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  1.  (9833.41)
    Dave Johnson is probably my favorite cover artist.

    Jim Steranko is still alive.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd 2011 edited
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    Tim Bradstreet
    Yuko Shimizu
    James Jean
    Fabio Moon/Gabriel Ba (listed together due to being awesome and working together lots)
    Rob Guillory (but largely for his art, I mostly think his drawing style is unbelievably awesome)

    EDIT:

    Stressing Yuko Shimizu since no one has mentioned her yet. Her covers for Unwritten are beautiful (and what got me to buy the trades).
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    Frank Quitely
    Brian Bolland
    Tony Moore
    Tony Harris
    Massimo Carnevale

    ...but its hard to narrow it down...
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd 2011
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    Mike Mignola
    Ben Templesmith
    Tim Bradstreet (I still need to get me a print of his Mega-City Masters cover)
    Sam Kieth
    Lee Bermejo
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    Gabriel Rodriguez
    John Totlebon, or alternate universe John Totlebon who didn't get tragic eye problem if that makes it a more practical answer
    Michael William Kaluta
    Jacen Burrows
    Tony Harris

    hm
    • CommentAuthorAkiramich
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd 2011
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    Brian Wood
    Ben Templesmith
    Ryan Kelly
    Becky Cloonan
    Brandon Graham
    • CommentAuthorMr. Skar
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd 2011
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    Mike Mignola
    Tim Sale
    John Cassaday
    Frank Quitely
    James Jean

    Not exactly shocking picks, but they are great at what they do and I love what they draw, can't help it.

    Sidenote: First post, so hey and all that.
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    With some of my favourite covers linked (which has shown me a few interesting common elements between them, such as some characters making eye contact with the reader, which I seem to like):

    Dave Johnson.

    Glenn Fabry.

    Tim Bradstreet.

    Brian Bolland.

    John Cassaday.
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    In no particular order...
    Paul Pope
    Frank Quitely
    Igor Kordey
    Ryan Kelly
    Chris Bachalo

    Gah...tough one.
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    In no particular order
    Jock
    Dave Johnson
    Ashley Wood
    Sean Phillips
    Travis Charest

    Interesting that some answers cross the boundary of cover artist and cover designer.
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      CommentAuthorAlberto
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2011 edited
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      CommentAuthortexture
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2011
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    Frank Quitely
    Brendan McCarthy
    John Cassaday
    Jacen Burrows
    Brian Wood
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      CommentAuthoradam_geen
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2011
     (9833.53)
    Jock
    JH Williams III
    Dave Johnson
    John Paul Leon
    Sean Phillips
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      CommentAuthorPetie
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2011
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    Travel Foreman
    J.H. Williams
    Doug Mahnke
    Brian Bolland /Tie/ John Cassaday
    Frank Quietly
    • CommentAuthorColby
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2011
     (9833.55)
    Hmmm five you say, I think I can make that happen.

    Gabriel Dell'Otto
    Dan Bereton
    Stjepan Sejic
    Francesco Mattina
    Clint Langley
    • CommentAuthorRaid71
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2011
     (9833.56)
    Difficult to choose just 5, but here's what popped into my head today

    James Jean

    Kevin O'Neill

    Brian Bolland

    Ashley Wood

    Paul Pope
    • CommentAuthorNorbert
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2011
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    BWS

    Brian Bolland

    Rian Hughes and Dustin Nguyen - for Wildcats 3.0

    Glenn Fabry

    James Jean
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      CommentAuthoroscillateur
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2011 edited
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    Dave McKean
    Ted McKeever
    Brian Bolland
    Philip Bond
    Kent Williams
    • CommentAuthorepalicki
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2011
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    Tim Bradstreet
    Dave Johnson
    Brian Bolland
    Brian Wood
    John Cassaday
    • CommentAuthorJDKrach
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2011
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    JH Williams III
    Dave Johnson
    Cliff Chiang
    John Cassaday
    Amy Reeder Hadley