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||33||392|
|Jan 2023||1568/7||Trials and Courtrooms|
|Feb 2023||Doctors and Hospitals|
Another case of retitling but not renumbering:
All-Star Western #1 (August-September 1970)
Final issue under that title, #11 (April-May 1972), featuring the second appearance of Jonah Hex. Hex's first appearance was in the previous issue, #10 (February-March 1972), here.
Continuing this saga ...
All-Star Western was retitled Weird Western Tales with issue #12 (June-July 1972), joining the spate of comics with the word "Weird" in the title, such as Weird War Tales, Weird Mystery Tales, Weird Worlds, and Weird Adventure Comics.
Jonah Hex alternated with El Diablo as the cover feature until permanently taking over the spot with issue #17 and continuing until issue #39. With issue #40, Scalphunter became the new cover feature until the title was canceled with issue #60 (October 1979).
Continuing on ...
Jonah Hex graduated to his own series, titled Jonah Hex of course (March-April 1977), with the cover blurb "The WEIRDEST WESTERN Hero NOW in His OWN Magazine!"
Our scar-faced cowboy held on through changing tastes, different artists and even the Crisis on Infinite Earths (yes, really!) before the "GUT-WRENCHING FINAL ISSUE!", #92 (August 1985).
Speaking of changing tastes, writer Michael L. Fleischer tried to breathe new life into this tired cowboy saga by turning him into DC's answer to The Road Warrior movies. With Hex!, Jonah found himself in the 21st century (I forget how; it's been a long time since I've read it) and soon became leader of the Road Reapers gang, trading in the "Confederate coat Jeff Davis give me" for sleek black leather.
Hex! #1 (September 1985)
The series began with Neal Adams clone Mark Texiera on the art. Unfortunately, along the way he was replaced by Keith Giffen, who was then doing his best to imitate caveman drawings. The book went down the tubes with #18 (February 1987).
Jeff of Earth-J said:
Even though the title changed from Green Lantern to The Green Lantern Corps with issue #201, it's still the same series, but Showcase #22 is not part of that series. (Showcase #1 & 104 would qualify, however.)
Yes, I was already considered the first and last issues of Showcase (not least because we also recently saw the final issue as a transition from "Carnivals" to "Joe Kubert").
And I now notice that one of the stories in the first issue is "Fire Under the Big Top", so both issues feature a circus, even if the covers don't! Aaand another story is "School for Smoke-Eaters", so there's a connection to "Classrooms" too!
After Robin, Aqualad and Kid Flash teamed up in Brave & Bold #54 proved so popular that the TEEN TITANS were born in #60 by adding/creating Wonder Girl. Another appearance in Showcase #59 led to their own series that got cancelled then revived with new members until that ended with #53 which ironically gave the team the origin they lacked.
Wow, what an interesting month! Who would've thought that "first and last" would be so captivating! For example I never knew that DC had skipped issues 905 to 956 of Action Comics. Why did they do that? Learning something new every day here.
'Angel and The Ape' made their debut in Showcase #77 (Sept 1968). They subsequently gained their own mag for 7 issues (changing the title to 'Meet Angel' at issue 4), with their final issue, 'Meet Angel #7' coming out in December 1969. This was just my comic buying era, where I bought pretty well everything that arrived in the UK from DC, and I snapped up all of these.