Batman #350, DC Comics, August 1982. Artist: Gene Colan.
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.
Here we are Day 350 and it only gave us 22 covers to choose from, none were great but a few were good. This covers exercise has taught me a bunch of things and one of the most important ones is the artist’s rendering of our heroes and villains, its something I kind of took for granted as my eyes only gravitated to the covers I liked before Covered: 365 started. but now I have to look at all the covers and I’m seeing the importance of just simply doing a good job on the characters is. Gene Colan is one of those artists that rarely disappoints and his solid rendering of Batman and foe on the cover of Batman #350 win the day for me.
This exercise has also taught me that going outside the box with interesting layouts sometimes work and sometimes don’t, I think Ron Wagner deserves some creativity credits for his cover to Daredevil #350.
As I mentioned earlier, how our heroes are rendered is a very important ingredient and for me over the past year the Hulk is the poster child for this ingredient. Jeff Purves does an OK job on our Hulk on the cover of Hulk #350, the combination of Hulk/Thing/Doom crowding 99% of the cover is hard to pass up though.
I’ve also noticed that some things are hard to draw and that sometimes the solution is heavy black ink, case in point Walt Simonson’s cover to Fantastic Four #350.
I always check Four Color 1st on a new day, I try not to pick every cover because I don’t want to look like a mushy nostalgic. Imagine my shock at seeing Dan Gromley’s ghastly cover to Four Color #350, I was honestly kind of offended by the cover, I remember a similar feeling with that old Famous Funnies turkey Thanksgiving cover early in the year.
It would have been smart had I started paying respects to title run last issues since the beginning but this has been a work in progress since Day 1. Carmine Infantino shows Flash the door with issue #350