Covered 365: Day 150

Venom #150, Megacon Exclusive, Marvel Comics, July 2017 – Artist: Francesco Mattina.

Venom had a slew of #150 variant offerings and this one by Mattina is a showstopper, I can’t get enough of it.

A close second today had to be Red Ryder, the cover scene tells us so much and the fear in the horse’s eyes is so real, great cover.

Detective #150 made great use of the search light and Young Romance #150 made great use of sunglasses. And our pal on the cover of Love Stories #150 found a good use for is fishing net.

A bunch of titles celebrates the their 150th issue in style, I liked Iron Man #150, Fantastic Four #150 and Spider-Man #150. Strange Adventure #150 had a strong cover as well.

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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4 years ago

Wow! Never seen this cover before, but now I must have it!

The mystical setting seems to borrow from scenes across the Marvel Universe – including the Buscema versions of Mephisto, and maybe a little of the Asgardian Enchantress, with some dimensional qualities from 1970’s Dr. Strange, and dashes of outer space Starlin, all wrapped around the lovely Mary Jane. Fantastic.

Bud Plant
4 years ago

I think this choice is a fantastic choice–and not an image I knew, since I don’t watch the new comics very closely.

That said, Strange Adventures #150 is indeed a killer cover. I’ve collected SA and Mystery in Space since my newly-met comic buddies, in 1965, showed me that Marvel was not the only one doing great new comics. Regardless of Stan and his “brand echhh” soapboxes. Adam Strange, Green Lantern, The Flash, The Atom, Hawkman—Infantino, Gil Kane, Murphy Anderson, Gardner Fox, John Broome—had and still were producing gorgeous comics and great stories.

Strange Aventures #150 is from an slightly earlier time, already a back issue for me to find, being from early 1963. But it is a shining example of what DC (and Julius Schwartz) was still doing so well while Marvel was starting set the comic world on fire. An anthology comic of the old school, but brought up to date.

Strangely enough, one of those comic buddies, dating back to when we first met in 1965, still owns this cover’s original artwork. And even though he’s long done with collecting, it’s still his baby. And NOT for sale, so don’t ask!! I think he got it for his letter being published. As you old-timers know, DC sent out original art to letter-hacks in those days. Thank goodness, it resulted in preserving the artwork for generations to come.

Red Ryder, really Walter, it’s been done before and since and better. Not my cup of tea. Young Romance is far better, its been done also but it’s fun. And really, can you trust any man? A sad message for young readers. I hope us guys reading this have proved that wrong!!

Now Love Stories #150, that’s a lot of fun but has to get my Jimmy Olsen award, it’s so very weird. But beautifuly rendered!

4 years ago

Have to agree with Bud that Love Stories #150 earned a Jimmy Olsen for that cover!

The Young Romance cover reminded me of a similar sunglasses cover on Batman #205, and was also really well done.

Chris Meli
4 years ago

I haven’t been keeping up but I looked at the covers commented on above. Agreed on the pick for the day. I am with Walt that Love Stories is really not JOWA material. Agreed with Bud that Red Ryder doesn’t do it for me.

The pickings continue to get slim. For #151 I know I am supposed to choose ASM, but I really like Superboy more, even if this is the nth time for him killing a girlfriend. I also liked Unexpected.

The reprint issue Superman #151 was a depressing coincidence as I just lost a battle for the original (#78) tonight.

4 years ago

This cover is one of several works that’s been accused of being a rip off. As good as it is… personally, I would not celebrate plagiarism. Any one who has created, written or discovered anything, only to have their efforts stolen will know how it feels to have their work devalued.

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