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.
The cover art looks like a weird mix of Jack Kirby & Bob Kane, clearly a crude attempt to cash in on the popularity of the Batman tv show as well as Marvel Comics (and maybe get a few "kids" who remembered the original Captain Marvel (they would have to had been in their late teens at the youngest when this came out to have picked up any of the original C.M. comics when those were last put out on the racks about 13 years earlier).
Dave Palmer said:
Dave Palmer said:
My last X cover and it’s a stretch. Phantom Planet based on a 1961 movie.
A page here notes differences between the comic and the movie. It's slightly off when it says the Solarites aren't seen in the comic. Their craft are shown on monitor screens (but aren't depicted as flaming), and a captive is shown in one panel in silhouette. He doesn't escape and cause trouble.
I was curious so l counted up our X covers (from my perspective—time zone—October ends in less than fifty minutes so I think the covers that are going to be posted have been posted). I didn’t count repeats when they were in a reply, but there were 208 covers (wow) — I’m not going to go back and check my work, so maybe I’m off by one or two. 133 were non-X-Men covers and 75 were X-Men covers, including related titles, guest appearances, and parodies.
I wonder if any other “title” has so dominated a month?
For me, the letter 'Y' conjures up Romance Comics. Why - well because of the word 'Young'. So many romance comics started with the word Young. Incidentally, I never saw a romance comic until I was in my late 30's. US Romance comics were not sold here in the UK back in the 60s and 70s. It was all super-heroes and tales of the unexpected. When I first came across Romance covers in the 90s, I was astonished at how beautiful some of them were. And among the first I saw was "Young Love". This particular cover, from February 1964, shows how far we have come in opposing gender stereotyping in 54 years.