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Top 75 Most Iconic DC Covers of All-Time #15-11

Here’s #15-11! Here‘s a master list of all the covers on the countdown so far!



Cover Art by: Carmine Infantino and Joe Kubert


Cover Art by: Curt Swan and Stan Kaye


Cover Art by: Neal Adams


Cover Art by: Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding


Cover Art by: Mike Sekowsky and Murphy Anderson


I’ve never enjoyed the legion for anything but it’s camp value and that cover definitely delivers that.

Love that flash cover, highlight of the character’s career.

Hey, it’s like half my list.

These 5 all belong to the 15 covers I mentioned yesterday (the 14 I thought were locks and Adventure 247.) That suggests the remaining 10 are

Detective 27 (First Batman)
GL/GA 85 (Speedy’s addicted)
Watchman 1
The Dark Knight Returns 1
CoIE 7 (Superman carrying Supergirl)
Flash 123 (Barry and Jay meet)
Killing Joke (Joker takes a photo)
JLI 1 (You want make something of it)
Batman 404 (Batman’s parents are dead)
Action Comics 1 (First Superman)

(Although GL/GA 85 might be wrong, as I would be surprised if it’s above GL/GA 76.)

3 of my list show up today to make me for 4/10 so far, with 6 more in the above list.

As a gigantic Flash fan, steve, I gotta say that “Flash of Two Worlds” is probably the story and cover that best encapsulates the Barry Allen era. Although I agree, this one is a gorgeous cover as well. Barry’s had a wonderful showing in this countdown, probably the best after the “big two.”

It’s hard to look at that Showcase cover and try to imagine seeing it through the eyes of a ten-year-old in the summer of 1956.

Well except for the very obvious (Flash of Two Worlds, Crisis, Detective 27, and Action #1) I’m out.

always liked the flash and the first appearance of the orginal jla and of course the death of super man needed to be on the list . the green arrow green latern cover neil adams starting to show what he can do with dc icons. Legion never cared for them.

Love the Legion – and though I don’t really care for that cover, it is certainly the most iconic. The other four from today were all on my list, which means have of it has appeared so far. It also mean that my friend who thought that GL/GA 85 would get more votes than GL/GA would be higher than GL/GA 76 was almost certainly right.

Awww…I was really pulling for Legion in the top 10

I love the Legion Of Super-Heroes, but it always amused me that the “legion” started out with only THREE members. Not exactly my definition of “legion”…but of course it did grow into one later on…

With today’s entry we seem to reach the point where the only surprises are what order things are in– everything in the top 15 will be something that obviously should be in the top 15 (though I’m still not enthusiastic about the death of Superman cover), and something that clearly stands in for or represents something very significant in DC’s history. Today we’ve got the births of the Silver Age, the Bronze Age, and the Mylar Age, all at once!

I love the Legion Of Super-Heroes, but it always amused me that the “legion” started out with only THREE members. Not exactly my definition of “legion”…but of course it did grow into one later on…

But you have to remember that DC hardly had any other superheroes active in comics in 1958! Three new superheroes, all in one story, must have seemed like a bonanza. And they were in a group! There weren’t any other superhero groups at all, and if you were too young to remember the JSA, you may never have considered the idea of a superhero team. It’s no wonder the Legion took off in popularity; the juvenile comic readers of the late ’50s must have been starving for superheroes.

Wow, guess most of my picks are in the top ten! Didn’t expect that!

And I’m surprised one of those picks, GL/GA 76 isn’t on that list.

I think any one of these could be top 10 worthy.

"O" the Humanatee!

December 9, 2009 at 11:51 am

All of these are very worthy in my eyes except the Superman cover. It’s not particularly well-designed, hasn’t been homaged much to my knowledge, and represents a lame story (Superman getting beaten by someone physically stronger is no more interesting than any other character, whatever their level of power, being beaten by someone stronger) that did not result in any permanent change to the character – though the “substitute Superman” stories were not bad.

hasn’t been homaged much to my knowledge

Brian has flat out said that the reason the cover of 52 #1 isn’t on the list is that it’s a clear homage to Superman 75 and two other 52 covers are similar in motif (17 and 52.)

Daniel O' Dreams

December 9, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Not to mention it’s been homaged twice in Superman cartoons (well OK one was a straight up adaptation) and even on Smallville, when lois sees “the blur’s” tattered shirt blowing in the wind.

Superman #75 has been homaged plenty. And is a cover well-known even by people who don’t read comics thanks to the media hype that story got.

I considered all 5 of these covers for my top ten and the Flash and Legion covers got my vote.

My favorite homage to the Legion cover (which I think was from the Tick) had a similar image where the choices were “yes” and “we’ll call you”.

Showcase #4 tells you less about Barry Allen as a character than Carmine Infantino’s approach to depicting super-speed. I have never loved the image, but it is iconic in that sense.

Conversely, Adventure #247 does a great job setting up the premise of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Being from the future, they are in a unique position to judge him. Add to that, the scene is evocative of the actual story and you get a pretty darn iconic image.

Green Lantern/Green Arrow #76 really defines one of the most interesting relationships in comics. GL and GA are friends, but they do not agree on much. Neal Adams expresses that nicely.

I was not a big fan of “The Death of Superman”. It felt like a gimmick at the time and has not aged well. However, the cover of Superman #75 is unquestionably iconic. It really says something powerful about the courage of the Man of Steel, which is beat that creators rarely achieve.

The Brave & the Bold #28 is a great image. Had Jack Kirby not swiped it so skillfully on FF #1, it probably would have ranked higher. Sekowsky and Anderson manage to give each of the figures an interesting personality.

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