You know that old adage "All Good Things Come in Threes"?
Well, bad things also come in threes...specifically a trio of covers from Marvel's West Coast Avengers title.
For the first several years of its decade-long run, this Avengers spin-off featured some of the most consistently bad covers I've ever seen on a single title. So much so, that it was simply too difficult to pick just one WCA cover to represent its sustained mediocrity...so I went with three of the most egregious examples:
(click on the cover images for ultra-large mediocrity)
1. West Coast Avengers #38 (1988): If Iron-Man's universally-loathed white armor or Wonder Man's wind-whipped mullet aren't enough to turn your stomach, how about Mockingbird's massive right thigh and poorly-drawn left arm to get you running for the Pepto Bismol? No? Then how about the cockamamie face perspective (and big 80's hair) of the Defiler...or the cricket-chirping boredom of that pure white background? Capping off this surreal strike-out by Tom Morgan is the claim that this would be "Their Greatest Battle Ever" (despite all evidence to the contrary).
2. West Coast Avengers #25 (1987):
Question: How do you celebrate a gala 25th issue? Answer: By staging the most awkwardly-posed cover in comics history! A better inker than he was a penciller, Al Milgrom's off-center mess of a composition desperately needed an editor's gentle intervention (as in "Back to the drawing board, Al"). With the exception of the stubby foreshortening on his left arm, Wonder Man doesn't look too bad...but the Abomination's pose is, well...an abomination! With that stunted right bicep, badly-compacted torso, and Ditko-On-Crack contortion, is it any wonder that his punch is completely missing the blue-haired superhero? In fact, it doesn't look like Wonder Man's punch is connecting either...so what exactly is generating the blinding burst of light and those random shards of debris?
3. West Coast Avengers #13 (1986): Sporting a stubby, distorted torso similar to the Abomination's...and his worst costume ever....Wonder Man (foreground) and his fellow West Coasters suffer the debilitating and embarrassing effects of Graviton's constipation ray. Once again pencilled by Al Milgrom, not even the amazing inks of Joe Sinnott could rescue this dud of a design from the fate of Worst. Cover. Ever.