A beautiful, simple and effective design on this G.I. COMBAT cover from 1961. The color contrast between the red-orange fade of the background perfectly silhouettes the shattered helmet in the foreground, and the frame of the sniper’s bullet hole perfectly focuses your eye on the gunner himself. In an instant, this cover tells a complete story that communicates all at once in a single image. The strength of the hand-drawn white lettering on the helmet seals the deal.
Many of DC’s war comics of this period have excellent covers, many like this one by the great Joe Kubert.