Mr. Hanks, whose current flick is "Toy Story 2" and will soon be seen in "The Green Mile," also appeared on two movie roundup covers: Entertainment Weekly's holiday movie preview, with eight other stars; and on Us' "Legends of the Fall" issue, with seven other actors.
Second place belongs to Nicolas Cage, who scored 5 points with appearances on Rolling Stone and Us, even though his collaboration with director Martin Scorsese, "Bringing out the Dead," enjoyed little box-office success.
Coming in at No. 3 is Christina Ricci, whose "Sleepy Hollow" is scoring big in theaters. The young actress appeared on Entertainment Weekly and Movieline to attract 4.5 points.
In a tie for fourth place were Jodie Foster and Rosie O'Donnell, with each racking up 4 points with two covers apiece. Ms. Foster, whose big holiday movie is "Anna & the King," appeared on EW and Us; while talk show dynamo Rosie was seen on Good Housekeeping and TV Guide.
The race for sixth place drew 27 contenders with 3 points apiece, including couples Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith, with an appearance on InStyle; and Christopher and Dana Reeve, on Ladies' Home Journal. Others tying for the honor were: Jim Carrey, Helena Bonham Carter, Matt Damon, Laura Dern, Cameron Diaz, Regis Philbin, Meg Ryan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Charlize Theron and Kate Winslet.
Cover Story is Ad Age's monthly ranking of celebrities' popularity as reflected by their appearances on the covers of more than 30 of the nation's leading publications.