BRONZE AGE BONANZA: Superheroes! Horror! War! Romance! Mediocre movies! Frickin’ laser beams!

Welcome to BRONZE AGE BONANZA — our new monthly series that looks at the greatest covers of the Bronze Age — exactly 50 years later. For more info on this feature, click here.

It’s interesting to look back and see that some months were jammed with classic covers and others were more routine.

March 1970 kinda falls into the latter category — but there’s still plenty of good art to be found.

And don’t forget: These entries are based on sale dates and not official publication dates.


13. Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Gold Key. I cannot get over the idea that Gold Key would pretty much adapt anything they could, including a middling remake of a film classic. This is spaghetti-against-the-wall publishing if ever I’ve seen it. And that earns a slot right there.

12. Archie Giant Series #173, Archie. Hey, it’s the Archies!

Dan DeCarlo

11. Teen-Age Love #70, Charlton. Usually, romance covers veer toward the campy. This one actually sizzles — the melodramatic thought-bubble notwithstanding. Dunno the artist. Do you?

10. Superman #226, DC. Just proves there’s no hard line between the end of the Silver Age and the beginning of the Bronze Age. The merest glance tells you editor Mort Weisinger was still running the Superman books — zany concepts and all.

Curt Swan pencils, Murphy Anderson inks

9. Fantastic Four #99, Marvel. The waning days of Jack Kirby at Marvel before the King made his huge leap to DC.

Jack Kirby pencils, John Verpoorten inks

8. The Phantom Stranger #7, DC. Neal Adams was such a powerhouse already that even his more pedestrian efforts were among the best covers on the spinner rack.

Neal Adams

7. The Amazing Spider-Man #85, Marvel. As with Adams above, this one isn’t even close to John Romita’s best work. But it’s still better than most of what was on sale.

John Romita

6. Thor #176, Marvel. This is the visual equivalent of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound. The King erupts!

Jack Kirby pencils, Bill Everett inks

5. The Twilight Zone #33, Gold Key. Look, I would have been plenty happy with a George Wilson cover featuring a hunter being menaced by gigantic mandrills. But gigantic mandrills that can shoot frickin’ laser beams from their eyes?! GENIUS.

George Wilson

4. Our Fighting Forces #125, DC. Joe Kubert was in an Eisnerian phase during this period, I suppose. And like most Kubert war covers, it’s steeped in “waiting for the other shoe to drop” tension. That yellow background pops too.

Joe Kubert

3. Chamber of Darkness #5, Marvel. Kirby and Everett again. I just keep staring at that zombie creature coming through the wall that’s adorned with horrific dragons. TALES TO BLAST YOUR BRAIN indeed.

Kirby and Everett

2. The Flash, #197, DC. This one’s all about the angles. The Fastest Man Alive is standing still, but the way his costume zips toward you gives you a great sense of movement and an excitingly uncommon perspective. Great lighting and drama too, with Barry Allen caught in the act. Gil Kane, man.

Gil Kane

1. Our Army at War #220, DC. One of the all-time classic Sgt. Rock covers, it demands you find out what’s going on inside. And the red and blue contrast deepens the bizarre notion of World War II’s greatest soldier in the days of the dinosaurs. By the way, this is the first top pick in BRONZE AGE BONANZA! not by Neal Adams. So there you go.



— The TOP 13 COVERS of FEBRUARY 1970 — RANKED. Click here.

— BRONZE AGE BONZANA: The 1970 INDEX. Click here.

Sources: Mike’s Amazing World of Comics and the Grand Comics Database.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. I always loved when Gil Kane drew the uniform of the Flash shooting out of his secret compartment ring…something about the hollowed out look of the face mask made it look so cool.

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  2. I always love seeing some of those old Gold Key and Charlton (and Dell) covers that I grew up with. Next time how about some Turok Son of Stone or Magnus Robot Fighter or Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery thrown in there? There were some fantastic covers there too.
    I love how Neal Adams made it look like the tree attacking the man on that Phantom Stranger cover had eyes without actually giving the tree eyes. The genius of Adams.

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  3. Someone once wrote that Batman didn’t really enter the Silver Age until 1964. Similarly, it seems like Superman didn’t really enter the Bronze Age until well into the 1970s. Even then, his stories went back and forth from very well done, to sort of silly. And I’m saying this as a big Superman fan!

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