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The Top 75 Most Iconic Covers in DC History – Day 9

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!


Yes, yes, yes, and yes.

Today is Neal Adams day!

That Superman vs. Mohammad Ali cover is just amazing. You can stay hours staring at it looking for 70s
celebrities, comics characters and authors.

And the first cover was the introduction of the all-important shirtless swordfighting in the Batman mythos.

The other two are incredibly iconic. Adams is great!

Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

The Crazed Spruce

November 10, 2009 at 1:39 am

Wow. The top ten is really gonna be a tough call….

Not sure if any of my personal votes are in here, but these are all worthy contenders. Much better showing than yesterday

Did you already showcase the Green Lantern/Green Arrow cover, or am I buggin’?

I can’t speak for the latter, but no, the cover has not yet been featured (in fact, that was a source of some conssernation at the time amongst some commenters)

Neal Adams day – they are all fantastic and bring back many happy memories

Batman is shirtless….so why is Ra holding his entire costume, pants and all? He must have found Bats’ secret stash of outfits.

Only the last one really stands out to me. I think the Ali one says more about Ali and his publicity machine than anything else

I’d go with the first cover.

No, yes (sadly), yes, and I’m-not-sure. Wasn’t there an earlier Golden Age issue of Superman where he broke chains as well?

“Batman is shirtless….so why is Ra holding his entire costume, pants and all? He must have found Bats’ secret stash of outfits.”

Ha! I’ve never noticed that before, Dsven. Maybe the colorist screwed up and he should have been colored only with tighty-whities.

three of the covers are so cool but got to go with the super man vs Muhamad Alie one for it one showed two icons one real in a boxing ring not to mention all the famous cameos around the ring. not to mention too this day its still talked about .

Wow, I’d forgotten all about Green Arrow/Green Lantern, that’s a no-brainer for sure (I think people experiencing deja vu, as I did for a moment, are thinking of the Speedy-on-drugs cover posted earlier, another one from the Neal Adams GL/GA relevant period).

The only contemporary cover I’m still waiting to see is a certain 404th issue
(story rhymes with Fat Can: Beer Fun).

About time we get that Green Lantern / Green Arrow cover on here! heh :D

4 no-brainers today. The Superman/Ali cover is so awesome.

Gotta go with cover three narrowly edging out four and two. Here’s a debate: best DC cover artist, Adams, Perez, Swan, Infantino….who? (I know I’m not the first to introduce this debate.)

Superman v Ali…all that oversized comic goodness for only $2.50. I miss those ‘treasury’ editions from Marvel and DC, but they probably aren’t practical.

Now those are all GREAT choices!

@azjohnson5: I think you’d have to put Gil Kane and Murphy Anderson into that mix. And then, from today’s stable, Brian Bolland.

First one’s a little on the fence for me, but only relative to the other incredibly strong covers. You’ve got: one of the greatest ‘event’ covers ever (Superman’s fighting Ali!), one of the greatest story-based covers ever, if a little interpretive (Green Lantern sharing the book with Green Arrow), and one of the most striking character/pose-based covers ever (Superman breaking the chains, also a signifier of larger book direction too).

Man, great group today Brian!

More likely Bats was originally down to his underwear and and editorial forced a re-draw putting on the pants…

(Was there a CBUL on this cover yet?)

I’ve seen Superman breaking chains a million times, but never realized it originated with this cover which I’m not familiar with (or atleast, I’m assuming it originated with this cover)

Here we go. Check out Superman #11:


So, didn’t that issue do it first? I’ll be the first to admit that it’s more static than #211, but why does that issue qualify as “iconic” over (what I assume to be) the first cover to do the same thing?

Rebis: so be it.

So, didn’t that issue do it first? I’ll be the first to admit that it’s more static than #211, but why does that issue qualify as “iconic” over (what I assume to be) the first cover to do the same thing?

It’s not Superman breaking chains, it’s Superman breaking kryptonite chains, to go along with the Superman revamp which was such a big deal that Adams himself ended up homaging that cover, like, a year later!

Discussion of great DC cover artists needs to include Nick Cardy.

An all-Neal Adams day. Nice.

You should show the back cover of the Superman/Muhammad Ali cover too, so we can get the full effect.

And I second Dan Larkin’s Nick Cardy comment. My nominees: the Teen Titans cover debuting Wonder Girl’s new costume, and the Justice League of America cover wth Superman standing on a rock, addressing the JLA & JSA (#102 or #107, I think).

Oh, well that explains it. Was that the one where Superman ate the Kryptonite rocks?

"O" the Humanatee!

November 10, 2009 at 7:07 pm

Looking over the early Superman covers that Adam linked to reminds me that Superman #32 (“It tickles!”) really belongs in this competition.

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