Here are my picks for the top five most iconic covers featuring Magneto (with iconic being determined by what covers are most established and most recognized when it comes to Magneto, 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.
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 Magneto from his debut story, X-Men #1…
Artists: Jack Kirby and likely Paul Reinman
And on that note, another “disqualified” cover is X-Men #104, which is a direct homage of #1…
Artist: Dave Cockrum
Now on to the list!
5. Artists: John Romita, Jr. and Dan Green
The readers have spoken, and they remembered this notable 80s cover for the X-Men’s 200th issue!
It is not a particularly GOOD cover, but it was a notable one, so I have no problem with this one being on the list.
4. Artists: Dave Cockrum and Joe Rubinstein
One of the best representations of the seemingly eternal struggle between the X-Men and Magneto, with a good shot of the casualties that result from said battles.
3. Artists: Jim Lee and Scott Williams
Like it or not, Lee’s Magneto cover to X-Men #1 (I posted the gatefold version of the cover, which you can click on to enlarge) is one of the most famous Magneto drawings period, due to the hype of the comic and the proliferation of copies of X-Men #1 out there (also, note that this comic is almost TWENTY YEARS old!).
2. Artists: Jack Kirby and George Roussos
It’s hard to beat such an iconic shot of Magneto, especially with the introduction of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants along for the rise..
1. Artists: George Perez and Bob Layton
But I think Perez does so with this cover, which is likely the most memorable Magneto cover of all time (except for perhaps the 1963 X-Men #1 cover).