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Top 75 Most Iconic DC Covers of All-Time #65-56

Here’s #65-56! Here‘s a master list of all the covers on the countdown so far!

Enjoy!

64 (tie).

Cover Art by: Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez and Dick Giordano

64 (tie).

Cover Art by: Everett Hibbard and Sheldon Moldoff

61 (tie).

Cover Art by: Curt Swan, George Klein and John Forte

61 (tie).

Cover Art by: Mike Sekowsky and Murphy Anderson

61 (tie).

Cover Art by: Irwin Hasen

58 (tie).

Cover Art by: Neal Adams

58 (tie).

Cover Art by: Bernie Wrightson

58 (tie).

Cover Art by: Mike Sekowsky and Dick Giordano

56 (tie).

Cover Art by: Ed Hannigan, Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson

56 (tie).

Cover Art by: Gil Kane

24 Comments

Wonder Woman! Excited to see Diana make the list; I think her other two covers will be even further down as the days go on.

I totally would have voted for JLA-turn-into-trees, but I voted for JLA-vs.-Starro instead, and felt they represented the same era.

I’m also a big fan of both JSA covers.

None of these made my ten, though the first Green Lantern was a near cut. My favorite is the Legion super-sacrifice cover. When I was about nine or ten I read an 88-pg giant that reprinted the whole death and rebirth of Lightning Lad story, which was as potent a teen-aged soap opera as my little brain could handle.
“Gasp! How can I live in a world without Saturn Girl, choke!”

Do I recognize these covers?

No
No
Vaguely
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Suggests they are going in the right order as far as I can tell.

Still none of my votes have turned up…

None of my votes have turned up yet, but two of my picks for “Bottom 15″ have appeared (All Star Comics and Action 583)

The Batman one was definitely in my top ten.

I’d seen the image used again and again and again. I even remember a lunchbox with that picture on it…

That was one of my criteria for whittling down my list – how often the image or parts of the image had been re-used or homaged since…

Wonder Woman 178 is a terrible cover and is iconic for all the wrong reasons. It’s the textbook example of a horribly misguided reboot, the comic book equivalent of New Coke.

Tom Fitzpatrick

December 2, 2009 at 7:20 am

Well, I voted for the Batman cover, the Swamp Thing cover, and the groovy Wonder Woman cover.

To be honest, that’s the most interesting Wonder Woman costume I’ve ever seen. Fab!

Tom Fitzpatrick

December 2, 2009 at 7:23 am

Maybe I should have pointed out that that’s pre-voting.
Not the final voting. heh

love seeing the covers to swamp thing and super man two alan moore stories. though can not say i care for the jla as tree’s and the era where wonder woman lost her powers

Wonder Woman 178 is a terrible cover and is iconic for all the wrong reasons. It’s the textbook example of a horribly misguided reboot, the comic book equivalent of New Coke.
It might be a terrible reboot (or not – I haven’t read it), but I think it’s one of the better covers in today’s selection.

I haven’t had the chance to read many of the Wonder Woman reboot issues, but the couple I have read were actually a lot more interesting to me than her normal stuff from that time period. Maybe I just happened to get the good issues, but I thought they were pretty cool. And there were some really sweet covers during that era as well.

Glad that All Stars cover (37) made it. It almost made my list but I realized I liked it more than I thought it was iconic.

Isn’t the Batman cover a reprint of an interior (Joker’s 5 Way Revenge, I think)? Doesn’t really seem fair…

None of these were in my final top 10, although a couple were near misses. That said, I’m surprised to see GL, the JSA march, JLA forest, and first Swampy down so low on the list.

Totally agree with Blackjak about the Adams cover.

@Kyle: The Image in Bats #251, he doesn’t have on his utility belt. See, totally different image!

chad-

the house of secrets swamp thing story isn’t by alan moore. it’s swampy’s first appearance, by len wein and bernie wrightson. though two moore swampy covers should still be turning up soon.

brian-

of the bottom fifteen, did any covers not receive a single vote?

I voted for both JLA trees and the GL cover. I would be very interested if anyone could predict the top 10 and especially the top 10 in order.

I adore the Garcia-Lopez/Giordano take on Lois Lane.

I also absolutely detest the Wonder Woman cover. Do people like it because of the psychadelic colors, because of the story it’s covering, because of their memories of reading it, or because they see is as an honestly great cover/drawing/composition?

“Wonder Woman 178 is a nice cover and is iconic for all the right reasons”.
Much better.

I have the entire run of the Wonder Woman reboot (issues 178-202) and I think it is one of the Silver/Bronze age gems. Its a dynamic and exciting story, masyerfully handled mainly by Mike Sekowsky, but with great assists by Denny O’Neil and Dick Giordano and even Wally Wood and Jeff Jones. It’s a breath of fresh air in the Wonder Woman annals, and it really “swings”. It’s got mythology, espionage, intrigue and a real pop art flair, 60′s style. I recommend it to the skeptics. Number #178 is a great cover, but the best to me is #180, with that wonderful/disturbing I-Ching image. Great stuff!

chad: “love seeing the covers to swamp thing and super man two alan moore stories.”
Daniel: “the house of secrets swamp thing story isn’t by alan moore. it’s swampy’s first appearance, by len wein and bernie wrightson”

Alan Moore incorporated the first Swamp Thing story in his tale “Abandoned Houses” in ST 33, that’s probably where chad remembers it from.

I also absolutely detest the Wonder Woman cover. Do people like it because of the psychadelic colors, because of the story it’s covering, because of their memories of reading it, or because they see is as an honestly great cover/drawing/composition?

I like the colours, the lettering and the overall picture. It invokes the era very strongly for me.

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