams at the pinnacle of their style that defined the 90's and beyond. Excelsior!