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Top Five Most Iconic Adam Strange Covers

Here are the top five most iconic covers featuring Adam Strange (with iconic being determined mostly subjectively by what covers are called to mind when one thinks of Adam Strange, but with a prominent objective standard of whether a cover is homaged a lot or featured a lot in histories of the character). The notable exception is no covers from a character’s first appearance (which isn’t applicable to all characters, of course, just those who appeared on the cover of the comic they debuted in)! Here‘s a list of all characters featured so far.

Enjoy!

First off, while I’m exempting first appearance covers from the countdown, it’s only fair, I suppose, to share them here before the countdown begins, so here is the first cover appearance of Adam Strange from his debut story, Showcase #17…

Artist: Gil Kane

Now on to the list!

5. Artists: Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson

Infantino usually did a great job boiling down exactly why Adam Strange was so unique as a hero. Also, you gotta give it up for any comic cover with two planets on it – kids love covers with more than one planet on them!

4. Artist: Ernie Chan

For a minor character like Adam Strange (albeit an awesome character), appearing in the Justice League of America comic was a big deal, as was this cover, which featured Adam’s wedding!

3. Artists: Gil Kane and Bernard Sachs

Gil Kane’s cover here captures the mood of an Adam Strange comic pretty beautifully here – action, science-fiction, crazy villains – it’s no wonder that this cover was the one chosen for the Adam Strange Showcase Presents edition!

2. Artist: Neal Adams

Getting a Neal Adams cover drawing of you is a boon to pretty much any character, when it’s as dynamic and memorable as this one, you’re doubly lucky.

1. Artists: Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson

Once again, Infantino boils the essence of Adam Strange down into one striking cover – this one was homaged as part of the tribute to Julie Schwartz awhile back.

18 Comments

For once I agree with all of these, great job.

I also appreciate picking an out there character(As Opposed to the Joker or Nick Fury)
Heres hoping for top 5 bishop covers!

Nathaniel

Can’t argue with any of the choices here. But the Adam Strange cover I thought of first was that for a reprint, Strange Adventures 217, just after the Deadman series ended but with Neal Adams still on the covers: http://www.comics.org/coverview.lasso?id=22578&zoom=4 .

I love the JLA cover with Adam Strange from the Mystery in Space arc. JLA #20, some quick research tells me, so modern, and yet so Silver Age.

I would go with Rann. It looks like someone dropped a nuke on NYC whereas some joker is just driving his magnifying-glass-shaped ship over Rann.

Agreed. Go with Rann, man. Earth has, what? A billion heroes? Rann just has you.

Poor Rann.

As one surveys the Fox-Anderson-Infantino Adam Strange, one realizes an emboddiement of nobility that is sorely reticent in the modern slack jawed, drooling cretin that currently wears the jet pack. It wasn’t the Zeta Beam that imbued him with that characteristic. Reading him then, one was inspried to save planets. Reading him now, one is inspired to whimper and whine…. Well, I suppose if we can’t even go back to the moon, how can we aspire to Rann…….

“The robots are revolting…..”

But YOU….you’re pretty hot……

I’m with Ajit, in that that was pretty much the first cover I thought of. As a kid, for whatever reason, I paid no attention to the Deadman issues of STRANGE ADVENTURES, but that one leaped right off the spinner rack at People’s Drugstore & into my … goddammit there’s somet stupid banner for an onlne crap manga (redundancy, pretty much) series that won’t go the hell away!!!!

Huh. That was weird. The idiotic banner started right where after “my” & prevented me from seeing what I was typing. At least I made only a couple of typos — Mrs. Henry in 11th-grade (or was it 10th-?) typing (most useful class I ever took0 would be, if not proud, at least not totally appalled.

ANYWAY, to resume my train of thought — “& into my hands, & thence home, 12 cents *nostalgic sigh* later.”

Never seen those Justice Leauge Covers before but really awesome chooices there!

I probably would’ve put #5 a little higher. But I trust your judgment, Archduke Croninand.

Excellent choices.

When I was a kid, Carmine Infantino was slogging through his second tour on “The Flash”. It was about like Scottie Pippen’s second run with the Bulls. It was the first time I was aware of hating the art of comic. Therefore, it was a shock when I found his Silver Age stuff a couple years later. The Marvel guys from that period justly get a lot of praise. However, Infantino, Gil Kane and Joe Kubert were cranking out amazing art during the period.

Anyway, Cover #5 is just amazing. It really does reduce the entire premise of the series into one strong graphic. Cover #1 is more famous and does the same thing, but #5 has that same amazingly dynamic quality that Infantino brought to his ’60s run on “The Flash”. The fact that is quality has so rarely been matched makes it a little more special to me.

Cover #4 is pretty great as well. I am fascinated by the figure drawings that Chan did of the JLA. Black Canary caressing Green Arrow is obvious, but really well done. It is a nice encapsulation of the open, demonstrative phase of that type of relationship. Batman and Hawkgirl as the Best Man and Matron of Honor are interesting choices. Who knew that Bruce Wayne and Adam Strange were that close? Finally, it cracks me up that Superman is Wonder Woman’s date. I’d love to see the reactions of Lois Lane and, especially, Steve Trevor when the Wedding Photos hit the papers. The way his standing totally properly while she is turning her body into him (and away from the ceremony) would drive most boyfriends up a wall.

Cover #3 really is a neat encapsulates Alan Moore’s concept of the Science Hero pretty neatly. It really is a shame that we will never see Moore do a run on “Adam Strange”. That would be absurdly fun.

Someone really should show Cover #2 to the DC Marketing department. Versions of those five characters really should appear in every single issue of the JLA. I doubt that it matters if the Flash is Barry, or Wally, or even Bart. I am certain that it is totally irrelevant whether the Green Lantern is Hal, or John Stewart, or Kyle Rayner or even Guy Gardner. However, those are the five characters that sell the JLA.

It might not be quite as dynamic as some of these choices, but when I think of Adam Strange (which is almost never) I think of his JLA crossover in Mystery in Space #75:

http://comics.org/coverview.lasso?id=16914&zoom=4

Good choices. Of course, when I think of Adam Strange, the second cover that comes to mind (after the one picked as #1 here) is DC Comics Presents #3: http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/File:DC_Comics_Presents_3.jpg

“Cover #4 is pretty great as well. I am fascinated by the figure drawings that Chan did of the JLA. Black Canary caressing Green Arrow is obvious, but really well done. It is a nice encapsulation of the open, demonstrative phase of that type of relationship. Batman and Hawkgirl as the Best Man and Matron of Honor are interesting choices. Who knew that Bruce Wayne and Adam Strange were that close? Finally, it cracks me up that Superman is Wonder Woman’s date. I’d love to see the reactions of Lois Lane and, especially, Steve Trevor when the Wedding Photos hit the papers. The way his standing totally properly while she is turning her body into him (and away from the ceremony) would drive most boyfriends up a wall. “

So, am I the only one who saw this trend and wondered why Flash and Hawkman were a couple?

Theno

>So, am I the only one who saw this trend and wondered why Flash and Hawkman were a couple?

Don´t ask, don´t tell. Central City can be pretty lonely, sometimes…

Look, Adam Strange is a cool character and all, you can call it a lot of things. But he is as “unique” as Supreme or Thunderstrike, the guy is a friggin’ 50s Buck Rogers.

Compare:
http://michaelmay.us/08blog/0502_buckrogers.jpg

Best,
Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

I have the Neal Adams cover framed! That’s a great cover – one of the best Justice League covers ever!

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