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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Dogs and guns



Wipe that "Action Comics Weekly" Wild Dog cover from my list, but I still have two "Dogs with Big Guns" covers left for the transition into May.

With "Guardians of the Galaxy", the dog is merely in the company of the wielder of the big gun...

...but the dog himself has the biggest gun on this "Boris the Bear" cover.

Dick Tracy and the Dogs!

Oh, I love the photo on that National Lampoon magazine cover! Somehow, it ended up as a label on an LP of the collected Beatles Christmas recordings, which is where I first saw it. In 1977 I respond to an add run by their own back issue department. I sent them a check for $7 including postage for that issue. they cashed the check, but I never received the magazine. 

Now that we've moved on to other canines, there was a ad for Steve Englehart's Coyote (drawn by Steve Leialoha, IIRC) that said, "Buy this comic or we'll shoot this coyate!" but it was an ad, alas, not a cover. Instead, here's a cover featuring Coyote.

By the time the original Coyote serial was collected, Englehart had taken his character to Marvel's "Epic Comics" imprint. He spoke so often of "I Am Coyote" as "Coyote #0" that I firmly believe that was the beginning of the "zero issue" phenomenon which plagues the filed to this day.

My Dale Evans cover from March

Richard Willis said:

Obviously the last moments of Dale Evans

A dog cover from Dale Evans for April. I don't expect to have a Big Guns cover from her.

My last three for April

Tank Girl starts May with bare arms, and a rather interesting large weapon:

Considering the probable weight of the weapons that Martha is carrying, I'm surprised she can even stand up, never mind "Go To War".

Here's the latest update to the spreadsheet and index of monthly themes, together with a reminder of the themes so far agreed for future 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 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 25 304
May 2021 1063/7 Big guns/Heavy weaponry
Jun 2021 Dinosaurs & Time Travel
Jul 2021 Big Questions/Question Marks
Nov 2021 JSA 80th Anniversary

Perhaps surprisingly, there were more posts in Dog month than in Cat month.  I suspect, though, that the greater number of posts reflects the debate about future themes, and some miscellaneous discussions, rather than the actual number of Cat or Dog covers posted.  I suppose I could go back and actually count the number of on-theme covers, but even my mania for collecting statistics has limits!

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