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The 100 Greatest Comic Book Covers of the 1980s 

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Updated June 14, 2019 22.1k votes 1k voters 141.7k views 100 items

List Rules Vote for your favorite comic book covers from the '80s.

You can't judge a book by its cover. Usually. Unless it's a comic book. The beauty and awesomeness of a comic book's cover is just a preview of the greatness inside. And when it comes to comic book covers, the 1980s were chock full of bright colors, shouting word bubbles, and iconic imagery. What are the best comic book covers from the 80s?

Often, you can judge a comic book by its cover, especially when the same artist is handling the interiors as well. Comic book cover art is its own specialized form of entertainment. You need to catch the eye of the reader and show some of what's going on within the book's pages, all while not giving too much away.

The 100 most awesome covers from 1980s comic books on this list all do just that. Cast your votes for the greatest comic book covers of the 80s - those covers that had you captivated before you even turned a page.
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Batman: the Killing Joke
Batman: the Killing Joke... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 100 Greatest Comic Book Covers of the 1980s
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The Dark Knight Returns #1
The Dark Knight Returns ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 100 Greatest Comic Book Covers of the 1980s
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Uncanny X-Men #141
Uncanny X-Men #141 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 100 Greatest Comic Book Covers of the 1980s
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Incredible Hulk #340
Incredible Hulk #340 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 100 Greatest Comic Book Covers of the 1980s
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