This is all according to this article:
Anyway, I'm still disappointed there's no actual storyline that culminates in Hitler-punching. I think we had to wait until B. J. Blazkowicz personally gunned Hitler down to get a proper fantasy plot leading to direct Hitlerian violence.
@garbados At least now I can read those comics without first having to buy them, so the deception is mostly harmless.
@JordiGH there’s enough books with covers that don’t match the contents that I don’t think it’s any different? People are used to it.
There’s even a whole idiom about it: “don’t judge a book by its cover”.
@gannet ok but
Comic books are a visual medium in a way that most books are not?
If a book said on its back cover blurb that something happens in the book but it doesn't... well that would be unusual.
@JordiGH it’s true, and I was just realizing something related in my next reply.
I don’t know the reasons why the covers didn’t match on the comics, anyway, and it makes less sense than for written books.
@JordiGH I certainly have spent a fair amount of time grumbling about ways covers didn’t match the book I read!
And then come to find out that SFF publishers used to reuse cover art or else use cover art that was rejected from one book for another one. (Or so says an author I follow who wrote back in the 70s.)
Anyway, I suppose there’s an argument to made that it should be different for comics since you’ve got the artist right there making art for the actual story.
@gannet Now that you bring up SF covert art, this reminds me of that time I went down an internet rabbit hole trying to figure out why the liner notes of Bat Out Of Hell II had the songs illustrated with art I recognised from at least one Piers Anthony novel.
It's really fun to trace the artists who worked on cover art, they usually have very interesting portfolios, and I wish they were more widely known and were shown in more prominent exhibits.
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