Quite often, it’s the coloring that will take an ordinary cover image and make it into something extraordinary. This Jack Kirby SGT FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOS cover was in all likelihood colored by the late Stan Goldberg.
The fact that every element on this cover is rendered in the same color scheme (including the corner box and the MMMS ad) heightens the effect. And the intense yellows only broken up by a few oranges and browns convey the stifling heat of the desert in a visceral way.
The worst I can say for it is that the cover copy is just a hair difficult to read. Might have been better off not trying to do a fade on those letters, but simply making them all solidly that brown color.