In keeping with DC Comics' 75th anniversary event to redraw iconic covers throughout their history, and following blogs like The Idol-Head of Diabolu, which have created lists of iconic characters, I thought I'd throw my hat into the ring. Now, I'm in no way qualified to provide a comprehensive list of iconic the Top Ten Adam Strange covers ever made, but here are some that I think should make the cut:
Adam Strange: Planet Heist #8, 2005
Yes, it's the modern costume, which I can't stand, and Adam's way too ripped to be taken seriously. But the split-down-the-middle cover is an homage to a classic Mystery in Space issue and is a metaphor of Adam's "man of two worlds" stauts. Plus, it was a really fun series.
Adam Strange Special, 2008
Adam in all his stripey-pants glory, in a classic pose and sitting inside a giant villain's hand. What more could you ask for?
Justice League of America 138, 1977
I'll admit, I haven't read this. But looking at that cover makes me want to.
Mystery in Space #60, 1960
Granted, his head looks a tad funny in this, but nothing says sci-fi like a guy in a rocket pack shooting a big tentacled planet with a ray gun.
Mystery in Space #68, 1961
I really just put this in here because it has a tiger with a horn on it.
Strange Adventures #217, 1969
Sure, it's just a reprint of Adam's first story, but the cover's awesome!
Mystery in Space #90, 1964
Another slick flying pose and dynamic composition by Murphy Anderson and Carmine Infantino, and a story about conflict between Rann and Earth. Classic Adam Strange.
Adam Strange, Man of Two Worlds #1, 1990
A bad-ass Adam Strange on the cover of perhaps his greatest story arc ever? Oh, yes. Dreams really do come true.
Mystery in Space #53, 1959
A classic in-flight-while-changing-directions pose, a giant robot, and Adam saving his beloved. All this in his fourth appearance ever.
Justice League Adventures #26, 2004
Man of two worlds, JLU style. I like the four images inset onto his uniform.
Mystery in Space #86, 1963
He doesn't even aim. He just shoots. I love it.
Mystery in Space #82, 1963
The granddaddy of all iconic Adam Strange covers, this really drives home the man-of-two-worlds concept. Plus you get to see that all you need to send Rann into a world-ending crisis is the same magnifying glass you used as a kid to fry ants, whereas it takes an H-Bomb to get Earth's attention. This cover was redone for DC Comics Presents: Mystery In Space in 2004:
There you have it. I welcome your comments, and if I missed anything, let me know!