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50 Greatest Spider-Man Covers of All-Time: #25-21

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.

You all voted, now here are the results! We’ll reveal five covers a day until the end of the month. Here is a master list of all the covers that have been revealed so far.


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.


Not seeing any covers.

Image links appear to be broken.

Yup, I’m having the same problem.

True, none are seen.

Great covers. Love all of them!!!

Nah, I can’t see them ( and my eyes are open ).

Brian wanted to focus on how effective minimalist art can be with this batch. Is that sufficient for a No-Prize?

Well… they’re all at least as good as ASM vol 2 36 I guess.

I forgot to vote in this, but I’m really glad Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man made it. I love that cover.

Supes vs. Spidey is a good cover, but I’m glad to see one of my nominees, the painted cover for Spectacular Spider-Man magazine, made the grade.

nice to see not only the first dc marvel cross over but another part of spider mans battle with the juggernaut on this list.

Bronze Age Chris

March 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I didn’t vote for any of these but they are all worthy covers.

Should have voted for Spectacular #2 though. My bad.

how long did spidey have “the non-mutant super hero!” on the cover, was it just for x-centric inferno? just curious as to why its trademarked

Hmm, that IS interesting, about the “non-mutant” part being trademarked. I know Marvel was using it for quite a few years in the late 80s early 90s, but I didn’t realize it was a trademarked phrase. I had figured it was a way of distinguishing Spidey from the X-Men, who were the big deal at Marvel throughout that period, but I don’t know much more about it.

Perhaps it’s the nostalgia talking, but I think Spectacular Spider-Man is one of the all-time great covers — regardless of character. In addition to the dynamic compensation, the painted artwork and over-sized format really made it jump off the magazine rack.

On the other hand, Amazing 1 is unremarkable aside from the historical significance.

Amazing 230 is powerful, but the impact is undermined somewhat by positioning Spider-Man directly between Juggernaut’s eyes — making Juggy appear somewhat cross-eyed.

Superman/Spider-Man is both historic and a great design. Infantino did a fantastic job on the composition — creating dynamic tension while maintaining more or less equal weight between 2 iconic characters (keeping the parent companies happy).

Looking forward to the top 20…

Oh man! ‘Non-Mutant Superhero’ DOES appear to be trademarked!

Clever, Marvel.

Wasn’t it just the word ‘mutant’ that Marvel were trademarking?

Well, if it had been after the “Super Hero” part, I do know that Marvel and DC co-own the TM to “super-hero” (I believe with the hyphen and all), but it’s after the “Mutant”, or more, I think it’s after the “Non-Mutant”. Which I think would be trademarkable, whereas Mutant, I don’t think would be, as it’s a generic term. I may be wrong though.

If they did TM “Non-Mutant”, that explains why they marketed Spidey as such for quite a while, but it’s interesting that that appelation never really went anywhere.

I always thought the TM was a joke at the expense of the corporate behemoth that was the X titles in those days…

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