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Five women stand in a police lineup; four of them are garishly dressed, impressively
endowed superwomen — perfectly normal, because this is, after all,
the cover of a comic book. A closer look, however, reveals a fifth woman who
seems thoroughly out of place — mousy, in bathrobe and curlers, smoking a
cigarette, she appears to have been suddenly yanked from her breakfast table.
Surely, this diminutive, dowdy woman is here by mistake — or is she?
From the very first cover of the very first issue of Love and Rockets in
1982, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez have created artwork that has subverted,
contradicted and celebrated the history of the comic book medium, inverting
familiar tropes and creating some of the most iconic images in comics, inviting fans and readers into their world.
Amazingly, many of the covers created by Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez
for the various iterations of Love and Rockets over the series' first 30 years were heretofore never collected or had only been reprinted in black-and-white. Love and Rockets:
The Covers not only rectifies this problem, but presents them without
trade dress (logos, marketing hype, etc.) when possible, allowing the original cover illustrations
to communicate on their own.
This is a gorgeous, oversized art book and the perfect gift for fans of
the series that virtually defines alternative comics.
Rockets #1 is marvelous.
I hope one day to attain the level of the cover drawing
myself... it is a perfect
drawing." – Moebius, 1982
17-page excerpt (download 6.2 MB PDF):