Silver Age Marvel Comics may be the most collected comics in all of collectingdom. I’m sure we all have our favourite covers from this all-important era. In this post, I’ll give you my top ten. In all honesty, I’m happy with my top 8 but feel that those last two spots could have gone to about fifty worthy candidates.
For my top 10, I’ll be looking at Marvel Comics from November 1961’s Fantastic Four #1 up through to December 1969 issues. The end of the Silver Age differs depending on who you ask but for this post, I’m defining January 1970 as the beginning of the Bronze Age. To compare apples to apples I will not be looking at pre-Fantastic Four #1 Kirby Monster books not will I be looking at Romance titles or Westerns, this will be a heroes centric search for the best covers of the Silver Age.
Lets start, and let me know which ones you felt should have been on here.
10. I have to cheat and pick a tie for 10th spot, Gene Colan’s cover for Daredevil #53 is one of my favourites, the action on the scales reminds me of those great Golden Age crime covers. From June 1969.
10. Sharing the 10th spot is this classic from Steve Ditko. I think Amazing Spider-Man #13 is the best of all the Ditko covers, its helped out by the heavy whites and that too cool Mysterio scene. From June 1964.
9. For this spot I had a tough time choosing between Cap #110 and Cap #115 and as much as I liked the Steranko I’ve always been mesmerized by Marie Severin’s cover of Captain America #115. From July 1969.
8.Here I have a Jack Kirby classic, the key to the desirability of Strange Tales #107 is the simplicity of the action scene on the cover. From April 1963.
7.This cover is so good Marvel used it three times, here, on the Spectacular Spider-Man magazine and then on Annual #9. John Romita really made a statement on his first Amazing Spider-Man cover, its one of the best titles in a run full of great covers. From August 1966.
6. Marie Severin is back after my heart again with this stunning cover for Incredible Hulk #104, this cover has always been one of my favourites. From June 1968.
5. Jack Kirby’s Amazing Fantasy #15 is hands down the best Early Key Marvel cover, I was worried that the weight of this icon was pushing it farther up this list than it deserves but I think I got it right. As everybody should know it’s from August 1962.
4. Step back and take in this beauty. John Buscema pulls out all the stops for his epic cover to Avengers Annual #2. I can’t stop looking at this cover. From September 1968.
3. Hulk’s King-Size Special #1 is one of those must-have covers that always seems to be in demand. Everything works on this cover, the colour scheme, the pose, the crumbling and heavy HULK mast, all rolled into one it is irresistible. The motif has been sampled countless times since. From October 1968.
2. This top 10 list was always going to come down to 2 covers and putting John Romita’s Amazing Spider-Man #50 in the second spot maybe shows my preferences a bit. This covers significance and impact cannot be overstated, its one of the most instantly recognizable covers in comics and it’s beautiful. From July 1967.
- We’ve arrived at the best cover of the Marvel Silver Age! John Buscema gives us a masterpiece with his cover to Silver Surfer #4. Its simplicity, style and elegance combined with its power and substance take my breath away every time I see it.