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The Top 50 Most Memorable Covers of the Marvel Age, Day 15

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 last seven covers!








Plus, someone complained that this cover wasn’t one of the Wild Card choices. I don’t think it would have made the top seven in the voting, but it probably should have been one of the 85 choices, so I’ll let it have a special entry into the voting (it is not like it will matter much in the long run, but hey, at least it has a theoretical shot now)….



I think a case can certainly be made that six of these are among marvel’s top ten covers. I wouldn’t put silver surfer up there though. Top 100, sure, but it sticks out from the rest of this batch.

A bit later I’ll chime in with my top ten covers that didn’t even make the options list.

The list is not ranked. These are just the seven covers left over. Thus, it is just that Silver Surfer #1 is one of the 105 most memorable covers. That is all.

But even though the list isn’t ranked, surely it’s no coincidence that Amazing Fantasy 15, Giant Size X-Men, and Uncanny 141 all showed up together at the end. Those are all mortal locks for the top ten, and Spidey 50 and Wolverine 1 each of a good shot at being that high too.

It’s not a coincidence that I didn’t put them out right away, but it is that they’re all together – that happened once I decided on wild card round being Day 14, so all the covers that would have been spread out were pushed together into one post. Since the list specifically isn’t ranked, though, it wasn’t a big deal.

Man, that Surfer cover is definitely the odd one out in this batch. Nowhere near as memorable as, say, Silver Surfer #4.

X-Men 141: Whose face is in the bottom left behind Wolverine?

@Philip: If you’re talking the “apprehended” one under Angel, it appears (to me) to be Magneto, based on the helmet.

It does seem odd that these ones came in one batch, as they all seem like top 20 locks, at least. I woulda sworn you done it on purpose.

So, when do we vote? I feel dumb if it was obvious, but I seem to be missing it….

If you mean the VERY bottom left, all that’s visible is the middle of the name: an O, an R, and part of a C or a G. I’d guess FORGE.

So, when do we vote? I feel dumb if it was obvious, but I seem to be missing it….

You’ll see it when it is time! It’ll be on the front page.

X-Men 141: Whose face is in the bottom left behind Wolverine?

It is Madrox.

The bottom row is Madrox, Polaris, Havok and Banshee.

The third row is Magneto, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and Wolverine.

Okay, here’s an alphabetical list of covers that I think should have been among the options:

Amazing Spider-Man #230 by John Romita Jr. – Spider-Man vs. Juggernaut.
Avengers #277 by John Buscema – End of Under Siege with Cap vs. Zemo.
Captain America #454 by Ron Garney – Last issue, perfect image.
Classic X-Men #1 by Art Adams – One of the definitive X-Men team portraits.
Daredevil #220 by David Mazzuchelli – His best DD cover, and an iconic image.
Daredevil #300 by Lee Weeks – The image of Kingpin crying with Daredevil looming triumphant.
Dr. Strange #1 by Frank Brunner – Just a damn beautiful cover, best ever for the character.
Elektra Assassin #1 by Bill Sienkiewicz – Elektra holding a big gun.
Fantastic Four #348 by Art Adams – Hulk, Spidey, Wolverine, & Ghost Rider as the new FF.
Iron Man #126 by Layton/Romita Jr. – Iconic image of the Michelinie/Layton/Romita Jr. era.
Iron Man #232 by Barry Windsor-Smith – End of Armor Wars with Tony looking completely wrecked.
Master of Kung Fu #51 by Paul Gulacy – The sort of cover people associate with the series.
Moon Knight #29 by Bill Sienkiewicz – Werewolf by Night dripping blood in silhouette.
Uncanny X-Men #172 by Paul Smith – Sword sticking out of Logan & Mariko’s wedding invitation.
Uncanny X-Men #212 by Barry Windsor-Smith – Wolverine vs. Sabretooth, round 1.
Uncanny X-Men #213 by Alan Davis – Wolverine vs. Sabretooth, round 2.
Uncanny X-Men #266 by Andy Kubert – 1st Gambit
Uncanny X-Men #270 by Jim Lee – Havok goes nuts, X-Tinction Agenda part 1.
Wolverine #50 by Marc Silvestri – Slashes through Wolverine’s Weapon X file.
X-Factor #71 by Larry Stroman – First image of the new team.

when are we gonna be seeing some year end lists??? there isnt much time left!!!

Uncanny X-Men #251 would have made my list. It’s one of my favorite Silvestri X-Men covers, and was hung on my wall for quite a few years. Powerful cover, much more than just a pin-up. I wasn’t a huge fan of the “X-Men in Australia” phase, but the resolution was strong and Silvestri really shone here.

Love Simonson’s Thor #337. Now, THAT’S how you start a new era!

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