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Vote for the 50 Greatest Spider-Man Covers of All-Time!

In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Spider-Man, we’re going to be doing four straight months of polls having to do with Spider-Man, culminating with the release of the Amazing Spider-Man film in July. Future installments will deal with Spider-Man creators, Spider-Man characters and Spider-Man stories, but this month will be about Spider-Man covers.

Here, you’ll be casting your vote for what you feel are the greatest Spider-Man covers of all-time – the covers that you think are the best drawn, the most memorable, the most striking, the most iconic, whatever you think of when you think of the word “greatest.”

You folks all vote in the comments section here up until 11:59 Pacific time, March 20th. I’ll tabulate all the votes and I’ll begin a countdown of the top 50, five a day beginning March 21 1st.

Okay, here are the guidelines!

1. Vote in the comments section below, making sure to include that classic word “ACBC” somewhere in your comment so your vote will be marked invisible.

2. Vote for the TEN covers that you feel are the greatest Spider-Man covers of all-time.

3. Rank your ten from #1 (what you think is the greatest cover) to #10 (what you think is the 10th greatest). I’d prefer it if you actually numbered your entry, #1-10. It’s easier for me to count. On that note, please also avoid listing them like this “1) 2) 3) 4),” because 8 with a ) after it transforms into a smiley face in the comments section (this one 8) ). Just plain ol’ “1. 2. 3.” works best.

4. Your top choice will be given 10 points, your second choice 9, etc.

5. Ultimate Spider-Man covers count. As do covers from any other comic book. It doesn’t have to be a Spider-Man comic. It just has to feature Spider-Man and fit into what you consider to be one of the greatest Spider-Man covers.

6. Make sure to include ACBC in your ballot.

If you have questions and or requests for clarification, feel free to ask them in the comments section below.

Remember, please include the following word: ACBC – on your ballot. It will make it so your ballot appears invisible to other readers, so only I can read it (and count your vote secretly).

If you want to look at some covers, the great Grand Comic Book Database has a searchable database of every Spider-Man cover ever!

Most importantly, have fun!

Now vote! :)

51 Comments

The Crazed Spruce

March 2, 2012 at 7:04 am

This should be an interesting poll (and so should the other three). I’ve already got a few in mind. Gonna have to hit the Grand Comics Database to fill out my list. I’ll probably post it later tonight.

How are we defining “Spider-man Covers” exactly? Any cover from any Spider-man series? Any cover from any series with Spider-man on it?

These are all going to be Amazing covers with Amazing Fantasy #15 and maybe Spider-man #1. But I thought I’d ask anyway.

I have low reading comprehension skills. Never mind :)

Deus_ex_machina

March 2, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I vote for the 1960s covers damnit!

I would like, for once, that actually the best covers are voted. I wouldn’t want to see this list turned again the “most iconic spiderman covers”, just like any other “best spiderman covers” list.

Rollo Tomassi

March 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I’m with Jorge Mtnez. I hope people actually go do some research and find some nice looking covers, rather than spewing the same old crap we usually see. Amazing Spidey 1 is NOT a good cover people.

My favorite cover is a ASM cover in the #90′s and I have always loved it but it isn’t considered iconic yet it is a great Romita over. I would love to see those instead of ASM 1, AF 15 or eve asm 129, which is actually a better cover than the other two.

Øystein Edvardsen

March 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm

The John Romita cover where Spidey is chained and towed by GG laughing.

I honestly can’t think of ten, but the quesada variant for the death of spider man, with peter and uncle ben walking with their backs to the readers probably had more of an emotional punch than any other cover i’ve ever seen. Maybe that’s because i grew up with ultimate spiderman, but I still think it’s a pretty great cover regardless.

So what is a good site to look up a whole heap of covers? That would be a nice inclusion in the article :)

Rollo Tomassi

March 2, 2012 at 6:26 pm

@Faust
comicbookdb.com is a great Database. They have “Cover Gellery” links for every comic series ever

For example, here’s The Amazing Spider-Man Cover Gallery link
http://comicbookdb.com/title_covergallery.php?ID=348

They had this one variant cover that has President Nixon on it. You know, like they had President Obama on it.

That would be the dumbest Spider-man cover I ever saw.

I bet Amazing 300 or 301 will be on this list. It’s so simple, yet so good.

I like the Ben Reilly one where he’s been bonded to Carnage and is dangling Peter Parker over the street. It’s story cover… and hard to find.

How many votes will Transformers #3 get?

I’ll go with “zero.”

Bronze Age Chris

March 3, 2012 at 12:07 am

Just voted.

8 Romita covers and 2 Ron Frenz. I just went with my personal favourites and if other voters tend towards the iconic covers then only a couple will register in the top 10. No worries. I always love an excuse to peruse Spider-man cover galleries! It was fun voting.

John Romita Sr. is the Man in regards to covers IMHO.

Well, my votes are in!
I had a lot of contenders but narrowing the list down was not that difficult, other than not going with only John Romita Jr covers.
And I just went with covers I like, not really anything iconic except for one or two.

The results should be interesting.

The Crazed Spruce

March 3, 2012 at 2:11 am

The Grand Comics Database is another good place to look for covers.

http://www.comics.org/series/1570/covers/

I actually like Ron Frenz’s homage to Amazing Fantasy #15 on ASM #252 way better than the Kirby original… is that wrong?

Thanks Rollo!

I voted heavy on the Romita Sr, as expected.

It’s interesting to look through the entire history of Amazing Spider-Man covers. The thing that really sticks out is that, cool as some of them were, McFarlane’s covers ushered in an interminable era of unmitigated crap. It’s a bit like Image’s impact on the industry in microcosm.

I would have to say web of spider-man #1 from the 1980 was a great cover.

Really enjoyed looking through all the covers and making my choices, although as others have noted, there have been some really cluttered, messy ones through the years! Also, really wanted to represent Mark Bagley, but without going through the USM covers there weren’t really any that I’d consider among my favourites.

Peter Parker spider-man 88, where he’s Ina blizzard holding a pumpkin bomb. Not much to it but it’s like punch to the ace of comic goodness.

I should edit before posting. Nuts.

Amazing Fantasy 15 and ASM 1 should be left out of the voting. Toss those votes out when you get them. They aren’t bad covers, but they aren’t top 10 will be voted for, and make the top 10 because they were landmark issues.

Adam Weissman

March 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm

How about ten worst?

This one definitely makes the list:

http://comicbookdb.com/graphics/comic_graphics/1/291/16783_20081006072139_large.jpg

Don’t forget about Charles Vess when voting people! He did some wonderful covers. For me, my list was populated by legendary artists: 2 each by Romita and Vess, and then one each for Byrne, Cockrum, Ross, JRJR, Zeck, and Ditko. 4 issues of Amazing, 2 issues each of Spectacular and Web, one non Spidey book, and one Spidey OGN.

@Adam – how does she get 2 breasts facing us without moving her hips towards ust! haha..

There are just to many choices for me! I would like to see a top 100 covers (from what everyone is voting for now)- then we vote a top 10 from that list! :)

Travis Pelkie

March 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm

I doubt I can come up with 10 good ones, other than just listing 10 of my favorite Ditko ones, but I would like to point out one of my favorite bits from the cover of the first appearance of the Green Goblin (Amazing 14).

“Does the Green Goblin look cute to you? Does he make you want to smile? Well, forget it!”

That’s why Stan’s the Man.

I also like whichever cover has the “Spidey as you like him, laughing jumping…” whatever all that one says.

brian houston

March 4, 2012 at 7:06 am

@Steve, Actually I voted for AF 15 because I think it is a great Spider-Man cover, and not just because it was a landmark issue.

Some of the ‘iconic’ covers are great covers as well! Issue 50- some people might be sick of it, but it’s friggin great! As is 100.

The Crazed Spruce

March 5, 2012 at 2:33 am

@Steve: I’ll give you Amazing Spider-Man #1, but Amazing Fantasy #15′s cover has a great dynamic all its own, and definitely deserves a spot on the list.

@ Zack Bowers

Web of Spider-Man #1 was the first comic I ever bought myself (from a spinner rack at 7-11) and the cover was a huge part in that decision. That cover is both beautiful and captivating, is relevant to the story inside (the supposed end of the symbiote) without being wordy or gimmicky. As a side note, the title font with “web of” being written in webbing was awesome and they watered down the titles by standardizing the prefixes.

Realizing that I have an emotional attachment to this particular cover, I still think of it as one of the best covers of all time for any book. I was so upset when Marvel didn’t include it as one of their 70 greatest.

Ah spinner racks and 65 cent comics. Hey why is the industry dying again?

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@Crazed Spruce, Maybe. It’s so hard to look at it analytically though. I tend to think that if it were the cover of Amazing Spiderman 42, it would be getting very few votes. It’s a good cover, but to me, it just feels like it’s getting a big bump because of how iconic it is and how many times it’s been covered. I know it will make the list, as will ASM 50 and 39 I’m just more interested in seeing the other choices. With a list that goes 50 long, I should still get plenty to look at.

Drew: I had at least two Vess covers considered, but eventually they didn’t make it into my Top 10.

I do have a variety of artists on my lists, though.

Amazing Fantasy #15 made into my list because of its historical significance, iconic status and symbolism, and artistic value all combined. I did, however, chose to give it a… more of a honorable position as to not hurt the possibilities of my other favorites (and I’m certain enough lots of people will pick this cover to give it, if not the top position, then a high one).

(BTW, Brian, I’m still seeing my post in “awaiting moderation” status.)

I also like this one entitled “Spidey vs. the Street Walker”

http://www.comics.org/issue/28554/cover/4/

Coming up with an unordered favorite 50 was pretty easy. Choosing 10 has been rough, but I have a draft:: Ditko, Romita Sr., Andru, Byrne, Miller, Vess, Zeck, and an artist I’d never heard of before looking up who drew that one cover I’ve always liked.

Marvel Fanfare #6 deserves some votes. Check that one out guys. http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/marvel-fanfare/6-1.jpg

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Cover Browser is another great resource.

http://www.coverbrowser.com/

Never saw this one until today, but with Bill Sinkewitz (totally screwed that up) on it, I really want to go out and buy it. Thank god this isn’t a Moon Knight contest. The man can draw like no other.

http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/amazing-spider-man/295-1.jpg

LordEvilOfItaly

March 14, 2012 at 4:24 am

Spider-Man Spirits of the Earth should get some votes (or so I hope!), guess it’s in Drew’s list just like in mine
I guess Amazing 50, 33 and 122 will make it for the top 25…

Todd mcfarlanes Spiderman 1 that iconic pose is awsome

1-ASM 50
2-ASM 87
3-ASM 122
4-ASM 246
5-ASM 127
6-Spider-Man 23
7-Spider-Man 16
8-ASM 600 (quesada variant)
9-ASM 40
10-ASM 131 :p

Also Charles vess Web of spider man 1 iconic

All six covers to the kravens last hunt saga as well

Now that would have to be “fallen son” death of captain America… great cover.

#1 Amazing Fantasy #15
#2 Amazing Spiderman #1
#2 What If? #1
#4 Amazing Spiderman #100
#5 Amazing Spiderman #119
#6 Amazing Spiderman #25
#7 Web Of Spiderman #32
#8 Amazing Spiderman Annual #12
#9 Amazing Spider-man #122
#10 Marvel Team-Up # 72

So shouldn’t we be seeing the countdown by now? It’s the 23rd already, this was supposed to start March 21st? What happened?

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