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The Top 75 Most Iconic Covers in DC History – Day 11

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!


‘Tec #31, as it totally sets a mood that carries on to this day (though it might’ve gotten side-tracked for awhile…): There are many terrifying things in Gotham City, but nothing’s scarier than the Batman. He’s the hero of the book and yet who’s more menacing on that cover?

Wow. Never seen Shazam #1 before…

Favourite of these four is number three. Just like Guy says, “Wanna make somethin’ of it?”


Three of these covers are must-includes, IMHO. The Shazam one is nice to see, espeically because I think CC Beck is totally underrated as an artist, but the iconic Captain Marvel posters for me are back from the Fawcett days. The Superman Annual and Justice League covers have been aped so much over the years that they’ve almost become templates for other artists to use.

Everyday there are lots of covers I think would be no-brainers to include on a most iconic list. It’s going to be difficult to narrow this list down to 10…

all about the JUstice league cover today.others are kinda meh

If people know their DC history, DETECTIVE #31 is a good bet to make the top 10. The others not so much.

Shazam #1 was one of the few comics that I bought multiple copies of, thinking I would sell them later and make a fortune. Shows what the hell I know about speculating.

ick. well maybe not so ick. more like creepy gothic horror there. ;-)

since never saw three of those covers not being around back then have to go with the jl cover the team formed after the story line legend plus guy gardner and batman together.

I like how Perry White gets his own box on the Superman annual. Did anyone look at that and say “I gots to get me some Perry White action!”?

Captain Marvel/Shazam: Meh. Never understood the love for that milquetoast, derivative character. Dumb cover, too.

Detective 31: Top Ten!

2 was surprise to see, but you could definitely make a case for its inclusions. The other three are all definite yeses.

Actually own the first three, Neal Adams version of four is better (Batman #227), limited edition over-sized Shazam with Cap’s hand on Billy’s shoulder is WAY more iconic than this issue, although I love this version of the JLA the cover isn’t remotely iconic (nostalgic, not iconic), so I’ve got to go with the easy chose.

The Superman annual type cover has been used by DC many, many times: Secret Origin, annuals, Supergirl, Whatever Happened to the Man of Steel, etc. It’s not particularly the strongest visual but it screams iconic DC.

As a P.S.: Swan, Beck,and Kane if you haven’t seen their work (chad, other new guys/gals) these guys are CLASSIC for a reason. Highly recommend going through some fifty cent bins for some coverless, water-stained, torn copies just to have them ( or your local library, of course.). Reeeally worth it. Trust me.

There we are with Superman breaking the chains again….

Can the LAYOUT of a cover be considered “iconic”? I find nothing particularly compelling about any of the individual panels on that cover, and the large panel of Superman breaking the chains has been done better elsewhere. So if there’s any importance to the cover, it’s in its format of a central image surrounded by two columns with smaller images. To that end, New Fun: The Big Comic Magazine #1 should be the most iconic DC comic EVER for being the first to fold 20+ pages in half and stapling them together.

Wow, talk about a blast from the past. I owned that Shazam #1 issue when I was a kid. I have no clue where I got it from or what happened to it. But, I distinctly remember it being one of a few that I would hide in the fall when my parents took my comics away from me during the school year.


Justice League and Detective.

I know this will be sacrilegious to many, but I think Justice League is the most iconic here – followed by Superman just for the layout.

The others mean nothing to me

Ah, that Justice League pose has been done so often, I remember a web page dedicated to tracked the homages. That also seems to be one of the few that has crossed over to many different companies, too.

“All about the Superman cover today. Others are kinda meh.”

err… about that Superman cover:

I understand that Superman is puffing up his chest to break the chains, what I dont get is why someone thought wrapping chains around his chest and NOT BINDING HIS ARMS TOO would somehow render him helpless.

Yeah, I spotted that too. It’s not a very good picture of Superman, but the layout of the page is classic. I’ve no idea if this was one of the first covers to do it or if it was being done all the time when this came out though

Ooooh tough call between Superman #14 and Detective Comics #31

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