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Top Five Justice Leaguer Cover Appearances COMPLETE!

Top Five Month continues (check here to see an archive of all the top five lists featured so far) with a look at the totals for most cover appearances between ALL the Justice League books, meaning Justice League of America (Vol. 1), Justice League/Justice League International/Justice League America, Justice League Europe/Justice League International, Justice League Quarterly, Justice League Task Force, Extreme Justice, JLA, Justice League of America (Vol. 2) plus all the Annuals of the aforementioned titles.

That’s a LOT of comic covers to count!

Enjoy!

20. Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner)

19. Booster Gold

18. Metamorpho

17. Guy Gardner

16. Fire

15. Atom

14. Blue Beetle

13. Power Girl

12. Elongated Man

11. Hawkman

10. Black Canary

9. Green Arrow

8. Aquaman

7. Flash (Wally West)

6. Flash (Barry Allen)

5. Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)

4. Martian Manhunter

3. Wonder Woman

2. Batman

1. Superman

25 Comments

it’s good to see j’onn get represented on this more comprehensive list. thanks for going through the trouble of looking up all these covers brian!

also the top 3 end up in the top three slots. i was kind shocked they didn’t in the vol 1 count.

Geez, that’s a pretty good jump for Wally, seeing as how he wasn’t on the various teams for a good long while.

I doubt it matters, but how did you count the various Hawkmen, Brian?

That last cover looks like it belongs on superdickery.com.

That last cover *is* on superdickery.com.

I wouldn’t have guessed Power Girl to be as high up as she was.

That’s a sign of strong support garments, Thok.

Power Girl’s high ranking is a big surprise, given the only Justice League she was ever a member of was the European one.

Not a bad showing for Kyle Rayner. He’s the only Justice Leaguer in the top twenty to join the team since JLI #24 back in 1989 (the debut of the Justice League Europe).

Who is the GL that Power Girl is punching? Is that supposed to be Hal?

The last cover (Supes) is fitting, given the topic.

I only own 5 of the comics pictured–but you could have filled it with covers of 20 I own–oh well.

I doubt it matters, but how did you count the various Hawkmen, Brian?

I counted Katar/Fake Katar/Reboot Katar/Current Carter all as one Hawkman.

The last cover (Supes) is fitting, given the topic.

Thanks, I thought it was a nice touch, too, if I do say so myself. ;)

i was kind shocked they didn’t in the vol 1 count.

Because the results of the first volume were surprising, just like I said then! :D

Rich: if memory serves, that’s an alternate version of Guy Gardner who got Abin Sur’s ring instead of Hal.

Power Girl’s high ranking is a big surprise, given the only Justice League she was ever a member of was the European one.

She got that high by first:

A. Dominating the JLE category

and then

B. Appearing on a goodly amount of the first volume of JLA (about 12 covers)

Not a bad showing for Kyle Rayner. He’s the only Justice Leaguer in the top twenty to join the team since JLI #24 back in 1989 (the debut of the Justice League Europe).

And that issue of JLI was the first cover Wally appeared on, and he still made it to #7!!

Where did Snapper rank?

I’ve always found the sample Batman cover you used rather lame — it’s the text in the blurbs that is more intriguing that the picture.

I’m surprised you were able to resist some of the giant-sized Batman JLA covers from the Bat-fad days (daze?) in the sixties, like:

http://www.comics.org/coverview.lasso?id=20955&zoom=4
http://www.comics.org/coverview.lasso?id=20484&zoom=4

There are definitely cooler covers, but few that are covers literally about Batman by himself like this one!

I’d really like you to do a list like this for the X-Men, Brian (even if we already know Wolverine will take the top spot). I’d be curious to see how some of the mainstay mutants – like Colossus, Rogue, Storm, Nightcrawler – would rank against each other.

Who is the woman in silver on the Batman cover? I’m guessing that’s from the satellite era, and the only person I can think of is Zatanna (sp?), but I’ve never seen her in anything like that.

Should I be surprised that Black Canary outranked the Atom?

Brian, how did Red Tornado and Hawkgirl/woman do?

I’d really like you to do a list like this for the X-Men, Brian (even if we already know Wolverine will take the top spot). I’d be curious to see how some of the mainstay mutants – like Colossus, Rogue, Storm, Nightcrawler – would rank against each other.

A list like this for the X-Men, Chris?

But, that’d be insane!

What fool would ever do such a list like this for the X-Men?!?

Who is the woman in silver on the Batman cover? I’m guessing that’s from the satellite era, and the only person I can think of is Zatanna (sp?), but I’ve never seen her in anything like that.

That is, indeed, Zatanna.

Amusingly enough, even back then, there were complaints about her outfit showing off too much cleavage!

Should I be surprised that Black Canary outranked the Atom?

Canary gets the extra little boost from being both in the JLI and the current Justice League.

Brian, how did Red Tornado and Hawkgirl/woman do?

Poorly for Hawkgirl/woman. Red Tornado is in the top 25, most likely just behind Ice.

The second of Zatanna’s three outfits debuted in JLA #161, the first of the five-part arc wherein Zatanna joined the team. (And this was back when multi-part epics were unhead of, other than the two- and three-issue annual JLA/JSA team-ups. It was revealed to be copy of the costume of her mother Sindella, who was part of a secret race of Homo Magi and who died in #165.

In #187, Zee decided to create a third costume based off of neither of her parents, and hence the scarabhead outfit was born. Designed by George Perez, this costume followed all of his distinctive conventions, including a minimum of four contrasting colors, a design so intricate that only Perez himself can draw it well without simplification, puffy sleeves and/or a flowing cape, atypcial placement of bare skin, heavily angular positioning of costume components, and a distinctive hair style. See Starfire, Cyborg, Raven, Shimmer, Thunder & Lightning, Houngan, Phobia, Terra, Jericho, Nightwing, Trioa, Harbinger, Pariah, Monitor, Anti-Monitor, and Triathlon, among others.

Metamorpho isn’t being very fair to Green Lantern. It’s not like they call Hal every time an earthmover freaks out.

I now want a Marketing-Directed JLA title using these 20 characters, 10 as regulars and 10 as auxilary members.

Sometimes I want things that are bad for me.

Theno

That’d be a pretty awesome League line-up, I think.

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