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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As the last few posts have demonstrated, there's quite a significant number of covers showing both dinosaurs and guns.  Perhaps not too surprising, as a lot of dinosaurs covers show them rampaging, and humans firing back.

I'm posting just one transition cover, of a dinosaur carrying a (necessarily) implausibly-large gun.

Blackhawk with a big gun!

Blackhawk time travelled to the prehistoric past!

Blackhawk against cavemen with guns!

Blackhawk was a pretty weird book as well! I wonder what Will Eisner thought? 

I picked this cover not just for the cannon inside and the cannonball coming in, but because it shows U.S. sailors in the Civil War (not counting the Infantry guy who's talking).

This cover shows soldiers firing a mortar, unseen on other covers.

The weapon here is called a recoilless rifle for its rifled barrel. It's actually a baby cannon. Unlike a bazooka, which fires rockets, a recoilless rifle fires specially-designed cannon shells that have vents to release more gases and minimize recoil. The smallest ones can be shoulder-fired, but they are usually mounted on stands.

I finally have a transition cover

How is that a transition cover? There's a gun, but I cannot see a dinosaur.

Richard Willis said:

I finally have a transition cover

; )

Sadly, I don't have any transition covers. It's been a rather busy May, and I'm looking forward to a much quieter June. I'll leave you with the Tommy Gun Molls.

One of my favorite dinosaur covers: inaccurate but pretty much matching the Mesozoic we once imagined, with bonus rocket and reference to Bradbury:

I suspect many of this month's dinos will be of the Charles R. Knight variety.

Here is a styracosaurus.

(See Ka-Zar the Savage - Omnibus discussion. Plug!)

Dave Palmer said on Monday:


JD DeLuzio said on Tuesday:

One of my favorite dinosaur covers: inaccurate but pretty much matching the Mesozoic we once imagined, with bonus rocket and reference to Bradbury:

Per the GCD, the comic Dave posted adapts the Ray Bradbury story "A Sound of Thunder", a brilliant classic SF story of a time traveller inadvertently changing the past while hunting dinosaurs.  JD's comic contains an adaptation of Bradbury's "There Will Come Soft Rains", which I doesn't think involves dinosaurs, so the cover probably illustrates a different story.

When I first started buying American comics, I collected almost exclusively super-hero stories.  The cover below is from one of the few other comics I ever bought.  The idea of a dinosaur rampaging through a future city must have been just too intriguing to resist.  I should try to locate my copy, and find out how it holds up (badly, I suspect!).

Here is a triceratops drawn by an artists whose signature looks like a dinosaur. 

(See Anne Elk's theory of signature drawing.)

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