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I Can’t Cover What I Am – “Is That a Gorilla On the Cover? I MUST HAVE IT!”

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I Can’t Cover What I Am – “Is That a Gorilla On the Cover? I MUST HAVE IT!”

In this feature, I spotlight comic book covers that follow a specific theme. Here is an archive of all the cover themes we’ve spotlighted so far.

Beginning in 1951, DC Comics began to release a whole PILE of covers featuring gorillas on them. It seems pretty clear that somebody at DC felt that putting a gorilla on the cover would lead to increased sales. There are so many of them that I’m limiting myself to the 1950s and 1960s and fifty total covers. Yes, I am “limiting” myself to FIFTY covers! That’s how popular gorilla covers were!

Enjoy!

Strange Adventures #8 (May 1951) Art by Win Mortimer

Batman #75 (February-March 1953) Art by Win Mortimer, Lew Schwartz and Charles Paris

Strange Adventures #32 (May 1953) Art by Murphy Anderson

Strange Adventures #39 (December 1953) Art by Murphy Anderson

Adventure Comics #196 (January 1954) Art by Win Mortimer

Strange Adventures #45 (June 1954) Art by Murphy Anderson

Congo Bill #1 (August-September 1954) Art by Nick Cardy

Strange Adventures #55 (April 1955) Art by Murphy Anderson

Wonder Woman #78 (November 1955) Art by Irv Novick

Adventure Comics #219 (December 1955) Art by Curt Swan and Stan Kaye

Strange Adventures #64 (January 1956) Art by Gil Kane

Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #10 (February 1956) Art by Curt Swan and Ray Burnley

Tales of the Unexpected #2 (April-May 1956) Art by Leonard Starr

Strange Adventures #69 (June 1956) Art by Gil Kane and Bernard Sachs

Action Comics #218 (July 1956) Art by Wayne Boring and Stan Kaye

Strange Adventures #75 (December 1956) Art by Gil Kane and Bernard Sachs

My Greatest Adventure #14 (March-April 1957) Art by Ruben Moreira

House of Secrets #6 (September-October 1957) Art by Nick Cardy

Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #24 (October-November 1957) Art by Curt Swan and Stan Kaye

Strange Adventures #88 (January 1958) Art by Gil Kane and Joe Giella

Action Comics #238 (March 1958) Art by Curt Swan and Stan Kaye

Strange Adventures #100 (January 1959) Art by Gil Kane and Joe Giella

House of Secrets #16 (January 1959) Art by Bob Brown

Strange Adventures #108 (September 1959) Art by Gil Kane

House of Secrets #26 (November 1959) Art by Dick Dillin and Sheldon Moldoff

Go to the next page for the other twenty-five!

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