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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Last post of the month and it's another pulp from me I'm afraid, but I need to ensure that Britain stays ahead of the game. The subject area looks interesting.

I'll let the group decide if it counts. There's something in the cover featuring Big (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) Ben  but, let me just say this:

that would make one heck of a comic book!

Steve W said:

Last post of the month and it's another pulp from me I'm afraid, but I need to ensure that Britain stays ahead of the game. The subject area looks interesting.

Spider-girl on a September's morn, but, judging from that neck, I rather think this incarnation was bit by a radioactive giraffe. And is this her impersonation of the Flash?

The side of her costume, meanwhile, makes it look like she's smuggling a wineskin.

"You made this suggestion last year."

Thanks, Peter. Those are the ones I was thinking of. Juist wanted to make sure they're still under consideration.

"Got wood?"

“Will, you’re a genius, but have you ever considered seat belts?”

"C'mon, Lana, I can't objectify you looking like that! On the other hand I do have x-ray vision, so...."

"Lana, hi, it's me!"
"Superman.  It's Superman here."
"Yes, it has been a long time, hasn't it?  Anyway..."
"Oh, you heard about Lois, did you?  Yes, well, I..."
"Oh, I'm fine, thanks.  And what have you been doing with yourself?"
"Brainiac?  Really?  No, I hadn't heard that.  Um.  I guess congratulations are in order?"
"No, I wasn't calling about anything important.  Oops, there goes Jimmy's signal watch.  Gotta go!"
"Damn.  I wonder how Lori is getting on with Ronal..."


*(DC published this humorous feature in 1974.)

BATMAN: "You're a hit, Robin! They're giving you a GREAT BIG HAND!"

The final count of covers for August.

  • 55 covers - England
  • 49 covers - France
  • 19 covers - Italy
  • 12 covers - Africa (country unspecified), Canada, USSR/Russia
  • 11 covers - Scotland
  • 10 covers - Egypt, India
  • 9 covers - Mexico
  • 8 covers - Japan
  • 6 covers - Australia, Switzerland
  • 5 covers - Holland/Netherlands, Spain
  • 4 covers - Europe (country unspecified), Ireland, South America (country unspecified), World (multiple countries, unspecified)
  • 3 covers - Antarctica, Brazil, China, Germany, Greece, Outer Space, South Africa, Unknown
  • 2 covers - Austria, Central America (country unspecified), Hong Kong, Iceland, Indo-China, Israel, North Pole, Norway, Tibet, Vatican City.
  • 1 cover - Arabia, Bahamas, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Libya, Morocco, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Pacific Islands, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Suriname, Sweden, Texas, Thailand, Vietnam, Wales.
  • 1 cover (fictional/mythological nations) - Vanaheim, Wakanda, Xochtan

Here's an updated version of the spreadsheet and index of monthly themes, including the subjects agreed for the next couple of months.

Date Page/Reply Theme (and clickable link) Pages Replies
Oct 2016 1/1 Letter A 19 228
Dec 2016 20/1 Letter B 17 207
Jan 2017 37/4 Letter C 18 214
Feb 2017 55/2 Letter D 17 208
Mar 2017 72/6 Letter E 15 178
Apr 2017 87/4 Letter F 15 184
May 2017 102/8 Letter G 13 157
Jun 2017 115/9 Letter H 16 195
Jul 2017 131/12 Letter I 12 133
Aug 2017 143/1 Letter J 16 194
Sep 2017 159/3 Letter K 19 237
Oct 2017 178/12 Letter L 24 285
Nov 2017 202/9 Letter M 24 280
Dec 2017 226/1 Letter N 19 236
Jan 2018 245/9 Letter O 21 245
Feb 2018 266/7 Letter P 25 295
Mar 2018 291/2 Letters Q & R 20 243
Apr 2018 311/5 Letter S 22 270
May 2018 333/11 Superman’s 80th anniversary 21 250
Jun 2018 354/9 Letter T 21 250
Jul 2018 375/7 Letter U 17 207
Aug 2018 392/10 Letter V 19 228
Sep 2018 411/10 Letter W 20 233
Oct 2018 431/3 Letter X 15 180
Nov 2018 446/3 Letter Y 13 156
Dec 2018 459/3 Letter Z 13 156
Jan 2019 472/3 Person being carried 16 190
Feb 2019 488/1 Real people 17 214
Mar 2019 505/11 Homages/parodies 19 224
Apr 2019 524/7 Green-skinned people 17 207
May 2019 541/10 Wanted posters 17 201
Jun 2019 558/7 Boxing rings 15 180
Jul 2019 573/7 Empty uniforms 15 177
Aug 2019 588/4 Beaches 25 297
Sep 2019 613/1 Apes 28 340
Oct 2019 641/5 Haunted houses/graves 21 250
Nov 2019 662/3 Motor bikes 21 254
Dec 2019 683/5 Foreign language covers 17 209
Jan 2020 700/10 Playing cards/tabletop games 23 275
Feb 2020 723/9 Valentines and Cupids 22 259
Mar 2020 745/4 Statues 21 256
Apr 2020 766/8 Elephants 22 263
May 2020 788/7 Heroes & villains cooperating 17 198
Jun 2020 805/1 The Moon 25 310
Jul 2020 830/11 Flags & patriotic symbols 19 226
Aug 2020 849/9 Foreign locations (non-US) 20 234
Sep 2020 869/3 MST3K (with commentary)
Oct 2020 Vampires and Werewolves
Nov 2020 Giants

Note on the theme for October.

Vampires and Werewolves:

Quite a number of vampire and werewolf covers appeared during June, when the theme was "The Moon".  We have had a couple of suggestions of how to prevent October's covers from getting repetitive.

  • Avoid covers that show the Moon (if there's no moon, they wouldn't have been posted in June!)
  • Avoid covers where the vampire or werewolf is the protagonist (so we don't get complete runs of Tomb of Dracula or I, Vampire, or Werewolf by Night or...)

At some point, we need to think about themes for December and beyond.

I estimate that the first 133 Jimmy Olsen covers will all qualify for this month's award (right up to Jack Kirby taking over the title) and this one would be up there with the best.

Supes: "Well this is the first time I've ever tried this - there's no precedence that it will work, but, in for a penny, in for a pound - Jim, old boy, shout out if anything goes wrong.  Personally, I'm convinced it will all go perfectly."

Jimmy {thinks} "So if I try the same trick twice on ol' Supes, it's bound to work, coz of course he's got a terrible memory."

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