Top Five Most Iconic Barry Allen Covers

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Top Five Most Iconic Barry Allen Covers

Here are my picks for the top five most iconic covers featuring Barry Allen (with iconic being determined by what covers are most established and most recognized when it comes to Barry Allen, with a preference towards covers that are homaged a lot). This is not a BEST cover list and due to the very nature of icons, very few (if any) recent covers will be on the list. A notable exception to the rules is that I don’t count covers from a character’s first appearance (which isn’t applicable to all characters, of course, just those who appeared on the cover of the comic they debuted in), as those tend to be automatically iconic so they’re boring. Here‘s a list of all characters featured so far.

We’ll finish off the DC Comics side of the equation with a big name, Barry Allen, the Flash! Unlike Hal Jordan, I didn’t need to enlist the help of star writer Geoff Johns (who has a neat website you can visit here), although I did ask him if he agreed that my #3 cover choice worked – he did, so the list was pretty obvious from that point on!


First off, while I’m exempting first appearance covers from the countdown, it’s only fair, I suppose, to share them here before the countdown begins, so here is the first cover appearance of Barry Allen from his first appearance, Showcase #4…

Artist: Carmine Infantino


Artist: Ross Andru

Ross Andru has quite the distinction here – the only non-Infantino cover to crack the top five!

This top five is notable in that every single one of these covers has not just been homaged, but pretty much all of them have been homaged MULTIPLE TIMES!! Wow!


Artist: Carmine Infantino

I believe Julie Schwartz said this was his favorite comic book cover of all-time.


Artist: Carmine Infantino

I debated whether this counted as a “Barry” moment because it wasn’t even his own title, but yeah, I think it probably is, and if I count it as a Barry moment, it’s a BIG one! This one has been homaged a LOT.


Artist: Carmine Infantino

This was homaged just very recently by the amazing Ryan Sook.


Artist: Carmine Infantino

Some readers suggest that this cover would make #1 even if I counted Showacase #4 – I disagree, but it WOULD be a close call, which says a LOT.

This is one of the most iconic covers of all-time.

It’s amazing how great of a cover artist Carmine Infantino was.