They say you can’t judge a book by it’s cover. While that might be true for prose, it’s not entirely true for comic books. Comic books are a visual medium and more times than not, it’s the art that draws you in. With so many comic books coming out these days, a cover that stands out from everything else on a wall of new releases can determine how well it sells. I know that I’ve picked up new titles solely based on the cover.
It is with that in mind that we bring you Face Value, a column where we will be looking at the best covers in comics, both new and old, every two weeks. This month, we’re looking at the creepiest art that comic books have to offer in our Halloween edition. Let’s get spooky!
Tales From the Crypt (volume 1) #28 by Al Feldstein
“Tales From the Crypt” is legendary in the horror genre and its influence can still be seen in comics today. This cover is one of the scariest scenarios I can imagine really. The horror on this man’s face and the walking away of the other man builds such a horrifying and tense scene.
Tales From the Crypt (volume 1) #35 by Jack Davis
Another cover from “Tales From the Crypt” and this one really leans into just being really cringey to look at. I like creature features. I like monsters and I like zombies when done right. This cover is gross in all the good ways and actually made my skin crawl a bit.
Colder: Toss the Bones #5 by Juan Ferreyra
I loved “Colder.” It might be my favorite horror comic ever and it’s the series that showed me Juan Ferreyra’s art for the first time. He’s now drawing “Green Arrow” but before he was doling out excellent action with one of DC’s most famous heroes, he was giving readers nightmares. Look at the detail on this image. It’s horrific but you can’t look away. It feels cold and it feels like it’s coming at you. It’s amazing in every way.
Colder: The Bad Seed #1 by Juan Ferreyra
Juan Ferreyra shows up twice on this list because he’s just that good. His work on “Colder” was fantastic and the covers were insanely good. This is a monster who’s face is made of fingers. FINGERS!!! That’s just messed up.
House of Mystery #236 by Bernie Wrightson
How could I do a horror art column without mentioning the greatest of all time? I couldn’t and that’s why I didn’t. This cover is great because it’s full of stuff happening and all of it is scary. From the man and the woman to the rising zombie like creature, it’s busy and chaotic and that makes it scary.
House of Secrets #100 by Bernie Wrightson
When I have nightmares, they don’t usually involve me being up and about. My nightmares, even as a kid, always revolved around me being in bed and something grabbing me from out of nowhere. This cover gives me chills because it is my nightmare.
Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows #3 by Gabriel Rodriguez
“Locke & Key” is one of my favorite series ever and I think a big part of what made it scary is that it centered mostly around kids. I always end up self inserting myself into that and Rodriguez’s art did such a great job at conveying actual terror. This cover is a good example of that and really one that I go back to a lot even if the colors are a bit much.
Catwoman (volume 4) #35 by Joshua Middleton
Not every Halloween themed thing has to be actually scary. Halloween is actually kind of fun for a lot of people. I like this cover because it still remains Catwoman as she dumps out her Halloween night treats that are actually jewels she stole. It’s a little on the nose with the orange coloring but it’s still cute.Continued below
What are some of your favorite spooky or Halloween themed covers? Let me know in the comments below!