Archie Comics #334, Archie Comics, March 1985. Artist: Dan DeCarlo.
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.
OK let me explain, there is no clear winner today, just a bunch of so so covers. So I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone, first I can redeem myself for that offside pick a couple of days past with the ice cream girls, and second I’d fulfill my patriotic duty as a Canadian to highlight a hockey cover. All this brings us to Dan DeCarlo’s super fun cover to Archie Comics #334.
Thank goodness for Bill Wright Four Color covers, they are the perfect lemonade book of the day when the day gives you lemons. I didn’t have to go to Bill Wright’s cover to Four Color #334 but it’s nice to know it was there for me.
The true contender for the day was Andy Kubert’s cover to Avengers #334 and while good I didn’t think it deserved to carry the day.
This late in the year you can indulge your jingoistic proclivities – as you say it’s not like you are really neglecting a necessary pick.
#335 is interesting for me as my likely unique pick is Detective. This to me is quintessential Infantino/Giella. This looks like a production proposal for the TV Batman, and I think it is just crazy mid-sixties cool. The Talking Mask might seem lame at first, but on the other hand it is so late forties Batman, so props for sticking with tradition. Great composition, great action, great distinctive Infantino style.
Thor is the only other contender. If Jane Foster had upped her game a tad more I think she could have won it for the team.
You choose the JOWA: Action for Superman beating up wooden props, or Adventure for “Starfinger”.
Wow… judging from that Avengers cover… you Canadians play hickey rough!!
So done with this Archie manhoar. Hockey or not, it’s just poor. Thor by Layton was a truly nice cover, even better than Avengers for me. Also FF by Walt Simonson is funny and looks good, even if it is a ‘standing around’ cover, it hits the funny bone with the B-class villains and She-Thing’s comment.
Let’s hope for redemption on 335. As Meli points out, that Detective is just really well drawn and I can forgive a talking mask when it looks this good.
Simonson does it again on FF, though She-Thing’s legs are a bit larger than I’d expected. Hulk is a nice ‘beauty and the beast’ scene, though nothing extravagant. Ordway does a solid Legion of Superheroes cover. Lastly, Sienkiewicz does it again on Thor with a nicely rendered piece. It’s funny how these Thor covers got really good right before Simonson took them to the next level.
JOWA to SGT Rock for keeping his compass safe all these years, then they finally ‘win’ and he let it get broken. Not to mention that it’s ridiculous that nowhere and no one else has a compass. Hopefully their final issue is coming.
WWWP? Hopefully not…………nvm.
Why does Archie’s team not have helmets?
C.K. nothing wrong with a boy liking girls!!
Klaus, in the 80s hockey was transitioning to helmets with the old guard opting not to wear them. I remember Ron Dougay who played for the New York Rangers, good looking guy with flowing blonde hair, refused to wear a helmet because all his lady fans liked looking at his lettuce.
So, a few well-placed frozen vulcanized pucks bouncing of his unprotected ears and he would have had some cailiflower to go along with that lettuce.
That’s right Klaus, and if he finds the guy that shot the puck at him in the corner he’ll grab the guy and tell him that they are about to got on a canoe ride.
What is a canoe ride? I don’t follow hockey that much.
Klaus, when a guys grabs another guy in the corner and says “it’s time you and I went for a canoe ride” it means lets drop the gloves and fight.
Wow. Hockey has a lot of its own terminology.
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