Cover Comments

By | Wednesday, March 22, 2006 Leave a Comment
I had a brief discussion with my local comic shop manager as he was ringing up this week's batch of books for me. As he was flipping through my stack to check the prices, he made a brief comment on each of the covers. I found it an interesting notion as to how someone might actually scan and analyze the titles they see on the shelf on any given week...

"Nice cover. Is that Mayhew? No, looks like Horn."
"Not bad."
"That's kind of funky."
"That's kind of out there, too."

I happen to know this guy well enough to know that he's not going to be really interested in any of these books anyway. He's more of a die-hard Silver Age fan -- which accounts for the quality of their back issue selection. But I find it interesting as a commentary on what someone who might not be reading these books regularly might think as they scanned across the rack of new material. Does "kind of funky" warrant picking the book up? How does "out there" rate on the scale of attracability? Do either of those hold a candle to "nice cover"?
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