Updated: May 26, 2020
Superman #252, 1972, DC Comics, Cover by Neal Adams.
The POP Retro Cover Of The Week continues its celebration and examination of iconic comic covers from the 1970s through the 2000s, this week returning to the Seventies, a decade when readers still bought comics on squeaky spinner racks, and DC created 100-Page Super Spectaculars with awe-inspiring wraparound covers, and filled with reprints from the Golden Age.
Whether these giant reprint editions were planned issues sprinkled amid a comic’s regular run of stories, or they were a last-minute cobbling together when a deadline was going to be missed is uncertain, but 100 pages for 50 cents was a bargain!
Superman #252 featured a theme that collected stories about DC’s flying heroes, from Kid Eternity to Red Racer from the New Gods, leaving the spotlight of course to the first and greatest flying hero of them all (even if he didn’t/couldn’t fly at first).
Neal Adams’ sky-full of flying heroes has been copied time and again, but none have the gravitas and visual POW! that this beautiful wraparound cover does. His gigantic flying pose of Superman was so instantly bold and iconic, it was used above the Superman masthead for nearly two years.
Next week: A cover from the Bronze ‘80s!