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50 Greatest Spider-Man Covers of All-Time Master List

In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Spider-Man, we’re 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 are your picks for the 50 Greatest Spider-Man covers of all-time. Click on any cover to go to the discussion about that batch of covers.

50. Amazing Spider-Man #90

Pencils by Gil Kane, Inks by John Romita Sr.

49. Amazing Spider-Man (Volume 2) #36

48. Amazing Spider-Man #301

Art by Todd McFarlane

47.Amazing Spider-Man #135

Art by John Romita Sr.

46. Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1

Art by Steve Ditko

45. Amazing Spider-Man #131

Pencils by Gil Kane, Inks by Frank Giacoia

44. Amazing Spider-Man #578

Art by Marcos Martin

43. Amazing Spider-Man #136

Art by John Romita

42. Amazing Spider-Man #24

Art by Steve Ditko

41. Amazing Spider-Man #600

Art by Alex Ross

40. Amazing Spider-Man #28

Art by Steve Ditko

39. Amazing Spider-Man #40

Pencils by John Romita Sr. Inks by Mike Esposito. Touch-ups by Romita.

38. Amazing Spider-Man #229

Pencils by John Romita Jr. Inks by Al Milgrom.

37. Amazing Spider-Man #3

Art by Steve Ditko

36. Amazing Spider-Man #657

Art by Marcos Martin

35. Amazing Spider-Man #25

Art by Steve Ditko

34. Amazing Spider-Man #655

Art by Marcos Martin

33. Amazing Spider-Man #67

Art by John Romita Sr.

32. Amazing Spider-Man #23

Art by Steve Ditko

31. Amazing Spider-Man #251

Pencils by Ed Hanigan. Inks by Klaus Janson.

30. Amazing Spider-Man #101

Pencils by Gil Kane. Inks by John Romita Sr.

29. Amazing Spider-Man #75

Art by John Romita Sr.

28. Amazing Spider-Man #68

Art by John Romita Sr.

27. Amazing Spider-Man #641

Art by Paolo Rivera

26. Amazing Spider-Man #97

Art by John Romita Sr.

25. Spectacular Spider-Man #2

Art by John Romita Sr.

24. Amazing Spider-Man #313

Art by Todd McFarlane.

23. Amazing Spider-Man #1

Pencils by Jack Kirby. Inks by Steve Ditko.

22. Amazing Spider-Man #230

Pencils by John Romita Jr. Inks by Al Milgrom.

21. Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man

Pencils by Carmine Infantino, Ross Andru and Neal Adams. Inks by Dick Giordano and Terry Austin.

20. Amazing Spider-Man #70

Art by John Romita Sr.

19. Amazing Spider-Man #100

Pencils by John Romita Sr. Inks by Frank Giacoia.

18. Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21

Art by John Romita Sr.

17. Amazing Spider-Man #316

Art by Todd McFarlane.

16. Amazing Spider-Man #151

Art by John Romita Sr.

15. Marvel Super-Heroes: Secret Wars #8

Pencils by Mike Zeck. Inks by John Beatty.

14. Spider-Man #1

Art by Todd McFarlane.

13. Amazing Spider-Man #121

Art by John Romita Sr.

12. Amazing Spider-Man #129

Pencils by Gil Kane. Inks by John Romita Sr.

11. Amazing Spider-Man #252

Pencils by Ron Frenz. Inks by Klaus Janson.

10. Amazing Spider-Man #300

Art by Todd McFarlane

9. Spectacular Spider-Man #101

Art by John Byrne

8. Amazing Spider-Man #238

Pencils by John Romita Jr. Inks by John Romita Sr.

7. Web of Spider-Man #1

Art by Charles Vess.

6. Amazing Spider-Man #122

Art by John Romita Sr.

5. Web of Spider-Man #32

Pencils by Mike Zeck. Inks by Bob McLeod.

4. Amazing Spider-Man #33

Art by Steve Ditko

3. Amazing Fantasy #15

Pencils by Jack Kirby. Inks by Steve Ditko.

2. Amazing Spider-Man #39

Art by John Romita Sr.

1. Amazing Spider-Man #50

Pencils by John Romita Sr. Inks by Mike Esposito.

57 Comments

Everything being relative, there are some interesting choices so far! There are MANY deserving covers to draw from, and I was hoping to see a little critique blurp to go with the presentation of each cover.
Hope to see some Ed Hannigan beauties in the countdown.
Spidey….50…that means I’m—gasp—
…….moving to the Ultimate Universe!

All excellent choices. I wouldn’ t have minded if any of these were listed closer to the first place.

wish they’d show how many votes each cover had gotten.

must of these are based on the iconography of the comic and not the actually art of the comic.

While I like many of these, are these restricted to Amazing Spider-Man? I expected a cover like Web of Spider-Man #1 to make the list, at least at a lower level.

It’s not restricted to Amazing Spider-Man, but that’s certainly where the majority of the covers will come from, if not all of them. I had #251 as my #1. Such a beautiful, victorious cover. I’m loving all the Ditko appreciation. I banking on ASM #33 being #1 or maybe some of the Kraven’s Last Hunt covers.

Getting a feeling no one looked at anything but Amazing.

Cool seeing the 3 recent covers (so far) though I wonder if the list was done again in 10 years how many of those covers would still make it? The old covers have earned their places….

49-45 are bad covers. Loving everything else so far.

Like the list, 3 of my higher choices have made it so far. A few odd choices though, #25 is probably the worst cover Ditko did.

As for non Amazing covers, there just aren’t as many great ones. Aside from Web #1, which I still expect to be very high, there’s only a couple that I think stood any chance of getting any placeonthe list.

Always loved McFarlane’s #313.

IMO, Martin’s #655 deserves much better. Such a simple yet powerful image.

Great selection so far.

Pfffft. ASM #1?! Fer serious, people? Between that and ASM 36, This is why you can never take these lists seriously.

I don’t think Amazing 68 belongs on this list. It’s completely average, and doesn’t even represent some landmark issue like some of the others on here that don’t belong. I get why Amazing 1 is on here, misguided or not, but I don’t get 68…

One Moment in Time!! Great cover or not, it just reminds me of the fact that Marvel had no problem selling fans stories that weren’t there. Remember that great Unmasking story? me neither.

To this day, I’m still shocked Marvel put garbage like OMIT and OMD and the Unmasking out there. That’s what I feel when I see that cover and the other post OMD covers, too. I guess their alright. Jonah’s wife died, right? Big deal. They ruined the lead character. I always see that thing Marvel promised and never delivered on.

By contrast, you get Amazing #313 which is the older, better, different Spider-man. The cover makes me think of how good the book was. He was married, but he had a personality.

You’ve got Amazing Spider-man #1 where he tries to join the FF, then you’ve got him spotting a ’4′ logo in the sky and it reminds me of the 3 costume changes he had that year.

That Juggernaut one is strange. :)

Still love that McFarlane cover the same way I did as a kid.

Not crazy about the McFarlane Lizard cover – although I do admit it has a certain power – I was begining to fall out of love with comics round about that time. Always loved that Romita sewer cover though, I knew it would make this list, thought it might be a little higher though.

35 covers in and we have 33 from Amazing Spider-Man and no Ed Hannigan beauties from Peter Parker, Spectacular Spider-Man. Fingers crossed for the top 15….

John Romita Sr. owns this competion. He did so many great covers.

randypan the goatboy

March 28, 2012 at 11:15 am

Im glad the Superman Spiderman comic recieved some love. its reall cool to see how comics and comic art[especially on the covers] has evolved since the silverage. i havent seen some of these newer covers and they are breathtakingly awesome. my personal favorite was the moment in time…even more profound after the fat greaseball quesada eliminated the marriage of peter and mary jane …i will always hate that decision. the only 1 i have more is the new dcu

randypan the goatboy

March 28, 2012 at 11:16 am

Im glad the Superman Spiderman comic recieved some love. its reall cool to see how comics and comic art[especially on the covers] has evolved since the silverage. i havent seen some of these newer covers and they are breathtakingly awesome. my personal favorite was the moment in time…even more profound after the fat greaseball quesada eliminated the marriage of peter and mary jane …i will always hate that decision. the only 1 i hate more is the new dcu ….hate hate hate hate hate it

Good God….Spidey Annual 21? Really? Seriously?
Worst cover-by far-of the ones listed thus far….love me some Romita…but not even a top 500 Spidey cover. What in God’s Green Earth is even remotely special about this one?

I think I may have gone 9 for 10. Waiting on ASM #s 39, 121, 122 and 124 (I’m thinking at this point #124′s Man-Wolf cover will be the one I missed). Glad to see the love for #151 though!

That One Moment in Time cover may be one of my favorites. But, so far, I must maintain out of all the cover blurbs / dialogue I still say “With this ring I thee…WEB?!” may be the greatest thing ever printed on a Spider-Man cover.

No mention of John Byrne’s masterful cover to Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #101? For shame!

ASM 33 will be top 3

Geeze, 15-11 (other than the McFarlane cover) are all here more because of what’s in the issue than what’s on the cover. I guess I should get used to that now that we’re about to enter the top 10. I mean, come on, the Secret Wars cover? What’s cool about that?

On and @ Peter Porker, I am willing to bet Spectacular 101 will be in the top 10. I know I voted for it.

Waiting to see where Web of Spider-Man #1, #4, #32, & #60 and Spectacular Spider-Man #29, #72, #74, #87, #104, #105, #106, #149, #151, & #155 end up.

so far not one of the covers I voted for has come up.

@John I think Web 1 and 32 will make the top ten. No chance on any of the others though.

Knew Web #1 would make it. I’d say that if anything other than Amazing Spider-Man issues or Amazing Fantasy 15 pops up in the top 6 they will be from Peter Parker.

So far my choices top four have cropped up. Of the remainder my no.5 is one that will definately appear, no. 9 may turn up but I’ve given up on the rest.

Calling it–#1 will be Amazing Fantasy #15.

#1-10 are obviously iconic and “great” in that sense. But I’d say #11-20 are better artistically.

Only one Charles Vess cover, and it didn’t even show his name underneath. That’s a little sad. And i’m in agreement with a lot of people posting who are saying ASM #1 shouldn’t be on the list.

Thought ASM 129 would be higher, but ASM 50 is a pretty obvious and deserving #1 choice.

where is Mark Bagley?

Very odd choices that seem biased. Look at all the John Romita stuff. How about some Mark Bagely? damn. You people have very poor taste in art.

@Jacob, I agree that Romita Sr is over-represented. Some of those covers are just average to me and shouldn’t be there. ASM 68, 97, 135 and annual 21, for instance. I’m not surprised there aren’t any Bagley covers though. I liked his work, but he never really wowed me with covers, and all his Ultimate covers looked the same. I am surprised there’s no Eric Larson on here. I though ASM 346 for instance, would make this list easily. McFarlane was represented fairly well, though he has a bunch of great covers that still didn’t make the list (like asm 312 and a bunch of his spiderman solo stuff) I definately don’t think 301 belongs since it’s just a re-skin of 300 with less detail in the background.

Steve Ditko, John Romita Sr., Jack Kirby, and Todd McFarlane. The perennial Spidey artists, Bow!

was wondering when the cover to the issue where spider man after finding gwen dies winds up causing norman to die . plus also figured the cover of peter walking away as spider man would be if not number one in the top five since though the cover to spider mans first appearance would be number one. and never expected any cover that contain kravens last hunt to make the list.

Where is THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #150??

Most of these covers were voted for the content of the story not the cover art.

Missed all the great non Amazing covers and only one of the V2 AMS covers made it?

No suprise with #1…but #2? Nah. Iconic issue…..but maybe only the 7th or 8th best cover of Spiderman 30-39…..

Frank Miller’s cover for THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #60 should be on this list. It is one of THE most iconic images representing Spidey and the city, and it’s just great artwork. It slays Byrne’s cover for #101!

Did Miller not make the list at all?

I gave him a vote for Amazing annual 15.

And I agree Vess could have shown up more. I gave him two votes, including Spirits of the Earth.

And Bagley and Buscema are among my favorite Spidey artists, but both are better storytellers than cover artists, so neither got any votes from me. Same goes for Romita Jr. My favorite artists are not always my favorite cover artists.

I find the Ditko/Romita dominance deserved. It’s Kirby’s high rankings which seem off to me
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Great list Brian! I look forward to the next three months.

For me, this list is disappointing.

It would probably be heresy to say anything negative about Ditko or Romita, but many of the covers above are not great covers. Previous comments about the story determining the cover’s iconography are certainly notable. Granted, the likes of ASM #50, 129, 151 and 252 would certainly turn your head amongst many other titles on shelves, but many above wouldn’t, and I expect people have approached this vote by considering the stories. Fair enough, but surely the ‘best stories’ vote coming soon should cater for that.

the notable ommissions are Ed Hannigan’s wonderfully inventive covers for Spectacular in the early 80s. Ok, so his ASM #251 is here, but it’s small fry compared to ‘Electro on Epic Illustrated’ for Spec #66 or Cloack & Dagger’s 1st appearance on #64. Marcos Martin paid tribute to Hannigan brilliantly for last year’s ASM annual.

Speaking of Martin, it was good to see that 3 covers did make it, although all his covers in recent years deserve to be on this list. Bit gutted that my favourite 2 (#561 and #619) didn’t make it.

Plenty of talk about Mark Bagley not making it. Alas, for the most part, Bagley’s covers, while solid, did the typical 90s job of showing a colourful battle – hardly head-turning. However, his stark, white cover for ASM #408 was my Number 2 vote, and as simple as it is, deserves winder recognition.

No placing for ASM #328, either. Spidet punches a dumstruck Hulk in the gut? McFarlane’s finest, for me.

Still, glad my number 1 choice came it an Number 9. Although it still doesn’t excuse Byrne for his late 90s abominations with Spidey.

Man, I’m so glad to see some love for Web of Spider-Man #32. I really thought it would get overlooked by all the more ‘important’ covers. But this was Zeck at the top of his game. I remember that cover of the Black Costumed Spidey crawling out of the ‘Here Lies Spiderman’ grave just leapt off the shelf at me, because it seemed to stand out so much. Very striking. Loved it as a kid. Still love it now.

Although it’s always a little bittersweet seeing it, because it just makes me miss the Black costume again..Ah well..

(And yeah the Green Goblin’s Last stand one, had to be there. It’s still great after all these years as well. A classic cover that actually is a classic!..)

A few I’m surprised weren’t included:

Amazing Annual #5
Spectacular #79
Spectacular #109
Amazing #346
Amazing #361

And 2 random observations:

I think the ASM #67 cover, even though done by Romita, really feels like a Ditko cover. The giant hands enveloping the small lead character over a gloomy background is very reminiscent of Ditko’s 50′s sci-fi/horror stuff, and his later Dr. Strange stuff.

And is it just me, or does the water on the ASM #33 cover look like it was done by Dr. Seuss? The way it’s falling/dripping/sploshing looks just like Bartholomew and the Oobleck.

LordEvilOfItaly

April 2, 2012 at 7:12 am

it’s a pity Spider-Man Spirits of the Earth didn’t make the top 50…
anyway, really lots of iconic covers!

Flawless list, good choices all!

Jonathon Riddle

June 13, 2012 at 11:26 am

I agree with Todd McFarlane on this one. Many of these were picked because of the significance of the issues themselves, and not the actual covers. I’m a little peeved that both 300 and 301 are on this list when they are essentially the exact same drawing. I’ll bet one was traced directly from the other. Funny that I agree with McFarlane’s opinion while simultaneously deriding his artwork, since he drew both of those covers….

Nice list, was hoping Ultimate Spider-Man #34 would of made it though. I want a poster of that cover so badly.

I really can’t believe none of the cover thatJohn Romita JR over his 9 year run on AMS he had sme of the best poses and new york always looks alive. Straight BS!

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