Covered 365: Day 127

Dark Horse Presents #127, Dark Horse Comics, December 1977 – Artist: Dan Brereton.

What a great cover and I missed it on my 1st comb through. I actually had Kid Colt Outlaw #127 as my pick until Chris Meli showed me the dark light. That’s the 2nd time Chris has changed my mind, good eye.

Avengers #127 has that classic Avengers coming atchya scene. X-Force #127 is a cool cover and so is Fighting Marines #127.

A great comic book cover matching each day of the year, 1 through 365. Please chime in with your favourite corresponding cover, from any era.

Walter Durajlija
Walter Durajlija

Walter Durajlija is an Overstreet Advisor and Shuster Award winner. He owns Big B Comics in Hamilton Ontario.

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Chris Meli
Chris Meli
5 years ago

Glad to be of service. I lingered on each of your other picks so my comments on those:

Kid Colt – I looked at it again because of the Undervalued Spotlight relationship, but I will only go with “good”, it is a bit too simple for me.

Avengers – This reminds me of my Romeo and Juliet story, of how the first time I read it it seemed hackneyed. Then I realized I had run into retreads of it so many times, and that it was the original. Looking at the dates, it looks like Kane swiped this Avengers for GSXM #1, so it could be a minor key given the connection to that monster. However I’m guessing that Avengers is a swipe of another earlier Kane cover. Can someone identify the ur-Kane “comin’ atchya” cover?

X-Force – I was this close to picking that one. The problem is my story criterion. Something is going on here, but I can’t tell from just looking at the cover – you have to have been reading the book.

Fighting Marines – I am chalking this up to your Charlton painted romance bias, it looks like this could have been by one of the same artists – I find it too blurry/muted.

#128 back to being pretty disappointing. I am going with Red Ryder with fingers crossed that the cover is original and not an outright steal from the cover of a paperback or something (it seems to me that reprint covers are cheating for this exercise). My runner up is Star Spangled War Stories – the dinosaurs vs. army is very old hat by this issue number, but this is one of the best covers. I don’t know if I would pick Tomahawk if I didn’t know what Adams can do, but since I do know, I can’t. Heart Throbs is great art, really tells a story, and I think we would all benefit if Miss Goody Two-Shoes would get with the program. Secret Hearts also has compelling art and tells a great story by making the reader surmise what it is.

Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane as a stand-alone cover has a lot going for it, but in context it is downright tiresome. I was going to complain more, but after a quick review it seems like this is only the second time that Superman “killed” Lois in this title.

I didn’t come up with any JOWA for this issue number, but I did like My Romantic Adventures’ “Musclemen Have No Souls!”

Bud Plant
Bud Plant
5 years ago

Dan Brereton lives nearby and in fact we just did order fulfillment for his latest Kickstarter book, Night Owls. I liked it so much our next catalog cover will be taken from it. Good choice!

In case he’s not tuned in to your project here, I am forwarding this to him. I am sure he’ll be very pleased. Dan actually trained as a painter in conjunction with doing comics, at California College of the Arts and Academy of Arts College, in San Franciso. He brings a rare a painterly approach to his comics work. He even does his quick sketches and drawings in colored pencil, rarely, if ever, in b&w.

Dan
Dan
5 years ago

Thanks for this – happens to be one of my favorite images too! Based on my eldest , Lindsay, who was the inspiration for Halloween Girl ( and coined the name at age 5!)

Gerald Eddy
Gerald Eddy
5 years ago

I looked around and agree this was the best pick. Issue 125 was pretty darned good as well. No other 127 came that close although I do like Detective Comics 127.

David Mackay
David Mackay
5 years ago

a lovely lovely cover. Great choice