A great cover design soon becomes a classic, and maybe, possibly, eventually becomes a cliché. Still, this common design featuring the lead character distraught and carrying a fallen comrade/friend/lover always works well, and guarantees an arresting and exciting cover.

Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane # 128, December 1972

Captain Action #3, February-March 1969

Ragman #4, February-March 1977

Our Army at War #167, May 1966

Art by Bob Oksner (Lois Lane), Gil Kane (Captain Action), and Joe Kubert (note that his covers are all of eleven years apart!).

This is the latest post in an occasional series looking at this staple of comic book cover design. Previous posts can be found HERE

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