It would take a monthly comic 333.33 years to reach issue 4,000.
When I first saw Donald Duck Beach Party paired with WDCS #500 (1982 on the license plate) I thought this was another example of Western replacing (inexplicably to my mind) painted covers with line drawn covers, which it did briefly in 1982 as it wound down its comic book division.
But I was able to locate the original from 1972
Dave Palmer said:
Here’s a double three of a kind to illustrate Western replacing painted covers with line drawn covers on its 1982 reprints
Am I right in guessing that the color palette for the line-drawn covers is less expensive to print?