Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Top Ten Bronze Tiger Covers

Possibly the greatest martial artist in the DC Universe, and longtime secret agent of the shadier side of good, Bronze Tiger's day will come...

10) Detective Comics #485 (September, 1979)

Only an okay cover, but this was the story that established Ben Turner in the DC firmament as a premier combatant when he beat Batman in combat (twice-ish!).

9) Suicide Squad #18 (October, 1988)

Nothing special here-- just a quality action cover with Ben standing on his own

8) Richard Dragon, Kung Fu Fighter #1 (May, 1975)

The first comic book appearance of Benjamin Stanley, the character from a low rent novel that would morph into Ben Taylor during this adaptation/continuation.

7) Suicide Squad #15 (July, 1988)

You want hard? Be the upfront man mobbed by demons armed only with martial arts skills.

6) Richard Dragon, Kung Fu Fighter #18 (December, 1976)

The cover debut of the Bronze Tiger brings down the curtain on the Kung Fu Fighter series. Why's he always gotta be creepin'?

5) Suicide Squad #24 (February, 1989)

Looking confident under the gun and on point with the team he's most associated with. Plus, Vixen? Prrrr!

4) Justice League Task Force #5 (October, 1993)

It's a group shot, but better company than average, and clearly shows Bronze Tiger as a high caliber karate badass. Plus, Gypsy? Hit that criminally.

3) Suicide Squad #38 (February, 1990)

You rarely see a hero so compromised and stressed on a cover, but it bums me out.

2) Suicide Squad #65 (May, 1992)

A solid cover with Ben rocking the much favored goatee, and expressing his inner turmoil from the brainwashed assassin days.

1) Checkmate #7 (December, 2006)

I'm not a big fan of the cathead mask, but this is a strong image that conveys the espionage martial artist angle of the character.

Honorable Mentions:
Suicide Squad #7 (1987)
Justice League Task Force #6
Suicide Squad #56
Deathstroke the Terminator #41
World War III Book Three: Hell Is For Heroes
Suicide Squad (2007) #5

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