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 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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"Wow, what an interesting month! Who would've thought that "first and last" would be so captivating!"

I did. ;)

"For example I never knew that DC had skipped issues 905 to 956 of Action Comics. Why did they do that?"

Three words: "The New 52."

What's frustrating is, back in 1987 when DC wanted to launch a new Superman #1, they transferred (what we would now call) the "legacy" numbering over to a "new" title.

Does anyone know if any of the contributors to New Talent Showcase "made it"?

Meanwhile, besides Westerns, I personally feel Science Fiction is under represented in today's comics, outside of licensed properties.

Therefore, courtesy of the Grand Comics Database, Star Hunters made its debut in DC Super Stars #16

Before graduating to its own series.

Unfortunately it was one of the many victims of the infamous DC Implosion of 1978. Writer David Michelinie has said in the past he's tried either pitching a revival or retrieving the series from DC to go elsewhere and start fresh but the company keeps saying no despite the fact it hasn't done anything with the property since issue 7!

That's over 40 years of inactivity on a title that deserves much better than it's gotten in my humble opinion. Makes one wonder if DC is still the legal copyright holder after all this time...

1970

1980

"Because you demanded it--the last issue of the Dazzler"

Without meaning to sound snarky I guess it boils down to what you mean by “made it.”  Many went on to do lots of other work in the industry/field.

Without doing a census of all of the contributors, here are a few that come to mind

Mindy Newell

Stan Woch

Norm Breyfogle

Tom Mandrake

Eric Shanower

Stephen DeStefano

Rick Stasi

Todd Klein

I’m sure there are others.

For some of them New Talent Showcase represented their first professional work; others had done a few things previously.

Lee Houston, Junior said:

Does anyone know if any of the contributors to New Talent Showcase "made it"?

Yesterday I showcased Showcase, today I've picked DC's other Silver Age tryout comic, The Brave and the Bold.

All-Winners had 20 issues, numbered 11-19 and 21. The numbering after 19 continued as a teen humor title. For some reason they published an All-Winners 21, so it and the teen humor title both had a number 21.

To Dave Palmer: Most of those names I've heard of and liked their work in the years since, but I honestly thought Todd Klein was already active BEFORE New Talent Showcase.

Anyway, while anthologies can be hit or miss, one that will always have a place in my heart is Strange Adventures.

While primarily a science fiction title, it also gave us Deadman and Animal Man. My personal collection is pretty solid its last couple of years of publication, but grows sketchy the further back in time you go.

First and last issue images courtesy of the Grand Comics Database.

Klein was already doing production work and lettering.by the time New Talent Showcase appeared.  In NTS he did some writing.  I just checked on the GCD and he had done a number of scripts (for years) before NTS.  I guess by then he was a seasoned veteran.

Lee Houston, Junior said:

To Dave Palmer: Most of those names I've heard of and liked their work in the years since, but I honestly thought Todd Klein was already active BEFORE New Talent Showcase.

Determined to grab some of the lucrative "Archie" sales, DC launched its own version in 1948.

The adventures of teenager Binky Biggs started in Leave It to Binky #1 (cover-dated March 1948), which ran for 60 issues through 1958. The series was revived in Showcase #70 (Sept 1967), which was popular enough to bring the series back, resuming with issue #61 in July 1968. With issue #72 (May 1970), the title was shortened to Binky and the series ran until issue #81 (Nov. 1971). The entire DC humor line was cancelled between 1971 and 1972, including Leave It to Binky, Date with Debbi and Swing with Scooter.

The comic was briefly revived for issue #82 in Summer 1977.  (Source-Wikipedia)

Richard Willis said:

All-Winners had 20 issues, numbered 11-19 and 21. The numbering after 19 continued as a teen humor title. For some reason they published an All-Winners 21, so it and the teen humor title both had a number 21.

All-Winners #21 got its numbering from Young Allies. (It was you who set me straight on that!)

All-Winners #1-19 (became) All-Teen #20 (and) Teen #21-35

Young  Allies #1-20 (became) All-Winners #21

#1 (1976)

#11 (1978)

in between we got Cracky, Wacky Witch, more Tom, Dick, and Harriet, Dagar, Dr. Spektor, Tragg, and O. G. Whiz.

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