Thanks to my loyal readers, particularly champion commenters Gerald and Bud, for sticking with me through this fun exercise. And of course thanks to Walter Durajlija for the original Covered, 365, which gave me lots of enjoyment and interest in keeping the concept going.
I haven’t come up with any really compelling idea for an encore. All I can say is tune in tomorrow and maybe I’ll post something. My constraints (unsurprisingly) are time and material. Without GCD I’d really be sunk.
As one might expect, the topic went out with a whimper as the number of titles dwindled. I didn’t want to finish off that way, so today I’m going all the way back to the beginning of the year, and recapping my favorites. If you have particular favorites from the past four months, do tell.
In picking my favorites I did try for variety, so these might not be my exact ranked absolute top, but I do love them all.
During the course of Covered, 365 I went from rejecting painted Four Colors to really loving the good ones. My favorites from Covered Beyond 365 are #421 and #632:
I especially love the high contrast, dark background painted covers.
I love so many of the Adams Detective covers that I had to pick and choose – like I said above, in truly absolute terms I might have picked another one or two of these as favorites. My tip-top choices are Detective #395 and #404:
I fought with myself about whether one reason for choosing #395 was its importance rather than the cover, but I can’t disentangle this, and it is certainly a great cover.
The other Batman cover that I just have to note is Cho’s Detective #1000:
I first saw this cover when choosing covers for this blog, and it grabbed hold of me and won’t let go. I am not the only one – there are multiple limited edition prints of this cover. The World of Doomed Olsens (or The World of 1,000 Olsens?) meets The Caped Crusader – bliss!
No real theme for the remainder, unless you consider recent Marvels to be a theme. The one DC is Adventure #437, my favorite of the generally great Aparo Spectre covers:
ASM #567 was one of the most beautiful covers I saw:
While Uncanny X-Men #491 might be my choice as the most beautiful:
Avengers #687 is simply amazing:
This was the top cover of many by Brooks that I picked. I went from never having heard of Brooks in January to being a huge fan.
The cosmic purple of Uncanny X-Men #473 was the one factor that brought it to the top:
I am a big fan of Davis, and his art plus the wonderful colors and the blackness of space bring FF #577 onto the list:
And finally I close with Acuna’s tour de force Captain America #615.1:
I’m sad to see this exercise over, but there are so many covers out there that we don’t have to worry – just open up the Gerber or dial up the GCD, and start all over again! And this is just the covers! I still have about twenty feet of Omnibuses and other reprints to look at! The greatest hobby in the world!