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The Top 50 Most Memorable Covers of the Marvel Age, Day 11

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!









For me this Marvels cover is less iconic than the two shown before…
She-Hulk of course, that cover pretty much established the whole run of Sensational She-Hulk and the character in general (though her humorous side had been played with before).
I think it has been mentioned that basically all the X-Men covers of that period are pretty iconic, this one no exception. Spidey is great too. Captain Marvel, sure, that’s one cosmic pricture.

FF cover is not that impressive, it sets out the content of the issue which was Hulk vs Thing, ’nuff said! but as a cover…and Cap cover I don’t really care about but as said before, I have read quite few Cap stories so maybe others have attachment for that…

Great batch of covers today! For me all of them are shoo-ins except the Cap one and even that one is pretty close.

The Spidey and She-Hulk are both in my personal top 10.

Aaron Scott Johnson

December 16, 2011 at 5:37 am

Amazing Spider-Man #33 deserves to be #1, no question.

Ed (A Different One)

December 16, 2011 at 7:21 am

An idea for another interesting “list” for down the road might be to list those titles which have had the most “iconic” covers historically and/or are known for the iconic nature of their covers over a long period of time. Both ASM and UXM would both rank pretty high on that list IMHO. Heck, I think ASM covers to this day rank as some of the most consistently bad ass covers on the shelf (and, thankfully, now the actual contents of the book are starting to follow suit as well).

But, yeah, ASM #33 UXM #135 certainly rank up there on the “all time” list for individual covers. I still hold a lot of love for FF #112 too. This was still pretty early in the Hulk/Thing rivalry if my memory serves me correctly (and back before the Thing got so de-powered), so the mere prospect of a matchup between those two heavy hitters was still pretty bad ass and attention grabbing. It’s Hulk vs. Thing man, what more do you need?

I love how evil Dark Phoenix looks. Amazing Spider-man 33 is incredible. I really wish we could have had more Ditko Spider-Man issues than just the 40 or so issues that he did. I hope he does some art for the 50th anniversary of Spider-man, but I doubt that he’d want to do that.

Something occurred to me while looking at this batch of covers:

I think the reason covers today never feel as iconic or memorable is because the coloring has become too advanced. Looking at the striking primary colors on those X-Men and Captain Marvel covers, I feel like they would look worse today because the colorists would be too tempted to overdo them and kill their power to make bold impressions on us.

Recently, a recolored version of Jim Lee’s X-Men #1 came out, and even if the new coloring was technically more impressive, it made the art lose some of it’s power. The primary colors were too sapped out, the shadows too perfect.

If another list like this is done ten years from now, I’m dubious about how many covers from the 2000’s will be remembered. Even the first issues of all the new 52 books only have a handful of really great covers– Flash, Swamp Thing, Action, Wonder Woman, and little else. With comic book cover coloring, the more basic something is, the better it will look.

It’s easy to make a supposition that X-Men #135 is an homage to X-Men #56, but has there ever been any confirmation that this was the intent? If so, I am curious as to other examples of covers that are far more memorable than the originals that they are referencing. I can only think of this example, but I’m sure there has to be others out there. ???

back before the Thing got so de-powered

Was the Thing portrayed in the 1960s and early 70s (FF 112 is from 1971) as being more powerful than he is today? I wasn’t aware.

It was not so much that the Thing was de-powered exactly, so much as it was just a lot more unclear where various characters were ranked, strength-wise. Nowadays, the Hulk is considered to be far outside the Thing’s weight class, but it was less clear back then. Although even then the Hulk was “the strongest there is.”

Ed (A Different One)

December 16, 2011 at 10:28 am


While I’m not going on anything more exact than my own impressions and memories of stories over the years, it seems to me that, back in the day, the Thing was considered a worthy adversary for the Hulk, and a widely acknowledged powerhouse in his own right. When Hulk vs. Thing occured “back in the day”, it seemed there was bona fide speculation/debate on who would win. These days, it is widely acknowledged that the Hulk is “much stronger” than the Thing and it seems like our beloved Mr. Grimm gets pushed around by just about everyone this side of She-Hulk.

And while I’ve seen other folks express similar sentiments in their comments over the years, I’ll again reiterate that I’m just going by my own impressions. There may be many folks out there who disagree with such a sentiment.

@Brian: Did you come up with this theme just so you could post a bunch of Mike Zeck Captain America covers??? C’Mon!! We know you like Zeck’s Cap :)

I like that Cap cover a lot. I wish it would have been used on the recent “The Captain” trade paperback (which collected that and surrounding issues), although these days, I’m sure there would be a lot of complaints about a bleeding flag.

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