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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Honesty Time: This cover scared the hell out of me when I was a kid!



Richard Willis said:

According to GCD, before he was a professional Cary Bates came up with the plot and the idea for this cover. An important issue because it established Brainiac as a computer, not an organic being.

...and the modern version:

One of the best Imaginary Stories. I really liked the two different uniforms.

Another pivotal Luthor/Brainiac team-up!

"I really liked the two different uniforms."


What about these?

Here is  a cover with Superboy carrying the flag of Krypton.  I wonder what vexillologists think of its design?

First mention of Gold K on a cover. Superman #157.

The acknowledgement of the existence of the Earth-Two/Golden Age/Original Superman created a perplexing situation. Every time the Men of Steel were in the same JLA/JSA team-up, the E-2 Superman was usually rendered mute! It appeared that he was in awe of his own counterpart! Only when the E-1 version was absent did the E-2 Superman's personality emerge (JLA #107-108, 195-197).

The two were never close as the Flashes or Green Lanterns, probably because the "Modern" Superman saw too much of a life that he felt was denied him in the Golden Age Superman's domestic bliss.

Same story... three different interpretations.

The February 1950 issue of Action Comics. According to GCD, Luthor's secret weapon was synthetic kryptonite. This must have been before kryptonite could be found on every street corner.

 

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