There was a time before the Internet when a comic book cover was one of a reader's first hints about contents of a new comic, back before everyone knew what would happen months and months before it went on sale. While this function has been delegated to prodigious solicitation copywriters and an army of comics journalists, the art of the comic book cover has not been lost, although it may sometimes be taken for granted -- relegated to a thumbnail image in a Previews catalogue or sterile list of new books on any number of websites. There is a true and righteous art to creating a successful comic book cover, and it is a talent that comics' best illustrators continue to practice even in obscurity. It is to celebrate this work that we've created the Best Comic Book Covers feature.

Curated by ComicsAlliance editors Laura Hudson, Caleb Goelner and Andy Khouri, Best Comic Book Covers will celebrate that left behind art of cover creation, spotlighting what in our opinions were the most beautifully illustrated, impeccably designed or just simply the coolest images to be found on the stands throughout the month that was.

NOTE: With hundreds of new comics released every month, even art obsessives like us are going to miss something occasionally. Artists and publishers of all kinds (including manga!) can help make Best Comic Book Covers a stronger feature by making every month's solicitations as easily available as possible (ideally without logos). You can even email them directly to us, if you like.

In no particular order...

The Sixth Gun #9

Story by Brian Hurtt

Art and cover by Cullen Bunn

Published by Oni Press

Amazing Spider-Man #655

Story by Dan Slott

Art and cover by Marcos Martin

Published by Marvel Comics

Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis #5

Story by Warren Ellis

Art and cover by Kaare Andrews

Published by Marvel Comics

Batman, Incorporated #4

Story by Grant Morrison

Art by Yanick Paquette & Michael Lacombe

Cover by J.H. Williams III

Published by DC Comics

Batman: Streets of Gotham #20

Written by Paul Dini
Art by Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs
Cover by Dustin Nguyen
Published by DC Comics

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #515
Story by David Liss
Art by Francesco Francavilla
Cover by Simone Binachi
Published by Marvel Comics

Batwoman #1

Story by J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman

Art and cover by J.H. Williams III

Published by DC Comics

Cinderella: Fables are Forever #1

Story by Chris Roberson

Art by Shawn McManus

Cover by Chrissie Zullo

Published by Vertigo

King Conan: The Scarlet Citadel #1
Story by Tim Truman
Art by Tomás Giorello
Cover by Darick Robertson
Published by Dark Horse

Daytripper (trade paperback)
Story by Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon
Art by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá
Cover by Gabriel Bá
Published by Vertigo
Deadpool & Cable #26
Written by Duane Swierczynski
Art by Leo Fernandez
Cover by Dave Wilkins

Published by Marvel Comics

Deadpool Team-Up #884

Story by Tom Peyer
Art by Jacob Chabot
Cover by Skottie Young
Published by Marvel Comics

Fall Out Toy Works Vol. 1: Tiffany Blues (trade paperback)
Story by Brett Lewis
Art by Sami Basri, Hendry Prasetyo, IMaginary Friends Studio
Cover by Stanley "Artgerm" Lau
Published by Image Comics

Freedom Fighters #6
Story by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
Art by Travis Moore and Trevor Scott
Cover by Dave Johnson
Published by DC Comics

Gotham City Sirens #20
Story by Peter Calloway
Art by Lee Garbett
Cover by Guillem March
Published by DC Comics

Hellboy: The Sleeping and the Dead #2
Story by Mike Mignola
Art by Scott Hampton
Cover by Mike Mignola
Published by Dark Horse

House of Mystery #34
Story by Matthew Sturges
Art by Wether Dell'Edera and Ulises Farinas
Cover by Esao Andrews
Published by Vertigo

Iron Man Legacy #11
Story by Fred Van Lente
Art by Phippe Briones
Cover by Juan Doe
Published by Marvel Comics

The Li'l Depressed Boy #1
Story by S. Steve Struble
Art and cover by Sina Grace
Published by Image Comics

Mighty Samson #2
Story by Jim Shooter and Jeff Vaughn
Art by Patrick Oliffe
Cover by Raymond Swanland
Published by Dark Horse

The Muppet Show Vol. 5: Muppet Mash (trade paperback)

Story, art and cover by Roger Langridge

Published by BOOM! Studios

Doctor Strange: From the Marvel Vault #1
Story by Roger Stern
Art by Neil Vokes
Cover by Mario Alberti
Published by Marvel Comics

G.I. Joe #26
Story by Chuck Dixon
Art by Robert Atkins, Clayton Brown, Juan Castro
Cover by Tom Whalen
Published by IDW

Vampirella #3

Story by Eric Trautmann
Art by Wagner Reis
Cover by Rodolfo Migliari
Published by Dynamite Entertainment
The Spirit #11
Story by David Hine
Art by Moritat
Cover by Landrönn
Published by DC Comics

Superman 80-Page Giant 2011 #1
Written by Joe Caramagna, Steve Horton, Abhay Khosla, Neil Kleid, Aubrey Sitterson, Beau Tidwell and others
Art by Eddy Barrows, Cafu, Dan McDaid, Andy Mcdonald and others
Cover by Dustin Nguyen

Published by DC Comics

Thunderbolts #153
Story by Jeff Parker
Art by Kev Walker
Cover by Greg Land
Published by Marvel Comics

Venom/Deadpool #1

Story by Rick Remender

Art by Shawn Moll

Cover by Skottie Young

Published by Marvel Comics

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