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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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.


he surmises that both were printer errors that were caught and corrected part way through the print run.  The misprinted copies were still distributed.  

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.

One of my favorite "Imaginary Stories." And I kinda like the all-blue costume better than his traditional costume.

The original family that was lost in space: Mr. and Mrs. Robinson and their offspring, "Tim and Tam." In this issue, they encounter the latest alien from central casting, along with.... crusaders and bats?

Aquaman and Mera become parents (to Princess Andy).

Magnus Robot Fighter and his mother.

I love how a show that almost nobody recalls received a few issues over at Gold Key.

And I actually read one of them.

Dave Palmer said:

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!



Richard Willis said:

One of my favorite "Imaginary Stories." And I kinda like the all-blue costume better than his traditional costume.

I like how he says "Lois Lane", so that Lana knows he doesn't mean Lois Witkowski or Lois O'Halloran.

Philip Portelli said:

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!

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