Covered 365: Day 146

Famous Funnies #146, Eastern Color, September 1946 – Artist: Stephen Douglas.

Thanks to Bud Plant educating us back in the comments of Day 132 I’m pumped about this great Stephen Douglas cover featuring the Invisible Scarlet O’Niell. Jet black cover with so many strong contrasting covers would make a high gloss high grade copy of this book priceless.

Come on Whiz Comics! You calling that Terror on the cover of Whiz Comics #146? I thought it was Ralph Cramden.

Pep Comics #146, cute and reminds me of an old joke…

That Jimmy Olsen #146 is soooo Kirby! I thought New Defenders was interesting and the old leg switch on Flash #146.

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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  1. I like this cover…the Whiz looks more like a hairy pickle. You must think your audience is a bunch if old guys Walt…as the younger crowd would not get your reference to Ralphy boy!

  2. Walter, thanks for the shout-out. To go off on a tangent, Eastern did a lot of very fine covers in the Famous Funnies run. They had their own freelance artists, like in this case, doing special covers featuring their popular (or even minor) comic strip characters and they did many fun cross-overs, like in this case.

    Bill Everett did a lovely Connie cover on #86, as part of superb run of her science fiction adventure on Mars, that ran around #84 to 92. You have to see this work by Frank Godwin, its amazing. Godwin also quietly drew Wonder Woman in Sensation #16-191, and Comics Cavalcade #2…some of the finest work on WW in the Golden Age.

    Bill Everett painted a number of covers for Heroic Comics, also from Eastern, starting in the #30’s. Most are signed and very good. But Everett’s high point, for me, was his Hydroman feature and covers on Heroic #1-10 His cover on #5, with call-outs to streamlining and art deco style, is stunning. And these are really undervalued comics. I’ve quietly upgraded all of mine now, and even found some Eastern file copies out there, unslabbed!

    There was also a couple original Buck Rogers covers, like a robot one on Famous Funnies #82. None of these issues are particularly rare, or expensive, probably because kids really liked them and they sold well. Moms could safely buy them for junior. Like Dell Comics, they featured little or no ads, it was all comics, even though mostly reprints, for 64 pages. But Wonder Woman artist H.G. Peter did original strips, like Fearless Flint, also around this run in the 80s-100s.

  3. oops, I meant Sensation #16-19, not through 191. Godwin most famously drew Rusty Riley, the newspaper strip about a boy and horses, not quite my personal cup of tea. But Godwin was a popular book and magazine illustrated back in the 1920s and 30s, before getting into comics. Jim Vadeboncoeur has a good bio on him at Tony Raiola/Pacific Comics reprinted some of the best Connie adventure strips, but only in black and white. They are so much better in Famous Funnies, in full color.

  4. Great information for us all to digest Bud, thanks. And I agree with those Heroic covers, great stuff and I’ve actually owned a few back in the old days and remember them not selling well. I have to look for those Mars issues of FF from 84 to 92 as I have a customer just crazy about old Mars related comics.

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