S'okay. I'm impressed you managed to find a cover to fit.
Well, a softball topic would have been really helpful in this little project of mine (foxley's the only forum member--so far as I know!--who has caught on to my secret criterion), but it's more fulfilling when I can meet a real challenge like this one!
Post by M. W. Gallaher on Oct 8, 2019 9:26:59 GMT -5
I was unable to contribute this time around, since my secret personal challenge prevents me from using another Sherlock Holmes cover (two of my previously-used covers showed up in this week's contest, though!). With only six left to go, I'm hoping tomorrow's contest will be something I can join in on! Anyway, my vote goes to
for that nifty Mike Kaluta Batman/Holmes Detective Comics anniversary cover. I don't think I've ever seen a Kaluta cover I didn't like.
I like the look of it, I'll have to look out for more of his work.
Luis Dominguez did lots of covers for DC in the 70s. Mostly the scary books, including some Swamp Thing and Phantom Stranger (the closest he seems to have come to superhero material), but also westerns and war and some period adventure stuff like Robin Hood and the 3 Musketeers.
I didn't like his work much when it was contemporary, but these days I'm rather appreciative of his talents.
Post by M. W. Gallaher on Oct 3, 2019 8:45:31 GMT -5
Here's what I bought off the stands in October 1979: Amazing Adventures #2 ($0.40): X-Men reprints of this vintage appealed to me. I'd always liked the team, and one of the reprint issues of the regular title was among my earliest comics purchases.
Brave & Bold #158 ($0.40): Batman and Wonder Woman, featuring a sequence that inspired a scene in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, earning Jim Aparo a screen credit.
Defenders #79 ($0.40): This one featured one of the most obscure of the Defenders, Aeroika, who had wings growing out of his head.
Fantasy Masterpieces #2 ($0.75): I actually had a copy of the original Silver Surfer #1 that I'd obtained somewhere in my early collecting, and I loved the character, so the opportunity to get reprints of the rest of the run appealed to me.
Howard the Duck? #2 ($1.25): I'd grown tired of Howard, but the concept still kept me a devoted buyer into his B&W magazine era under the new pen of Bill Mantlo.
Legion of Super-Heroes #259 ($0.40): I liked the team, but was no longer a regular buyer. The departure of Superboy and change in formal title grabbed my attention this month. I would not be following Superboy into his retro solo series, though.
Shogun Warriors #12 ($0.40): I just kept buying this one. I wanted to like this Moench/Trimpe giant robot book more than I did, but they must have been doing something right.
Tales to Astonish #2 ($0.40): A chance to read the early Sub-Mariner comics. I didn't stick with it for long, because despite rather liking the character, I didn't care for Thomas & Buscema's take on Namor.
Tomb of Dracula #2 ($1.25): Ditko's Dracula story was visually impressive, but I could sense this wasn't going to stand up to the classic color run.
X-Men #129 ($0.40): I was hooked good on this, like almost everyone else.
Total purchase price: $6.05. A good bargain.
Cover of the month: Glancing through this month's offerings, the one that stands out the most to me is Marie Severin's Spider-Woman #22, an impressive composition with a cool downward-viewing angle. Seeing the lead character from behind probably would have rankled Stan Lee if he'd been directly involved, although he did allow a few covers with back shots of the star now and then.
Comic I'd Most Like to Have but Don't: It'd probably be cool to have Star Reach #18, even though its contents don't appear to have been the best in its run (Lee Marrs cover looks a little crude to me, seems to be reaching for a Gray Morrow style and failing). I remember seeing several issues of this "ground level" (isn't that what they called it?) series, but I never picked one up.
Post by M. W. Gallaher on Sept 24, 2019 7:33:33 GMT -5
This proved to be a much richer topic than I would have guessed! I love lots of the entries, but I keep going back to the one offered up by tarkintino DC's mystery comics covers are ones I haven't spent a lot of time studying, so there are lots of them that feel very fresh to me, and that appealing Nick Cardy ghost town cover, with the train station and scenic rolling landscape in the background reminds me of some top-tier Twilight Zone episode. I don't know if it would have had me itching to purchase off the stands in the early 70's, but I love it today.
(And I enjoyed seeing the contestants share some of their strategies. I'll be sharing a detailed overview of my own strategies in a few weeks when--fingers crossed!--I finish off my secret personal cover contest challenge project.)
Post by M. W. Gallaher on Sept 18, 2019 13:29:56 GMT -5
There's a briefcase/satchel there, not just a jack-in-the-box. This was a tough one for my secret personal cover contest challenge, but now I'm down to only 7 (or maybe 9, we'll see). The end is really in sight, now, and my options for cover choices are getting very limited, but I think I can complete this!