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.
A world where men with weird haircuts hurl acrobats in small hot tubs....
Jeff of Earth-J said:
The Omega Men sprouted from Marv Wolfman's "shared" DC titles of New Teen Titans, Green Lantern and Action Comics where they had several guest shots until they got their own book, Sadly it's best remembered because that's where Lobo debuted.
I really wanted to like them but they were pretty derivative and their rebellion paled against similar sci-fi tales!
I liked Omega the Unknown, although as with Howard the Duck I missed the first three issues. I had just turned 14 at about the time I got the 4th issues of both mags back in 1976 and by then I was already enamored of Steve Gerber's writing, mostly through Daredevil and the Defenders previously. Perhaps being an extremely introverted geek, having just moved from San Francisco to the small central California town of Lemoore, I could relate to the feeling of alienation of both James-Michael Starling and Howard. At the time I wouldn't have rated OtU one of my favorite comics, but nevertheless I enjoyed reading it and was sad when it was cancelled prior to having unraveled its various mysteries and since Gerber himself never wrote a conclusion it's one of those unfinished works of art.
That is a terrible acronym!
Also, "General Revenge"?!? Do they say, go into suburban neighbourhoods and put flaming dog-doo on porches of people who, years ago, did that as kids to other people? Are people in the DCU suddenly accosted by strangers who punch them in the shoulder and say, "That's for Kenneth, 1997"?
Dave Palmer said:
A theme, I can do that too. Hmmmm, how about O.R.G.E. (Organization for General Revenge and Enslavement)?