Covers of comics that are (or have been) in my collection at one point or another.
#200 part 1!
Hot Damn, It’s An Anniversary Issue! Edition:
Avengers: Interesting cover by Perez on this. Iron Man by Perez is right up there with the crisp clean version often seen by Bob Layton. Also, he’s a master of Kirby Dots! While his anatomy is still being developed - look at how soft some of his characters are, especially the women - there are elements of what will make him great. (1980)
Brave and the Bold: Final issue of this series leading into the upcoming Batman and the Outsiders series. I was a big BATO fan when it was coming out, but I only purchased this issue, featuring their first appearance as a group in a 16-page preview, about a year ago. Unlike DC Comics Presents, I’m not in a rush to collect the Batman Team-ups of B&B. I’ll pick up random issues here and there - ones that feature the Teen Titans or Adam Strange or other favorites - but the mostly non-canonical nature of the series keeps me away a bit. But as far as anniversary issues go, this is a must-buy. (1983)
Cerebus: Apparently this issue marks the end of the “main” Cerebus narrative with the remaining 100 issues acting as the denouement (according to many sources). I’m still holding off on a great marathon read of the series until I get every (or almost every) single issue. The earliest issues will be the hardest to obtain, but I am getting closer. (1995)
Fantastic Four: A coverless leftover from my uncle’s collection that I no longer have. Of the entire story, all I really remember is the scene where Doom sees his face reflected over and over again on a sphere causing him to go mad. (1978)
Flash: The conclusion of Blitz pitting Wally West against the latest incarnation of Zoom. By the end, as a way to protect his wife, Wally’s life is changed - for a brief time at least - in that no one remembers that Wally is Flash. It doesn’t last too long. While Geoff Johns continues as writer for another two years, this is the final Scott Kolins issue at the time. (2003)
Green Lantern: Under a fantastic Walt Simonson cover, the Green Lantern Corps goes through major changes as the end of the Crisis… nears. The Guardians of the Universe go into hiding for awhile leaving the Corps to fend more or less for themselves. It’s the culmination of over a year’s worth of story that brings John Stewart to the forefront, makes big changes in Hal Jordan’s life, introduces new characters and concepts to the GL mythos and brings even more GLs to Earth with the next issue. I really enjoyed GL back at this time and it’s because of that fondness that I’ve often though of collecting from issue 100 to 200 just to read and see how that corner of the universe develops. (1986)
Justice League of America: Perhaps the greatest issue 200 of them all. A full roster of JLAers drawn by many fantastic artists under a fairly fun story. Perez, Aparo, Kubert, Kane, Infantino, Broderick, Giordano, even Bolland drawing Batman! This is one of those issues I own multiple copies of - I find it in cheap back issue bins quite often. A time capsule of what made the satellite-era JLA so great. (1982)
To be continued…