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.