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.
Way back in September 1998, DC Comics introduced us to the future of comics – and we loved it! In fact, according to the powerful DC marketing machine, the 38 titles released under the “DC One Million” banner were comics that we never thought we would live to see.
For one premillennial month, thanks to superstar architect Grant Morrison, comics were transported 1,000,000 years forward from the inception of the DC Universe in March 1938 and the introduction of National Periodical Publications’ Man of Tomorrow. Therefore, the Powers that Be at DC had all of the publisher’s titles released for this event taking place in the far-flung 853rd century.
Among the titles offered was the top selling Detective Comics #1,000,000. Containing much sought after data on the future’s “Tomorrow Knight” within its pages courtesy of journeyman writer Chuck Dixon and the fan-favorite art team of Greg Land and Drew Geraci, this must-have chapter in the “DC One Million” event also had for it the futuristic formatting of the cover which was further embellished by veteran illustrator and former Gaijin Studios member Brian Stelfreeze.
One of the high points of a comic book event that reached for the stars sales-wise, Detective Comics #1,000,000 is easily a champion of all our comic tomorrows – and beyond!