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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When I saw The Brave and the Bold #28 on the spinner rack, I recognized Aquaman and the Martian Manhunter. I also knew who Wonder Woman was even though I didn't buy her title. But who were these guys in red and green? I soon found out and started buying their books along with JLA.

I suspect that I won't be contributing a great deal this month, as I don't really have favourite covers, or individual comics.  My preference is more for longer runs, or even entire series.  However, I'll do my best to pick out at least a few comics that mean something to me.

My first choice is distinctly unusual for me.  I was always a DC fan.  In my teens I really didn't like Marvel at all, and virtually never bought or read them.  Given that, I'm not at all sure how I came to own this comic.  But if you're only going to have one Marvel, it would be hard to come up with a better choice than "The Wedding of Sue and Reed".

(I also remember noticing that this "King Size Annual" was "72 Big Pages", and comparing it unfavourably with DC's "80-Page Giant" offerings).

My first "Batman" comic book...

Here's the latest update to the spreadsheet and index of monthly themes, together with a reminder of what themes have so far been 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 25 305
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
Oct 2021 Lineups
Nov 2021 JSA 80th Anniversary

October's "Lineups" theme includes Jeff's original suggestion of "Two groups of hero or villains lined up against each other", but also characters lined up for other reasons.  For example, they might be lined up to race, or as a firing squad, or on trial, or to join a team, or...etc.

Time to start thinking about themes for December yet?

Themes for December - phew! Let's get back to that.

And to continue a theme referred to above - "The first comic I ever bought". Well, this wasn't the first comic I bought - it was the very first US comic I ever read. It was lent to me by a schoolfriend (Kevin - 54 years later, we're still in touch), who was already a keen collector of US comics. I had never seen one before, although I was a keen viewer of the Batman series on TV, so knew of the existence of super-heroes.  He lent me the comic below and I was suddenly introduced to the LSH in all their glory.  What a team - and all set in the future too! I was instantly hooked.  

My very first comic book was Action Comics #434, cover dated April 1974.

We (parents, myself, and three sisters) were coming back from seeing my maternal grandfather when Dad had to stop for gas on the way home. Everyone got drinks but while the girls wanted candy, the spinner rack caught my eye.

I had found my own "candy store" and was going through the selection like crazy. Dad said I could only get one and I picked the above since I already knew who Superman was between the Super Friends cartoon and his past appearances (Filmation's efforts and the George Reeve's series) in TV syndication. In time one led to another and... you get the idea.

Which is why I call myself a reader, and I do stress the R word.

(Image courtesy of the Grand Comics Database.)

As for a future theme month idea I was going to suggest real people, but since that's already on the list, what about real life events? Not general things like Christmas, Summer, etc but more specific occurrences like 9-11, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, et al?

I hope that you were comfortable with the dentist before you bought this.

Lee Houston, Junior said:

My very first comic book was Action Comics #434, cover dated April 1974.

Probably the first superhero comic I ever read, other than some Batman comics my brother had/borrowed because we watched the show, and Gold Key Tarzans. Thanks to it, the forgotten "Captain Incredible" was clearly as significant a character in the super-universe as Superman, Tarzan, or Batman and Robin: 

Years later, I bought a copy of it. We laser-copied an image of the cover onto a t-shirt worn by an actor in a play I workshopped.

My first Captain America. It was the concluding chapter of a story (rather than the first or a middle chapter) and I was happy about that, but it featured a Captain America who had black hair, which was to confuse me for years to come *until I bought the backissues leading up to it).

To complement Jeff’s cover, I was sick and my mother brought back some comic books from her trip to the drugstore.  This was one of them.

Normally the revelation would have been earth-shattering in any comic NOT written by Bob Haney but it didn't take long for young-me to realize that it wasn't "for real". Still it was the first time that I encountered Deadman and had some great reprints.

However it was far more important to me that it was the very first time I ever saw THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES and I was instantly hooked!

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