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||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|
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.
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...
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):