Top Five Most Iconic Thanos Covers

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Top Five Most Iconic Thanos Covers

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



Artist: Ron Wilson

Really, you’d be surprised by how few of the “classic” Thanos stories actually have good Thanos covers on them. Probably the best is the Marvel Two-In-One Annual where Adam Warlock dies, but really, even there, the cover itself is not that striking.

So I’m going with this memorable Ron Wilson Avengers cover, marking the first time Thanos took on the Avengers.


Artist: Jim Starlin

Let’s face it, THE most iconic aspect of Thanos is the whole Infinity Gauntlet thing, so it’s unsurprising to see that dominate the list (Thanos’ ongoing series and the Infinity mini-series leading into it were actually quite good, but they’re just not nearly as iconic as the earlier Infinity stuff)


Artist: George Perez

See #4.


Artist: Jim Starlin

This is Thanos’ first cover appearance, which is notable in and of itself, but it’s also a great symbol of the great Starlin stories where Thanos would fight Captain Marvel and Warlock. In addition, this cover is notable for the first appearance of the way Starlin has Thanos in the background – Starlin himself would use that motif for Thanos on at least four-five covers (Thanos as a floating head in the background).


Artist: George Perez

This cover was highly-demanded as one of the most iconic panels in Marvel history, so I think it’s fair to say it is Thanos’ most iconic cover. It’s been homaged a few times.