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.


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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 27 324
Nov 2022 1513/11 Classrooms and Education 22 264
Dec 2022 1535/11 Robots and Cyborgs
Jan 2023 Courtrooms and Trials

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A short-lived series:

My Greatest Adventure became Doom Patrol with #86 and ran through #124 (although I posted #121 below because #122-124 were reprints).

Compare and contrast Blue Devil #1, a "Collector's Item!"...

...with Blue Devil #31, a "Special Giant-Sized Final Issue!"

Aah, ok I get it. Was slightly worried that I'd misunderstood the premise for this month, but I get it now.  sorry I'm late to the party - had a lovely long weekend in Grassington, Yorkshire. For those of you not living in England, if you ever visit this country, make sure you visit Grassington - a beautiful unspoilt Yorkshire village.

Anyway on to the subject in hand...

The Inferior Five were, as far as I recall, DC's answer to "Not Brand Ecch" - and about as successful. Their first appearance was in Showcase #62 which had a cover date of May 1966.

Their last appearance was in their own title numbered 10, and dated October 1968. There were two further issues published in 1972 (11 and 12) but these were merely reprints of earlier stories.

The whole series gently prodded fun at DC's own roster, and also that of Marvel.

And Pete, I'll get round to trying to update/edit the initial post later on tonight...

Let's go for classrooms/schools/educational facilities in November, and put poor Peter out of his misery...

The Monkees had 16 issues in 1967-1968, with a 17th in 1969 that reprinted #1. 

#1

#16

COMBAT KELLY and the DEADLY DOZEN lasted only nine issues. Based obviously on the film "The Dirty Dozen", the title would get altered to focus on Kelly than "His" Dozen. And the last issue was THE last of the Deadly Dozen as they were all killed off, except for the lone woman on the team who got crippled while Kelly himself vanished! 

I spent a few years collecting all the issues, plus the Sgt. Fury crossovers, even getting two issues while visiting my cousins in Rhode Island!

Upon Jack Kirby's mid 1970s return to Marvel, except for Captain America and the Black Panther, he searched for new and different projects to undertake instead of his more famous creations. This lead to, among other things, adapting the sci fi movie classic 2001: A Space Odyssey via the tabloid format before doing a spin off series.

The 10 issues were some of the King's most fantastic work in my humble opinion, and it did also give us his then latest creation: Machine Man.

(Images courtesy of the Grand Comics Database.)

And being as I missed the 1st two days, here's another from me.

Secret Six #1 debuted in May 1968, and, unusually for a US comic, began the very first story on the cover page. This was fairly normal for UK comics, but was the 1st time I had seen it in a US comic.

The run ended with Secret Six #7 (May 1969) without revealing the identity of Mockingbird.  

The team were reincarnated a couple of times in the 80s and the 90s, and, I believe are running still. But my knowledge of them ceased with the May 1969 issue.

I wanted to do Master of Kung Fu as my example of first and last issues, but I ran into a little difficulty choosing what was truly representative of "first" and "last."

Shang-Chi debuted in Special Marvel Edition, which began as a reprint title. Here's issue #1 (January 1971):

The book carried reprints of Thor stories for four issues and then Sgt. Fury reprints for the next 10, until Shang-Chi debuted in an all-new story in issue #15 (December 1973):

Special Marvel Edition ended with issue #16 (February 1974):

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