I realize making fun of Rob Liefeld art is as easy as shooting fish in barrel, but the enormity of this crime against humanity compels me to speak!
First, some brief history. Rob Liefeld burst onto the comics scene in the early 90's as the artist of DC's Hawk & Dove. Following a popular run on Marvel's X-Force, he then formed Image Comics with a gaggle of fellow "hot creator" rock stars.
In 1996, Liefeld and fellow hot-shot Jim Lee were contracted by Marvel to "reimagine" some of their struggling titles. Jim Lee got the Fantastic Four and Iron Man, while Rob the Boy Wonder got The Avengers and Captain America.
Despite respectable sales numbers (which the hype all but guaranteed) Jim Lee's titles had a lukewarm reception among fans, while Liefeld's titles became an instant laughingstock throughout the industry. While never a strong penciller in the classic sense (or any sense), it was obvious Liefeld's style had further deteriorated, going places physics and human anatomy had no business going (see the above inset of the costumed Cap). It should come as no surprise that Marvel pulled the plug after only 6 issues of Liefeld's 12 issue contract.
Though all of Liefeld's covers for this execrable series were awful, the cover of Captain America #2 (1996) stands apart, and begs a number of questions:
1. How big is that kidney stone Steve Rogers is trying to pass?
2. What's that nasty rash or vascular disease ravaging Steve's neck and shoulder area?
3. Why is Steve's nose thinner than Michael Jackson's?
4. Is that a bird's nest on Steve's head?
5. Who's the random female face floating in mid-air?
6. Whose arm is that below the woman's face?
7. How did Steve jam the heel of his left shoe so far into his nether regions?
8. Can fancy digital coloring cover up poor drawing? As Cap's shield makes abundantly clear....no.
9. Is Nick Fury's eye-patch strap actually a piece of black thread? A gossamer strand of a spider's web? A human hair?
10. Most importantly: who actually bought this issue?
Well, you get the picture. Like I said, I feel a little guilty going after Rob (since he seems to be one of fandom's favorite pinatas), but man alive, this is some lousy work. In fact, all comic book artists need to keep this Rob Liefeld cover posted near their drawing table, and anytime they're tempted to slap out a sub-par cover, take a look at Captain America #2, sharpen the pencil, sit up straight and get back to work.
Do it for Cap. Do it for your country, soldier!