What makes the best comic book covers? It is a great topic for debate. For us, as individuals, there is no wrong answer, of course; it is purely subjective. But, with a little thought it’s possible to explain what it is about a particular image that grabs you. The best images are the ones that make you stop and check out something you weren’t previously planning to purchase – and in some cases, you even end up picking up a title you’ve never even heard of before.

It was 1985. That magic time in the four-color medium was only a few years after Dave Stevens launched his spectacular hero, The Rocketeer, into comicdom within the pages of Pacific Comics’ Pacific Presents, and a few years prior to having said hero rocket across the big screen in theaters worldwide via the magic of Disney.  

But, even with all his rocketing fame and growing fortune, Stevens was just a genuine lover of the classic Good Girl art of the 1930s and ‘40s, and appreciated the Golden Age of illustration. In fact, he helped celebrate that artistic tradition in his crafting of various comic book covers, including Eclipse Comics’ DNAgents #24. Focusing on Rainbow, Stevens transformed Mark Evanier and Will Meugniot’s illusionary innocent into a tantalizing tease as she posed for the fictional magazine for men, Saxon.    

The cover says it all, folks.

Relatively tough to find, but affordable when you do, this sought-after comic is perfect for fans of Stevens and his classic artistic style – as well as the timeless test tube teens that Evanier and Meugniot made great in the 1980s. And, as far as the excellence of this comic book series . . . well, that too can be previewed on the very cover of the book. Just as one would expect from a milestone of this pedigree. Check it out for yourself!

-Scott Braden