September 2017 is SYFY's 25th anniversary, so we’re using it as an excuse to look back and celebrate the last 25 years of ALL science fiction, fantasy, and horror, a time that has seen the genres we love conquer the world of pop culture. For us, that means lists! ALL THE LISTS! We’ll be doing two “25 greatest” lists per day all throughout September, looking back at the moments, people, and characters that shaped the last quarter century. So keep checking back.
Please note: Our lists are not ranked; all items have equal standing in our brains.
What items in our lists were your favorites? Did we miss something? We welcome respectful debate and discussion, so please let us know in the comments!
The comic book cover, itself, is a singularly unique art. Sometimes, it will tell a story all on its own. Sometimes, it acts as the "first panel" to the story inside. Every time, it needs to scream out loud next to every other comic on the stands: "BUY ME!"
There are artists who make a living off just exploring this unique feature where you often are supposed to judge a book by its cover. With so many all-time greats, choosing a definitive 25 best or even favorite list from the last 25 years is nearly impossible. With advancement in experimentation, coloration, and presentation in the last few years, alone, you could probably pull 25 from any given year and make an argument that they're the best yet.
So, we decided to just pull one from each year, 1992-2016, that we feel is both representative of the year and a dang fine cover. With only 25 to choose from, some of your favorite covers and even favorite cover artists (and some of ours, too) won't be in the list below. That isn't meant as a slight, it's just an impossible task unless we bumped this up to at least 100. Still, here are some of the best looking, original, or our just plain favorite covers we've seen in comics in the last 25 years.
Note: For simplicity, we are noting the pencil artist credited with the cover. In several cases, there is also an inker and colorist whose work helps make the cover shine.