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The Top 75 Most Iconic Covers in DC History – Day 13

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!


Bernard the Poet

November 14, 2009 at 5:05 am

So what is the real reason Batman is goofing off?

Does it have something to do with the batphone having two cables – or is the second one meant to be a shadow?

Bernard the Poet

November 14, 2009 at 5:08 am

Oh, and as the nuclear bomb has already exploded on Earth, Adam Strange should try and stop that giant magnifying glass.

There aren’t two phone cords…the second one is a shadow. The reason he’s goofing off is OBVIOUSLY that he’s watching Adam West play him on TV so the cover is just a promo for the TV show which was just starting when this issue came out. Seems pretty darn obvious to me.

Is Batman drunk?

The clue is that he’s wearing his old costume, which is the hint that that is not Batman, but an imposter.

Isn’t the first one the 1st appearance of the yellow oval? I miss the yellow oval.

That first cover exemplifies why I never liked Infantino’s art. He always drew people throwing punches that look like they would do no damage at all. I equate it to the Three Stooges’ Joe Besser when he would say “Stop iiiiiiit” to one of the other Stooges tormenting him and he’d add an effeminate punch/slap at their wrists.

The Legion of Super-Heroes gets my vote.

still no adventure 247! oh the days when the UK prices were on the comics themselves. These days I go to four stores depending on where I am situated. Two don’t have any prices at all but charge £2.15 for a $2.99 comic and £2.80 for a $3.99 comics. One charges £2.20 for a $2.99 comics and £2.50 for a $3.99 comic and have the prices hand written on card above the new releases shelf. The last one charges £3 for both priced comics but they are a tiny store that needs to survive so I cut them slack. That went off topic… Anyway 247! and perhaps some Adam Hughes covers

Have to agree with MJ on the Infantino call, his art never appealed to me, never. Might be heresy to say but it’s true. There’s still time though, been collecting for over thirty years and just started liking Gil Kane in the last five (WTF ?!?!). Anywho, gotta go with the Murphy Anderson CLASSIC, number three it is boys, #3.

Didn’t understand a word nikki wrote ’til “Adam Hughes covers”. ROCK ON NIKKI !

After I saw the first two today, I thought the theme was weird stony use of logo. I was expecting Steranko’s cover for the Hulk Annual. That should be coming along sometime, right?
Give us a day of Wonder Woman hot babe covers, ok? One each from Hughes, Bolland and Byrne with a wild card for the fourth spot.

Love the Legion of Super Afroes cover!

Without the Batman 194 cover, there is no LSH 293 cover. Homages do not belong on this list.

You probably had them pegged already, but it’s fun to see two of the suggestions I sent pop up on the list regardless.

The 4th cover is one of four different covers that immediately pop into mind when I think of Julius Schwartz’s various influences on the creative/editorial direction of DC, the Atom “Battle of the Tiny Titans” cover being another. So posting the latter immediately made me think of the former, along with the “Hawkman battles a flying ape” cover and the already shown “Green Lantern versus a yellow missile” cover.

as much as i like seeing block buster pop up got to go with number for for the cover was paying props to the bat man tv show going on at the time. that plus the clue something was off was that bat man was wanting to slack his duties to watch the thing shows that one that is not bat man for he is on duty 24 seven. a classic cover.

Nothing says “I’m a bug, SQUASH ME!!!!!” like the cover of LSH #293.

Because others said the opposite, I just want to say Infantino is amazing. I count him as as easily one of the top stylists of the Silver Age.

Did Batman have a batphone in the comics back then? I thought that was a gimmick for the TV show.

Without the Batman 194 cover, there is no LSH 293 cover.

The Legion cover owes a ton more to Will Eisner than it does Carmine Infantino.

A whole bunch of “no”s for me today.

Brian you could have combined the first two here with the Flash one from a few days ago and another one from somewhere to do a nifty themed day

From what I’ve seen, it is very clear that DC has tons of more iconic covers than Marvel.

From what I’ve seen, it is very clear that DC has tons of more iconic covers than Marvel.

Unlikely, although DC does have a lot of iconic covers!

I’m with Ricardo. But then it’s all a bit subjective. I’m much more familiar with DC history than Marvel and lots of those Marvel covers were completely new to me.

The Legion cover for me. But then, I’m biased, as that’s from one of my favorite comic runs ever.

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