I’ve already submitted my all-time/all-title Top 10 Covers list, but being that I’m a huge Daredevil fan, I had to figure out which Daredevil covers would be considered the Top 10 of all-time. To do that, I had to recruit the help of the good folks over at manwithoutfear.com. (If you’re a DD fan and haven’t visited their site you don’t know what you’re missing. Get over there.) It became clear that the history of the first series run of the title was making many of the great v2 and v3 covers take a back seat. So to be fair to the newer volumes, this list will only cover the first 380 issue run. Maybe I’ll do another list for post-380 covers at another time.
So here are the 100% non-scientific results in order of publication!
Another John Romita classic and his first work drawing Spider-Man. He’ll go on to become THE Spider-Man artist for generations of fans.
The first re-telling of Daredevil’s origin took place in Daredevil #53. Gene Colan’s cover for this issue became an instant classic.
Another personal favorite of mine – Gil Kane knew a thing or two about creating excitement and drama in a cover.
Bar none, my favorite Daredevil cover of all-time. Gene Colan inked by Joe Rubinstein. What a classic.
Frank Miller, Daredevil, The Hulk…another instant classic. Considered by many to be one of the single greatest issues of Daredevil. A true gem.
Single biggest vote getter and another absolute classic. Personally I think the book is far better than it’s cover, but there’s no denying the importance of this issue. Cover art by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson.
John Byrne was at the top of his game in the 80’s. Here’s a terrific example of one of the many amazing covers he did at Marvel at the time.
I could have filled this entire list with nothing but David Mazzucchelli covers – alas that wouldn’t be fair, so I picked my favorite.
If you’ve not read the Ann Nocenti run of DD with art by John Romita Jr. and Al Williamson do it now! Stellar stories with stunning artwork.
Before Conan, Cary Nord was doing some great work on Daredevil. This cover is a superb example.
There you have it…our top 10! Did we miss YOUR favorite? Let us know in the comments section!