We love covers and everybody loves a best of year list so here is the result of the ECBT team’s own pick of the best Prog covers of 2015. If you are reading this before January 16th there is still time for you to cast your own vote over on the official 2000AD forums. And for more details on all of the covers hasten over to the always excellent 2000AD Covers Uncovered blog, run by our very own Pete ‘the pastry king’ Wells.
And there’s a new name at number one. Here is Jake Lynch with his tremendous wraparound cover for 1957.
Comments from the crew on this splendid depiction of Mega-City Mayhem:
Luke W: “A fantastic & arresting image, action packed and busy, busy, busy.”
Iz: “Another splash-page, packed full of action. I particularly love the colour work in this cover, as well as how hard Dredd has walloped the chap in the middle. Epic blood spatter.”
Pete: “Jake’s covers have all been excellent this year but this one is crazy! It perfectly sums up Mega-City madness and I’m sure that for the 1% of citizens that work this is what their typical commute looks like!”
There was tie for second place. It was another great year for the sublime Greg Staples and his instanly iconic image of the fearsome foursome on Prog 1915.
John: “The Dark Judges are back and what an image to show them off. Death looks almost 3D, the way his hand is thrust towards the reader, ready to squeeze the life out of you.”
Steven: “If a cover is supposed to make you want to buy the prog, then THIS does THAT!”
Eamonn: “A brilliant homage to Bolland’s Dark Judges cover.”
And in joint second place place it’s Leigh Gallagher and his marvellous display of zombie puppetry on 1952.
Rich: “If you didnt know about Defoe this would make you want to. Of all the covers this year this is the one I’d put on the wall.”
Stacey: “Fab use of colour and silhouette makes you want to devour the comic.”
Mick: “It’s a simple graphic composition but all the better for that. Leaps off the shelves and wonderfully illustrated.”
Very close behind in fourth place is Alex Ronald’s Art of Thrill-power on 1932.
Steven: “One of my favorite images of Tharg, and Mek-Quake looks badarse! I love the way Alex Ronald renders robots.”
Rich: “What’s this doing on prog 1932? This should be on an annual. And a proper hardback one too!”
Which just leaves the fifth place and some late voting tipped it for Ian Kennedy’s nostalgic wraparound for the Christmas proggie 1961.
Mick: “Not just a shout-out to a masterful artist who can still crush it well into his 80s, it’s also nice to see a vision of Dredd and Mega City One that isn’t bleak or dour. Dredd’s never been a particularly uplifting strip even at its funniest, but what made it so biting was the city always being presented as bright and colorful and vibrant, as opposed to the muddy palette it seems mired in nowaday.”
Stacey: “Nostalgic perfection.”
And that’s that for another year. The Megazine covers will be up tomorrow. In the meantime here’s the breakdown of how everyone voted. Left to right picks 1 to 5.