Detective Comics #339, DC Comics, May 1965. Artist: Carmine Infantino.
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.
I read somewhere Julius Schwarz loved putting gorillas on DC covers, “Carmine! Gorillas = sales” must have been the thing he said to Mr. Infantino. Who’d of thought it was a winning formula for winning cover of the day on Comic Book Daily’s Covered 365! Truth be told it was the only cover I could get myself to pick on a slow Day #339.
By all rights, Steve Geiger’s cover to Hulk #339 should have won today but I refuse to give the cover of the day to Hulk’s fat ass!
Whenever I’m bummed out over these covers I can always go to the Four Color cover of the day.
Four color 339 is a beauty Walt
Detective is a clean cover, but hardly impressive. Thor by Simonson with Beta Ray Bill getting his ‘Stormbringer’ axe, FF with Thor battling Gladiator, Xmen with sibling rivalries, and ASM with Doc Ock telling Spidey how he really feels are all stronger contenders in my eyes. However that is what this is all about, our feelings about the covers we see.
For 340 I see Thor, Fantastic Four, Daredevil, and Hulk as the best contenders. Yeah, I’m a modernist for comics many times, but these are worthy.
Question: Why were the Four Color covers better then the WDCS…mostly sane characters but FC always seems better!?
NO comments yesterday. I guess everybody was desperately trying to determine how they would value their collections.
Catching up: The Detective is the JOWA runner up but not the pick. The pick is Sgt. Rock. It might be the same old thing, and now real story other than “war is hell”, but it is the best cover for #339. Also Simonson’s FF is superior to either Detective or Hulk, and I probably would have picked it if it wasn’t for the debris clutter. The Four Color is pleasant but that’s about it.
Avengers gives us two giant grasping hands (I don’t think Benicio would have taken the part if he had been presented with this version) and Superman gives us a giant hand shadow (almost as good).
JOWA to Of Mice and Scarlet Speedsters.
Moving to #340: What a puzzler. WWWP? You are kidding, right? Let me just say that I bought it for $40 the same day that I bought my Hulk #181 for $120. The latter has performed far better…
I know Walt would really rather pick Four Color with King pursuing a guy who isn’t a criminal (because comics depicting crimes are illegal in Canada – still?).
Nice giant hand on Batman, and a pretty good Aparo cover, but – The Mole?
Adventure doesn’t get a JOWA, but it gets a grotesque award. Somehow acceptable to have Computo graphically disintegrate one of the “bodies” of Triplicate Girl on a Code approved cover. Even if this isn’t exactly murder, it must be like having your arm cut off or something. Presumably the DC guys thought, “she still has a spare, what’s the big deal?”
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