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.
Was this a comic or a pulp magazine?
I think Ziff-Davis's comics all had painted covers. Other companies to use them include Fawcett, Dell and Gold Key. I would think the pulp-era ones all did pulps as well; certainly Norman Saunders and The first couple of Doctor Solar covers were painted by Richard Powers, who was a leading SF paperback cover artist. The GCD ascribes the Amazing Adventures #1 cover to Robert Gibson Jones. (Adult content elsewhere at link.)
GCD makes it clear that Amazing Adventures is a comic book containing illustrated stories. The text above the title ("thrilling science-fiction tales") is ambiguous. Later issues substituted the word "comics" for "tales," then went back to being ambiguous.
When I first got this as a back issue, I had no idea that it was the Legion's last Adventure! I do recall the spotlight on Duo Damsel, Bouncing Boy, Ultra Boy and Invisible Kid.
Steve W said:
Adventures of Big Boy #266
From around the time I worked for Big Boy, although not the Elias Brothers franchise. I'm sure I've cooked up well over 10,000 Big Boy double decker hamburgers.
Superman by Manny Stallman. Over the years I've come to a greater appreciation for his take on Raven in THUNDER Agents.