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.

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How about this one (March 1943)?  The only "F" connection I can find is that the GCD says Gardner Fox scripted the Starman story, and maybe that Sandy looks a bit flummoxed.

It's not the Fourth Wall but the Fourth World with The Forever People!

(Watch it guys! You have a tailgater!)

Never mind a tailgater. I always wondered why the guys were oblivious to the fact that they were just about to run over Beautiful Dreamer!

A frog doing battle with a "fire-breathing creature."  Just think of the hit that DC would have had on its hands if it had just gone a step further --  a  cover featuring giant frogs and gorillas -- the mind boggles.  That would have been a best seller.

Fantastic Four #37, one of my favorite FF covers. We learn that the skinny, self-hating Skrulls were tired of having sand kicked in their faces and took advantage of the Charles Atlas ads.

Superboy 1, 1949. I'm sure there are earlier fourth wall breakers.


My favorite member of the Fantastic Four: Mister Fantastic!


Maybe I was being too coy earlier when I posted Adventure Comics #84 (March 1943) as an early example of breaking the fourth wall but instead made a (lame) attempt to link it to our "F" theme.

In the spirit of Superboy #1 breaking the fourth wall, here a couple of earlier covers using the same motif.

Whiz Comics #38 (December 25, 1942)

Batman #14 (December 1942-January 1943)

Here's Captain Marvel speaking directly to us (Mary Marvel #1, December 1945)

Here are a couple of early Batman covers where he and Robin let us in on the secret that they are characters in a comic book, and that they know it.

Batman #8 (December 1941-January 1942)

Batman #10 (April-May 1942).  I really like this one.

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