Here are my picks for the top five most iconic covers featuring Wolverine (with iconic being determined by what covers are most established and most recognized when it comes to Wolverine, 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 Wolverine from his first full appearance, Incredible Hulk #181…
Artist: Herb Trimpe
I was a bit unsure of whether to count Giant-Size X-Men #1 as “featuring” Wolverine. I think it probably does, but not enough so that I wouldn’t have it ranked higher, so #5 was a perfect spot for it. But then I thought that, hey, it’s close, so why not let the people choose between that choice and the covers that just barely missed the #5 spot?
And that choice was…
Artist: Terry Austin
Future Wolverine is killed…
4. Artists: John Romita, Jr. and Dan Green
Do any of these covers really need explanation?
I say thee nay!
3. Artists: Todd McFarlane and Bob Wiacek
2. Artists: John Byrne and Terry Austin
1. Artists: Frank Miller and Joe Rubinstein