Some Visual Searching with Cover Browser

I’m sitting in the Seattle-Tacoma airport, killing time before my flight (Two more hours to go! Gaaah!) and I’ve finished all three trades I brought with me to read. So I fired up the ole’ laptop and saw an e-mail my friend Andrew sent me with a link to Cover Browser.

A clever programmer wrote this nifty website to utilize the power of Google to show us all the covers of comics on the internet and with links to search and buy. Pretty cool, especially if you have a few hours to kill…

I liked looking at covers to Rai. Valiant ruled.

I would write more about this site, or maybe the technical approach to the development and what not — but I’m really tired. So if this is your kinda thing, feel free to fill in the awkward silence the lack of content in the post has created.

Thank you.


  1. This is pretty cool and I uncovered something kind of amusing. I used to have a big chunk of the first 40 X-Men but I never had #19 and so when I read it it was in the b&w essential books. If you look at it, you can see that the Mimic kind of looks like Scott Summers.

  2. Now, I’m not huge on X-men, so I apologize if this is a stpid question, but why is it that the covers to a bunch of the comics are exact duplicates of each other? For example, there are two of them that have the “Death of Professor X this isn’t fake, etc.” on them.

  3. The X-Men series when it was originally launched ran for I believe 68 original issues. It wasn’t doing so well so they just ran reprints through issue 93. Then in 1975(I think) they released Giant Size X-Men #1 which was the issue that premiered the new team: Wolverine, Storm, Colossus, Thunderbird, Sunfire, Nightcrawler, Banshee, and Cyclops.
    As a side note: The series then resumed at 94 without Sunfire, who does occasionally appear a few times in the next 100 issues. Thunderbird dies in issue 95. Jean Gray returns to the team as Marvel Girl somewhere around 100. Banshee gets injured in 119 and sticks around for 9 or 10 issues before going off to live with Moira McTaggert.
    It’s not anywhere near a stupid question. X-Men history is VERY confusing.

  4. Kirby loved the “giant hand grabbing at you.”

  5. I was just looking back the covers for Detective Comics. And of course before Batman was introduced they clearly were just doing random stories. But then comes Batman and he pretty much takes the title over. Then starting with issue #38 they introduce Robin. And it is funny if you follow on after that for about 10 or so issues. Almost every cover has Robin in some kind of trouble. He is either dangling from a building, tied up, or being taken down by a villian. So basically Batman had to babysit this “boy wonder”. Kinda interesting.

  6. Wow, Batman’s ethics really have changed since issue 15…