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.

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 26 322
Jul 2020 831/11 Flags & patriotic symbols 18 215
Aug 2020 849/10 Foreign locations (non-US) 20 233
Sep 2020 869/3 MST3K (with commentary) 24 292
Oct 2020 893/7 Vampires and Werewolves 20 245
Nov 2020 913/12 Giants 24 286
Dec 2020 937/10 Snow & winter scenes 24 289
Jan 2021 961/11 Doppelgängers 32 377
Feb 2021 993/4 Movies 23 275
Mar 2021 1016/3 Cats/cat-themed adventurers 22 263
Apr 2021 1038/2 Dogs/dog-themed adventurers 25 305
May 2021 1063/7 Big guns/Heavy weaponry 25 302
Jun 2021 1088/9 Dinosaurs/Time Travel 28 338
Jul 2021 1116/11 Big Questions/Question Marks 28 330
Aug 2021 1144/5 Highways, Travel etc 19 232
Sep 2021 1163/9 Favourite Covers/Comics 28 330
Oct 2021 1191/3 Lineups 21 260
Nov 2021 1212/11 JSA 80th Anniversary 23 269
Dec 2021 1235/4 Logos in the action 26 317
Jan 2022 1261/9 Dynamic Duos 29 348
Feb 2022 1290/9 Romantic Scenes 26 313
Mar 2022 1316/10 Bridges 29 339
Apr 2022 1345/1 Unexpected Green 23 286
May 2022 1368/11 Neal Adams 26 310
Jun 2022 1394/9 George Perez 19 227
Jul 2022 1413/8 Parents 30 356
Aug 2022 1443/4 Fairgrounds and Carnivals
Sep 2022 Joe Kubert
Oct 2022 First and last issues
Nov 2022 Classrooms?

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FOR LOVERS ONLY #73: "Yet it carries the comics code seal of approval."

The CCA was nothing inf not inconsistent. 

FLASH #198: "Surely expressing opinions about religion was a no-no for the comics code?"

Man, I have never even seen that cover before!

What the Code said in 1970 was

“Ridicule or attack on any religious or racial group is never permissible.”

This didn’t change with the 1971 revision.

Here’s something we should ask:  “Mr. Kane, is that squiggle on Flash’s chest supposed to be a lightning bolt?”

Steve W said:

And while we're on the subject of the Comics Code, how the hell did this one get past them? This comic came out in June 1970, and would appear to insult both Christians and atheists. Surely expressing opinions about religion was a no-no for the comics code?

I would think this comic and its premise would be a tad more touchy under the Code

"I would think this comic and its premise would be a tad more touchy under the Code"

...and this one. (Tony Isabella could tell you more about that.)

In the final analysis this story is 180 degrees from what Tony Isabella intended.  

Flash #198(JUN1970) has two stories, the other being Flash's portion of the continuing Zatanna story. The cover has him praying to God. The synopsis of this 14-page story on dc.fandom.com/wiki says "The Flash's head is grazed by a bullet while he is performing for three orphans, regressing him mentally to an eight-year-old." Grand Comics Database agrees with this synopsis except that it says "a blow to the head."

So if someone prays to God the implication is that his or her mind is addled. That does seem to disparage all religions with a single supreme being (Christianity, Judaism and Islam). I guess it doesn't disparage a specific religion, so the Code wouldn't necessarily disapprove it. Code enforcement depended upon who was doing the review, what they had for breakfast and the phase of the moon. Atheists were not considered and were held in public contempt back then (In 1954 the words "under God" were added to the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance). I'm sure the rights of Atheists were not even thought about by the Code reviewers.

This cover had Superbaby (oddly, in full costume) freeing a so-called "killer bear" from a bear trap. Did the bear just trigger the trap? If not, were the campers happily sitting there after the bear was trapped? Did they think that Superbaby would just watch them being killed and eaten rather than stop the bear? Inquiring minds want to know!

I read this one in 1961, when I was 13(!), but surprisingly don't remember it. the DC Fandom synopsis tells me that aliens for their own reasons set up a carnival. The distorting mirror actually changes the JLA members as shown on the cover. Why would the aliens change them instead of just avoiding them? Apparently, JLA figures out how to use the mirror to reverse the effect after defeating the aliens while in their altered bodies.

  

“We decide to take a night off from evil doing, go to the discotheque and relax, AND still the Avengers won’t leave us alone.”

And, judging by their hand actions, I would say they were almost certainly dancing to 'YMCA' by The Village People.  Which is strange because that particular record wasn't due to come out until 15 years later!

Dave Palmer said:

“We decide to take a night off from evil doing, go to the discotheque and relax, AND still the Avengers won’t leave us alone.”

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