Today’s Top 10 comes from comic veteran Tony Isabella. Be sure to bookmark and read his terrific blog ‘TONY ISABELLA’S BLOGGY THING” and check out his book, ‘1,000 Comic Books You Must Read‘.
This Top 10 list was originally published in CBG in 2007. Take it away Tony!
Tony here. I was dreading this moment, the moment when my editors would ask me to pick my 10 favorite comic-book covers, the moment when I would realize that I could do no such thing. Y’see, I have been reading comics since I was 4 years old and I am considerably older than that now. Those years represent a whole lot of covers. Trying to pick my 10 favorites would take me months and likely make my head explode.
So you’re not getting my 10 favorite covers; you’re getting 10 of my favorites. I chose the first ten I thought of that deserved to be among my favorites and put them in chronological order because I can be as anal retentive as anyone. The only restriction I gave myself was that all the covers had to be from comic books I bought for myself when they were first published.
Cosmo the Merry Martian #1 [September, 1958]. I loved this short-lived title from the moment I saw this cover. I would almost kill to write a revival.
Superboy #72 [April, 1959]. My pre-teen sexual angst was summed up on this cover. Girls can be really pretty, but they are not to be trusted.
Superman #132 [October, 1959]. So many cool concepts on a single cover! I couldn’t wait to read this one!
Challengers of the Unknown #11 [January, 1960]. It’s my all-time favorite Challengers cover and story.
Brave and the Bold #29 [May, 1960]. My first super-team comic book and one of the JLA’s best stories ever.
Batman #134 [September, 1960]. What can I say? The goofy monster on this cover speaks to me.
Fantastic Four #7 [October, 1962]. I didn’t like the comic when I first read it, but its cover was wonderfully unsettling.
Avengers #4 [March, 1964]. Captain America returns and immediately becomes one of my favorite super-heroes.
Amazing Spider-Man #18 [November, 1964]. As a youth, I identified more with Spidey than any other hero. This cover scene stunned me.
Strange Adventures #205 [October, 1967]. Maybe the best cover copy ever…on one of Carmine Infantino’s best covers ever.