Covered 365: Day 180

Detective Comics, DC, February 1952. Artist: Win Mortimer.

Win Mortimer adds another cover to his impressive list with a cool Joker scene on Detective Comics #180.

I really like the aesthetics and simplicity of Four Color #180, sadly I’ve always been a team Polka Dot fan.

JOWA has to go to Superboy leading the wolf pack – wtf?

We should make up a name for the best sweater on a cover award, easily won today by Girl’s Love #180. I also liked World’s Finest #180 and Amazing Spider-Man #180.

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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Scott VanderPloeg
4 years ago

Mistake. Girl’s Love 180 is clearly the most deserving.

Girl's Love issue 180 cover by Jay Scott Pike.

Gerald Eddy
Gerald Eddy
4 years ago

Any golden age cover with Batman and the Joker is a winner in my book! That Girls Love cover looks like they drew the sweater and everything around it was an after thought! They called the late forties and fifties covers headlights…this one could be called beacons! As for the JOWA… they couldn’t put a decent cover on a comic made up mostly of reprint material???

Chris Meli
4 years ago

Unfortunately Girls’ Love Stories went out with two bangs as that was the final issue.

I can only agree on Superboy as I didn’t give the JOWA to the original (#116), but looking back at it I think it looks even more bizarre.

For #181 I really wanted to test my objectivity and ask – would I really pick it? And I am going to say – almost, but no. I like Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight better. It is very close, At the time I thought Trimpe was a hack and I actively avoided anything by him, but really it is a mostly excellent cover, way above average for Trimpe. The problem is that amateurish Wendigo in the bottom corner – I just can’t give the nod to a cover with art like that. More trouble for me than Spider-Man’s rubber leg.

Avengers is a standing around cover but otherwise it is very cool. I think Daredevil #181 is far superior to #179. Flash is cool. House of Mystery is again (using the same wording) impeccable Adams art. Strange Tales is last of the four dynamite Starlin Warlock covers.

Blackhawk isn’t worthy of a JOWA. Maybe we should inaugurate another award, the BPTOTPA (“Blackhawk Put This Out To Pasture Award”). Maybe there was some loophole in the iron curtain that allowed Blackhawk as the only comic sold in Poland, which is why DC still had readership for this. Instead the JOWA goes to Superman Family, which probably simultaneously is deserving of a BPTOTPA as well.

I just read the Blackhawk origin, which is as they would say a rip-roarin’ tale. Of course much better than the silly stuff we are seeing now, but there was precedent set for this later nonsense with Blackhawk Island’s gizmos and Blackhawk’s challenging the Nazi who killed his brother and sister to a sky duel instead of summarily capping him.

Dave Mackay
Dave Mackay
4 years ago

You had me at “My wish sank in the unlucky wishing well” Scott.
Id join Superboys wolf pack too Walt, if That babe following Ozark Ike was anywhere near by….
And Detective 180’s Jokers cover certainly is on the money