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
Jun 2022 George Perez
Jul 2022 Parents
Aug 2022 Fairgrounds/Carnivals

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Peter's statement about comics unsold in the U.S. being shipped to the U.K. doesn't fit with what I know. Unsold comics in the U.S. (when they were still returnable) would be stripped of their covers. The covers were returned to the publisher for credit and the rest of the comics were supposed to be destroyed. Some would be illegally sold as coverless, but if the U.S. comics you were buying seemed brand new and had covers they were probably always intended for the U.K.

After the Army joined me and sent me to Vietnam, we had a PX (post exchange - a small store). Even though we had no plumbing, I bought a self-winding watch there that lasted for 40 years. I also bought comics there every week. Like you describe, they were about three months behind. I suspect that these were also always intended for us. They were just shipped the cheapest way possible - - hence the delay. This wasn't all bad because it made me try other titles from Charlton, etc, that I hadn't been buying already.

"E" is for E-Man. I remember specifically I got this one for being good at the dentist. 

E-Man, definitely one of my favorites.  At the time I hoped it would lead to an explosion of new superheroes, and some revivals, from Charlton.  Alas, it didn’t necessary come to pass but we did end up with some interesting titles, such as Yang, House of Yang, Vengeance Squad, Doomsday +1, a reinvigorated Phantom and Rog 2000.  I actually subscribed to E-Man so as to not miss an issue—Charlton’s distribution was always hit and miss.  They were mailed flat not folded.

Continuing the doctor/dentist visit theme.  I believe I got this issue of Midnight Tales after a doctor’s visit.  I was hooked.  Nick Cuti stories, Joe Staton, Tom Sutton, and Wayne Howard art.  How could you go wrong?

As a premium with your Charlton subscription you received this guide—I still have it.

I submitted stories to Charlton.  Nothing was accepted, but I did get a nice postcard signed by Nick Cuti.

My comic reading as a kid had as much to do with "EC echo" horror comics. I found Gold Key's painted covers fascinating, and this one works so well that Dark Horse reused it for an archive:

"F" is for Flash and "G" is for Gordon. I got this beautiful example of Al Williamson artwork in one of King's "three-packs" along with issues of The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician

Christmas '72 also had me get my very first Marvel comic which was my introduction to both Spider-Man and Thor!

Also there's a scene in it that still gives me pause!

Continuing the dentist visit theme, the spirit on the cover needs some dental work.

JD DeLuzio said:

My comic reading as a kid had as much to do with "EC echo" horror comics. I found Gold Key's painted covers fascinating, and this one works so well that Dark Horse reused it for an archive:

I so want this guide - am going to check out ebay right now. Great cover too...

Dave Palmer said:

As a premium with your Charlton subscription you received this guide—I still have it.

I submitted stories to Charlton.  Nothing was accepted, but I did get a nice postcard signed by Nick Cuti.

Keats E. Petree (21 September 1919 – 26 November 1997) was an American illustrative artist with significant contributions to both pulp magazines and comic strips in the 1940s and 1950s. His works were primarily in color, as inked strips and both oil and watercolor paintings. Petree's most memorable comic book credits were for the later comic versions of Sally the Sleuth, a pulp comic strip heroine created originally by Adolphe Barreaux in 1934 in Spicy Detective Stories, but his greatest recognition was earned by his pulp color work for the Queenie Starr series, also in Spicy Detective Stories. Other notable Petree work included The Lone Ranger (Dell/Western), Girl Friday (Trojan), the Sally the Sleuth pulp installment entitled Blonde Decoy (in this case for Private Detective Stories, August 1950), Wilma West: The Range Runs Red (Leading Western, September, 1950), a daily strip and Sunday strip in the fifties, Nick Haliday, and a wide variety of other pulp and comic issues. He also produced an undetermined number of non-genre oil and watercolor paintings.

He also drew this amazing cover. The perspective is astonishing.

"H" is for Hulk. #167 was not only my first Hulk, but #168 was my first consecutive issue if any title ever (and it has a great cover, too). If you wanna talk about perspective, look at either of these.

I say #167 was my first Hulk, but I bought MSH #38 on the same day (picked 'em both out myself). I don't count it as my "first" because it was a reprint, even if the story had originally appeared years earlier. (That's a nice perspective shot, too, come to think of it.)

This is the issue that revealed/retconned Brainiac from a flesh-and-blood alien to an extremely advanced humanoid robot.

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