Is this too easy? Probably. I know better people than I have made their own Liefeld Lists of Pouches and Swords (notably: Progressive Boink) but I think I have a few he missed... plus, it's never a bad thing to collect this much awesome into one place. Imagine if Rob had taken a few anatomy classes? Or maybe even a drawing class or two? Where would we be? We wouldn't have the Honorable Mention on this list, that's for sure. And that's not a world I want to live in.
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You may feel a little bit freaked out by this one. Perhaps you haven't seen much of how Rob sees the world. Welcome. Once the shiny glamour of Image Comics in the 90s clears from your eyes, you might feel like something.... you don't know just what.... is off. The young lady in the foreground.... does she actually have internal organs? Why won't someone get her a wheelchair? Clearly her back has snapped in half. What do you think those pouches contain? As for the giant woman in the back.... note that she is a rare sighting... a Liefeld creation that doesn't have any pouches. That must be why she's wearing a tutu. Note how the sword she is carrying appears to be bolted to her hand -- not actually being gripped, as that would require him to draw a hand "doing something".
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I'm sorry. This is not a cover, but it is possibly my favorite thing on the internets. I'm sure you have seen the version some completely AWESOME person drew to "expose" what Caps anatomy would really look like without his clothes on. (If not: LOOK HERE.) (Thanks to a commenter for finding that full-frontal version)This drawing makes me happy on so many levels. The chest. My god... I mean, how do you get past the pencils phase of this drawing without thinking "maybe if he could actually eat a plate of food off his chest without using his hands, it might be too much?" How? I don't know how, but I'm so glad it happened.
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I Sense A Stroke Coming On...
I feel like maybe Liefeld drew these hands here just to spite all the people who say he can't draw hands. Well, he sure showed us! Look at the natural, not-at-all posed hands he's put here.... totally not copied from a figure drawing book. BUT... that's not the mystery of this cover. Take a look.
Why is there a face growing out of his thigh? Whose hand and forearm is that down there? How did he get his shirt to rip like that? Oh! My! God! Cap doesn't have ... he seems to be missing.... you know. His package. Ow. This is truly a classic cover for Rob... we have the straining, the anenurism waiting to happen... the misshapen arms... oh, and look at that hilarious little foot back there. Is Cap wearing dress shoes?!
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This was a variant cover, so maybe I shouldn't count it... but he drew it with the intent of it being a cover, sooo... fair game. I really am only including it because 1) new way to hide hands and 2) are those codpieces? On women? Or maybe they are built in maxi-pad holders?
PS. Those boobs are seriously freaking me out.