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The Top 50 Most Memorable Covers of the Marvel Age, Day 9

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!









Maybe the strongest batch yet. Most of these are shoo-ins for me.

Well, after couple of weaker batches now we are back on the track.

Ed (A Different One)

December 14, 2011 at 11:23 am

I still have the Iron Man issue somewhere. Isn’t that back when JRjr was on the title?

I also agree that this the strongest batch yet. And as iconic as the Secret Wars cover was, I always thought that the caption was a little stupid – “Amid the chaos, there comes a costume!” As if a mere change in wardrobe would cause all of those wildly battling combatants to stop and there tracks and gawk – “Hey, Spidey’s got a new costume, cool!”.

This is a good mix. I can’t imagine many comic fans don’t recognize the FF, Spidey, and SW covers, and the Iron Man cover is his most iconic issue. Marvels and Dracula might be a little less memorable, but both still belong here. That Dracula cover is arguably Marvel’s best and most recognizable horror cover, and Marvels may be their most iconic cover of the 90s.

But then there’s that Avengers cover. Is it a nice cover? Of course. (Buscema, right?) But how memorable is it to people that haven’t read that issue? Here are some Avengers covers that I think a broad cross-section of comic fans would find more memorable:

16 (new lineup cover)
63 (classic Buscema image)
67 (Ultron)
89 (start of Kree/Skrull war)
100 (Barry Windsor-Smith)
175 (Korvac Saga)
189 (most iconic ever Hawkeye?)
223 (Ant-Man on Hawkeye’s arrow)
277 (Under Siege)

I’m not necessarily saying all of those deserve to be on this list, but I at least think they would be, by popular consensus, more memorable than this cover or #213, which was featured the other day.

I note that the relaxing of the comics code not only allowed vampires in comic books, but cleavage as well.

Tony Stark’s face wouldn’t look out of place in an E.C. horror story.

While that Iron Man comic is certainly memorable, I think it’s more due to its content than the actual cover. I always thought the cover of #170 (with the silhouette of Rhodey donning the helmet) was a better fit for this list.

Unless I’m confusing memorable with iconic? Between issues 128 or 170, I’m not sure which is which.

For what I have seen, that Iron Man is pretty popular cover to show in articles when his history is talked about or also when the real-life problems of Marvel superheroes are discussed, so it does count (I haven’t read the story but seen the cover several times…)

Unless I’m misremembering, that’s the classic Avengers special with the great alternate world story featuring the Scarlet Centurion. Great ending, that I won’t spoil.

I think it came out the same month as that Hulk special with the fabulous Steranko cover Brian spotlighted in installment 1 of this series. Those were the days!

The thing about that Avengers cover is that it’s been homaged all over the place. But hooboy do the new Avengers look hopelessly outmatched. How oh how will they prevail?

Great batch here, I love every one of these covers, especially the Amazing Spider-Man one.

My cousin showed me a hilariously disturbing animated version of that Iron Man cover

@Ed (A Different One)

“Amid the chaos there comes a costume” sounds really clunky out of context, but I think (and I wasn’t reading Spider-Man at the time, so I’m not sure) that it was supposed to be a big deal because the various heroes who took part in Secret Wars got taken to Battleworld in the issues of their comics that came out right before or at the same time as Secret Wars issue #1, and the issues where they came back were published more-or-less concurrently with Secret Wars issue #2, so Spider-Man had been kicking around the MU in a weird alien costume for six months or so before Secret Wars #8 was published, and it was the long-delayed explanation for how he got it.

Spidey changing costumes is sort of a big deal. There’s always some kinda hoopla over it. These covers are all awesome. I’m not sure how the Avengers comic fits in to this, but it is a great cover.

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