Great Covers – X-MEN #16

Here’s another excellent Jack Kirby cover to X-MEN. It’s a bit strange for a super hero cover in that we’re seeing almost all of the heroes from the back, where common wisdom would want at least one of them turned towards the camera, so as to engage the reader–nothing commands the attention of a viewer like a human face.

But the forced perspective here is really compelling, and the way that Iceman’s ice trail forms a perfect vector both to the center of the image and to the Master Mold’s very placid expression is close to being an arrow. There’s a definite sense of scale, and a feeling that our heroes are overmatched right from the start.

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