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Top Five Most Iconic Green Goblin Covers

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Here are my picks for the top five most iconic covers featuring Green Goblin (with iconic being determined by what covers are most established and most recognized when it comes to Green Goblin, 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.

Enjoy!

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 Green Goblin from his debut story, Amazing Spider-Man #14…

Artist: Steve Ditko


5.

Artist: John Romita


I figure Harry’s tenure as Goblin is important enough to give him a spot on the list, and as notable as the later DeMatteis/Buscema stuff was, you don’t get much more iconic than this cover which delivers the setup brilliantly.

4.

Artist: John Romita


One of the more famous early Amazing Spider-Man covers and it features the Green Goblin.

3.

Artist: Alex Ross


Like it or not, Alex Ross has basically become the definitive Green Goblin artist over the past fifteen years or so (it’s pretty weird that it’s been fifteen years since Marvels came out) and this cover is mostly the reason why.

2.

Artist: John Romita


Now we’re in to the plainly obvious choices.

Plainly obvious choice #1

1.

Artist: John Romita


Plainly obvious choice #2 – this one is one of the most famous Marvel covers PERIOD, let alone the most famous Green Goblin cover.

COVERS THAT JUST MISSED THE LIST: Ditko has a lot of great Goblin covers, but none of them particularly standout, not like the later stuff. The DeMatteis/Buscema stuff mentioned earlier is fairly notable. Beyond that, maybe a really recent cover from Ellis’ Thunderbolts? Not much else to choose from (The Goblin stuff from the 1990s was fairly un-iconic, all things considered).