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Top Five Most Iconic Rogue Covers

Here are my picks for the top five most iconic covers featuring Rogue (with iconic being determined by what covers are most established and most recognized when it comes to Rogue, with a preference towards covers that are homaged a lot). This is not a BEST cover list and due to the very nature of icons, very few (if any) recent covers will be on the list. A notable exception to the rules is that I don’t count 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), as those tend to be automatically iconic so they’re boring. Here‘s a list of all characters featured so far.


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 Rogue from her first appearance, Avengers Annual #10 (by the by, how odd is it that a comic with art by Michael freakin’ Golden has an Al Milgrom cover?)…

Artist: Al Milgrom

5. Artists: Chris Bachalo and Tim Townsend

I think it’s only fair to pay some homage to the work Mike Carey has done with the character, and this Bachalo cover represents this Rogue era well.

4. Artists: John Romita, Jr. and Dan Green

This was a tough choice – it was either this one or the JRjr cover from a few issues earlier.

3. Artists: Andy Kubert and Matthew Ryan

It might not be pretty to look at, but the Rogue/Gambit relationship is a pretty important part of Rogue’s character, and this cover fairly well symbolizes it (and was a notable cover at the time).

2. Artist: Walter Simonson

Not the first use of the iconic “Welcome to the X-Men…” bit, but perhaps the most famous!

1. Artist: Paul Smith

This, though, is an easy call for #1. It’s really the most iconic Rogue moment, let alone cover.


Should there be some pictures?

OK, cancel that, for some reason I had to refresh about five times and wait a long time. Still, first post, yay!

Y’know, I don’t think Rogue is actually on that Avengers cover.

I’m not sure if #1 is ALL That much of a no-brainer compared to #2, but that’s just me.

Also, as much as I love what Mike Carey’s done with Rogue (and I liked the Tony Bedard series as well before that. I think Forget-Me-Not is actually one of the best Marvel arcs of 2005, even if no one read it.

I’d probably put one of the Rogue mini series issues above it: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_VMe5w4sMZCQ/SE3LFZMrhQI/AAAAAAAAAtQ/qZV49mzGh68/s1600-h/r001.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_VMe5w4sMZCQ/SE3Las10zJI/AAAAAAAAAtg/Mf-X3xTVFyk/s1600-h/r3.jpg is the one I remember the most as a kid though. It’s one of the top 5 iconic Belladonna covers at least! That stands for something, right?

Michael: She’s between Blob and Pyro. But yeah, she’s not terribly prominent, is she?

Also, for some reason I thought the cover to Uncanny 269 was more Iconic than it was, but it’s really not.

Aww, I read it as “Five Most Iconic ROGUES Covers”. Maybe one for the future?

If you would have shown me the cover to X-men 192 10 min ago and asked me who was on it, I probably would have said, “Storm?”. I guess Storm’s not allowed to wear green.

I thought Uncanny #274 was going to make the list: http://www.uncannyxmen.net/covers/uncanny/uncanny274.jpg

I dig the Bachalo cover, though.

Having never seen 3 and 5 before, I’d have to say that one of MY most iconic Rogue covers is Dazzler #22: http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Comics:Dazzler_Vol_1_22 . (Also her appearance in ROM, but she wasn’t featured all that prominently on those covers.)

And honestly, 2 and 4 on your list stick out in my mind much more than #1. Although I was still reading the comic at the time, my memory of that story is pretty vague.

tk: I was also thinking #274 would have made the list. Va-voom.

Good point, Da Fug. It really does look much more like Storm than Rogue. I wouldn’t have seen the brown hair in the background at all if I wasn’t looking for it because it’s on this particular list.

Not bad. Replace cover #5 with UNCANNY X-MEN #182:


and I think you’d have it. (Representing an era isn’t quite the same as iconic.)

P.S. Still waiting for the results on the Wolverine poll….

i think X-men 139 had a prior incarnation of the “welcome to” line…

suprirsed you did not use one of of the covers of her solo series but otherwise love the picks espically the one where she is hodling a knocked out storm with her punk hair do and looking a little pycho .

Never could understand the appeal of that Paul Smith Cover on th No.1 spot. Wolverine looks all stiff and constipated and in such a unatural position, and Rogue… Well, never been fond of her look in that time. I guess it’s more of a sentimental thing…

It’s funny, I just came across that Avengers annual and thought “what a crappy cover; that doesn’t bode well” and then opened it up and was blown away. Sadly, Claremont scripted the issue, but that doesn’t detract from the amazing art.

I’d never realized just how much that white stripe in Rogue’s hair moves around.

Sorry, Rogue, but those are some fugly covers you’ve been spotlighted in.

1, 2, and 3 are spot on. I agree with the calls for Uncanny #274.

Why did Al Milgrom draw the cover to Avengers annual #10? Good question. When I met Michael Golden at a convention and had him autograph that issue for me, I asked him that very question. He made some sort of vague allusion to “office politics,” or words to that effect, and then sorta shrugged. I decided it was probably not worth asking for further details, because I didn’t want to open a can of worms.

In any case, yeah, I also have to agree with everyone who says Uncanny #274 should have gotten the number five spot. I am certainly not one of Jim Lee’s biggest fans, but it is a very striking, memorable cover by him, and I think it’s a more iconic Rogue cover than X-Men #192. Just my opinion, of course.


September 27, 2009 at 5:03 pm

It might not be pretty to look at, but the Rogue/Gambit relationship is a pretty important part of Rogue’s character, and this cover fairly well symbolizes it (and was a notable cover at the time).

I was way excited when I saw that cover was coming up… looked like big things were afoot… but I was young and gullible and hadn’t realised there wasn’t ever going to be progress in x-men subplots in the Harras era.

I’m not wild about X-Men #24 being on the list, as I think Rogue’s relationship with Gambit is one of the worst things to ever happen to the character, but I get the point. I do feel like Uncanny #182 should be on the list, though. (coincidentally, I picked up a copy of that issue this weekend for $0.50)

Part of the problem with Uncanny #173 being #1 is while the issue is terribly important to Rogue as a character, the cover feels like a Wolverine cover.

Uncanny #236 (Rogue & Wolvie captured in the first Genosha (and best) story) is a strong cover and Uncanny #246 or #247 would also be contenders in my mind. there’s nothing in what’s listed here that ties to Rogue’s relationship with Carol Danvers, which for much of the character’s existence was her most defining characteristic, and #247 captures some of that.

In addition to barely having Rogue on it, that Avengers cover is also really ugly.

@Matt D: I’d put the UXM 269 cover ahead of half the ones on this list. It’s a better executed piece that depicts a fairly significant moment for the character.

I agree with the people thinking the no. 1 pick is more of a Wolverine cover.

Actually, the first cover I thought of was Uncanny X-men 158, the second major appearance of Rogue. Punching Wolverine through a wall was pretty impressive to me, back in the day.

Also agree one of the Jim Lee covers (269 or 274) was worth a spot on the list.

I’ve never seen that Kubert one, but that’s a good pick!

Looking forward to some more supporting character features: Beast, Wonder Man, Vision…

Also Animal Man…that would be a hard one to narrow down, just ’cause of all the Bolland greatness.

But I guess the month is running out…

I really disagree with the Bachalo cover. The Carey era or whatever does not define the character. She has gone from being team leader of a list of nobodies to guidance counselor. Carey doesn’t even know how to define, so how can one unremarkable image from his run do it?

I would have gone with Uncanny X-Men #269 b y Jim Lee http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2a/RogueVs_Warbird.jpg or Ms. Marvel #9 by Mike Weiringo http://www.swanshadow.com/images/MsMarvel9.jpg. Rogue is most iconic with Ms. Marvel’s powers, and robbing Ms. Marvel of her abilities and putting her in a coma is something Rogue is still atoning for. These covers show that antagonistic relationship between heroines.

I’d have replaced #5 with Uncanny 182. That issue was also very important to Rogue as a character. It was, I believe, the first time she came to realize what she had done to Carol Danvers, and how much it also screwed up Rogue as well.

As for the Avengers annual…I always loved that cover. Bad art, maybe, but the design and text are awesome. I love those type of covers (All that AND…). You may hate Claremont or Rogue, but that issue did deliver on everything the cover promised, and then some.

Ugh. Cover 3 is ugly.

I also don’t like #1 being where it is. That is a Wolverine cover, not a Rogue cover. I would hope that for your #1 cover that you would be the main character.

#173 was one of the first X-Men comics I bought, and still one of my most favourite comics ever. I hope that fight makes the Cool Moments.

I’d nominate #158, but I don’t know if it qualifies. I will add another vote for #274 though.

“Not bad. Replace cover #5 with UNCANNY X-MEN #182:”

I agree. GREAT issue, too. Made me really feel for Rogue.

Wow. Rogue’s only iconic cover is the Kubert one.Makes you realise how few characters monopolise the whole ‘iconic’ thing…

Damn. Thought it was going to be Flash’s Rogues…


I like covers #2, 3, and 5 but not so much #1 or 4. To be fare tho I don’t know what takes place in the issue rated #1 and what happens inside my have relevance to it’s inclusion as best Rouge cover.The 3rd cover brings back fond memories of the old X-Men cartoon and Rogue/Gambit relationship is my favorite X-Men relationsip and quite possibly my favorite relationship in comics. The fact that they can’t even touch eachother but still have a strong connection shows you how much they love eachother. Specially since all the females in the Marvel U are all hot for Gambit but for most of his comic book life he’s only been interested in one female(tho Rogue turned trick for a while and hooked up with Magneto ewww). It’s alot more special and interesting than most of the bogus and boring relationships in comics(such as Jean Grey and Cyclops, Cyclops and Jean Version 2, Cyclops and wanna be Jean… Emma Frost, Clark and Louis, and Spidey and MJ ) Sorry but I like complicated relationships in comics cuz it’s realistic…when people are together for years in comics without hardely ever fighting it makes no sense. I like that Mike Carey is back doing what he does best…writing Rogue. Legacy should get real good.

Long time Rogue fan and this is a great top five. I totally agree with you that even though Uncanny X-Men 173 has Wolvie as its lead, this is really a key Rogue cover – in the two homage covers that I’m aware of (one for Classic X-Men and one for Rogue’s one title – forgive me for not looking up the actual issues) it’s Rogue who’s transferred to the main character, emphasising the impact on the character.

Actually, I’ve always liked the cover of X-Men 24. I think you think it’s a bit cheese-y but I think it’s a very affectionate cover and nicely celebrates Rogue and Gambit’s relationship. It’s totally appropriate that it’s in the top three.

If I had to choose another, I really enjoy the six Migliari covers from her most recent ongoing series, particularly this one:



Now this is a great top 5!
Especially numbers one and two.

Uncanny X-men #236 shold be on the list as should #269 and #246.. Those are certainly some of her most memorable covers , and important development stories for the character.

The fact that wolverine is front and center and Rogue’s i the background, on rogue’s supposedly most iconic cover makes no sense.

I see several nods for UXM #274 (which is a banger) but UXM #269 is probably my all time favorite Rogue cover.

missed UXM #269 too!! that’s my favorite cover and one of my favorites stories with her too!!

Jim Lee was phenomenal with his work with her!!

Ah think the most important one is the 3# When Ah think ´bout Rogue this cover always come to mah mind!


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