Covered 365: Day 167

Strange Tales #167, Marvel Comics, April 1968Artist: Jim Steranko.

Easy pick today, Jim Steranko has all the patriots leaning left (at least from our perspective) on the cover of Strange Tales #167, a great cover and a worthy bow out from the title for Steranko.

I’m not sure what the hell is happening on Action Comics #167 (see pic beloe) but I know that for some reason I like it. I like Perez’s work on Avengers #167. Savage Dragon #167 has a nice feel to it.

OMG the JOWA does go to Blackhawk #167 (pic below)! Looks like the aliens found the stash of jagermeister, been there myself too many times to be proud of.

Being the eternal optimist I’m going with our young Chad not even suspecting the switch was in play on the cover of Young Romance #167.

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 didn’t mention that Avengers cover because I thought that I just had a special affection for it due to nostalgia. I’m glad that you appreciate – for some reason that cover just works. I bought that in my phase of the Avengers making up for Justice League having become too lame.

    Things really looking up for #168. I don’t think it’s possible to go with anything other than Detective. There might be better artistic work on other covers but come on. Regardless of context it has great colors and composition for a lot of impact.

    Batman is simple but I think it’s great. G.I. Combat and Superboy both great Adams covers. Robin really great. Star Spangled War a great Kubert cover because it is a classic Kubert composition. I like Thor but I would have liked it better if Galactus had put on his pants.

    Young Romance – another heartless DC hottie. I think that’s my collecting strain.

    The JOWA goes to… – you guessed it.

  2. No argument this is THE classic Shield cover… and I like the Action cover as well… and Blackhawk… didn’t they realize how the looked when the approved it?
    Tomorrow… I agree that Detective looks nice… however I am still going with the Thor cover. Maybe the colorist thought Galactus ought to air out his own Infinity Gems!

  3. Great Steranko cover that really burst from the page – the clear winner for day 167. Like Chris, I also really like the Avengers cover, but my nostalgia is tied to the early versions of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

  4. Steranko’s cover seems a bit dated now, but when it appeared, it was as avante garde as anything in comics. It just got better and better as Fury switched to his own title.

    That Action cover is indeed, and literally, a puzzle. “Machine Crimes” it says, but how is the strangely colorful ball a machine? It looks like a cradts project with arms. Why isn’t it chrome or gunmetal grey or even one color. Just goofy, but it does have a curiosity factor. It gets my JOWA award.

    I think even a JOWA should have some eccentric charm, but that Blackhawk is just terrible. Unimaginative drivel, killing a once-great title. Bitter? Me? You bet. Still a proud fan of the original Quality-era Blackhawk, as you guys know by now.

  5. I like Blackhawk a lot too Bud. Thanks to you and Walt I’m watching the 1950 Blackhawk serial with breakfast.
    Sadly they treat Chop Chop dismissively in the movie too.
    I guess we all deserve our own JOWA award for buying into such nonsense as hero’s with shields and web shooters and Bat caves. And yet we do. I guess the creators saw our need for whimsical imagination and outlandish adventure. I certainly don’t understand it, but I do love it.
    By the way, Kirk Alyn , was a damn good leading man. Id like to find his book “A Job for Superman”

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