Covered 365: Day 96

Archie Comics #96 – Archie Publications, December 1958 – Artist: ? Harry Lucey??.

You knew a romance themed one was coming soon after the willpower I showed laying of the recent Teen Confessions and you know much like Agatha Christie I’m trying hard not to be too predictable on which cover actually did it.

Sometimes sight gags work, sometimes subtle double entendres work. The cover to Archie #96 works!

I was really liking X-Men #96, Avengers #96 and I was really starting to feel Web of Spider-Man #96 though there was something off about it, like it was almost there.

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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  1. Ugh. A “great cover”? Come on. At best this is a one panel comic strip groaner. I realize that you want to give a “finisher” ribbon to every genre, but I am running a cage match here. Maybe if you are at the NY Comic Con we can stop by and see Neal Adams and you can explain to him why you prefer this to Avengers. (There are a lot of Avengers #96 in high grade or I would have hunted one down – I have a much-loved copy from my youth that would maybe pay for a Happy Meal.)

    #97 might indicate another leg down for this exercise. Eventually I am going to have to start looking at the Four Color photo covers. Luckily Tales of Suspense is utterly defensible as a pick, and if we are talking inclusivity I don’t recall seeing a Colan cover pick yet and this is one of his best.

    Today’s award is the Steve Trevor (Not To Mention All of Clark Kent’s Friends and Colleagues) Is Shown To Be That Much More Of A Pathetic Moron Award, and it goes to Batman $97. In just his second appearance, Ace the Bat-Hound demonstrates to Batman and Robin that he knows their secret identities, while Steve Trevor managed to be mislead by Diana’s eyeglasses for eight years.

  2. Line up all the #96 covers on a table then ask a bunch of artists including Neal Adams, to pick their favorite, I’m betting the Archie cover comes out near the top. Its a great comic book cover. I’ll ask Neal but you’re going to have to ask Esad form me Chris.

  3. On a pure guy level, even Neal will pick the Archie cover. Neal certainly appreciates the fairer sex. And the games we play.

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