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Happy Friday the 13th everyone, this weird day we’ve all decided is cursed for reasons we can no longer remember. Seriously, I have no idea why the fearful and unlucky reputation of the number 13 has persisted so long or even where it started but it has stuck around so we might as well indulge it. This Friday the 13th I’m celebrating with a dive into the single best argument for why this random day of the year has persisted as a national holiday: Jason Voorhees, star of the Friday the 13th film series.
Released in 1980, Friday the 13th may not have started the ‘80s slasher craze but it did cement it, helping to full launch the horror blockbuster and launching the franchise that would turn “Jason” into psycho-killer shorthand. Nearly 40 years later Jason has managed to invade every medium- film, television, video games, novels, music, and, naturally, comic books. There has been a cavalcade of Friday the 13th comic books over the years both tied to the films and independent of them and today we honor those comics by looking at their best cover artwork, let’s dive in.