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 1394/9 George Perez 19 227
Jul 2022 1413/8 Parents 30 356
Aug 2022 1443/4 Fairgrounds and Carnivals
Sep 2022 Joe Kubert
Oct 2022 First and last issues
Nov 2022 Classrooms?

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Here's the traditional image of Batman with his parents...

...and an unusually different take on that iconic scene.

Steve:  Here's the new information to update the top-of-discussion index.  Link to the start of this month is http://captaincomics.ning.com/xn/detail/3370054:Comment:1696184 (Richard's post of Adventure #218)

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Jun 2022 1394/9 George Perez 19 227
Jul 2022 1413/8 Parents
Aug 2022 Fairgrounds/Carnivals
Sep 2022 Classrooms??
Oct 2022 First and Last Issues??

There's been no further comment on my suggestions for September and October.  Are people happy to go with them, or would you prefer something else?  I'm not trying to impose on anyone, I'd just like a bit of lead time to get the appropriate covers gathered together.  Feel free to shoot the suggestions down!

My only concern with "classrooms" is that there might not be enough of them (we might end up with a whole month of Archie covers), but if others are okay with it, so am I. I'm fine with the other two.

The hallmark of George Pérez is that he always went the extra mile, especially when he didn't have to. (Who else would be insane enough to want to draw a 12-issue maxiseries featuring every hero published by a comics company? And take every opportunity to jam as many of those characters as he could on covers and posters and ancillary art? And make his career doing the biggest team titles for the two biggest companies?)

George Pérez went the extra mile even when nobody asked him to, God bless him. 

Like drawing eight-legged ants.



Dave Palmer said:

Here is a favorite cover partly because I always get a chuckle out of it.  In this story, I forget the particulars, Ant-Man attacks the Avengers.  At the time I thought it was odd that Ant-Man was attacking with spiders (eight legs) instead of ants (six legs).  Just think, George had to draw all of those extra legs (and Pablo Marcos had to ink all of them).

I found the following quote by George.  It was in The Marvel Art of George Perez by Jess Harold.

”Avengers #161 was a fan-favorite that showed Ant-Man attacking the Avengers, Scarlet Witch in the foreground with all these ants crawling over her body.  But, as I wasn’t really an entomologist or anything, I drew all these ants with eight legs instead of six.  Mut-ants!  But only a couple of fans spotted that.”

Since Hank Pam often gave his ants names, maybe we can consider each ant a character in its own right, so this cover could be in the running for most characters on a cover.

I'm almost certain I've posted this one before under a different context, and I probably mentioned it has a special meaning for me.

The first US comic I bought for myself of the spinner rack, as opposed to reading an older cousins comics.

With all the super telescopes, remote viewers etc around in the. Silver age it's a wonder any hero kept a secret identity for long!

Superman and his parents BEFORE they became his parents!

Interestingly, Supes foster mom made an earlier appearance on a cover than his real mom. Here's Ma Kent on Superboy #8 (May 1950). The artist, as for Action #149, was Al Plastino, which may explain why Superboy looks a lot like an adult on this cover.  

Peter Wrexham said:

Sep 2022 Classrooms??

I share Jeff's concern that there might not be enough of these.

Oct 2022 First and Last Issues??

If we go with this, would the first issue be the "Showcase" appearance or the actual title?

I wouldn't want to impose artificial restrictions. If one wants to go with "first/last appearances" I'd say that would be okay. 

How strange-- Kryptonian women wear bridal gowns that look exactly like the ones worn in Western culture on Earth!

When you're a parent, sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind, but to take your son's superpowers away permanently seems a little drastic...

Asuka and her mother, Kyoko, in one of their happier "elseworlds"

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