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50 Greatest Spider-Man Covers of All-Time: 10-7

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 (with the top ten being split into #10-7, 6-4, 3-1). Here is a master list of all the covers that have been revealed so far.


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


2 of my top 10 choices. Woo Hoo! That makes 4 so far. People must love the black costume.

Wow, impressive that the black costume didn’t show up until #15, but so far takes up at least a third of the top 15. Are these all the iconic black costume covers? I could be forgetting something obvious; I honestly can’t even remember ever having seen that John Byrne cover at #9 before, but it’s amazing!

I voted for #9, but I’m surprised to see it show up. I know I bought the issue based on the cover alone, can’t remember if the story was any good

Pete Woodhouse

March 30, 2012 at 5:17 am

Interesting that the black costume dominates this batch. The 2 solo comic characters I’m most familiar with are Spiderman & Batman, so I didn’t know where to start with this poll and didn’t vote this time.
Web #1 by Vess would have made it though – and that’s a fantastic B/W graphic work by Byrne in no.9.

I was pleasantly surprised by how many times more obscure covers by Ditko made the list, not just the obvious ones like AF#1, ASM #1, 14, 33, etc.

Brian – you missed some artists out. Picks 8&7 should say JRJR and Vess respectively! :)


March 30, 2012 at 5:18 am

#10 reminds me that Todd McFarlane’s art was really boring. Spider-Man may look kind of cool there, but nothing’s happening! Every other one of the covers on this list has something that makes it dramatic or exciting and makes me want to open the comic and see what’s going on. But #10, and also McFarlane’s other entries (#48, #14), just show Spider-Man in a “pin-up” type pose. They look nice enough, but why would anybody ever be enticed to buy the issue?

Rodrigo Benevides

March 30, 2012 at 5:58 am

I love that Byrne cover. I thought it would be higher on the list.

impressive picks including the cover of the hobgoblin ripping spider man in half

I voted for all of these except issue 300, which would have made my top 15.

Fun Fact: The black costume does not appear at all in the pages of Spectacular Spider-Man #101. I kind of want to buy Spectacular Spider-Man #104-#105, just to read the complaints on the letter pages.

Personally, I think the cover for #300 is hideous. Not the drawing itself so much, but all those 300’s everywhere is just a major eyesore for me.

At least those 300s aren’t embossed die-cut prismatic laser foil.

But I’d like to see them try.

That Byrne cover is truly spectacular. So good.

10, 9, and 7 were all comics that I bought of the stands because of those covers. Glad to see them all in the top ten.

#10 and #7 don’t seem like anything special to me, but 8 & 9 are great.

Must be a lot of people that grew up with 90’s comics or something…there’s been far too much McFarlane for my tastes.

There are some superb Byrne Spider covers at around this time, the 2 part version for the Secret Wars 2 crossover springs to mind.

YEEEAAAAH #101! Such a gorgeous cover.

The Hobgoblin was my #1 pick!
Great Vess cover too, but I voted for his Spirit Of The Earth cover as my #3 instead.

In Web of Spider-Man it looks like Spidey is visiting Gotham City…

I think Vess does an even better cover a few issues later for Web Of…. Issue 8’s cover is superb

FREE Lakeside skin tattooz?! Where can I get a copy of that issue?

Number 8 is the comic book that got me collecting comics. While I had a handful of comics, and one Spider-Man “rock comic” LP, before then Amazing Spider-Man #238 was the first comic I bought with my “own” money.

The cover was a large part of why I picked it up, but the story hooked me and I was buying month to month after that.

I see that all the McFarlane covers on this list show the main character crouching/squatting profiled on their right side. Is that a standard pose for Todd?

Mars: Very much so.

So happy that Vess cover showed up. I picked it #1, but once it missed out yesterday, I figured it wasn’t on the list. I didn’t think it’d make top ten after it failed the vote to be added to the Marvel cover poll a while back.

did anyone mention that 300 and 301 are the same cover?

My #3 and 4 choices show up in Spectacular Spider-Man #101 and Web of Spider-Man #1, making 4 total for me so far. Three of my choices will certainly makes the top 6, and the other three it’s time to admit defeat on.

First of my choices finally showed up: Spectacular #101 (no. 3 in my Top 10).

Jonathon Riddle

June 13, 2012 at 11:19 am

That Spider-Man 300 cover is so, so over-rated. I think maybe because it was Venom’s breakthrough issue eveyone remembers this cover image so fondly, but just as a cover itself, It doesn’t deserve placement this high.

Funny how many people want to knock the “Tod” covers. Lets not forget who put Venom and spider-man on the map in the 80s and 90s. Not to mention all the artists after Tod that used his pioneer ultra flexible type movements. SMH

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