Yes, if nothing else on this blog screams to the world that I am a HUGE NERD, trying to marry my love of science with my love of comics should pretty much seal the deal. Anyway, this list is pretty random. I have no idea if I have found even the bulk of science related comics (though something tells me I got pretty close), and of course, these are mostly rated on my own personal opinion of what looks cool on a cover. (Which means the rankings have nothing to do with content, particularly since I have only read a couple of the comics on the list.). Anyway, there are obviously some good ones that didn't make the list (like this one at Nature), but here's the list...
10. Science Comics #1 (Feb 1940). Okay, so the "Science" in Science Comics is likely referring to science fiction rather than real science, but since this is a list of the top "science comic book" covers, it seems like I would be a little remiss not to include any covers from a series called "Science comics". Plus, with "Electro" breaking through a steel wall to save the damsel in Bond-villainesque distress, this cover seemed to be much more exciting than some of the others that were up for consideration.
into a graphic novel chronicling such heavy hitters as Galileo, Einstein, and Richard Feynman. I love the title: "Two fisted science". It makes it seem so action packed... I can't help but feel like the professor (I'm assuming it's Einstein) is reaching out of the page to give you the knowledge smackdown. No, sir, I don't have any questions. Please don't box my ears again with your two fisted fury of science.
compiled into a graphic novel by "creator" Jay Hosler, is really a great primer on evolution (and as the cover shows, obviously entertaining too).
4. Dignifying Science (2003). Another graphic novel from GT Labs, and this one is obviously one that is well needed and well deserved. I would probably put it up at number 1, except the one thing I don't like is how the cover model looks like just that (a model). Why does she have to be all dressed up, in front of the dressing room mirror to do science? And while her test tubes and other equipment suggest heavy duty science, I can't help but notice that the set she is holding makes it look like she is spritzing herself with perfume. It's like the artist is saying, "sure, women can be scientists, but their first priority is looking pretty." Which, to me seems to be a tad defeating. Other than that, a great book, profiling the likes of Marie Curie and Rosalind Franklin, and I believe it was even nominated for an Eisner Award. You can check out some of the contents here.
(I know, that was pretty deep for a guy who just went crazy over Max Axiom surfing through the GI tract.)
I obviously take issue with the burst of light filling the synapse in the logo. What really puts this one on the list, however, is that I can't help but admire such great artwork when the subject matter is a couple of insects and a dung ball. Seriously, look at the shading on that dung ball. I've eaten meatballs that looked worse.