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The Top 50 Most Memorable Covers of the Marvel Age, Day 8

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!

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X-Men #101 and Secret Wars #10 are shoo-ins for my list.

The only one from here that seems memorable to me is X-Men 101 and that’s mainly for the content inside.

I wouldn’t have thought this would be possible before these posts started but are we getting too much Zeck? I like his stuff to be sure but a lot of his covers, like the one above, just scream “generic Zeck cover” to me.

That Zeck cover could almost be proto-Liefeld. You have the big(ish) gun, the outlandish musculature, the weird pouches that form the bottom of the skull …

The Obama cover… really?

was waiting for x-men 101 the debute of phoenix to show up along with the secret wars 10 where doom goes after the beyonder and his armour is almost fried completly. though surprised to see a cover featuring the president on this list thought it would not quilify yet.

The X-Men and DD ones are absolutely landmark covers for the covers themselves.

Yeesh, this list is getting watered down.

X-Men 101, DD 179, and Secret Wars 10 all probably deserve to be here, and I can understand the inclusion of the Obama cover. I always thought Secret Wars 10 was one of the coolest covers ever.

But the other 3? I really don’t understand their inclusion at all.

Punisher 3 is a nice cover, but completely interchangeable with every other Zeck Punisher cover. I understand including #1, as it was the first solo Punisher comic, but how can any of the other 4 issues be included without simply including them all? Punisher 2-5 all had nice covers, without any standing out as better than the rest. And none were more memorable than virtually any G.I.Joe cover Zeck did.

And Captain America 300 is, by Zeck standards, a weak cover. Virtually anything from Zeck’s run as interior artist (260s through 280s) had a better cover than this, particularly the Deathlok issues and the Zemo issues. We also haven’t seen Cap 332 yet, which is a Zeck classic. Again, I just don’t understand this inclusion. If all Zeck covers are eligible for this list just because they’re nice, then every Byrne X-Men cover should be here as well.

And that Avengers cover is good (is it Bob Hall?), but I can’t imagine it being top 105. If, hypothetically, Marvel has put out an average of 60 comics per month for the last 50 years (seems feasible to me), then we have 36,000 covers to be choosing from! Is Avengers 213 really in the .03% of most memorable Marvel covers?

Agreeing with Third Man. X-Men cover is definitely among the more memorable ones even without the story helping, Secret Wars and DD covers are worth notice too, and the Spidey one, well, I can see the grounds for inclusion…Cap cover, maybe, but the Avengers and Punisher covers are pretty generic covers of their runs.

“covers that get homaged a lot, covers that routinely pop up as part of histories of certain characters, etc”

Apart from the stock Punisher pose, I don’t see any covers here that fit that criteria. And that’s coming from a HUGE Captain America fan who loves the J.M. DeMatteis storyline that issue 300 up there is from.

The Avengers cover was homaged on one of the Secret Invasion issues, so clearly there are people who find it very memorable.

i really hope the Obama cover doesn’t wind up on the list. Marvel has included depictions of sitting presidents for decades in their comics.

The cover is only significant because it fueled a minor bubble. If I remember right they were going for several times their value on ebay.

X-Men and SW for me only

I’ve never seen the Daredevil or the Avengers covers before. I guess this whole list kind of depends on one’s frame of reference. In my mind there’s no question that the Punisher #3 cover is memorable. That thing was on posters in every comic shop around here from the mid 80’s to the mid 90’s. You may not like it, but it doesn’t mean that it’s not memorable. But if you got into comics later, I guess some of the covers from the Ennis runs might be more memorable to you.

The Phoenix cover is the only iconic one for me here. WCAvengers homaged it (Pele cover from memory…).

Don’t see UXM 141 yet …..

I wouldn’t have thought this would be possible before these posts started but are we getting too much Zeck? I like his stuff to be sure but a lot of his covers, like the one above, just scream “generic Zeck cover” to me.

Err, by my count, there are three, not one, Mike Zeck covers in this particular post… which one is the “generic Zeck cover” to you, Omman Hilleson (just curious)?

I have to say though, Punisher #3 is one of the first covers I thought of when Brian started listing memoriable Marvel comics. Not only has it been homaged quite a few times, but it was also an image that was burned into my mind growing up. When I picture the Punisher, I picture that cover. Sure, now, 20-something years later, that seems like a generic image of the Punisher, but I posit that is because it inspired the tonal quality of the majority of Punisher covers to come after it. Just my opinion.

Secret Wars #10 is also one of the most bad ass Doctor Doom covers ever, hands down.

Of the three Zeck covers this post, my least favorite would be Captain America #300… still pretty dynamic, but maybe a little less “iconic” that the other two – and by iconic, I mean as a representational symbol of the character it depicts. Punisher #3 tells you everything you need to know about Frank Castle (stone cold killer) just by looking at it, just as Secret Wars #10 does for Doctor Doom (relentlessly determined powerseeker).

I was talking about the Punisher one there. I like the others just fine although they wouldn’t make my list of most memorable.

I’m another coming out in defense of Zeck’s cover to Punisher # 3, that’s the de facto image that pops in my head when I think of the character. Plus, it’s one of the most referenced Punisher covers ever, with Mark Texeira doing a version of it for Punisher War Journal # 75 and Mike McKone doing a version for the “Dark Reign” era Punisher series.

And to answer the question: no, there’s no such thing as “too much Zeck”.

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