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.
Here's an interesting footnote to the cover Jeff of Earth-J posted X-Men #56).
According to Brian Cronin at CBR.com:
"An element of comic book history that very few modern fans are familiar with is something that was considerably more important back in the old days than it is now, namely the top of the comic book cover. When comic books were primarily displayed in spinner racks or on newsstand shelves (where books would be staggered on top of each other), very often the only thing that would be visible would be the very top of the comic book cover. Therefore, a “rule” developed where you could not obscure the title of the comic book, as you would be hurting yourselves when it came time to display the book. This was the reason why Neal Adams’ dynamic cover for “X-Men” #56 was initially rejected…
"The X-Men draped over the logo were considered too distracting. So Adams simply eliminated the figures from the logo and placed them lower on the cover, while keeping the basic dynamic centerpiece of the cover…"
Ah, spinner racks ....