Roland Mann has had a lengthy career in the comic book industry as an editor, creator, and professor. He cut his teeth at Malibu Comics in the early 90s where he worked on their Ultraverse line of comics which included The All New Exiles, The Strangers, The Night Man, Prototype and more. Mann has also done work on Miss Fury and Planet of the Apes. But maybe his biggest claim to fame is his Cat & Mouse series published by Aircel Publishing.
Mann is actually working on a brand new Cat & Mouse series that he just recently completed a successful KickStarter for.
Given Mann’s extensive comic book work, we wanted to know what his favorite comic book covers are. Specifically covers that graced his work. Roland not only shared with us his favorite covers, but he also let us know why they are his favorites.
1. Cat & Mouse (Vol. 1) #1
“While this wasn’t the first comic of mine to see print, it’s pretty close and it’s the notable one. When Malibu told us they were going to try to get a name talent to do the cover, we never expected they’d land Gulacy. To this day, I still contend it’s one of the primary reasons many people picked up that first issue.”
Get your copy of Cat & Mouse #1 here.
2. Planet of the Apes: Blood of the Apes #4
“Steven does a lot of really good covers; he’s just got this natural eye for what works on a cover and what catches your attention. The close-up of the ape on this cover with the blade is the foreground…WOW!”
Get your copy of Planet of the Apes: Blood of the Apes #4 here.
3. Ex-Mutants #12
“I’ve always been a big fan of Paul’s work. I had to actually talk Paul into doing this one as he didn’t want to do it. I think the only reason he relented was because I practically begged him to do it. This is an homage cover based off of the cover to Avengers #141.”
Get your copy of Ex-Mutants #12 here.
4. Silver Storm Vol. 2 #1
“I think Jaxon captures everything we wanted the series to be in that first cover.”
5. Krey #1
“Few people know that Steven was actually my roommate for about a year and a half. We talked a LOT about comics. Krey was a project we talked about doing for a long time.”
Get your copy of Krey #1 here.
6. Vortex #1
“Steven and I were both fans of Willingham’s Elementals and were extremely jacked to get to play in that universe.”
Get your copy of Vortex #1 here.
7. Cat & Mouse #8
“Mitch is one of the very best story-tellers to have worked in comics. This remains my very favorite cover of volume 1.”
Get your copy of Cat & Mouse #8 here.
8. Eliminator #0
“Yeah—it’s Mike Zeck! All the covers he did for this series are amazing, but this is one I’d love to have framed and on the wall!”
Get your copy of Eliminator #0 here.
9. Wizard of Oz
“I don’t know the artists who did the cover personally, I just think this is an extremely gorgeous cover!”
Get your copy of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz here.
10. Tiny #2
“Tiny is Deonna’s first—and only, thus far—work in comics. I love what she did with the snow here…it makes me FEEL cold!”
11. Cat & Mouse Vol. 2 #1
“I know you’re going to say I have to like this one because it’s the newest…but I think what Dean and team have been able to do here is capture the spirit that is Cat & Mouse.”
12. Demon’s Tails GN
“When I decided to collect the Demon’s Tails mini into a trade, I asked Paul if he’d consider doing a new cover—he sent me this! OMG!”
13. Miss Fury #1
“Lurene was so instrumental in my early career. Coming off her popular stick on Green Arrow Longbow Hunter, she was gracious to offer to do the covers for the series I’d just landed with Malibu, making it far easier for them to promote. This was my favorite of the five she did.”
Get your copy of Miss Fury #1 here.
And there you have it. That’s Roland Mann’s 13 favorite comic book covers that have graced his work! What’s your favorite?