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.
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 orgin took place in Daredevil #53.  Gene Colan's cover for this issue became an instant classic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 he got a name for himself on Conan, Cary Nord was doing some great work on Daredevil. This cover is a superb example.
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!

 

 

 

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  1. Who drew the cover to this one? I think it’s # 150. Late 70’s. Huge Paladin & DD fleeing at the bottom by his feet. That’s my favorite. Also Armageddon cover by Mazzuchelli.

  2. Indeed…that is #150 and it’s another great cover by Gil Kane. #232 – “Armageddon” came very close to making this list. As I said, I could easily have done the Top 10 David Mazzucchelli covers – the man is awesome.

    1. Thanks dude. The cover for Fog where Heather commits suicide is nice. DD by Electra’s grave artistically no biggie but visually impacting. Oh. Here’s another one. A big stilt man. I can’t recall the 80’s cover to a Klaus Janson pencilled issue with StiltMan. & just want to clarify, the first part of the Armageddon storyline. The last page of that issue would’ve been a kickass cover.

  3. “Fog”, #220 was another contender for this list, as was #182 (DD/Matt at Elektra’s grave). That Miller/Mazz storyline is actually called “Born Again”. 227-233. #227 got a mini-review in my “Friday’s Favorites” section of the site awhile back. Not sure which Stiltman cover you are referring to. ??

  4. Ok. The StiltMan story from the 80’s is 186 or something. The one after that with story titled “Guts” has a nice cover but I’ve reconsidered them as not being top 10. DD has a lot of kick ass covers. Very hard to do a top 10 list. Do a top 20. 🙂

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