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The Top 75 Most Iconic Covers in DC History – Day 19

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!

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I think the mistery (in space) is to know who this “Dale” is… :)

Ha!

Sadly enough, I actually looked around and that was the best copy of that cover that I could find!

If someone knows of a better one, let me know!

definitely the gl cover.

Aha!

Good ol’ Scott Shaw! had a clean copy on his Oddball Comics site!

Check out Scott’s take on the issue here. http://www.oddballcomics.com/article.php?story=2008-08-24

I’ve been really liking your series so far, but with just four days left and some of the more recent entries being fairly obscure, I’m afraid that one cover I consider I consider very iconic might get overlooked.

So, if you’re still taking suggestions, I’d like to add All-Star Squadron #1:

http://www.comics.org/issue/35606/cover/4/?style=default

It’s a fine cover, Earth2Lives.

I wouldn’t normally put it in my Top 90, but it was a cover I considered!

Tell you what, I will let the people decide between that and one of the borderline candidates for the list!

Oooh…even better! I will put that cover and ANOTHER cover that is just going to barely miss the list! Even better! Ooooohh….even BETTER! I will put that cover and THREE other covers that just barely missed the list!

Well, now I wanna see the “Dale” version !

It looks the same, Fabricio, except someone lightly wrote their name (Dale) across the bottom of the planet.

Okay, now I’ve come up with an even BETTER idea!

You’ll see what it is on Monday!

Show both sides of the Adams Batman treasury cover. It’s a wraparound image!

“Okay, now I’ve come up with an even BETTER idea!

You’ll see what it is on Monday!”

Uh oh! Better skip Monday!!! ;-)

I’m going with the Neal Adams Batman Cover.

However, that GL cover is rather prophetic isn’t it? Due to all the recent events started in Blackest Night.

All about the GL one this time.

YES! NEAL ADAMS BEST COVER! YES!

got to go with the green lantern cover for it showed the begining of the end of the silver age and the dc universe darkening into the mess it is. plus shows a hero falling from grace who never should have.

1: Yes. 3: Yes. 2: I can believe it. 4: ????

To a comic book reader of a certain age, those Collectors Edition covers (especially the Adams above) are all incredibly iconic, because they were featured in ads that DC ran throughout the 70s. I saw (and was frightened by) that Batman cover pretty much every time I picked up a comic from age 7-12. To me and a lot of people who grew up at the same time I did, these — http://www.treasurycomics.com/gallery/galleryDCads.htm — are THE iconic DC covers.

Is that All-Star Squadron #1 the first time a superteam was depicted as being formed by 3 members going through a bunch of photographs? Because if so, even if the cover itself wasn’t literally homaged a lot by other covers, the cover’s concept was homaged a lot by several stories, including the first storyline of Brad Meltzer’s Justice League.

The GL one is one of the first comics I purchased, so I have to show it some love. Also it’s just a fantastic cover.

I’ve seen the GL cover a few times of course, but I’ve never noticed how goofy Hal looks. He’s clearly supposed to look insane in a scary way, but he looks like a clown.

Sean Coffee: Great site, thanks.

Neal Adams’ Batman cover, which is also featured on the new (timed to the release of “Batman Begins”, I think) edition of “Tales of the Demon” TPB, featuring the early appearances of Ra’s Al Ghul. I hated, HATED the previous edition’s Brian Stelfreeze cover to the point that I never read the book and traded it in when I had the chance. When I saw the new cover, I had to have it, because I too remember those DC Treasury ads (yes that site is fantastic) and that was always my favorite cover. So, now I own Tales of theDemon again, which is actually an awesome book. A stupid reason to trade it in I know (did the same thing with the original version of The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told for the same reason), I jsut hated looking at those covers.

Also, iIsecond (third?) the vote for All-Star Squadron #1. What an aweosme cover to he first issue of an awesome series that has ever been collected. (WHY?!)

Neal Adams’ Batman cover, which is also featured on the new (timed to the release of “Batman Begins”, I think) edition of “Tales of the Demon” TPB, featuring the early appearances of Ra’s Al Ghul. I hated, HATED the previous edition’s Brian Stelfreeze cover to the point that I never read the book and traded it in when I had the chance. When I saw the new cover, I had to have it, because I too remember those DC Treasury ads (yes that site is fantastic) and that was always my favorite cover. So, now I own Tales of theDemon again, which is actually an awesome book. A stupid reason to trade it in I know (did the same thing with the original version of The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told for the same reason), I jsut hated looking at those covers.

Also, I econd (third?) the vote for All-Star Squadron #1. What an awesome cover to the first issue of an awesome series that has never been collected. (WHY?!)

I personally have been waiting for All-Star Superman #1 so I could vote it into my top 10.

If nothing else, these are exposing the blind spots I have to some eras/runs when it comes to DC. I grew up a Marvel fan and didn’t get into DC until years later.

I’d say the GL is the most iconic to me, but then again, it’s the only one on that list that came out during my lifetime…

The Adams Batman cover that has stayed with with since I was a child – definitely!

Have to say I friggin hated the cover for All-Star Superman #1, not disagreeing that it should be on the list though, just can’t stand it.

For me, it’s a toss up between the GL and Batman covers.

But….the Jimmy Olsen cover? Seriously?

Seriously?

Yes.

The GL cover is an absurd image for an absurd story. Memorable, but not in a good way…

Is this the end of the list, is the master list wrong, or are you planning on posting just one more?

In addition: The Anatomy Lesson really deserves a spot. It’s about as iconic as you can get.

Wait, I’m an idiot and forgot that you were going up to 90 nominations first.

I’m still pulling for Swamp Thing #21 though.

Another vote Yes for All-Star Squadron #1

Nothing here will get my vote

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