Here are my picks for the top five most iconic covers featuring Kitty Pryde (with iconic being determined by what covers are most established and most recognized when it comes to Kitty Pryde, 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.
5. Artist: Paul Smith
This is the “Professor Xavier is a jerk!” issue.
4. Artists: Dave Cockrum and Joe Rubinstein
“Kitty’s Fairy Tale” ended up being a fairly notable issue, even leading to a Dave Cockrum Nightcrawler mini-series.
3. Artist: Terry Austin
Kitty’s one-woman stand against a demon was Claremont and Byrne’s last issue of X-Men together, and it has lasted as one of their most memorable.
2. Artists: John Byrne and Terry Austin
This is a tough one, as this is one of the most iconic X-Men covers PERIOD, but I dunno, it’s really not Kitty-centric, is it? I mean, she’s featured on it, so I definitely have to count it as a “Kitty Pryde cover,” but I think the next cover, while not as iconic as this one overall, is probably more iconic as a “Kitty Pryde” cover. It’s tough, though.
1. Artists: John Byrne and Terry Austin
A whole X-Men meme was started with this cover!