Covered 365: Day 219

X-Factor #219, Marvel Comics, July 2011. Artist: David Yardin.

David Yardin delivers a striking cover for X-Factor #219, the composition of the action scene is top notch but his use of light sends this cover to the next level, great stuff.

I have as feeling Neal Adams will show up in this post daily over the next 30 plus days, Batman #219 is all about his Batman depiction and his nice use of yellows and blacks.

Wonder Woman #219 (1987 series) is some nice eye candy. Is this a sneaky Frazetta Snow Giants homage from J. G. Jones? One giant is down (Batman) while the other giant absorbs the assault, all against the imposing white mountain and blue sky.

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

One of the pleasures of this column has been seeing covers I have never seen before explode from the page as the cover of the day, and X-Factor 219 really delivers. I have no idea who the any of the characters are, but I want to read the comic just to see if the battle inside the pages lives up to the ferocity of the cover.

As to Batman 219, I fully agree with Chris’s admiration in yesterday’s comments because the cover just works. I have wall board dedicated to Batman comics at home, and this comic will always have a reserved slot because I just enjoy the image.

As to the Wonder Woman 219 cover, I like the image and the very appealing warrior intensity of WW is in full force with a great snow-capped background. But it almost feels like cheating because the character, the costume and the “attributes” provide a ready-made recipe to produce a fantastic cover – it is almost too easy. In this case, compare the companion OMAC cover of Superman (1987) 219 – same pose for both main characters, but the effect is quite different.

I also liked the Kubert cover on Tarzan 219, which was recommended in yesterday’s comments.

And I thought the “Killer Croc” cover of House of Mystery 219 worked really well.

Chris Meli
4 years ago

Good agreement today. I don’t care for those Jones Wonder Woman covers but I will ascribe mostly to personal taste. To me these look like they belong on the magazine-format books from the seventies rather than on comic books. Agree with Derrick that the House of Mystery is pretty good, but the recent Wrightsons make for an unflattering comparison.

#220 a weaker selection but Gil Kane rescues us again. Thor is a fantastic cover even discounting the excellent giant hands. Strange Adventures is my runner-up – a throwback to the Planets of the late forties that really works – Joe Kubert now gaining on Kane in my estimation – more kudos to Walt for this exercise’s sensitizing me to the greatness of these artists.

Batman gets my nod although I have a strong bias against multi-panel covers. Kid Colt is another Kane that could be considered pedestrian until you take time to appreciate the spare mastery of all aspects of the image. Finally Flash is both a nominee and the JOWA.

David Mackay
David Mackay
4 years ago

Kane certainly helped save Marvels bacon after Kirby left…so many covers , and also did interior artwork on many different characters.
Id suggest Kane was more important to Marvel then even Romita.