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50 Greatest Spider-Man Covers of All-Time: 20-16

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.

Enjoy!

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.

13 Comments

The order of the covers on the list is sometimes a bit odd but fine covers they have been, including this batch.

Amazing 316! One of my personal favorites.

Had I voted, #151 would have been at the top of my list. I’ve always loved that cover.

I’m curious if people specified that particular cover to ASM Annual 21 (there were two), or whether they just voted for that issue in general.

Great cover regardless.

Most people specified that cover, Michael. So since no one who voted specified the other one, I figured I’d let all Annual #21 votes go for that cover.

None of my picks showed up yet… I’m sure a few of my favorites will be in the higher ranks, but sad to realize that others won’t. Individuality sucks sometimes.

You know what I think would be very interesting? I remember the last time we have a top Amazing Spider-Man cover contest a lot of people just automatically picked the Romita cover when there was a batch, or they picked a cover based on whether it was a landmark issue rather than based on the objective quality of the cover.

Since as fans we all bring nostalgia, artist preferences and knowledge of the stories to the table, I think it would be interesting to do cover contests like this with voting strictly from people who aren’t Spider-Man fans, or even comic fans at all. Just a bunch of regular people with no attachment to Spider-Man comics and have them just vote without knowing any context or background. I’d love to see such a list side-by-side with one by fans.

nice to see the wedding issue and the issue where spider man winds up lifting tons of pipe and concreate .plus been hoping at least one cover with venom showing up would make the cut

I didn’t vote for any of these but they are all very good. #316 is probably the best McFarlane cover, I think it was the second to last cover I had to drop off my list. I’ve never seen #151 so large before, very impressed by it.

Issue 151 is the second of my choices to make the list. I had 316 in my top 25 (actually, I have it at spot 15, so pretty close to what it made), and #70 is a grievous omission from my personal list (the third that has come up, which will probably knock 316 down to 16th place for me.

I recognize 100 and the annual as famous and iconic covers, but don’t necessarily consider either that great, certainly not top 20 great. But tastes differ.

I agree that T.’s suggestion would make a fun experiment.

T.’s suggestion would be interesting, though of course some preselection would be needed, like showing these 50 covers and getting people pick five favorites of them. Otherwise it would be a tad too much to ask to go find the covers of all the various Spidey books…

Mind, I am getting pretty close to that for I haven’t read much Spidey in recent years and I don’t associate the covers and books that strongly (there are plenty of stories I remember well but would be hard pressed to say what the cover looked like). But I do have some associations (mostly on Romita Sr and Ditko years) and also some character familiarity (so the wedding cover might get picked because aww, it’s Peter and MJ getting married). I could the picking from most 90s and 00s covers though just based on if I like the cover or not.

Hey I thought T’s experiment was very interesting so I tried it with my wife.

I picked out 30 covers: the Top 10, ten more from the Top 50 (No. 14, No. 18, No. 22, and so on), and 10 issues of ASM that did not make the list (#35, #105, #175, and so on). I then asked her to pick her 10 favourites.

My wife ended up picking four of the top 10, three more from the Top 50, and three that didn’t make the list at all, including covers I thought were unremarkable in #35 and #525. (If you click on my name it will take you to the website where I’ve written up the results.)

It’s only a sample size of one, so it comes down to personal taste, but it’s interesting to see that some covers are not as universally adored as they may seem.

Joshua Thompson

May 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Maybe someone here will know I remeber years ago seeing a comic book cover of spider-man and he was sitting on a angel in the cemitery. Ive been searching for that peice of art and can’t find it any where it would help to know what comic book it was used for Please help :)

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