A great comic book cover matching each day of the second year, 366 until the pickings get too slim. Please chime in with your favourite corresponding cover, from any era.
After a couple of brutal days we get a respite. I came up with seven covers that were worth looking at, and after many reviews I say the Incredible Hulk is the pick:
The art is just killer, the figures are big, the colors are beautiful – note all of the green even though we are still living with the gray Hulk – the rumble is smashing up the logo, and – it’s the Hulk fighting Santa! I am going to track down a copy of this one.
It turns out “the most requested villain of all” is not Santa – the hints are that he has about the same build as the Hulk and the same coloring of the Hulk of that time.
The cover is by Bill Jaaska. I wasn’t familiar with the name, but after looking him up his art rang a bell – he did the early Sable covers in the late eighties, then moved over to do some Marvel covers in the early nineties. I was not fond of those Sable covers, and looking at the Marvel work I am not too fond of that either, so it seems likely that to my eyes this cover would be my favorite of his by far. Sad to say Bill died at a fairly young age in 2009.
My runner-up is a personal favorite and admittedly self-serving, but still defensible, one of the monumental Swan/Adams collaborations:
Like the “greedy Superman” theme, there is also a running “Superman meets The Devil” theme that I love. The Superman/Christ similarity naturally calls for these kinds of confrontations. I love this cover for the cool Devil, the action and Superman’s reaction, the colors, and the font effect in “The Devil’s Partner”. There does seem to be a bit of a problem with Superman’s anatomy (similar to the problem of Superman #233), but I think worse is Superman saying “Oww!” Maybe “Argh!” wouldn’t be much better, but The Man of Steel shouldn’t whine.
My third place choice is Batman:
The goofy Mad Hatter is a downer, but otherwise this is a really cleanly drawn and inked cover with a great story component, even if it’s the same old story. (Nocturna seems to be taking a lot of wardrobe malfunction risk.)
The other covers that I think could be considered:
- Adventure – the usual beautiful Adams art, but another dumb premise drags it down (for some reason really important for Superboy to carve the Legionnaires’ last will and testament into steel before an hourglass runs out and they all die)
- Daredevil has a cool style about it, but I really don’t like how Hamner draws DD
- Detective is strong and reminiscent of the period, but the lack of color hurts it, and the concept is not clear (what is the point of a front page photo on the Gotham News of Batman and Robin fighting, and why is the newspaper wet?)
- Four Color’s Tom Corbett Space Cadet is a pretty poster, but too sterile for me – also by the time it was published, Weird Fantasy had done this before (and better in my opinion)