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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This reprint of Avengers #11 spoils the surprise!

As a change from all these doppelgängers in super-hero costumes, here are two covers from 1949 where they are nicely dressed in suit and tie.  On the first of these, Rip Carter even appears, appropriately enough, to be wearing a double-breasted suit.

By 1956, however, the formality of jacket and tie has been discarded in favour of a more comfortable look.

Another Archie musical twins guest cover:

Unfortunately, I can only find two of these covers.  It would have been satisfying to find a third, to make a set for the "Three of a Kind" thread.


What's the startling secret of the second Black Lightning?

Lots o' Hulks...

Judging by responses to my post a few days back, it seems that pretty much everyone would be in favour of having "Cats" or "Dogs" as a future theme.  A fair number of you were also okay with "Self-aware covers" (an extension of the original "Logos into the Act" suggestion).  Could I suggest that we go for "Cats (and cat-themed adventurers)" as the theme for March?  We might then follow it with "Dogs" (I think they would prefer their own month separate from the cats) and "Self-aware covers" immediately in April and May, or hold them over until a little later in the year.

There was also a certain amount of favourable feedback for "Mothers and Fathers", "Villains vs Villains" (which might combine with Jeff's theme from Julius Schwartz of two groups of heroes/villains lined up to fight), and "Second Appearances" (though personally, I feel that might be a bit difficult).  I also like Philip's suggestion of "Classrooms/schools".  We should revisit all these ideas in due course.

Incidentally, Dave commented:

"Mothers & Fathers might work for either May (Mother’s Day) or June (Father’s Day)".

I'll just point out that Mother's Day is in March in the UK and Ireland (under the name "Mothering Sunday"), and Father's Day is in September in Australia and New Zealand!

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