The hero staggers towards the viewer carrying a stricken colleague/relative/lover… It’s an image that has become almost iconic, indeed it’s now been used so often on comics covers it’s almost bordering on cliché—especially since George Perez used it so memorably as the Crisis #7 cover—but what the heck, I still love it. It’s powerful, it’s emotional, and it just works! Had he thought of it, I’ve not doubt that Wallace Wood would have had this layout as number 23 on his “22 comic panels that always work” trope.

Earlier posts in this series can be found HERE

JLA #91 cover

Justice League of America #91, August 1971

Art by Neal Adams.

Freedom Fighters #5 cover

Freedom Fighters #5, Nov-Dec 1976

Drawn by Rich Buckler and Vince Colletta.

Conan the Barbarian #100 cover

Conan the Barbarian #100, July 1979

Art by John Buscema and Ernie Chan.

JLA and Freedom Fighters ©2012 DC Comics

Conan the Barbarian ©2012 the copyright holder