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75 Greatest Batman Covers of All-Time: #65-56


In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Batman, we’re doing four straight months of polls having to do with Batman. Future installments will deal with Batman creators, villains and stories, but this month will be about Batman covers.

You all voted, now here are the results! We’ll be doing ten covers a day until the top twenty-five, when it becomes five a day. Here is a master list of all the covers that have been revealed so far.


65. Gotham by Gaslight: An Alternative History of the Batman

Art by Mike Mignola (1989)

64. Detective Comics #345

Art by Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella (1965)

63. The Brave and the Bold #124

Art by Jim Aparo (1975)

62. The Untold Legend of Batman #3

Art by Josè Luis Garcia-Lopez and Dick Giordano (1980)

61. Detective Comics #400

Art by Neal Adams (1970)

60. Detective Comics #367

Art by Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson (1967)

59. Batman #171

Art by Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson (1965)

58. Detective Comics #359

Art by Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson (1966)

57. Batman #217

Art by Neal Adams (1969)

56. Detective Comics #399

Art by Neal Adams (1970)


Given what we’ve seen from 56-75, this is going to be an awesome list.

I notice it spreads out a lot chronologically–we’ve had all the way from the early 1940s to late 1980s.
I do love that B&B story with Rock even though it makes no sense except in a break-the-fourth-wall way.

Batman #171 is the most iconic so far (and probably one of the 10-20 most iconic Batman covers of all time period).

Why is Gabe Kaplan Batman’s would-be killer?

What is Aparo’s responsibility on that cover? On one hand, he is killing Batman but on the other, he can’t allow himself to die. Plus, can’t let the terrorists win.

Very fun and educational list so far. When I voted I thought of about 4 of the really obvious ones, then drew a blank, making me realize I’m not as much of a Batman fan as I thought. The upside being I’m unfamiliar with most of these covers, and really enjoying them.

Oddly, at least half of my votes ended up having Joker on them, making me realize I’m a bigger Joker fan than I thought. (But I didn’t have Arkham Asylum down, if I’d refreshed my memory and looked at that, it probably would’ve made my list).

The Aparo cover is not only a great cover, but it is also a great story (admittedly in a lunatic way–almost nothing in that story makes sense right down to the ubiquitous Sgt. Rock team-up). Like all the great Bob Haney stories, it carefully treads insanity with kickassery. I’m also fond of Batman’s glib reaction to a hood pointing a gun at him: “Uh-oh! Magnum force!”

There were better draftsmen, but there are few artists whose covers make you want to read the comic than Carmine Infantino.

Damn, I forgot to get my vote in, and I had even come up with my top 10 ranking. B&B #124 was 5th on my list.

interesting expected to see the cover where barbara gordon debuted as batgirl higher like in the top twenty plus love to see a brave and the bold cover on this list. not to mention one where batman had to tangle with block buster.

Hey, I got an idea for a future list: Top 100 ARTIST (or “Art TEAM”) Runs. Like the writer one, but for just the quality of the art.

Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that Detective Comics #367 cover before.

Really cool cover, right?

Dan, I think some of the credit for that goes to Julius Schwartz. He worked with artists and writers to come up with covers that screamed Buy Me, Buy Me.

I am actually surprised to see BArbara Gordon’s first appearance on this list. I would consider a top Batgirl cover as opposed to Batman.

None of these made my list, but Batman #217 was one of the last few to get bumped off to get my final ten. such a classic.

That Detective Comics #367 cover is made all the more amazing when you realize that they didn’t have computers for that sort of thing back then.

I’m sure that quite a few kids who bought Detective Comics #367 back in 1967 grabbed their parents’ scissors and cut up the bottom of the cover so they could (literally) piece together the identity of Batman’s would-be killer.

Is there a reason Detective #398 is showing the cover for ‘Tec #399?

Is there a reason Detective #398 is showing the cover for ‘Tec #399?

Just an errant eight!

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