Covered 365: Day 296

Batman #296, DC Comics, February 1978. Artist: Sal Amendola.

I’m sure I telegraphed this pic through an old Undervalued Spotlight but I really do think Sal Amendola’s stylish cover to Batman #296 wins the day.

I had to pick Dick Dillin’s cover to Detective Comics #296 because of the rainbows theme, and because I enjoy typing out the name Dick Dillin.

I like Bill Sienkiewicz’s Hulk on the cover to Hulk #296, what I don’t like is looking at Rom’s ass.

It was deja vu all over again when I saw Keith Giffen’s cover to Legion of Superheroes #296, I saw it and I thought – hey that’s Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 by George Perez, then when I saw Crisis #7 I thought – hey that’s X-Men #136 by John Byrne. I did a little more digging and saw that this was 1st done by Bob Oksner on Lois Lane #128 back in 1972. I think Perez just traced over Byrne’s cover!!

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.

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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. You missed one cover in your comparison Walt…Batman 156… “Robin Dies at Dawn”

  2. Hey Walt …. still awaiting Comic Culture… or is your bud Owen still implementing his Pep inspired curves grading policy?

  3. As I predicted for the choice (but I missed the hands). I actually dig the Detective even without saying Dick Dillin. Not excited about the Hulk and certainly not a fan of that derivative Legion, but I am a big big fan of the Lois Lane inspiration and put my money where my mouth is.

    A few nice covers for #297 but I think Uncanny X-Men is the standout – just beautiful work by Brandon Peterson (and quite seasonal) although lacking a bit in action. Iron Man is my runner up for the composition, action, and drawn simplicity of a good _comic_book_ cover. Bisely’s Hellblazer is fantastic (but I have no idea what is going on) but more of a Heavy Metal cover. I do like Kubert’s “Impossible Dream” House of Mystery, and Sienkiewicz adds another good Hulk cover.

    Action #297 is another apropos cover given what’s coming down the pipe shortly.

    JOWA to Adventure for general weirdness and (again) family/love interest mix-up. What were those DC guys up to in those days?

  4. I took Walt’s advice from the Undervalued Spotlight” and picked up a copy and absolutely love the cover.

    Great choice on both occasions.

  5. That’s a common tragedy theme, I think every comic except the funny animals have done that one. Like the Batman Scarecrow, nice drawing and menace.

  6. House of Mystery 267 is another example of the hero carrying the body of the heroine.

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