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.
Plus the inverted rocket clubhouse!
Slightly earlier than that, is INSIDE CRIME #3 (formerly "my Intimate Affair") from July 1950. Published by Fox, the cover is drawn and inked by L.B. Fox. Reading quickly through the stories, there's no way this comic would have got past the Comics Code, which came out 4 years later. On panel 2 of story 3 ("one Reel of Crime") the central character strikes and K.O's a woman. Nice fellah!
I posted a review of the issue here. #2's cover is a signed one painted by a Western artist called Tom Ryan, so #1's might be by him as well. To my eye the two covers could be by the same painter (note the backgrounds, the horses' tails, the lighting on the riders' faces), but I'm not very familiar with Western art and the handling of the horses' manes is different.
Could man survive "The Threat from the 5th Dimension!"
You have to trick him into staying "klptzyxm".