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

 

Batman Inc Animated
Animation by Kerry Callen, art by Chris Burnham and Nathan Fairbairn
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Action Comics #1

 

Action Comics 1 Animated
Animation by ABVH, art by Joe Shuster
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Amazing Adventures #4

 

Amazing Adventures Animated
Animation by Kerry Callen, art by Murphy Anderson
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Batman Vol. 2 #6

 

Batman New 52 6 Animated
Animation by ABVH, art by Greg Capullo
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Batman and Robin Vol. 2 #15

 

Batman and Robin Vol 2 15
Animation by ABVH, art by Greg Capullo, FCO Plascencia
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Hellblazer Vol. 1 #288

 

Hellblazer Vol 1 28 Animated
Animation by ABVH, art by Simon Bisley
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The Days are Just Packed: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection

 

Calvin Hobbes Animated
Animation by Kerry Callen, art by Bill Watterson
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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol 2 #4

 

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol 2 4
Animation by ABVH, art by Kevin O’Neill
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Daredevil Vol. 3 #27

 

Daredevil 27 Animated
Animation by Brad Backofen, art by Chris Samnee
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Detective Comics Vol. 1 #880

 

Detective Comics 880 Animated
Animation by ABVH, art by Jock
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Fantastic Four #51

 

Fantastic Four Animated
Animation by Kerry Callen, art by Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott
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Batman #15

 

Batman Animated
Animation by Kerry Callen, art by Jack Burnley
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Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family TP

 

Batman Vol 2 Animated
Animation by ABVH, art by Greg Capullo
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Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #29

 

Lois Lane Animated
Animation by Kerry Callen, art by Curt Swan and Stan Kaye
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Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #4

 

Nick Fury Animated
Animation by Kerry Callen, art by Jim Steranko
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Sandman Omnibus Vol. 1

 

Sandman Animated
Animation by ABVH, art by Dave McKean
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Amazing Spider-Man #33

 

Amazing Spider Man Animated
Animation by Kerry Callen, art by Steve Ditko
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The Walking Dead #100

 

The Walking Dead 100 Animated
Animation by ABVH, art by Frank Quitely
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Young Avengers #4

 

Young Avengers Animated
Animation by Brad Backofen, art by Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson
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Hawkeye #8

 

Hawkeye Animated
Animation by Brad Backofen, art by David Aja
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Daredevil Vol. 3 #7

 

Daredevil Animated
Animation by Kerry Callen, art by Paolo Rivera
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The Incredible Hulk #315

 

Hulk Animated
Animation by Jim Groom, art by John Byrne
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Justice League of America #6

 

Justice League Animated
Animation by Kerry Callen, art by Mike Sekowsky and Murphy Anderson
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Superman #1

 

Superman 1 Animated
Animation by Kerry Callen, art by Joe Shuster
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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns TP

 

The Dark Knight Animated
Animation by Kerry Callen, art by Frank Miller
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