Covered 365: Day 88

Dark Horse Presents #88 – Dark Horse Comics, August 1994 – Artist: Mike Mignola.

I’ve been looking at a lot of covers over these past few months and one era that has been disappointing has been the 1990s so when I saw this standout from Mignola I was all over it. Why are there so few great 90s covers? Or is is just me?

The other #88s I liked, Flash Comics, House of Secrets and Wings.

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.

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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John Jamilkowski
John Jamilkowski
5 years ago

Love Mignola but the side circles ruin the overall design for me.

Chris Meli
5 years ago

I agree that there are few great 1990s covers. I think there were a lot of factors that led to this, but an important one was the bubble how it drove publishers to turn out more and flashier material. Most of the covers that we have been gushing over since the beginning of the year would have been nixed during that period as too boring. To some degree that is still true. The improvement over the 90s has been in the quality of the art, but I would argue not in the storytelling or creativity through a less-is-more approach.

I generally dig Mignola but there is no way this one comes close to House of Secrets. DHP #89 is similar and they seem to have heard you in the way they greyed-down the circles.

I am looking at #89s in less-than-ideal circumstances so I might have missed one or two good ones, but I found some decent contenders. My tops are Strange Tales and Superman, both of which show somebody picking up a building. I will go with Strange Tales because it is so iconic and the colors are great, but I love that Superman cover and I have been trying to nab a decent copy for awhile.

Other picks: Jungle, Wings

Doom Patrol gets the bizarre award for this issue number.