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The Top 50 Most Memorable Covers of the Marvel Age, Day 3

Every day from now until December 20th, I will be posting seven memorable Marvel covers from the past 50 years (since Fantastic Four #1 came out, the beginning of the “Marvel Age”). I will be posting them in essentially random fashion. It does not matter if a cover shows up today or Day 15, they all have the same chance for your final vote. Once all 105 covers are posted, you all will pick the top 50 most memorable covers in the history of the “Marvel Age” and I’ll reveal your choices to you on December 22nd and 23rd.

E-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com for suggestions for covers that you think should be among the choices for the final vote. Remember, we’re talking “memorable” not necessarily “the best looking” covers. Think covers that get homaged a lot, covers that routinely pop up as part of histories of certain characters, etc.

Read on for the next seven covers!

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I don’t think the X-Men cover would be memorable if it wasn’t their first apperance. There’s all sorts of goofy stuff going on it: the perspective on Angel looks weird (because his feet is on top of the text panel that’s on top of Magneto); he isn’t aiming his bazooka at Magneto but way above him; Iceman doesn’t look like he can aim either, despite being two feet away from Magneto; though it looks like he’s relying on his snowballs’ ability to make a 90 degree turn mid-flight, as one of them still landed on Magneto’s forcefield; and Marvel Girl appears to be dancing for some odd reason.

love the cover of ff the this man this monster story line . and thought the wrap around cover from x-men by jim lee would wind up higher on the list.

Whilst the Cap Annual cover is very good it’s not one I, personally would consider as one of the best for either character yet alone the most memorable.Mike Zeck did loads of excellent Cap covers and I would’ve gone immediately for either issue 300 or 284 before this one

That’s a great set today, could live without the Jim Lee X-Men cover though.

That X-Men cover is memorable? Why? Because it was a wrap-around?

I couldn’t have told you what it looked like without you posting it. A cliche triptych.

Is the Jim Lee cover memorable because it’s good, or because there are a dozen in every $0.50 long box I go through at FallCon and SpringCon?

I still think that cover with the first appearance of Iron Man is striking and dramatic.

*Sigh* I used to have that issue, but the box it was in (along with a bunch of other great comics from the Sixties) got thrown out sometime during my teens.

I think the cover for ASM #238 is awesome. As a kid, it immediately sold me on Hobgoblin.

I never really thought about the cover to X-Men #1, but Tuomas is right… in retrospect, it is kinda goofy.

Also, Chad, I’m pretty sure this list is in no particular order. IIRC, Brian is revealing 100 or so covers a few at a time, and then we get to vote for the 50 most memorable.

There’s a great parody of the “This Man, This Monster” cover on the album art for the “This man, This MC” EP by Adam Warrock (whom I’ve mentioned on here before).

Even if it doesn’t make the final cut, that Cap Anuual cover is a good reminder that Mike Zeck has GOTTA be on this list at least a couple of times. The guy’s got too many memorable covers to choose from.

I kind of hope Amazing Spider-Man #252 shows up on this list. Even though it’s an homage to Amazing Fantasy, it was still such a memorable cover in its own right, just because it shocked Marveldom with its significance (the homage just made it hit home that much more that this was a major change). Of course, that was before comics made it such a common practice to revert to the status quo at the drop of a hat.

Also, it had really nice colouring in the background.

guys, this list is not ordered, it’s just labelled for referencing when we all vote in the end.

All of these are excellent choices including, in my opinion, the X-Men one. If we are talking about memorable covers then, for people my age (early 30′s), this is most likely in the top 2 or 3. The hype surrounding this issue was huge and I remember really loving it at the time. I still think it’s a pretty great cover.

Jim Lee’s X-MEN cover is also an homage to the Jack Kirby X-MEN cover!

I hope you show some love to Ed Hannigan!!! Marvel mid-80′s cover artest extrordinaire!!! Just look at Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man # 69 & 70′s covers.

It’s a little confusing because there are two X-Men #1s in this batch, but while old-school X-Men #1 may be easily as goofy as FF #1 (I assume Angel got his bazooka from the guy who tied up Mr. Fantastic) but it’s also been homaged a lot. Hell, the Jim Lee X-Men #1 is probably an homage of it (I’d say definitely if Iceman, Archangel, Jean and the Beast weren’t in completely different positions on Lee’s cover than they are in the older one, but an X-Men #1 cover with the team charging Magneto while Cyclops blasts his force field? That seems like it can’t be coincidence).

I’m pretty sure everyone I knew in the late 80s had the poster of the Captain America Annual #8 cover.

I remember back in the late 80′s, you couldn’t open up a comic retailer’s catalog (like New England Comics or American Entertainment) and NOT see that Captain America Annual cover somewhere. I’ve still never read the comic, but it’s been one of my favorite covers for years…

I think we could pretty easily fill the top ten with Steranko covers. That Spider-Man cover’s great, though. It screams for attention.

as Adam? said, and I never noticed until seeing them both here like this, the XMen (’91) #1 is an homage to the Kirby version. Dang, that just instantly made Jim Lee’s version cooler to me!

I’ve got the 4 single cover versions but foolishly traded away my Deluxe foldout version (1E, for the price guide nerds among us). I must find one of those cheapo copies in everyone’s back issue bin….

Hobgoblin ripping Spidey’s costume is one of my favorite covers ever.

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