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The Top 75 Most Iconic Covers in DC History – Day 5

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!

29 Comments

Wow, today’s batch was a biggie. They should ALL be in the Top 10, and especially the first three.

And therein lies the rub, Dennis.

So many great covers – which one will make the top of the list?

No argument here. Every one a classic. And hey, it’s Weezie!

Wow. I’ve owned 3 of those as the original comic. The Flash issue I’ve got in at least 3 reprints.

Excellent choices! Those are all amazingly good comics.

Today’s theme is “Covers that marked the appearance of a new age of comic books”, right?

Ha!

I’ve eschewed themes so far, but I actually DO have a funny theme I want to use – I’ve got two covers that fit it, but I am having a hard time finding two more (as they have to be covers actually worthy of being in the top 90).

You know what I miss? The Cover Theme Game. Not that there’s any lack of other things to amuse me on here — I’m just saying. I always loved that bit.

Fantastic choices all around.

All the covers so far have been amazing, with the exception of the Atom cover, that was underwhelming.

The Crisis cover is a really nicely drawn and a powerful image, and it was just as powerful the first time I saw it as a kid on Uncanny X-Men #136. I’m not saying UXM136 originated the pose, as there is a long list of Pieta covers that encompass the history of comics. I just have a small issue with a cover being called Iconic when the theme/pose had already become comic book cliche years before it was even drawn.

There was even an article here a while ago about the Pieta pose: http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2008/06/22/cool-comic-cover-gallery-the-best-pieta-covers/

Now the Pieta sculpture IS iconic.

hard choice espically seeing my favorite batman story in the list but finaly went with crisis on infinite earths where superman is holding supergirls dead body and crying. a cover truely deserving of being iconic espically since it got duplicated as cyclops holding jeans corpse in the dark phonix saga

a cover truely deserving of being iconic espically since it got duplicated as cyclops holding jeans corpse in the dark phonix saga

Through the miracle of time travel, considering that X-Men cover was 6 years earlier.

I never realized before how much Swamp Thing’s wife looks like 30 Rock’s Jane Krakowski.

Now these are iconic!

Tom Fitzpatrick

November 5, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Well, 3 out of 4 isn’t too bad.

The Dark Knight Returns is one of Miller’s better covers.
Definitely cannot beat that gorgeous George Perez cover.
The Berni Wrightson’s moody Swamp Thing cover is unforgetable.

That B.C. guy sure knows how to pick ‘em, doesn’t he?

As much as I hate Frank Miller and DKR, I’m going to go with that cover, although Showcase #4 is so close.

House of Secrets is a famous cover but is it Iconic? If it was homaged with completely different characters, would you immidiately get the reference? The other three all certainly pass that test, even if CoIE 7 wasn’t the first cover to use the Pieta idea.

Yep, all those are top tier iconic quality. Although I never did care too much for that Crisis cover, it is certainly celebrated enough to make it on the list. I other 3 definitely do get my love.

I see Fifties, Seventies, two from the Eighties. All Magic. Oh, DC. Will you ever get your act together? Why must Marvel always steal your thunder?

It’s funny how I recognize so many more of these covers than the Marvel ones.

I’m feeling sentimental, so I’ll go with Showcase #4 tonight. Tomorrow, it could be DKR.

I was hoping we’d see House of Secrets, Dark Knight and Crisis, and here they are all popping up together! (Showcase makes perfect sense too). I guess the fact it’s fairly easy to predict which ones are coming is a testament to their iconic stature.

In fairness to Marvel, the last poll listed panels, which are bound to be less iconic than the covers are.

But clearly, DC is overflowing with some powerful cover images!

I know which one Mike Sterling is going to vote for.

I’m with buttler, I miss the cover theme game. Really, I miss the whole Snark Free Corner. That was my favorite feature. Granted, there’s a ton of other good stuff on this blog, and Brian’s obviously pretty damn busy. I just wanted it to be known that if you ever thought about resurrecting that column, at least one person would be happy.

In fairness to Marvel, the last poll listed panels, which are bound to be less iconic than the covers are.

But clearly, DC is overflowing with some powerful cover images!

A similar Marvel list would also be overflowing with powerful cover images!

But yeah, cover images are typically more known than interior panels. If Marvel.com had not already done the 70 Covers thing, I’d have done covers for Marvel, as well!

If it was homaged with completely different characters, would you immidiately get the reference?

Yep.

The top one reminds me, I have “Clint – The Hamster Triumphant” somewhere…

:-D

The Crisis cover isn’t iconic because of the pose. It’s iconic because it’s a powerful image and marked a huge turning point in DC comics. It’s also probably the first time that Superman, who at this point was still the all-powerful pre-Crisis version, was shown vulnerable.

How can the most iconic cover NOT be Action 1?

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