Covered 365: Day 182

Doctor Strange #182, Marvel Comics, September 1969. Artist: Gene Colan.

A quick glance at Gene Colan’s cover to Doctor Strange #182 isn’t enough, have a good look, amazing art.

Young Romance #182, that is not the look of resistance!

What a great cover to Strange Adventures #182, so much happening, so many colors!

Jowa? How about Archie #182! This is what you get when old fuddy duddies write covers!

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 did look at Strange Adventures but the “Censored” killed any chance of picking it. Reminds me of the good old days when certain actors performed with black bars over their eyes.

    I don’t know if Archie really makes the JOWA bar, more the Blackhawk award.

    Once again Dr. Strange gets my pick for #183. If too repetitious then go with Batman. I personally love this cover in the context of the show being a hit at the time. I love the frantic text box overlaying Batman’s laid back pose. Now I can enjoy this cover even more as the nagging question of the “clue” has been removed.

    I was going to pick JLA as my runner-up, but the more I look at it, the more I don’t like it. It is unfortunate because there is so much to recommend it, but the impression grows that the characters are frozen in a glass diorama. I just looked up the artist and was surprised (at first) to see this is Starlin. But come to think of it this is a standard problem with Starlin battle scenes. Similar to Byrne, Starlin’s layouts/pencils were fantastic, but finishing/inks should have been left to somebody who could have added the touches that would have brought the most out of the concept.

    I wish I could pick Adams’s House of Mystery, but this issue has always been too visually confusing for me. On the other hand World’s Finest is excellent. Unfortunately it is one of a million litigious DC covers – why did DC think kids wanted to see costumed heroes arguing in a courtroom rather than beating enemies to a pulp?

    Superboy and Superman Family are both contenders for JOWA, but breaking with tradition, ASM wins. Not only is it an appearance of dyn-o-mite Rocket Racer, but also first appearance of Big Wheel, who gets bonus points for being a retread (!) of ridiculous Blackhawk villains (#162, #174).

  2. While the Doctor’s superhero disguise was cool… it never was really Doctor Strange for me…however that said this IS a great cover! Despite Chris’ Assessment of the Juggernaut, he never looked meaner or leaner then under Colan’s pencils!
    As for our daily romance issue… seems to me her resistance is breaking down!
    Frankly, my JOWA goes the Strange Adventures because of the censored sign! The emote of the guy in the corner gives it all away… so why not just turn the creature so he is facing the victims and AWAY from us… a kid WOULD get it…!

  3. Oh…and for tomorrow I am going with Action Comics 183 simply because it’s not only a fun cover but I like The surprised look on Superman’s face as opposed to yesterdays Al Pacino fearful grimace! Sorry Walt….

  4. You forgot Scent of a Woman… oops he was blind in that one, he would have never seen that cover!

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