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10 Comic Book Covers That Totally Lied To You

No, Spider-Man didn't really give up being Spidey in ASM #50 - but you bought the book nonetheless!

Marvel Comics

Comic book covers are probably the most important part of an issue in terms of convincing people to buy a copy. There's a reason why cover art sells for far more than internal panels, and it's to do with the iconic imagery.

After all, it's a single image that's meant to wow the reader and get them to read a comic, so the artist has to put everything they have into the cover to help sell the book. Publishers know this all too well, and it's the reason some books publish with 10+ variant covers.

They know the collectors and readers are going to snatch up the covers drawn by their favourites, or at least, get the ones they don't have when they come along. So, yeah... covers are important, but they don't always depict what's going on in the story.

Many times, the cover straight up lies to the reader. It's pretty much how a TV series will end on a cliffhanger, giving off the false assumption that something's going to happen. Comics do the same thing, so a purported death on the cover may not come to pass. These ten comics pulled the wool over everyone's eyes a bit better than the rest.

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