In this feature, I spotlight comic book covers that follow a specific theme. Here is an archive of all the cover themes we’ve spotlighted so far.
Today I will spotlight the late, great Joe Kubert’s propensity for covers depicting characters expressing a false sense of security.
Earlier tonight, when I showed 25 great Joe Kubert covers, I mentioned that there was a specific theme that Kubert used often during his career. I would call it a “false sense of security” cover. You know, a character on the cover says, “Don’t worry, we’re safe now” while unknown to the character (but visible to the viewer of the cover), danger lurks right around the corner.
Here are twenty instances of the cover from Kubert, in chronological order, starting in 1968 and ending in 1975…
After the mid-70s, Kubert rarely used the idea on covers (he still did on rare occasions, but nowhere nearly as often as he used to). In fact, on this 1978 cover, he even uses the idea in REVERSE, with the Nazis given a false sense of security.
One group of these covers that I held out of the first grouping are covers featuring the Losers. You see, the Losers were a group of characters who used to have their own individual features that they lost due to lack of popularity. So they were given their own book together and it really DID work. Anyhow, along with the “losers” theme, they had LOTS of false sense of security covers.
Here are seven from just the first two years (1970-1972) of the feature alone!!!
And here are nine from the next six years…
Thanks to the Grand Comics Database for the covers!