Covered 365: Day 94

X-Men #94 – Marvel Comics, August 1975 – Artist: Gil Kane.

I love the combination of key issue and iconic cover. Sometimes I’m not sure if it’s the keyness of the issue that makes the cover seem iconic after but I am sure I’ve always like this cover especially the deep green background.

Day 94 was one of the best in a while and X-Men #94 basically won by default, House of Secrets #94 was there but I just did #92 and Wings #94 was there but I just picked #90. You have no idea of how hard I had to try just not to pick Teen Confessions #94, I mean that cover says it all and I wanted to gloat that I have the original art for that book. I really liked Red Ryder but I didn’t feel like getting yelled at. The old Marvel Tales #94 was great too.

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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4 years ago

X-Men #94 is a great choice and deserves the day. I went to my own collection to look at X-Men #94, and that helped confirm for me what a great cover it is. While digging through some of my other #94 issues, I was struck by Daredevil #94 and its dynamic Colan cover with DD & Black Widow. Also, thanks for giving Red Ryder #94 an honorable mention. I recently saw that comic at a con and the cover just popped from the display board.

Robin Easterbrook
Robin Easterbrook
4 years ago

I’ve been enjoying your cover selections since #1 but would it be possible to supply links to the covers you mention but didn’t pick? I know I can go and look them up but it would be oh so much more convenient to just click a link. Thanks.

Bud Plant
4 years ago

Yes, maybe its a bit lazy, but I echo Robin’s wish for links. It took me a while to find Red Ryder 94, Grand Comics Database can be a bit obtuse at times. First I searched title AND issue number, and only got two foreign issues, then I thought you meant Four Color #94, but that’s not Red Ryder. Finally searched just the title, found the Dell run, and I assume the correct issue?
Not bad, I’ll add it to my wants. I currently only collect earlier issues, with Alley Oop and other strip reprints, and the occasional fun cover. Like this one. Next time I guess I’ll just Google it.

Chris Meli
4 years ago

Finally things are looking up around here. If you think that I would have yelled at you about Red Ryder you are putting it too strongly. That cover would not make my list but I am impressed by the artistry. My two complaints would be (as usual) no real story, and in this case that it is too cartoony – at first blush I thought of Calvin and Hobbes.

Did you mean to say that you _were_ the original art for Teen Confessions #94?

Let’s get the slam-dunk #95 pick of Marvel Tales out of the way and move on to other topics:

The runners up:
Adventure (gotta love the Japanese and German officers)
Journey Into Mystery
Strange Adventures (simple, but the composition is perfect and the 3D effect is dizzying)
Wonder Woman (if you are going to go with the big/striking for TTA #93, you’ve got to go for the Incredible Wonder Woman origin cover here)
X-Men (Kane does it again)

Beyond the top picks, #95 calls for some special awards:

A Walt Special: I Love You

Double Up Bizarre: Doom Patrol (return of the Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man – and we wonder why there aren’t more DC collectors…)

Totally Lame First Prize: Superman (Huh what? And who wants to read this?)

Totally Lame Second Prize: Sensation (“Your secret is out, Diana Prince! Without your glasses you are Wonder Woman!” How did we win WW II with officers like these? Those guys from Adventure would have mopped the floor with this clown. Instead Princess Diana went to all that trouble to save him, and is now huge and green skinned and the butt of countless John Byrne double entendres.)

Chris Meli
4 years ago

And to drop a bit of free research about our pick here: the number of CGC 9.8s by year (for which I could find information)

2010: 7
2011: 8
2016: 26
2018: 31
2019: 35

Note that this book was selling for $20k-$30k in CGC 9.8 from 2006-2010. It seems to me that this would be an _enormous_ incentive for anyone with a pristine copy to get it graded. Maybe all we are seeing here is the evolution of pressing technology, but in any case it is a cautionary tale for anyone (like me!) who might take current population figures to be representative of the “final” population of extant copies.

4 years ago

Even though you picked a House of Secrets cover two days ago, this still should have been House of Secrets 94.

Chris Elliott
Chris Elliott
4 years ago

@Chris Meli …. don’t you mean WW’s origin issue in number 98 ? the first Andru and Esposito art one ?

Chris Meli
4 years ago

@Chris Elliott, I can see how this confusion might arise – I did intend to refer to WW #94, which is of course the origin of the Incredible Wonder Woman. Recall in that issue that Wonder Woman had to save Steve Trevor, who had been freediving near the Bikini Atoll, from being incinerated by a nuclear test detonation. Because of exposure to the blast, subsequently our beloved princess would transform into a gargantuan, green, and even more pneumatic creature whenever she became frustrated that she couldn’t remember where she parked the Invisible Plane. (Which happened a lot, because, like, it’s invisible.) Hilarity ensued.

Also recall that due to oxygen deprivation from the freediving, Trevor became deranged, took a leave of absence from the military, and began a disastrous folk-rock career. I’ll never forget the scene where he screams at the audience, “My name’s not Snapper!”, and storms off the stage. It wasn’t until the early seventies that DC revisited this storyline, with Trevor upbraiding the lowly Gomer Pyle in his office just as Billy Batson happened to walk by. Similar to Phineas Gage, Trevor’s brain damage from the earlier oxygen deprivation had made him permanently irritable, and he screamed at Pyle, “WHAT IN GOD’S NAME DOES ‘SHAZAM!’ MEAN!” The proximity to Batson caused Trevor to “steal” the linkage to Superm- I mean Captain Marv- I mean Shazam! and summon the Big Red Cheese. Hilarity ensued. Later of course Trevor learned to control the linkage via the Nega_B- I mean Phantom Zone Bracelets, until Wonder Woman complained that the bracelets were a trademark violation, and Billy Batson convinced Earth’s Mightiest Mortal that non-traditional symbioses couldn’t work in the long term.

I understand from listening to a recent authoritative podcast that in the current storyline, it’s been revealed that Trevor is not actually dead for the time being. Also it was pointed out that someone named Chris can be hard on the author of Covered 365 – I assume the reference is to you, so please tone it down a bit.

WW #98 is instead the “new” origin of Wonder Woman (not to be confused with the Incredible Wonder Woman), where it is revealed that she and her identical twin had been forced to journey from Paradise Island to the Ottawa River with the haunting directive, “There can be only one!” There they carried out the ancient Amazonian log rolling death match. I think all the children who bought WW #98 on the newstand (maybe two hundred kids) were permanently scarred by the chant of the spectators:

“For she goes birling down and down the white water
That’s where the log driver learns to step lightly
It’s birling down, and down white water
A log driver’s waltz murders girls completely.”

As Wonder Woman’s slightly less wondrous twin falls and is crushed/drowned, her last haunting murmur of

“La valse du journalier assassine complètement des filles”

was both a tip of the hat and also another gesture indicating that DC is an AMERICAN publisher and would continue to stick with the AMERICAN language. (Quite forward-looking of them I would have to say.)

Suffice it to say that #98 will not be a cover pick both because of this despicable storyline and also because it’s a pretty lame cover.