A couple of months ago in this column I talked about Good Girl Art covers and in the post I mentioned a few of the iconic ones and I also wrote that I wasn’t qualified to rate them. I’m walking that statement back because in today’s post I’m going to list the top ten Good Girl Art covers of the Golden Age. This will be my second Top 10 post if you count my recent Top 20 Pre-Code Horror covers. In that post I mentioned how covers 11 to 20 could be easily changed to others just as worthy. I think the same applies to Good Girl Art covers so I’ll stick to the Top 10.
This list took a bit of work, I had a few no-brainers to help me out but even with those, I had to choose the rankings. The rest on the list come from personal preference as I had to exclude a lot of great Good Girl Art covers. I’ve probably even missed a few though I did look at at least 100 covers and I’ve been a fan of the genre forever.
I did use some constraints for this list, I tried to stay away from repeated motifs so I limited the number of covers of Phantom Lady tied to a pole for example. I also tried to use a variety of artists as I’m sure Matt Baker could have squeezed a few more onto this list. I also defined the Good Girl Art genre very loosely and ventured into Crime and Humor as I saw fit.
So let’s get to the covers.
10. Joe Doolin’s cover to Planet Comics #57 is a personal favourite, I think its the best Good Girl Art cover of the run and its the only one on the list that I can admit to forcing in.
9. As soon as you see a copy of Arthur Peddy’s cover to Airboy Vol 4 #8 you want to buy it, I chose it as the best of the multiple covers that share a similar motif, Fight Comics had a few good candidates like #27 but for me its the Airboy.
8. Bob Montana’s cover to Archie #50 has turned into a Good Girl Art must have. The Headlight cover is exaggerated by Archie looking and getting caught like a deer in the headlights.
7. Graham Ingels’ cover to Startling Comics #46 with its airbrush effect is a great Good Girl Art cover. I think its the sleeper cover on this list as you don’t see it talked about as much as many of the others.
6. Bob Lubbers gives us a classic Good Girl Art cover on Wings Comics #80. Great subtlety in his lines, top shelf stuff right here.
5. Bill Ward’s cover to Torchy #5 is one of the genre’s favourites. The whole Torchy title screams Good Girl Art. Torchy #5 with the timeless and not so subtle erection innuendo makes it a must-have.
4. Jack Kamen’s cover for Brenda Starr #14 is hardcore stuff, one of the toughest covers of the whole genre. The cover has a jarring effect that draws you right into the situation.
3. Matt Baker making us want to go out for a walk with his glorious cover to Giant Comics Edition #12. There is a well-collected sub-genre of working girl covers and this is the most coveted of them all.
2. Will Eisner’s masterpiece is his cover to Spirit #22, this thing is beyond legendary. Spirit #22’s beauty comes from its style and its simplicity in its depiction of the one thing no man has a defence for, the Femme Fatale.
- No surprise here, Matt Baker’s cover to Phantom Lady #17 is the most celebrated, controversial and written about cover of the genre. The importance of this cover cannot be overstated. Jump online one day when you have time and read up on this icon.