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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I think I saw this cover in a house ad first, and was prompted to buy it as my first Doom Patrol comic. Who could resist a tommy-gun-wielding gorilla taking orders from a disembodied brain?* The first issue is #86, being renamed from My Greatest Adventure and continuing its numbering. The DP debuted in MGA #80 and I soon had 80-85.

*Happily, these guys appear in the season 3 trailer for the Doom Patrol show on HBOmax.

My first Spider-Man. I had to wait seven years (seemed like forever!) until #74 was reprinted in Marvel Tales #55 and I found out how the story ended.

My clue that it was coming up was seeing Marvel Tales #54 on the spinner rack. I don't know whose idea it was to add bricks and an alleyway to the background, but it made for a far less effective cover. 

I had this to say back in 2014, in Detective 445's discussion "The Definitive..........Green Lantern?"

Peter Wrexham said on February 17, 2014 at 9:51pm:

I'd commend the Silver Age tale "The Strange World Named Green Lantern" from GL #24 (October 1963), in which Hal, on a space mission, encounters and makes friends with a sentient planet! It's wonderfully bizarre piece of SF told in about 8 pages. Strangely enough, although it's illustrated on the cover, it takes second place in the issue. The lead story is "The Shark that Hunted Human Prey", which is the first appearance of Hal's foe the Shark.

This tale could also be seen a prefiguring (or being the origin of) Mogo, who is a planet-sized member of the GL Corps introduced in Alan Moore's story "Mogo Doesn't Socialize" from GL #188 (May 1985).

It's also a great cover, by Gil Kane and (again) that man Murphy Anderson!



Richard Willis said:

JD DeLuzio said:

This one looks like some strange and nightmarish sex ed film, but the actual story being illustrated* is exactly the sort of thing an imaginative little kid would think about when he was walking home at night:

*˙sɹǝʇsuoɯ ƃuᴉʇɐǝ-ɥsǝlɟ ʎllɐǝɹ ǝɹɐ ʇɐɥʇ sʇɥƃᴉlʇǝǝɹʇS

Standing on my head to read this took a lot out of me!

¡ǝsᴉɔɹǝxǝ ǝɯos ʇoƃ noʎ pɐlפ

Moving on from Gene to issue 6 from me. This one was also edited by Stan Lee; the cover was drawn by John Buscema, and inked by his brother Sal. The cover is both brilliant and preposterous.  The two poses utterly brilliant but the juxtaposition of one to the other utterly preposterous. How could Thor hope to strike the Surfer with his hammer if he's only just drawn it back, ready to swing it? The Surfer is just one millisecond away from him!  An utterly compelling cover - I just want to stare at it...

"I just want to stare at it..."

You should buy the statue(s) 

Richard Willis said:

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

An homage...

I’ve been on the road all day so I didn’t post earlier, so I’ll go ahead and follow up Richard’s Doom Patrol cover.  They were one of my favorites during the Silver Age.

l don’t know if I actually had this issue, but I did see it in an ad.  Even without Larry’s helpful exposition I knew Cliff was in real danger, since he was a brain in a robot body.  I didn’t worry too much about the Metal Men, which by the time of this issue I had a subscription to, because I knew if anything happened to them, then Doc Magnus would just whisk them into the Metal Recovery Room and they’d be as good as new.

Also I’m a sucker for schematic diagrams.  I’m sure at that time it would have been very useful for building my own robots.

I got this one at a yard sale decades ago and read it until it fell apart. This was probably my first exposure to the Doom Patrol and the closest they got to teaming with the Justice League!

But man, does the Flash look weird!

One of the earliest Marvels I read. Clearly, this was a different world from Batman and Superman's.

The cover features some impressive hero-fight posing:

Man and boy by George Perez.

Wham-O Giant Comics from 1967.  This thing is huge (21 inches by 14 inches).  My copy is a bit ragged since it is hard to store.

It included Radian by Wally Wood.  It is only three pages, but as you can see a lot of story was packed into each page.

As well as Goody Bumpkin

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