Covered 365: Day 265

House of Mystery #265, DC Comics, February 1979, Artist: Mike Kaluta.

That “other Bronze Age great” Mike Kaluta gives us some nasty good stuff on his cover to House of Mystery #264. I once had a stunning raw copy of this, gah !!

Covered 365 has given me a greater appreciation for Mike Zeck, I really like his cover to Captain America #265, John Beatty’s inks make this cover ‘pop’.

John Romita Jr’s cover to Daredevil #265 has great composition, the hard dark tones of the foreground clash nicely with the pastels of the background.

Don Spiegle’s cover to Blackhawk #265 reminds me of those Men’s Magazine covers from the 1960s and I love those covers.

They’s revoke my passport if I didn’t mention Jim Gary’s fine and heroic depiction of a Mountie on the cover of Four Color #265

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. Some great covers here Walt. I love the KIng of the Royal mounted, but the House of Mystery is stunning. The first time Ive seen it. Wow.

  2. Zeck’s art on Captain America is fairly high quality, but as a cover I can’t support – bad colors and way too much junk competing for the real estate.

    The Blackhawk is too visually confusing and I don’t much care for the art.

    For tomorrow there are a few to choose from and my choice is Marvel Tales. Ron Lim’s very direct cover gives you the gist of the story in a pose – reminds me of my nice copy of Detective #434.

    While most recent Kubert covers haven’t been great, Joe supplies a very nice one for Our Army at War. Uncle Scrooge is nice as a much higher quality version of a Richie Rich.

    I personally like Detective a lot for the period reference, composition and colors, but I won’t push it too much.

    Blackhawk goes for the full frontal swastika – if there was a gratuitous award, this would get it.

    Daredevil as Batman wannabe also seems to have followed with the repeated giant hands. Thor also supplies one.

    I see two JOWA candidates. Runner-up is the last piggy-back ride of G.I. Combat, but ASM takes it with pairing the Frog and Toad, with the horrendous caption “This Man … This Frog!” Repeatedly publishers consciously seem to have tried to destroy their properties, in this case their most valuable property.

  3. Yes to the HoM, yes to the Cap, and yes to the Four Color. I agree the Black Hawk is busy. It as if there are several several scenes going on at once. Still not able to figure out Daredevil… perhaps the artist thought he was given the Ka-Zar assignment and was confused!

  4. I like the Daredevil as a dramatic, classical drawing (like from a Gustave Dore engraving) but yes it’s a poor comic cover. The spider HoM gives me skin crawling cringies, so one of those that evokes an emotional response, don’t think I’d be buying it. Since it’s a Canadian thing, I’m going to have to get some Mountie comics for my collection even though there not Canadian created.

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