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Five of My Favorite Comic Book Covers, Part 1: Marvel Comics

  • Jul 13, 2011
Well, here are five of my favorite comic book covers from Marvel Comics. They aren't in chronological or preferential order this time because I feel like being random. This will be the first in a new series of lists devoted to comic book covers and comic book issues which will span 80 years and various genres and publishers.
This particular list features five issues from 1962 right on up through 1988.
Marvel Spotlight, Issue #5
Mike Ploog's cover for Marvel Spotlight issue 5 is perhaps my favorite comic book cover ever. I remember seeing it as a child and just being stunned by how cool it is with the leather-clad, motorcycling, skeletal demon, Ghost Rider, all the fire, and the men shooting at him ineffectively.

The Spider-Woman, Issue #16
This particular Spider-Woman issue is probably the coolest in my opinion and I love the striking cover by Bill Sienkiewicz and Joe Rubinstein. Spider-Woman has always been the sexiest Marvel female hero as far as I'm concerned and in this issue she faces off against Nekra, who may very well be the sexiest female villain.

Conan the Barbarian, Issue #92
Sal Buscema's cover for Conan the Barbarian issue #92 is my favorite for the Marvel Comics sword and sorcery series. The perfect fantasy combination of sword-wielding warriors confronting supernatural enemies. It just doesn't get much better than this.

Amazing Fantasy, Issue #15
And of course, this list would never be complete without the inclusion of Amazing Fantasy issue #15 featuring the dramatic debut of none other than Peter Parker and his dashing superhero alter-ego Spider-Man! While the interior art is by Steve Ditko, the cover was done by the legendary Jack Kirby and it still remains one of my favorite depictions of Spidey (he just looks cooler in black and red).

The Amazing Spider-Man, Issue #300
The Amazing Spider-Man #300 is perhaps one of the most important issues in all of Spidey history from my standpoint. Not only does it mark the 25th anniversary and the 300th issue of the Spider-Man character's own comic, not only does it feature a stunning and unforgettable cover and art by Todd McFarlane... it also marks the full debut of one of Spidey's greatest villains, Venom!

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July 19, 2011
Love the list. What a creative idea and fun way to show off some cool cover art. If you don't have any objections, I'm going to feature this list on the Cafe Libri homepage and in July's newsletter, which I will be sending out next week!
July 20, 2011
That'd be fine.
July 21, 2011
Great! I mentioned it in a discussion thread. I hope you get more viewers/readers. :)
July 26, 2011
Doubtful. LOL!
July 26, 2011
I'm sure you are. The counter view does go up the more places you link your reviews. :)
July 18, 2011
These are pretty rad covers, and such classics at that!
July 26, 2011
Thanks, D.
July 18, 2011
Great list! I only know AF 15. Nice to see a Spider Woman comic make your list.
July 26, 2011
Spider-Woman will always make my list if I can help it. LOL!
July 13, 2011
2 and 3 are among my faves as well. If I made such a list, it'll have to be a top 100 and that would be conservative.
July 13, 2011
My next list will focus on my top 5 DC covers from the '60s - '80s. After that, I may do the lists based on their eras and genres and divide them up between multiple communities. You own the original issues of any of these?
July 18, 2011
I own 4 out of 5. and the one I am missing may not be what you expect. :)
July 18, 2011
care to guess which one I don't own?
July 18, 2011
Marvel Spotlight #5.
July 18, 2011
good guess, but actually it is my collection of Spider-woman that has major gaps.
July 18, 2011
you know Spidey is wearing a white costume now right?
July 19, 2011
Really? I've got a lot of the early Spider-Woman and the '70s and '80s era Spider-Man. Sadly, Amazing Fantasy #15 and Marvel Spotlight #5 are very hard to come by (and to afford).
July 19, 2011
A white costume? Well that's just dumb. Only Phantom Rider and Elektra can pull off still looking badass in a white outfit.
July 19, 2011
I got Marvel Spotlight # 5 for cover price (imported from here since I got it from the P.I.) As for Amazing Fantasy...I just lucked out of that one. Mine is only in good-very good condition; family "hand me down". Yes, he is wearing a white costume since he is operating covert and in the FF.
July 19, 2011
July 19, 2011
I kinda liked it. I asked a question about it.
July 19, 2011
He looks like a ninja Power Ranger! Boo!
July 19, 2011
That probably answers your question, huh?
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