Covered 365: Day 137

X-Men #137, Marvel Comics, September 1980 – Artist: John Byrne.

X-Men #137 is our first offering from Mr. Byrne I believe, it’s such a striking cover and my favorite from the Dark Phoenix Saga run.

The only cover that should have beat the X-Men book was Betty and Me #137 but I wanted to keep things civil, Archie looks like he just saw god…

Thor #137 is classic Kirby, I like Captain America #137 being a Spidey fan I’ve always liked that issue and the cover is way better than the Cap #138 cover.

Advice to those in Sweethearts #137 looking for romance, park first.

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.

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Walter Durajlija
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6 Comments

  1. Betty and Me literally uses that background image I linked to awhile ago. Even adding flashier dancing by Betty (which weirdly seems to be of great interest to many, um, “collectors”) would not constitute a “great” cover. If it weren’t for all the foreground shrapnel dirtying the image I would say Thor clearly beats X-Men, but as is it’s a toss-up.

    Captain America – okay, but I am not a fan of these “conceptual giant” covers, as they are close to the dreaded “floating heads” (which are of course far better than giant hands and feet).

    Sweethearts – where’s the challenge if you’re parked?

    I know we just had a Kubert, but #138 has to be Star Spangled War Stories. For sheer drawing talent I would go with the fantastic JLA, but SSWS wins given its far superior impact.

    The other runners up I see are Action, Marvel Tales (very close to a levitating building, but still a really cool piece of work), Superman.

    Casper – some “friendly” ghost, considering the sheer terror conveyed by just the few motion lines framing the astronauts

    My Romantic Adventures – not a great cover, but imagine trying to find a high grade copy of this one!

    Girls’ Romances – as I apparently resemble that remark, if this is to follow the aforementioned drama, he would be expected to head off to the monastery – somehow I think not…

  2. I read Chris’s comment from yesterday and have to agree that today’s selections were very limited. But even in a desert a few flowers bloom, and both X-Men #137 and Thor #137 were outstanding covers. I also liked the cover of Captain America #137, but I do not think it quite measures up to the other choices.

    But then Walt introduced Betty & Me #137! That is a zinger of cover, and Archie face does carry that certain glow, and although Archie might describe the view in similar “terms”, it is not quite the same as Moses when he came down from Mt. Sinai.

    And Marvel Team-Up #137 deserves some consideration for a JOWA – Aunt May and Franklin Richards team up to take on Galactus – really?

  3. Yeah but it was still a giant with a square spine and the big finale so I sprung for five instead of my usual three. Turns out to have been a pretty good $3.75 spent so at some point I will see what the ROI was.

  4. The X-men Omnibus”Dark Phoenix Saga” has this cover without the annoying banner and superior colouring as well.Truly a memorable cover ,but you could have went with either this one or Thor #137.For sheer power and bombast ,it is a piece of Kirby magic!

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