Ok, how about this for an idea.  We take it in turns to post a favourite (British spelling) comic cover every day.  This went really well on the comic fan website that I used to frequent.  What we tried to do was find a theme or subject and follow that, until we all got bored with that theme.  I'd like to propose a theme of letters of the alphabet. So, for the remainder of October (only 5 days) and all of November, we post comic cover pictures associated with the letter "A".  Then in December, we post covers pertaining to the letter "B".  The association to the letter can be as tenuous as you want it to be. For example I could post a cover from "Adventure Comics" or "Amazing Spider Man".  However Spider Man covers can also be posted when we're on the letter "S".  Adventure Comic covers could also be posted when we're on the letter "L" if they depict the Legion of Super Heroes.  So, no real hard, fast rules - in fact the cleverer the interpretation of the letter, the better, as far as I'm concerned.

And it's not written in stone that we have to post a cover every day. There may be some days when no cover gets posted. There's nothing wrong with this, it just demonstrates that we all have lives to lead.

If everyone's in agreement I'd like to kick this off with one of my favourite Action Comic covers, from January 1967. Curt Swan really excelled himself here.

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Richard Willis said:

This German cover looks like a Carl Barks cover to me, but I haven't been able to find the U.S. version.

A nice Dave Sim chess motif cover...

Peter Wrexham said:

You know who is often depicted with playing cards?  Alice (in Wonderland).

Also in Sunderland.

And while I'm considering the works of Bryan Talbot...

Another Dave Sim...

Ok, so this isn't actually a cover, but I remember this full page so well from early 70s and it was advertising a table top game...

And, speaking of full page advertisements, the table top game that created the most envy in me (being British, we were not able to purchase any of the products displayed in the ads), was Ka-Bala!

Another Marvel Western! 

I always wondered exactly what plans, if any, Marvel had for Caleb Hammer as all their western books were all reprints or cancelled or about to be cancelled! Why "waste" an issue of Marvel Premiere for a concept with little chance of success?

Steve W said:

And, speaking of full page advertisements, the table top game that created the most envy in me (being British, we were not able to purchase any of the products displayed in the ads), was Ka-Bala!

Ah, yes, I remember those advertisements. I liked to imagine being the boy in the Ka-Bala ad who asked "Will I ever pitch a winning game?".  As another Brit, if the Eye of Zohar ever told me "Yes!", I'd have a follow-up question:  "What on Earth does that mean?"

Skittle Pool and Ka-Bala join Scrabble and Dominoes as games that have (so far, at least) had only one appearance, together with Tiddly-Winks from J.D. DeLuzio's post yesterday.  After the discussion about Clue/Cluedo, Checkers/Draughts and so on, I was slightly surprised to learn that the States calls it by the same name that we use in the UK!  Though, according to my Concise Oxford Dictionary, they may also use Tiddledy-Winks as an alternative term.

This cover has playing cards, dice, and roulette.

had only one appearance, together with Tiddly-Winks from J.D. DeLuzio's post yesterday.  After the discussion about Clue/Cluedo, Checkers/Draughts and so on, I was slightly surprised to learn that the States calls it by the same name that we use in the UK!  Though, according to my Concise Oxford Dictionary, they may also use Tiddledy-Winks as an alternative term.

Though I am, in fact, Canadian, where we play Checkers, not Draughts, and Clue, not Cluedo, but we play Snakes and Ladders, not Chutes and Ladders. We have colours, not colors, but prisoners go to jail, though a handful of historic buildings of that nature still have "gaol" chiselled into them.



Peter Wrexham said:

Steve W said:

And, speaking of full page advertisements, the table top game that created the most envy in me (being British, we were not able to purchase any of the products displayed in the ads), was Ka-Bala!

Ah, yes, I remember those advertisements. I liked to imagine being the boy in the Ka-Bala ad who asked "Will I ever pitch a winning game?".  As another Brit, if the Eye of Zohar ever told me "Yes!", I'd have a follow-up question:  "What on Earth does that mean?"

Skittle Pool and Ka-Bala join Scrabble and Dominoes as games that have (so far, at least)

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