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The Top 75 Most Iconic Covers in DC History – Day 14

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!

18 Comments

How can the Wonder Woman cover be considered “iconic” if it takes away the most iconic thing about her- namely, her costume?

Wow. Great ones today, all are CLASSICS! Love, love , love #4, #1 shepherds an entire new era for DC, #2 tries to, still gonna have to go with #3. Signature cover/pose of the original (that’s Dick Grayson for you newbies out there) Dynamic Duo!

Heh, cover 4 is a clever pick. Basically, anything in DC that has to do with gorillas is influenced by that cover and the surprising sales it got.

Can’t beat Jack Kirby cover.

However, that Wonder chick’s soooooo 60’s and grroooooovy. ;-)

Monkeys! More monkeys! Super Heroes Battle Super Gorillas! Titano! That strange issue of Wonder Woman! Grodd! More monkeys! RRRAAAARRGH1

Monkeys.

Wow, I’ve been collecting since the early 1980s and I wasn’t aware of the Strange Adventures cover. Does anyone have a link to explain the issue’s significance?

Mason King, this page should give you a good explanation.

I love the “Strange Adventures” cover. It is something that has really gotten lost in comics over the years.

The Kirby cover is amazing, but I guess it loses points for being infrequently homaged. I am not sure that I have seen one.

The Wonder Woman #178 cover really has grown in stature over the years. Something about the groovy age makes sense for WW.

However, Batman #9 is the most iconic of the lot. Batman and Robin getting caught in a searchlight really captures the ambiguity of costumed crime-fighting.

Batman, followed by Wonder Woman, then quickly by New Gods. The Strange Adventures was a significant one, but the cover itself is not iconic.

Love all of these.

#1 Not a great cover for Kirby but has been invested with iconic status based on the significance of the issue
#2 I agree with Cpl Otter – Not iconic
#3 Super iconic – probably top ten
#4 Love it, but don’t recall ever seeing it before so I couldn’t call it iconic. Others might know better.

I think the WW cover is “iconic” as well as memorable and one of her most famous. Not sure about the Batman cover, but the other 3 covers here all seem to be of the theme “ushering in new eras” and the WW cover certainly did that.

As controversial as it might have been, the “Diana Prince” stories that followed are still well-liked enough for DC to collect them in trades while the more traditional WW material around them still remains uncollected…

have to go with the new gods cover for it was the king doing one of his greatest works. that plus hated that wonder woman cover when she lost her powers

Hmmm

Yes, No, Yes, No – in that order

Have to go with the Batman cover. I think the stories in NEW GODS #1 and WW #178 are more significant than their covers.

That fourth cover made me cry as I’ve often been accused of being a gorilla with a human brain. It just hit too close to home.

Cpl Otter, the WW cover is iconic for that very reason.

You don’t have to like the change in a character or series a cover represents for it to be considered iconic. Like it or hate it, that issue represented a big shift in WWs direction. Even if a LOT of it was tossed within a few years, certain elements have been referenced from then on.

That said, it may be iconic, but its certainly also an UGLY cover.

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