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75 Greatest Batman Covers of All-Time: #55-46

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.


55. Detective Comics #29

Art by Bob Kane (1939)

54. Batman #666

Art by Andy Kubert (2007)

53. Batman #237

Art by Neal Adams (1971)

52. Batman #183

Art by Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella (1966)

51. Batman #321

Art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (1979)

50. Detective Comics #241

Art by Sheldon Moldoff (1956)

49. Batman #686

Art by Andy Kubert (2009)

48. Batman #189

Art by Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella (1966)

47. Detective Comics #474

Art by Marshall Rogers and Terry Austin (1977)

46. Batman #612

Art by Jim Lee and Scott Williams (2003)


joe the poor speller

March 25, 2014 at 4:42 am

batman 321 and 686 were on my shortlist. very nice covers

The alternate cover for #686 by Alex Ross also almost made the Top 75!

I gotta know why Batman is goofing off!

Infantino is so good at drawing you in.

I wanted to vote at least one Hush cover on my list, but ended up going with 610 over 612…something about that Croc cover, I just liked the energy bursting off it.

But no question, that Superman one is nice.

Detective 241 is the coolest one so far.

Nothing from my list yet.

That means my top 10 must actually be the top 10!

(unless some of mine place from 45-11 or not at all)

These are great! Now I want you to go back and do this for Superman. Here’s hoping we seen my favorite Deadshot cover, Detective 536.

was wondering when batman 183 would make the cut always loved how it the cover was taking a little dig at the batman tv show almost. though surprised to see batman 666 already for thought maybe it would be higher on the list a little bit

Yay, Detective 241 made it in! Such a great cover!

Murphy Anderson inks on Batman 183 cover, looks like.

Detective Comics #474 is great. In retrospect the Suicide Squad 10 should have made the list. I love Batman vs Amanda Waller scenes, especially before they made her generic looking.

Detective #241 – that one is great, especially when viewed in a modern context. Rumours that Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson were in a homosexual relationship were always prevalent, and Batman is making it clear by wearing it loud and proud!! :-)

But the really funny thing about it is that what was a throw-away concept at that time was the basis of the entire Green Lantern universe for the past decade, AND we’ve got different colored Hulks running around, too!

Batman #189 – That one speaks for itself: bad-ass, iconic, and like other people are saying, it totally draws you in. What more can anyone say? I just regret it wasn’t on my Top 10. I realize now that I forgot more than I remembered when putting my list together.

Hooray, at least one from my list made the cut! (Detective #241, that is.)

Murphy Anderson inks on Batman 183 cover, looks like.

I absolutely agree that it LOOKS like that, but it’s not. It’s Giella. Look, it is even signed Giella:

Love that cover for #321 by the great Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. Great stuff.

Only one from my list has made it so far. (Swamp Thing)

Glad to see some of the goofy covers make it. I figured everybody would go for the awesome and dramatic.

Batman 183 is so great. I did not vote, but this would have been in my top 5. Does anyone remember the series of one-shots that DC put out (probably 10-ish years ago) where two creative teams per issue took one of Infantino’s “reel you in” covers and created new stories to fit the cover? I remember that I quite liked the Batman one especially, with Infantino himself drawing a new Geoff Johns story that was surprisingly good.

They were celebrating the life of Julius Schwartz, so while there definitely were mostly Infantino covers, there were also covers by other artists homaged (like Nick Cardy). Each issue cleverly paired a current writer with a classic artist and a current artist with a classic writer.

Batman #666 only just missed my ballot. With hindsight I probably should have had it on. Glad it’s made the countdown.

The series was identified as DC Comics Presents I believe.
I really loved Grant Morrison’s Adam Strange take in that line.

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@MonikerNV-And what the clue on the cover is!

I’m really surprised that Detective #402 didn’t make the list. That cover has always had a big impact on me for whatever reason.

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