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 33 392
Jan 2023 1568/7 Trials and Courtrooms 28 330
Feb 2023 1596/1 Doctors, Nurses and Hospitals 24 292
Mar 2023 1620/5 Detectives & Murder Mysteries 34 411
Apr 2023 1654/8 Birds and Winged Creatures 35 419
May 2023 1689/7 Strength in Numbers
Jun 2023 Horses, Centaurs & Equines
Jul 2023 Railways

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Since this is a 1974 issue, I must have read it. It sounds like a mopee for two reasons. (1) DC doesn't own the perpetual rights to The Shadow and (2) more importantly, the reason he hates guns is because his parents were murdered with a gun.

ClarkKent_DC said:

It's been a long time since I've read that story, but it affected Young Bruce a great deal. As I recall, Young Bruce witnessed (or, rather, was in close proximity to) a shootout between The Shadow and some gunmen, and was terrified by the noise of gunshots. It is because of this that Batman is against using guns.

I can't speak to how much of an influence this story was on The Gray Ghost episode of The Batman Adventures.

Lee Houston, Junior said:

Dear Captain:

Obviously that story occurs before the Waynes' fateful alley detour, but how much did encountering the Shadow affect young Bruce? And did that story somehow inspire the Animated episode "The Gray Ghost", since I always thought GG was supposed to be a Shadow analogy/stand in long before I ever knew what was within Batman 259.

I had an issue with two covers at least once. I just carefully removed the front cover. I had (and still have) a Charlton comic which has the cover of a different title than its contents. I kept it on the off chance it might be worth something.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

This is one of two issues of Dell's Dick Tracy I own. It is also one of two I own that has a double cover. (Unlike in coin collecting, misprints do not increase the value of the item in comic book collecting.) The outer cover is in rougher shape (let's say "good") than the inner cover (let's say "very fine") and the rest of the pages. My question is this: if I were to submit my copy to CGC for slabbing, would they take into consideration the condition of the inner cover? If not, what if I removed the outer cover? It seems counter-intuitive that removing a comic's cover would have the effect of increasing its value.

For the record (no pun intended), this is the other double-covered comic I own:

Lee Houston, Junior said:

Dear Captain:

Obviously that story occurs before the Waynes' fateful alley detour, but how much did encountering the Shadow affect young Bruce? And did that story somehow inspire the Animated episode "The Gray Ghost", since I always thought GG was supposed to be a Shadow analogy/stand in long before I ever knew what was within Batman 259.

ClarkKent_DC said:

It's been a long time since I've read that story, but it affected Young Bruce a great deal. As I recall, Young Bruce witnessed (or, rather, was in close proximity to) a shootout between The Shadow and some gunmen, and was terrified by the noise of gunshots. It is because of this that Batman is against using guns.

Richard Willis said:

Since this is a 1974 issue, I must have read it. It sounds like a mopee for two reasons. (1) DC doesn't own the perpetual rights to The Shadow and (2) more importantly, the reason he hates guns is because his parents were murdered with a gun.

To your first point, yes, this story is now a Mopee because it injects The Shadow into Batman's life, and he can't be any more.

To your second point, I can take this story as reinforcing Batman's stance against guns rather than supplanting his parents' murders as the reason for it.

A graphic novel of Capote's investigation of the Clutter murder and its perpetrators. It's well-drawn, but mostly (and awkwardly) sidelines Harper Lee's involvement and replaces her with the ghost of Nancy Clutter, who helps show Capote around the town.

In Hard-Boiled Cop and Dolphin, a would-be "hard-boiled" police detective is transferred from Tokyo to the Ogasawara Islands, where he acquires a humanoid dolphin as his partner.

Looks like another one of those color wash covers we've discussed here from time to time.

The Spider is catching up to Dick Tracy for most cover appearances.  Who is comics greatest detective?

Detective Ralph (Elongated Man) Dibney brings deerstalker and magnifying glass to the "Search for a Scarlet Speedster".

These two solved so many murders that they should have joined their American namesakes! 

Hawaiian Dick was a series of miniseries featuring Byrd, a disgraced ex-cop from the mainland who relocated to the islands for a fresh start as a private investigator. Set in the 1950s, and steeped in Hawaiian lore ... and more than a little bit of the supernatural. 

Seven days to go to "Birds and Winged Creatures" and sadly I've run out of detective covers. So I'm going with seven lovely Angel and the Ape covers to take me to the end of the month. 

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