Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Top Ten Chronos Covers

Chronos is among the worst dressed super-villains in comic book history, and attempts to make him more fashionable have tended to fail miserably. Still, the guy is the closest thing the Atom has ever had to an arch-villain, so prepare your eyes for motion sickness at the sight of those leggings and color combinations.

10) Legends of the DC Universe #40 (May, 2001)

Why are you hitting yourself? Why are you hitting yourself? Why are you hitting yourself? Why are you hitting...

9) Chronos #6 (August, 1998)

I know they're shooting for somber, but it still looks like the anti-heroic Walker Gabriel is mourning his favorite luchador, El Timexico.

8) Super Friends #22 (July, 1979)

Laying the Time-Net on the Man of Steel! Impressive!

7) Blue Beetle #10 (March, 1987)

Fist-fighting with an acrobatic pugilist is stupid, but evoking Dali makes up for it.

6) The Atom #3 (November, 1962)

Chronos debuts with a clever cover, but he's just a watch-themed crook at this point.

5) The All New Atom #24 (August, 2008)

Lady Chronos has a fistful of Choi!

4) Justice League Adventures #6 (June, 2002)

You’re face to face with the man who sold the League. A get-up like that fares so much better in animation.

3) World's Finest Comics #321 (November, 1985)

Menacing Superman and Batman together in one of the final issues of their legendary team-up book is impressive. Pulling off such a feat in those tights is phenomenal.

2) The Atom #28 (January, 1967)

Has Chronos ever been so maniacal? This cover was swiped for an issue of Power of the Atom linked below, but both characters are in their then-current crappy costumes.

1) The Atom #13 (July, 1964)

Chronos seems extra creepy with that earlier model mask, plus his using a timepiece as a weapon recalls his original conception.

Honorable Mentions:
DC Universe Special: Justice League of America #1
Legion of Super-Heroes #75
Legionnaires #32
Power of the Atom #6
Silver Age: Challengers Of The Unknown #1
Team Titans #14
Wonder Woman #220


LissBirds said...

"Why are you hitting yourself? Why are you hitting yourself? Why are you hitting yourself?" Yep, I just had a flashback to my childhood. Older brothers. Humph.

I love #6. I seriously want an Atom watch now, and I don't even wear a watch.

I love the Dali reference. It makes perfect sense if you're drawing a clock-themed villain.

Those tights in #3! Gah! I think if Chronos and the Trickster ever teamed up my retinas would melt.

The Irredeemable Shag said...

For me personally the Blue Beetle cover is my favorite. However, I'm a sucker for Paris Cullins art. That Atom #3 wrist watch cover is pretty sweet too!

Nice post!

The Irredeemable Shag