Covered 365: Day 225

Amazing Spider-Man #225, Marvel Comics, February 1982. Artist: John Romita Jr.

What better way to follow up a John Romita cover than to put up a John Romita Jr. Cover. Amazing Spider-Man #225 is one of those covers that always sells 1st out of the Spidey bins, great colors, strong cover!

I’m really liking this Lee Bermejo Hellblazer #225 cover, he’s done a few good ones on this title, ones I probably should have noted on a bunch of days prior.

Those who like Todd McFarlane really like Todd McFarlane, strong lines and his distinct style make Marvel Tales #225 a cover you can’t help but notice and give an opinion on.

I like the use of light on X-Factor #225, David Yardin has given us some pretty good covers these past couple of weeks.

Here’s my personal bias shining through, I love this Joe Kubert covert to Our Army at War #225 much better than his cover to Tarzan #225.

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


Moving on, I think the Hellblazer is fantastic art, but not a great comic book cover – too dark, too conceptual. X-Factor’s art is not at the same level and a similar critique applies. I have much more positive feelings about the Our Army at War, and it is really growing on me, but I can’t get over the feeling that the foreground is too cluttered with static images – the titles, the bombs. If it wasn’t for that fuse and smoke line I really wouldn’t be as enamored.

My GCD search is only returning two pages of results now, so it is going to be a long autumn. Maybe for December we should count down against the beginning of the year to show the contrast in quality. For #226 I am again going with Marvel Tales. McFarlane was turning these out in his heyday on ASM, and it seems to me that these reprint covers were generally superior to the covers on the main title. My sense is that he saved all his McFarlaneisms for ASM, and you either love these or hate these, with a number of this blog’s readers in the latter camp.

Batman is the only other possible choice. I think this cover grabs collectors because it is so hard due to the black, but it was a pretty goofy story line. This was one of the first Batman books that I bought, and I remember that even at a young age I was not thrilled by the contents.

Tarzan starting to look rushed as this exercise illustrates that Kubert was DC’s OMAC during this period. Scottish Galactus with us on Thor – forget about feet, I believe that Galactus’s knees should result in an automatic JOWA.

4 years ago

I thought 2 Spider-Man covers deserved some consideration today – McFarlane’s cover recapturing one of the seminal moments of Spider-Man’s history on Marvel Tales #225, and a fun cover of Spectacular Spider-Man 225 which was so representative of the time. But not even I – with all of my accepted Spider-Man bias – considered Amazing Spider-Man 225 as a contender for cover of the day.

On my first scroll through today’s covers, the only one of your choices that made my first cut was Hellblazer 225. In addition to the 2 Spidey covers, Kubert’s cover on Tarzan 225 also stood out, as did Daredevil 225.

Gerald Eddy
Gerald Eddy
4 years ago

Despite the Spiderman villain looking like a leering face off a carnival funhouse… I will pick it. The Hellblazer snd X-Factor have merit… I like them both… and think they also make a creative statement…but wonder how it translated to the fanboy buyers… the McFarland… while adequate I find not as satisfying… perhaps its the way Spidey recedes into the background. Kubert is good but the bombs bug me as well.