As Walt Durajlija has completed the Covered 365 project at ComicBookDaily.com, but issue numbers go well beyond and there still seem to be a lot of great covers to look at, I thought I would try extending the concept for awhile. I hope that I can get some constructive feedback on my choices – I’ve really enjoyed reading the thoughts of others during Walt’s project. “Please chime in with your favourite corresponding cover, from any era.” Also please look ahead – I did this in my comments to the Covered 365 posts, and I would appreciate any input ahead of time to guide my thoughts.
#366 is a proof of concept and a WordPress trial for me, so excuse me for any technical difficulties. If I can make this work I’ll look to smooth these out in the future. I’m also jumping the gun a bit, but from here on I’ll try to run these on the right days.
I continue to be surprised by how many good covers there are to choose from this late in the game. I’d like to show them all, but to preserve space I’m going to try to limit myself to three choices, and just comment on any others. Of course if there is a really choice JOWA that’s going to show up as well.
Speaking of that – maybe it’s a bad portent for this effort, but my pick for #366 has to be the JOWA, which is Thor.
Yes it’s crazy but that’s the point. The cover has action, color, composition, and most of all it gets you to ask – what is the story here?
Runner-up is Adventure. I can never get enough Neal Adams covers from the sixties and early seventies. A beautiful classic that presages Superman vs. Muhammad Ali.
Third place to Batman. No real story but great art and composition. I had no idea who did it (feel free to attack my naivete) – it’s Simonson again! I already loved his work going in to Covered 365, but I had no idea how consistent and versatile he was. Now another notch up in my appreciation.
- Action is another great piece of work by Adams, but very static
- Detective is another in the line of Infantino classics from this period, but again too static for my tastes
- Sgt. Rock – if you’ve read my comments on Covered 365, you know that I have really grown to love Kubert. This one is utterly dismal but really unique. It again is pretty static, but I think it might have reached the top three if the layout had been somehow more creative