Time for another episode of Best Cover EVER? The ongoing, never-ending search for just what you think is the best cover ever. Except we’re all aware that there is no Best Cover Ever. Just the best cover ever that week. I can pick maybe 20, 50, 100 covers in my personal history of comics that I’d want to include, I’m sure everyone reading this has exactly the same thing.
So here’s a question, just what is YOUR best cover ever? Feel free to get in touch with us to let us know, email in, or tweet us @fpinternational and we’ll sort out details.
Anyway, this week we have Ricky Miller, the man in charge over at Avery Hill Publishing, and responsible not only for the publication of the very well received Reads anthology (issue 1, issue 2) but also the very attractive Tiny Dancing arts magazine. Avery Hill fits the description of boutique publishing very well, and I mean that as a compliment; they produce their works on the small scale, but there’s a lot of dedication goes into every piece.
Miller isn’t just a publisher though, he also turns his hand to writing and drawing and does it rather well, writer of the supernatural strip Hilary Harper, and writer and artist on the bizarre Metroland, which mixes time-travel and the drama of your average indie band to create something interesting.
However, back to Miller’s choice for Best Cover EVER?
And it’s a surprise….
Transformers Issue 100, 1987, Marvel UK
Cover art by Alan Davis
As a kid, Marvel UK’s long-running Transformers series introduced me to the world of comics and ensured that I’d stay hooked. It was my gateway drug. In addition I soon joined the Transformers UK fanclub and started writing and drawing my own strip for their comic, so it’s had a massive influence on what I do today.
When going back through my collection recently I realised that this cover to issue 100, that I had always loved, had been drawn by the legendary Alan Davis. On doing some research I found out he had drawn it with his son Thomas, who was six at the time and a Transformers fan. Thomas suggested Alan couldn’t be that good a comic artist since he didn’t draw the Transformers, so, desperate to gain his son’s approval, he phoned the editor and asked if he could do a cover. Alan worked out a rough composition and Thomas told him which characters to place where and ensured that the details were right.
It’s a great cover, the composition is brilliant, and it makes you want to grab the cover and open it to see what happens in the issue; but the story of how it came about is what bumps it to the top of my list.