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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So many good Tower covers to select from

Arthur Adams has been under-represented so far this month.

The first issue of Captain America I had was #176 (Au'74). I never saw the Falcon NOT being able to fly and I never saw the Secret Empire issues. Such a dramatic cover with Thor and Iron Man, to boot!

The third appearance of the JLA.

A great cover introducing Professor Ivo and Amazo, who have been referenced many times over the years.

I left off my alphabetical listing with the letter "I".

I would like to conclude* with the cover to my first issue of Iron Man.

*(Yes, I realize that there are more than nine letters in the alphabet.)

Here's two of a more recent vintage that I like.

When I first saw the cover to Detective Comics #1006, I thought DC was somehow incorporating the TV Oliver Queen post TV Crisis On Infinite Earths into print continuity.

Okay, I'm man enough to admit I was wrong about that.

The cover to the conclusion in Detective 1007 "speaks" for itself.

Both covers are by issue interior artist Kyle Hotz. Images courtesy of the Grand Comics Database.

I think you're right, Richard.  Pity, I liked my hypothesis.  Oh, well! :-(

Richard Willis said:

Peter Wrexham said:

Notice the amazingly understated way in which the JLA's appearance is announced on the cover, seemingly almost as an afterthought. I wonder if this could be an example of cover art being produced before the story is written? In such a case, the production department might have been able to modify the cover copy to mention the JLA, but not make any changes to the finished art.

I think they pretty much intended for the JLA to appear in the story because Kanjar Ro (the other guy on the cover) had previously only appeared in the JLA book.

Before the various sword-and-sorcery comics (Stalker, Claw, Starfire) that I've already posted, DC made an earlier foray into the genre with the character of Nightmaster.  He got a three-issue run in Showcase, starting with #82, May 1969.  I enjoyed it, but it appears not to have been a big success.  After the third issue, apart from a few tiny cameo appearances, the character vanished for a quarter of a century.

I've not seen any of his later appearances, but I gather from the GCD, he appeared a few times in the mid-1990s, before resurfacing in Day of Vengeance (2005) and Shadowpact (2006).  He has appeared in various places intermittently ever since.

My dad was a kid in the 1930s and early 1940s, and a fan of the Tarzan films. He and his friends would get up early on Saturday and walk along the tracks to find coal/coke that had dropped out of the cars. They would sell it in the neighbourhood and they'd use the money to go to the movies. Although not a comic reader, he bought us comics before road trips, and he would always include Tarzan (and Turok-- more on that later). He would read those ones when it was mom's turn to drive. This adaptation left a strong impression on me, and I found a copy of it years later and bought it:

In the 60s I was up for any new superhero comic (there really weren’t as many as we “remember”— a case of history being written by the “victors”— there were tons of comics in other genres).  My parents assured me that this really wasn’t the Captain Marvel, or Plastic Man, that they remembered.

I happened to get this one without realizing (despite the blurb of the cover) that it was the beginning of a new series. 

In a strange yet bizarre coincidence, when I found this one, it was my favorite Legion story from their Late Adventure period though at the time, I had no idea it was their last issue!

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