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The Top 75 Most Iconic Covers in DC History – Day 4

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!


awesome legion cover!!!!

I suspect we’ll see LSH #294 at some point.



I generally dislike Fabry’s Preacher covers- Dillon’s versions of the characters are so definitive that they always looked off to me on the covers, but that was a memorable and striking image. No complaints about the other choices.

That Adventure cover is the first one to come along that I wasn’t instantly familiar with. I know I’ve seen it, but I was never a Legion expert. Still, I imagine for that books.. uh.. legion of fans, it’s a good choice.

This is the issue they sacrificed Lightning Lad to the electron gods of Staticclingos-7?

This is the issue they sacrificed Lightning Lad to the electron gods of Staticclingos-7?

They sacrificed what turned out to be Proty to revive Lightning Lad, who had previously been killed. You may be familiar with the Metzler/Johns JLA/JSA crossover the Lightning Saga, which is a follow up to that story.

Of these covers, Batgirl’s is the least iconic IMHO (by which I mean it’s only a top 75 cover. The other covers feel like top 50 covers at a minimum.)

All 4 are great choices. Totally forgot about the Preacher cover as an “iconic” one but I agree with it’s choice…

I love how Batgirl used to carry a purse on her hip.

I’d go for Preacher # 1.

Superman vs. Flash.

Of these four, Superman/Flash is the most iconic of the covers, but all four desere to be on the list.

That Preacher cover is second only to the “Meat Man” cover. Anyone who has read the series knows which one I am talking about.

all good choices had to go with super man vs flash for it had two big guns trrying to answer the age old debate who is faster. a debate that has no answere

That´s the first time i saw that Adventure Comics cover. It´s great, though.

Superman vs the Flash. I dislike that Preacher cover because Jesse looks so sinister on it – not what his character was like whatsoever. It’s a very poor representation of the series.

Wow, Preacher #1 cost $2.95 in 1995? That’s a pretty penny.


Vertigo first issues were frequently 40 pages around this time. The next issue is back to regular size and $2.50. I think that was $.25 more than the average DC comic then.

Yeah, I remember it being long, but it’s a shame the best comics are priced like it.

It was $4.25 Canadian too. It’s funny how Vertigo books are cheaper here now than nearly 15 years ago!

Superman #199, all the way down to the finish line!

I think this early on the countdown, we already see how the creation of covers has changed with the years. I mean look at these, which is more catchy? Which one tells you “buy me” better?

IMO, The Preacher cover looks really good, but as a cover, it’s definitely weaker in terms of catching attention. The other, older ones, seem so much more puzzling or interesting (though the Batgirl cover may be trying too hard with all the captions, hey, it’s still a new character). I miss that, and hated when almost all covers became pin-ups.

Fabry’s awesome, but somehow his covers for Preacher so turned me off that I never even tried the series while it was on the stands. (Eventually caught up in trades, of course.) They just conveyed an atmosphere I wasn’t interested in entering into– and one that wasn’t really related to the series. Unlike Ennis’ Hellblazer, Preacher had a soft and gooey heart of gold under the blasphemy, obscenity, nudity, and salami– and, like UM, I don’t think the Fabry covers even hinted at that.

Dunno, I can see the appeal of both kinds of covers.

Yes, I do feel nostalgic for the old-style “story” covers. You could remember the story inside just by glancing at them.

But I think the Preacher cover is very striking and interesting, even though it portrays Jesse as far more sinister than he is. It’s a good cover in that it creates a sense of mystery for what happens in the comics, unlike the old covers. It’s not really a “pin-up” cover, it’s more like a symbolic cover. Since, it’s not just Jesse posing around, it actually hints at story elements, like the conflagration at the church.

Great Legion cover but I think Adventure 247 will outvote it. I worry Legion fans may be split!

Preacher. Ugh.

Guess it takes all sorts. I love Fabry’s Preacher and Hellblazer covers…

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