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The Top 50 Most Memorable Covers of the Marvel Age, Day 4

All the way until December 20th, I will be doings posts featuring 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!









I was all set to request that Alpha Flight cover, as I was pretty sure we weren’t going to see it. So glad to be proven wrong!

Also happy to see the Death of Captain Marvel represented. And of course, Secret Wars.

Is this going to be like past votes where there are a few wild spots open for readers to give write-in nominations?

Although I expect to see most of my preferences popping up in the next 72 slots, they’re pretty obvious ones (we’ve already got covered Alpha Flight, after all).

I still love that Hulk cover. And how can you forget Galactus’ green floating head?

The Galactus cover further cements my opinion that anyone who does not love the original Fantastic Four logo is a communist.

Eddie, I’m witchoo, bud. Is there a more charming logo anywhere?

That FF 49 cover is just jaw-droppingly good. In fact, in today’s showing we have THREE Kirby-Class covers! (Oh wait—Kirby drew all three…) The Captain America 100 cover is stunning! Incredible Hulk #1 is also, well, Incredible, but I believe the ink job falls short of Sinnott’s FF 49 and the superb job Syd Shores did on Cap 100.

By rights (err, that is, by Kirby’s dynamic layout), that Hulk cover could be as dynamic as the others. But for some reason, it’s not. Is it the inks? Or the coloring?

That Mike Zeck Secret Wars cover is worthy of mention. It’s nearly up to Kirby-level dynamics. It’s kinda Neal Adams-level dynamic! I can’t think of any other cover featuring this many heroes so prominently that was designed this well! Awesome!

Hell, flip through a Marvel Zombies trade and you’re likely to see all of these covers.

I love the cover to Hulk #1. “Is he man or monster or is he both?” Even more awesome is the fact that those words are written in a question mark. That is fantasy as I like it. That cover is so Kirby, it just drips with his style. And the text on the cover is so Stan Lee. To me that one cover typifies Silver Age Marvel.

Wow. This is maybe the first day (of only four, I know) where I wouldn’t discount any of these covers, at least not without stronger choices. I can think of various homages for ALL of those covers just off the top of my head.

Mike Zeck rocks as a cover artist.

The cover to #3 of the 1986 Punisher Limited Series is pretty memoriable, and has been homaged about 2000 times. I’ll be shocked if it doesn’t show up here.

Secret Wars #8 and #10 both stick out in my mind as well. (#4 does also, but that is not a Mike Zeck cover).

All six covers for Kraven’s Last Hunt are incredible, but Web of Spider-Man #31 gave me nightmares as a kid.

And for some reason, I could never get the cover to Captain America #272 out of my mind. The image of him covered in rats, beat to hell in a back alley somewhere just etched itself into my brain. But this one is a little obscure. On the other hand, the cover to #332 is pretty well known – Captain America No More! And #321, with Cap shooting an uzi and screaming, was so jarring when it was published, that I can never forget it.

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