Covered Beyond 365 – #1021 to #1243

Three great comic book covers a day until we run out of covers or I run out of gas. Please chime in if I miss a great one, and if I concur (!), I’ll recap.

This theme is definitely not going out with a bang. I am posting late in the day because after reviewing hundreds of Four Color photo covers, I am somewhat dejected to see it end like this. Dell, this is on your hands.

So today’s picks don’t really live up to “great”, but they’re the best of the bunch. Tomorrow is going to be downright weird, and that will be that. If that were really to be the end I’d be waxing more poetic, but I still plan to revisit some “legacy numbering” Marvels, which should have us end on a more positive note.

Four Color #1063 gives us the last interesting Santa Claus Funnies:


Nice painting and I like the contemporary-now-retro rocket sled.

We have to go forward a full one hundred issues to #1163 for my next pick:


The background and subject matter remind me of the beloved Tomahawk #116:


Did Neal crib from the Four Color? Certainly by the time of the Tomahawk it wasn’t as cool to be an “Indian Fighter”.

Four Color #1243 is admittedly the worst of the three:


However, this is about as close to PCH as you are going to get from Four Color, so I think it is of interest just for that. It is really creepy, particularly the face on the voodoo master.


2 thoughts on “Covered Beyond 365 – #1021 to #1243

  1. Well done Chris! The rocket sled alone is worth the cover price! While there are comparisons to Neal…the Daniel Boone cover is pretty well done! The Ellery Queen reminds me of a toned down version of a Dime Mystery pulp and agree the look on that necromancer’s face makes the cover!


  2. They are all pretty darned good, the Santa, like Gerald says, is very cool. Tomahawk is such an unusual perspective and so well rendered, and Daniel Boone, worth getting just for the cover.

    I always thought this Ellery Queen cover would be good and creepy for a kid audience, with its realism on the figures…Its all by Sekowsky, inked by George (“Inky”) Roussos or Mike Peppe inside. Not bad! Guess that’s why I have it. That is George Wilson doing the cover painting.


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