Comic covers are meant to get their message across in a single striking image, with the implication of movement provided only by the reader's imagination. We see the single frozen moment; our brain tells the story. Yet some talented digital artists have discovered that there's some fun to be had in animating these images and providing just a little more movement to the moment. We've collected some of our favorite examples of animated comic covers from the past few years, from an endlessly recursive Batman to a lolling Hobbes; from a struggling Spider-Man to a spinning Justice League. The animations were created by Kerry Callen, ABVH, Brad Backofen, and Jim Groom. Visit their sites to see more of their work.

After you've taken a look at our favorites, check out the greatest animated punk rock album covers, metal album covers and classic rock album covers via the links below!

Batman Incorporated #13

 

Animation by Kerry Callen, art by Chris Burnham and Nathan Fairbairn


Action Comics #1

 

Animation by ABVH, art by Joe Shuster

Amazing Adventures #4

 

Animation by Kerry Callen, art by Murphy Anderson

Batman Vol. 2 #6

 

Animation by ABVH, art by Greg Capullo


Batman and Robin Vol. 2 #15

 

Animation by ABVH, art by Greg Capullo, FCO Plascencia


Hellblazer Vol. 1 #288

 

Animation by ABVH, art by Simon Bisley

The Days are Just Packed: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection

 

Animation by Kerry Callen, art by Bill Watterson

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol 2 #4

 

Animation by ABVH, art by Kevin O’Neill

Daredevil Vol. 3 #27

 

Animation by Brad Backofen, art by Chris Samnee

Detective Comics Vol. 1 #880

 

Animation by ABVH, art by Jock

Fantastic Four #51

 

Animation by Kerry Callen, art by Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott

Batman #15

 

Animation by Kerry Callen, art by Jack Burnley

Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family TP

 

Animation by ABVH, art by Greg Capullo

Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #29

 

Animation by Kerry Callen, art by Curt Swan and Stan Kaye

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #4

 

Animation by Kerry Callen, art by Jim Steranko

Sandman Omnibus Vol. 1

 

Animation by ABVH, art by Dave McKean

Amazing Spider-Man #33

 

Animation by Kerry Callen, art by Steve Ditko

The Walking Dead #100

 

Animation by ABVH, art by Frank Quitely

Young Avengers #4

 

Animation by Brad Backofen, art by Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson

Hawkeye #8

 

Animation by Brad Backofen, art by David Aja

Daredevil Vol. 3 #7

 

Animation by Kerry Callen, art by Paolo Rivera

The Incredible Hulk #315

 

Animation by Jim Groom, art by John Byrne

Justice League of America #6

 

Animation by Kerry Callen, art by Mike Sekowsky and Murphy Anderson


Superman #1

 

Animation by Kerry Callen, art by Joe Shuster

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns TP

 

Animation by Kerry Callen, art by Frank Miller