Scene Cover

Covers Always Lie, but every now and then, you find a cover that actually tells you what's in the comic by showing a scene that really takes place, with little or no deviation from an actual panel in the story. In other words, the art was taken from the actual panel itself. Of course, the scene can still be so out of context as to throw you off, bringing us back to Covers Always Lie, but there you are.

See also Cover Drop.


  • The cover of Gifts of Wandering Ice shows a scene from the comic (Elie visiting the ice cave museum to take a look at the frozen ice monster).
  • Superman:
    • Action Comics #1 has an iconic cover that has been parodied, homaged, copied and just plain stolen in almost every other visual medium. The image of Superman lifting the car is so associated with the character that each new iteration of the character will re-enact the scene, albeit often in different context. The artist made the cover by taking a panel from the interior story and blowing it up to fit the entire page.
    • The iconic cover of Action Comics #252 features a girl emerging from a space rocket, wearing a costume similar to Superman's and claiming to call herself Supergirl and have all powers of Superman.
    • The cover of Superman Vol 1 #307: Krypton No More features Supergirl smashing the Bottle City of Kandor. In the story that scene happens, indeed: Kara smashes... a replica of Kandor.
    • A Silver Age Superman comic in which Lois Lane dates an astronaut has a cover that shows Superman killing her in space. Although the scene was tweaked a little for the cover, it unfolded almost exactly as shown except that Superman wasn't really trying to kill her, as the cover implied; he was snapping her oxygen tube for some other presumably good reason.
  • Supergirl:
    • The iconic cover of Action Comics #252: The Supergirl from Krypton features a girl emerging from a space rocket, wearing a costume similar to Superman's and claiming to call herself Supergirl and have all powers of Superman.
    • The cover of Demon Spawn features Supergirl being seized by demons as villain Nightflame holds a flaming sword above her. That scene happens, although slightly tweaked.
    • The cover of the third issue of Supergirl Vol 1 features Linda/Kara kneeled and sobbing as her friends get fun without her. That scene happens in the last panel of that issue.
    • The cover of Supergirl Vol 2 #17 features a car crashing into Linda/Kara and getting crushed. That is exactly what happens in that issue.
    • The cover of the first issue of Red Daughter of Krypton features an enraged, eye-glowing Kara grabbing a Red Lantern Ring.
    • In Supergirl Vol 6, the cover of issue #37 -during the Crucible Academia story arc- features Kara struggling against several versions of her wearing her Red Lantern outfit, her work clothes and a Kryptonian armor. It really happens in the history, although they are only psychical projections.
  • The English release of 7 Billion Needles features scenes from the manga out of context in black and white.
  • Watchmen's covers were extreme closeups of stuff from very early in the issue.
  • This is not solely limited to art; a popular convention on many, many fanfiction communities is to use an out-of-context quote from the story in place of a summary.
  • Marvel's Digital-Exclusive Comics tend to simply use a panel of the comic as the "cover", probably because they don't need to use the cover to attract people and it's cheaper than getting a cover artist for a cover that still applies under the previous reasoning.
  • Most of the Warrior Cats graphic novels show a scene from the volume, but they usually don't match an actual panel. The only one that has so far is Into the Woods.
  • Not a comic, but there are a couple books of Galaxy of Fear which depict a scene from the book.