Covered 365: Day 4

A great comic book cover matching each day of the year, 1 through 365. Please chime in with your favorite corresponding cover, from any era.

Day 4 – Silver Surfer #4, Artist – John Buscema with inks from brother Sal Buscema.

I can’t think of a better #4 cover!! Buscema drops a massive monument at the feet of virtuosos like Steranko, Adams and Wrightson.

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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Ivan Kocmarek
5 years ago

Great pick, Walt… but when I think of a #4, Avengers 4 with that great Cap comeback cover rules because of the impact it made on me when it came out.

Chris Meli
5 years ago

Yeah that beats Mystery in Space #4.

To Ivan’s point, I will argue that this feature should try to divorce covers from their meaning, and focus on them as stand-alone art. Coming up we have #5, which Marvel folks will probably see as owned by Dr. Doom. However FF #5 is not a great cover. The heroes are minuscule and there is little going on. So while Avengers #4 is a far more important book that SS #4, as a stand-alone cover I can’t see arguing that it is superior.

I have to say that I am enjoying this even more that Undervalued Spotlight, and I think by the end of the year it will have really deepened my knowledge and appreciation of comics. My debt to Mr. Durajlija grows.

Lots of good #5s and my search method still leaves a lot to be desired. To give it away, I am using ComicConnect and ComicLink and searching on #X because these will immediately return thumbnails – but of course you are limited to inventory. The more comprehensive sources only return issue links, and you could spend all day clicking on these. If there is a better way to do this (that is free!) please share.

My five #5s:

All-Star Western
Conan the Barbarian
Incredible Hulk
Swamp Thing
X-Men (v2)

Chris Meli
5 years ago

Also this feature should be added to the drop-downs at the top, maybe replacing something like “Crazy Comic Covers” that hasn’t been added to in years.

Scott VanderPloeg
5 years ago
Reply to  Chris Meli

It’s under Championing Comics. Old posts that still get hits benefit from appearing in the menu in web searches.

5 years ago

Awesome choice. Such a iconic cover. I’m surprised nobody’s mentioned Jim Steranko’s Nick Fury 4 is an absolute classic