Top Five Wonder Woman Covers: The Best of the Rest

UPDATE: The poll is now closed.  The two semi-final votes begin in new threads on January 25th and February 1st, and then the final vote starts February 8th.

So far, in the quest to find the best Wonder Woman cover of all time we have looked at the six most prolific cover artists in Wonder Woman history, H.G. Peter, Irv Novick, Ross Andru, George Pérez, Brian Bolland, and Adam Hughes, as well as a selection of slightly less prolific cover artists from the pre-Crisis and post-Crisis eras.  Today, in the last of the lists selected only by me, we have the best of the rest!!

This list was pretty much wide open, and the only stipulation was that the cover couldn’t be drawn by an artist I’ve already included in a previous list.  Ultimately, I settled on three covers from the 1970s-1980s era, which was rife with different cover artists, and two from the post-Crisis period.  I’ll mention each artist in the write-ups following their cover.

Simultaneous to this list going up is an “Egregious Snubs” post, where you can nominate your favourite cover that I didn’t include on any of my lists.  It is the very next post on the blog, and lists ALL of the covers I have selected so far.  Based on the nominations in the comments there and on the Comic Book Resources and DC Comics forums, and on the support the nominations garner, I will compile a list of the five or six top covers YOU nominated, and that will make up next week’s polls.  Then we’re on to the finals!!

But for right now, we still have this week’s poll to vote on, so here are my top five covers that comprise the best of the rest:

Wonder Woman #219:  This cover was drawn by Dick Giordano, who we have come across before as an inker but never as a penciller.  What I love about this cover is the look on Wonder Woman’s face as she taunts the many bad guys with their guns pointing at her, confidently daring them to shoot her while knowing full well that she can totally take them all down.  There is no fear whatsoever in this image… just epic bad assery.

Wonder Woman #253:  I am a sucker for Wonder Woman with a sword.  Drawn by Jose Delbo, this cover depicts Wonder Woman ready for battle in the foreground and various images of her beating the hell out of people in the background.  It’s a striking layout, and really caught my eye when I was looking through all of the covers.

Wonder Woman #305:  This cover was drawn by Gil Kane, a comic book legend who created characters like the Silver Age Green Lantern and Atom.  The layout is what really sold me on this cover, with the Wonder Woman symbols going down the side against the bright blue background.  Also, the pose is all sorts of iconic, just some classic lasso fun for Wonder Woman. 

Wonder Woman #36:  While this cover was from the Pérez era, and is actually inked by Pérez, it was pencilled by Chris Marrinan.  It has a great serenity to it… so many Wonder Woman covers have her fighting bad guys or swinging the lasso to capture someone, but this one has her in a more casual outfit, barefoot, soaring over Paradise Island.  It’s a peaceful moment we rarely get to see on Wonder Woman covers.

Wonder Woman #13:  I won’t fault this cover for referencing the much-maligned “Amazons Attack” storyline (you can see Lincoln’s head from the destroyed Lincoln Memorial in the bottom right corner) because it’s such a great cover.  I’m not only a sucker for Wonder Woman with a sword, I am a sucker for a caped Wonder Woman too, and here Terry Dodson gives me both with a heroic, regal pose.  Wonder Woman stands in the midst of destruction, but remains resolute and strong… it’s a great image.

So there are my top five picks for the best of the rest… you can vote for your favourite below, and don’t forget to nominate your left out favourites in the “Egregious Snubs” post!!

Published by Tim Hanley

Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound, Investigating Lois Lane, The Many Lives of Catwoman, and Betty and Veronica: The Leading Ladies of Riverdale.

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