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 26 310
Jun 2022
George Perez 19 227
Jul 2022 1413/8
Aug 2022


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Two opposing groups lined up to fight.

Two opposing groups lined up to recruit.

Two opposing groups lined up to perform an "unholy ritual"!

A single group in two lines to form a gauntlet.

My month-ending transition cover. A line-up of JSA members.

Gravely crossing over to next month:

This old Archie digest does not feature a line-up, but it does have a strange, Twilight-Zone-like quality suited to the season, as dim-witted Moose shows a vague awareness of the dark truth underlying Riverdale:

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”)

Some were from different angles

a surprising number featured The Justice Machine, even when they didn’t

some weren’t real, although they should have been

some were a mess, although this one does allow for a transition to November

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.

Ending this month and starting next month: JSA VS JSA!

Sorry, haven't been posting much this last fortnight - I struggled a bit with the 'lineup' theme.  However I'll leave you with this one and hope it hasn't already been posted.

One question about November's theme - are we just restricted to posting JSA covers, or can we post some JLA covers too?


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.)

Sing along with the JSA!

I suspect they're trying to indicate that Hawkman is standing in the darkness, but it rather looks as though someone forget to colour him in.

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