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 24 285
Sep 2022 1467/1 Joe Kubert 19 238
Oct 2022 1486/11 First and last issues
Nov 2022 Classrooms?Schools?

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This character is called Gravedigger. He should have a shovel to dig his own grave. Nobody who isn't from Krypton could stand in the open like that against that many guns.

Having said that, this is Men of War #21(OCT79). The DC Fandom Wiki doesn't provide any story details. The cover has the amusement park in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It also shows a German submarine. The story may have been inspired by the sabotage attempts in 1942, which brought ashore a handful of German agents, not combat troops. They came ashore in German Navy uniforms to avoid being treated as spies, which was smart. They later took off the uniforms and switched to civilian clothes, which wasn't smart. Here's the story:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Pastorius

Philip Portelli said:

Joe Kubert for September is ok by me! 

But only if someone explains this cover to me! 

Devastated to hear the news of the sudden untimely death of the wonderful Olivia Newton-John, aged only 73. Maybe not necessarily pertinent to this thread, nevertheless I'm overwhelmed by sadness.  I saw Grease in October 1978 at our local Odeon Cinema, Bristol Road, Birmingham when I'd just turned 20.  It was an eye-opener. Travolta and Olivia were at the peak of their game.

Of course, the most famous scene in the movie is the funfair scene right at the end and I can use that tenuous link to post this cover. Missing you already, Olivia. 

On a much happier note, I'm really pleased to hear your positive reactions to the proposal to run with Joe Kubert covers in September. Joe was my 2nd favourite comic artist (after Neal Adams) so I'll have no problem pulling a large number of his covers together.  And definitely "first and last" for October.    and what about "classrooms" for November?  All sounds good to me.

In the meantime...

I have no problem with a Joe Kubert spotlight month in September.

I also don't have a problem with "First and Last", provided someone reminds me what the ground rules for that was. Do we post both covers at once? The first or the last of a specific title each day? Do minis count? I doubt annuals and specials do because a lot of times it would be the same cover image for both categories.

And I thought the issue with Classrooms was it needed more qualification to get move eligible covers.

Meanwhile, another feature of many carnivals and fairs is the fortune teller. Although sometimes they're either not right or say something we don't want to hear.

(Image courtesy of the Grand Comics Database.)

A character whose whole schtick was fortune telling

Likely to be found in a carney or a circus.

Richard Willis said:

Who takes food on a roller coaster? I wonder what chaos those idiots caused at the World's Fair?





Lee Houston, Junior said:

I opened my contributions for this month discussing trained animals jumping through hoops at some carnival/fair sideshows before slyly acknowledging The Black Canary's 75th anniversary, an event which DC doesn't seem to be celebrating.

But it turns out BC was copying a previous "animal" act.

(Images courtesy of the Grand Comics Database.)

More carousels or merry-go-rounds, showing that what goes around comes around.  Alternatively, evidence that, when inspiration is short, you can always find an old joke to recycle.

1987:

1976:

1949:

Here's one roller coaster I think my cardiologist would still let me ride, provided I could get a ticket for it.

(Image courtesy of the Grand Comics Database.)

Talking of fortune tellers...

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