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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Dec 2020||937/10||Snow & winter scenes||24||289|
|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|
|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|
|Apr 2022||1345/1||Unexpected Green||23||286|
|May 2022||1368/11||Neal Adams||26||310|
That was a fun month. I have a bunch of left over covers. I’ll see how many I can “repackage” as threes of a kind.
Some covers were good matches to the original theme (“two groups racing toward each other”)
Here's my final set of covers for the month.
Two opposing teams lined up: A-Next versus the Thunder Guard.
One group surrounding another: the Global Guardians vs Justice League America. One of my favourite covers this month, but wouldn't it have been better if the replies were in multiple languages?
"Umm -- Can we talk?"
"Non!"; "Nein!"; "Nyet!"; "Nee!"; "¡No!"; "Nie!"...
Lots of people lined up as victims of "The Mad Piper of Camp Bravo".
I'll make my final selection in honour of the fact that the BBC starts broadcasting the new series in about two hours, by choosing a cover that showcases a lineup of Doctors Who.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN FOLKS!
The monsters are all lined up for autographs, but disappointed Dean Martin isn't with him.
In any event, have my first JSA covers ready for tomorrow and personally, I think JSAers on other covers would be okay Steve W.; but I'll leave it to the judges to make an official ruling.
(Image courtesy of the Grand Comics Database.)
Steve W said:
One question about November's theme - are we just restricted to posting JSA covers, or can we post some JLA covers too?
The theme was chosen to celebrate the JSA's 80th anniversary, so surely any cover that has a bearing on any part of their history should be acceptable? JSA, JLA, All-Star, Spectre, whatever. I have in mind a couple of covers that seem to me to be relevant, even though they don't directly involve any members of the JSA at all! Heck, if Jeff can find a connection between Baby Huey and the JSA, or Dave can come up with a link with Little Audrey, why not go for it?
Happy November, and HAPPY 80TH ANNIVERSARY to the legendary Justice Society of America!
At the dawn of comic books, all titles were anthologies. Some built around a theme (Action, Detective, More Fun, etc) while others had a lead character (Flash also contained Hawkman and Johnny Thunder, among others.)
All Star Comics started out as a traditional anthology...
But with issue 3 a radical (for its time) new concept was introduced: the SUPER TEAM!
Yet while the Winter 1940 issue of All Star debuted the legendary Justice Society of America, even the cover admitted that it was just their first meeting, as the characters only related their individual stories that were already slated to be published that issue.
The team's first true adventure (before retconning) wasn't reported until issue 4, going against spies and saboteurs at the request of the FBI, although America officially entering World War 2 after the bombing of Pearl Harbor was still months away.
And the rest is history. There would be roster changes along the way, with the next major development occurring in issue 8. Why that event didn't even get mentioned on the cover is beyond me, but I'll save that for either someone else or another day.
(All images courtesy of the Grand Comics Database.)