13 COVERS: A DAN JURGENS Birthday Celebration

One of comics’ nicest guys turns 61…

I’ve met artist Dan Jurgens — born June 27, 1959 — only once in person. It was as a fan, it was in passing and though it was a pleasant exchange, I’m certain he doesn’t remember. But over the last couple of years, Dan has contributed to 13th Dimension on occasion and I’ve found him to be a gentleman through and through.

So with his birthday upon us, I wanted to post our first-ever 13 COVERS salute to Jurgens, a talented and respected creator who has been a comics mainstay for decades now.

I considered going with 13 COVERS starring Superman, but chose instead to go with Jurgens’ best-known creation, Booster Gold.

So dig these 13 COVERS from Booster’s original 1980s series — and Happy Birthday to Dan!


Jurgens inks

Bob Lewis inks

Mike DeCarlo inks

DeCarlo inks

Bruce Patterson inks

Jerry Ordway inks

Ordway inks

Patterson inks

John Byrne inks

DeCarlo inks

DeCarlo inks

Patterson inks

Ty Templeton inks


— DAN JURGENS Ranks the 13 Greatest ACTION COMICS Covers. Click here.


Cover images and credits from the Grand Comics Database.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. I did a speech about the cover to #3 in my high school freshman English class.

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  2. The inking by JB on issue #23 stands out more as a Byrne cover than Jurgens. I wonder how many times I’ve incorrectly thought the lines were by JB but actually he did the inks/

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  3. I’m a big BIG fan of the birthday boy Dan Jurgens, but I could never get into Booster Gold. To me, he had a weird name, weird origin and just a goofy character. I would have rather seen 13 covers of any another character drawn or created by Jurgens. Great artist and great covers though.

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  4. I loved Mike DeCarlo’s inks on Dan Jurgens’ art.

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  5. Back in the dark ages of the 1990’s, I was given an assignment to pick an artistic field I’d like to get into and interview someone in that field. Dan and I both lived in Minnesota at the time, so a very nervous high school me called up DC, and told them about my project. I was given a call by Dan a few days later and he was extremely apologetic saying he normally could, but had a “really big story” and it was top secret… Fast forward a few months and The Death of Superman was announced.

    A couple of years later, he was at the Minnesota Comic Convention and I just wanted to say hi. His panel (that was covering the Arc) just ended and his handlers announced that he was unable to sign things in the panel room because they went over their time and Dan had a scheduled signing in the main room that he was late for.

    I politely stopped him in the hall and his handlers were not happy. I told him my name and he said “The kid with the school project?”. He apologized for not being able to meet with me, but said the NDA he had about the Death was very strong and DC wouldn’t let him meet me even if he promised to not talk about it.

    His handlers kept interrupting us, but he eventually told them he was going to give me as much time as I needed since he had let me down.

    He then talked to me and my friend for a half hour even though he had other things to do. He was so gracious and kind and patient. He signed some books for us and went off.

    I will never forget how friendly he was.

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