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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DC Super Stars #10 featured the delightfully bizarre Super-Heroes Vs Super-Villains Baseball Game! The premise is straight out of Super Friends, is against the motivations of the baddies especially the Joker and has an ending that is never fulfilled!

Still I love that they resisted making it a straight-up Justice League story by adding Robin, Kid Flash, Plastic Man and Uncle Sam!

I read James Robinson's great Starman series in TPB. I always loved this cover, and was surprised that it (and about half of the TPB covers) was not one of the original issue covers.

(I wish Tony Harris had drawn the entire series)

I'm loving all these September covers. I may collect them all and put them in a "faves" folder.

However I note it's the 13th September and I've only posted 10 covers. Therefore I'm falling behind - so two from me tonight.

So, two celebrations of the female form, although vastly different covers. The first comes from Avon Comics (June 1952) and was drawn and inked by Everett Raymond Kinstler. The sense of perspective here is exquisite. 

The second, and perhaps more traditional homage to the female form is Millie The Model #127 from March 1965. Once again, the editor is Stan Lee, and the cover is drawn and inked by Stan Goldberg. When I was younger, I never read a US romance comic, but I often admired the cover art on the spinners. I just couldn't pluck up the courage to take the comic to the vendor for fear of derision, or worse ,disapprobation.   Although, I realise, in retrospect, that the stories were very formulaic, and, to a pre-teenage boy, probably quite boring. 

From a simpler time, this is one of my personal favorites and also the oldest individual comic book I have in my collection.

I picked up Sensation 89 (cover date May 1949) for the princely sum of $5 (FIVE) dollars at a convention back in the 1990s. While a readable copy, the dealer had it pinned within a bag to the back wall of his booth for all to see, but apparently no one was interested in such an old issue, looking for whatever was "hot" at the moment instead.

I enjoyed it thoroughly from cover to cover, although found it odd that the Wildcat story in that issue had the notation "Sen(sation) 93" on the first page. Does that mean the story was originally scheduled for issue 93? Considering research shows #89 was his last Sensation appearance, your guess is as good as mine.

Research also shows 89 and 90 are the only two to bare the "Published in Canada" remark. All other issues read "A 52 page magazine" in that spot.

(Image courtesy of the Grand Comics Database.)

Mad does a pop-art collage thing for its fifth anniversary:

A series I enjoyed was The Occult Files of Dr. Spektor.  Don Glut developed an interesting cast of characters and a sense of continuity.  In this issue Dr. Solar joins the fun (and the Bronze Age).

My pick for yesterday, Stalker #1, had a cover date of July 1976.  The previous month had seen another sword-and-sorcery title from DC, Claw the Unconquered #1, which, being very much into sword-and-sorcery at the time, I also bought.

Claw seems to have been a bit more successful than Stalker, lasting for 12 issues (though with a hiatus of about 18 months between #9 and #10).  According to the GCD, the stories prepared for #13 and #14 finally appeared in Cancelled Comics Cavalcade, and there was a six-issue revival of the character in 2006, though I've not seen these later tales.

While not necessarily a "favorite", this one certainly was memorable ! 

Young me was a bit...disturbed at the prospect of becoming an active participant in a comic as opposed to being a passive reader!

The Molten Man was not one of Spider-Man's best villains, but he sure made a great cover.

Those Stalker and Claw take me back to the days I baought every first issue that came my way and the heady days of Atlas Comics.

Following on from the "Mad" 5th anniversary cover.  This cover by Howard Nostrand. Stories and art by Howard Nostrand, Nat Barnett and Bob Powell. After the success of MAD, every comics publisher tried their own version of a satire comic with a one-word title, and this was Harvey's. 

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