One more of my favorite comic book covers. Next Wednesday, I'll try to get a cool pulp magazine or paperback piece for this slot, but this week, we've got a memorable Blackhawk cover by my pal, Rick Burchett.
This particular incaranation of the Blackhawk character is not my favorite, spinning out of a three-issue miniseries by Howard Chaykin that re-imagined the WWII aviator as bit of an asshole. While I like a lot of Chaykin's work, it's pretty clear that he doesn't really believe in "heroes," at least not the usual, idealistic types found in traditional comic books, and his version of Blackhawk reflected that cynicism. The monthly comic benefitted from strong art by Rick, though, and I especially like this montage cover.
I've always loved the sharp sense of graphic design in Rick's work, and it's particularly evident here.
ADDENDUM: Here's a great Blackhawk fan site, with a complete history of the comic and character, extensive cover galleries and tons of trivia. There's even a section devoted to Rick's art on the book.