Owen Michael Johnson: Top 5 Covers
This week we travel to the UK and ask indie comic superstar (and all around nice guy) Owen Michael Johnson what his favourite comic covers are. For the last two years Johnson has had two of his books make it into the last 5 nominees shortlist for the British Comic Awards (Raygun Roads in 2014 and Beast Wagon in 2015), so we can only expect good things from him in the near future. You can read (and listen to) the whole of Raygun Roads at raygunroads.com for free and buy Beast Wagon and Reel Love at the Changeling Studios webstore.
The first cover I remember being fully aware of as an abstract design. Beautiful in itself. The 70s hairy-chest love-god Batman of Adams and O'Neil era is my favorite. And the composition of this cover is sublime.
Take any single one of James Jean's masterful paintings and it's beyond gorgeous. They became increasingly more abstract and enigmatic as the series progressed, and the artist bloomed. The covers to Fables elevated the book into an untouchable place. The series never lived up to them. And that's hard for a cover. Jean nails it every time.
The first Kirby I owned was issue 2 but 6 is everything I want from pop comics. Bold. Brash. Explosive. It grabs you by the throat. All the power and love and fire of comics at their most pure is in this cover.