Covered 365: Day 189

Batman #189, DC Comics, February 1967. Artist: Carmine Infantino.

The Scarecrow is one of those great villains that always seems to produce standout covers, Carmine Infantino does a nice job reintroducing the Scarecrow!

Wonder Woman has the rare honour (I think she did it once before) where she can have 2 issues numbered the same coveted for their covers. I’m liking Sekowsky’s 1970 for its content and Hughes’ 2003 effort for its style.

Not sure what it is about the Famous Funnies #189 that gets me so much, the blue background? You know me and blues. Maybe it’s the cover content that my 12 year old brain would find suggestive.

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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Chris Meli
4 years ago

Again, “no guns!” The Hughes cover is lovely but close to zero as a comic book cover, an earlier example of the Artgerm problem. I’m also not sure what about Famous Funnies gets you, but I am sure that I don’t want to know.

For #190 I am going with ASM. I don’t dig the Man-Wolf’s diaper but otherwise this hits on all cylinders. Looking at Avengers #190 brought back the forty-year-old feeling of excitement of seeing this on the newsstand. I would pick it but the monster is too indistinct for me to objectively elevate it above ASM. Batman is actually excellent if the campy TV-show approach doesn’t bother you too much. House of Mystery is just beautiful. Incredible Hulk is both great (look at those Toad Men) and JOWA material (“Glorian!”).

The two starfish covers (Blackhawk and JLA) both verge on JOWA, but neither can beat the Flash’s foot as drawn by Kubert. Back to WW II, Joe!

Also a shout-out to Marge’s Little Lulu for a cruel fat joke that would get international attention these days.

Scott VanderPloeg
4 years ago

The motion line from Scarecrow’s arm looks untoward.

All those Wonder Woman Hughes covers look like plastic from the digital colouring.

4 years ago

I agree with Walt on this one, and echo his comment that Scarecrow has produced some outstanding Batman covers through the years. This issue has always been a favorite with the green background, which makes collecting difficult, but does have dramatic effect when you find one in high grade. But I also agree with Scott, that the line of motion for Scarecrow’s arm seems heavy, and cuts an unnecessary path through the center of a great cover.
I also thought Day 189 produced some other notable covers including:

– Amazing Spider-Man #189

– Conan #189

– Thor #189 – from its inception at issue #126, this title has been an exhibition in outstanding covers, and my choice as the best cover run of any Marvel title.

– House of Mystery #189 – Every cover delivers a superb cover. I understand that Adams’ work on Batman is more collectible, but I would vote for this title as offering the very best of Adams’ covers.

And I am in full agreement with the “cavemen on skis with blasters” Blackhawk cover getting the JOWA, but I think it should be a split award with the starfish cover of JLA #189 – it is the sight of the Man of Steel being laid low in the foreground of the cover by a starfish to the face that is the tipping point for me.

As to the WW #189 cover – I love the image but it looks like a magazine ad, and carries nothing to identify it as Wonder Woman. By contrast WW #188 had the lasso and the costume and worked for me, but without an identifier for our heroine it misses the mark.

Gerald Eddy
Gerald Eddy
4 years ago

Looking ahead yesterday I thought the Batman would be today’s pick. There is something about the silver age WW that looks awkward to me… is it the fir shortening? Again with the Hughes cheescake…perhaps he is illustrating for the wrong genre!

As for tomorrow, I also like Chris’ pick of ASM and I think the Byrne Avengers is pretty dynamic as well! And the JOWA… definitely “Glorian”….yeesh, another awful moniker!

tim hammell
tim hammell
4 years ago

Without the titles I wouldn’t peg either of those as a Wonder Woman comic. Is a super hero her or his costume? Batman is black/blue/grey/yellow, Superman is blue/red/yellow(gold) so must Wonder Woman be blue/red/white/yellow(gold) to make her Wonder Woman. Knotty problem for costume designing.

Nice “design” on the Hughes but kind of mushy on the colouring and not a strong cover. Immediate thought is a hair style ad. Thanks to these postings I’m re-evaluating my stance on “posters” necessarily being good covers. Bats is the best today I think.