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|
|Jun 2022||1394/9||George Perez||19||227|
|Aug 2022||1443/4||Fairgrounds and Carnivals||24||285|
|Sep 2022||1467/1||Joe Kubert|
From Tom Brevoort https://tombrevoort.com/2019/12/01/more-on-color-separations-avenge... here are two early alternate covers. Partridge Family #1 is cover dated March, 1971, while FF #110 is May, 1971, so PF #1 is earlier by weeks. Avengers #10 is cover dated November 1964.
Since Charlton printed its comics in-house it can be suggested that the change was a conscious decision once someone say how it was turning out. The two Marvel covers were printers errors and not the result of conscious editorial decisions to improve the covers.
I hope this helps.
Lee Houston, Junior said:
I was originally going to ask this yesterday, but does anyone know what the first comic book with an alternate cover was?
I don't mean because of a price change or a situation like the Dell/Gold Key-Whitman/DC/Marvel releases, but an actual comic with at least two different/variant covers.
I ask because I think I've found a strong contender for the honor with Charlton's Partridge Family #1. Apparently either the original printing attempt with a color photo turned out blurry so it had to be reissued with the photo in black and white and additional color changes on the left hand side or the issue was popular enough to earn an extra print run.
Either way, The Grand Comics Database doesn't explain and later photo covers in this title came out fine.
So now, courtesy of the GCD and the only time I'll be posting two covers in one day this month, here's both images...
Except for the pinkish Iron Man and Thor's pink highlights, the Avengers cover doesn't look as bad as the Fantastic Four issue, but how such printing errors occur to begin with is beyond my technical knowledge on the subject.
I'm sure there are other printing errors throughout comic book history, many that either weren't caught or couldn't be corrected before the end of World War 2.
In the late 60s I got a Charlton comic that had the cover of a different title. Charlton also "colored outside the lines" on the interior pages pretty much all the time.
Marvel was better, but not perfect. One of the early versions of Iron Man's helmet had a pattern of what looked like rivets on his faceplate. It was the dividing line between the red and yellow, but the red always printed further than it should. I wrote them a letter suggesting they change the rivet line to a solid line. Either they took my suggestion or just came to the same conclusion, because it soon became a solid line.
This is one of my favorite "Imaginary Stories". And I always felt sorry for little Kal-El II for not only NOT getting any super-powers but not even LOOKING like his famous Daddy!
I like how he says "Lois Lane", so that Lana knows he doesn't mean Lois Witkowski or Lois O'Halloran.
Philip Portelli said: