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The Top 75 Most Iconic Covers in DC History – Day 2

Okay, in case you didn’t see the introduction, the concept is that each day up to and including the 23rd of November, I’ll be posting four iconic covers from DC Comics’ 75-year history. On the 23rd, you folks will get a chance to pick your Top 10 out of the 90 choices. I’ll tabulate the votes and I’ll debut the Top 75 Most Iconic Covers in DC Comics History on November 30th. In the meantime, feel free to e-mail me (bcronin@comicbookresources.com) with suggestions for covers for me to use!

Here’s the next four covers! And click here for the master list of all the covers posted so far!

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The Green Lantern & Green Arrow cover is from Neal Adams,right?

The kid might be a junkie but at least he uses gloves when he’s cooking up!

6 down, and already the top ten is getting tight.

Superman

gotta to go with the green arrow green latern issue for the look on ollies facewhen he finds speedy is a heroin addict showed that dc was willing to aknowledge the dangers of drug addiction.

Wow, already we have all strong contenders for the top 10. Over 75 years DC has so many iconic covers from character and team first appearances alone!

6 down, and already the top ten is getting tight.

Yeah, I suspect that it will be a pretty big surprise to see what books end up in the top ten, because there are SO many good choices!

No slight whatsoever on GL/GA #85, when I say I think #76 is significantly more iconic. (Which is not to say that for simply posting #85 first, Brian is implying a hierarchy. But if #76 never gets ponied up, period, I’ll be more astonished than Oliver Queen discovering that his ward is a JUNKIE!)

There’s a fairly massive dissonance between the Detective 38 and Gl/GA 5 cover, isn’t there.

I don’t think I’ve actually seen the Superman 1 cover before. It’s OK, but it’s weaker than Action Comics 1, or All-Star Superman 1, or a few other number 1 issues for Superman titles.

There’s a fairly massive dissonance between the Detective 38 and Gl/GA 5 cover, isn’t there.

Yeah, that’s why I went with that one rather than #76, I thought that very dissonance was cool.

I don’t think I’ve actually seen the Superman 1 cover before. It’s OK, but it’s weaker than Action Comics 1, or All-Star Superman 1, or a few other number 1 issues for Superman titles.

It’s been homaged a lot.

Alan Moore used it to kick off his run on Supreme and George Perez used it to kick off his run on Action Comics, for two notable examples.

I’m wondering just how rich this field is going to end up…I mean, yes, it seems like on the one hand like you’re frontloading, but on the other hand, I can think of lots more that are just as strong that you haven’t gotten to yet. (the 80s have yet to make an appearance…I could argue for all 12 Watchmen covers, all 4 Dark Knights, at least half of the Crisis on Infinite Earths covers…obviously there’s going to be some quota-limitations going on here but still…this is going to be one hard vote.)

That Brave & Bold cover (the Justice League’s first appearance, right?) is all sorts of awesome.

GL/GA 76 won’t show up as a nominee? I hope it does. It’s such a iconic image.

I’m with Mark Black. GL/GA is 76 is iconic as all get out…

GL/GA 76 won’t show up as a nominee?

I was just explaining why I went with #86 at that particular spot.

#76 obviously will eventually be an option.

It always feels strange to me to have Watchmen included in lists of DC Comics greats. Doubly strange for stuff like Preacher and Transmetropolitan.

I thought the title of this post was Ironic and saw the pic of Aquaman being handled by a squid looking thing…

Great surprised look on green arrow there hehe

Here are some of my suggestions for iconic covers:

Batman #1
Batman #404
Batman #407
Batman #428
Batman #497
Detective #27
Detective #359
Detective #475
Detective #476
Green Lantern (1960) #32
Green Lantern (1960) #76
Green Lantern (1960) #181
Green Lantern (1960) #196
JLA (1960) #1
JLA (1960) #9
Flash (1959) #105
Flash (1959) #122 (although I like #144 better, even if it is an out and out copy)
Flash (1959) #184
Adventure Comics #247
Adventure Comics #462
Aquaman (1962) #62
Showcase #4
Showcase #22

There are also a few other covers that I always thought were cool, but maybe not iconic:

Batman #329
Batman and the Outsiders #1
Brave and the Bold #118
Brave and the Bold #194
Detective #514
Detective #526
Detective #572
Detective #575
Detective #578
DC Comics Presents #47
Doom Patrol (1964) #121Flash (1959) #323
Flash (1959) #326
Flash (1959) #341
Flash (1987) #1
Flash (1987) #24
Flash (1987) #49
Flash (1987) #83

I wonder if any of these will make the list?

Oops, you already have Detective #27. I forgot.

Re: GL/GA 86: Could Hal be any more of a d**k than he’s depicted on that cover?

True, Rob, but to put it in context, pretty much every issue of that run before that issue had Ollie talking down to Hal, so while it was not NICE of Hal to throw it back in his face like that, I think it can be understood a bit.

In other words, Hal wasn’t just randomly being a dick out of nowhere.

hard to get more iconic that these 4!
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