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.
It’s good to know that some things are back to normal, I’m posting already posted covers. Lesson to self, don’t post while in the middle of grading a stack of student papers, especially late at night (technically very early in the morning). Let’s try these two instead.
Which raises the question, how do “phantom” characters work? Casper’s hand has to be solid so he can hold the bag of peanuts, but the elephant’s trunk passes through his shoulder.
Is Phantom Girl always immaterial, or just when she wants to be? How does she control her phantomness? Is it either or? Are there in-between states? I think it’s been established that Vision can control just parts of his body.
JD DeLuzio said:
I can't remember where, but I'm sure I've read a couple of stories of "phantom" characters which make use of this sort of issue. In one story, someone opened a safe by reaching into the lock, then partially solidifying their fingers to feel the tumblers. In another one, the same process is used to give someone a heart attack by touching their heart through the chest wall. I don't think either of these stories were in comics, though.
There's also a filk song, "Jack the Tinker" by Michael Longcor, that tells how Jack is asked to free a ghost from chains that bind it, but finds that his tools pass straight through the ghostly chains. Eventually he smashes his file, then uses the ghost of the file to cut the chains. I like the song, but have always wondered how Jack could pick up the ghostly tool.