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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We've all been fixating on the number of times Flash's costume has been seen empty.  I've counted, and there have been 13 distinct covers to date.  More than one a day, which is pretty impressive!

However, with the two covers that Richard has posted, Superman is putting in a strong bid.  If you include Superboy costumes, then he too has 13 covers.

It's another Flash-Superman race, and so far, it's a dead heat!

Another Flash!

A hero with an empty red costume - and it's not the one you were expecting!

Here's one that I posted earlier on another thread that evens up the Flash v Superman score again.

Call me crazy but I always liked Hank Pym more as Yellowjacket than his other identities!

Two different empty uniforms to choose from!

It seems that Cap took a long time over making the choice.  The above cover is on issue #139, dated July 1971.  The cover that Phil posted is on issue #176, dated August 1975.

Or was the decision about whether to dye his hair?  It certainly looks more brown than blond on the above cover.

Philip Portelli said on July 1, 2019 at 12:18pm:

Probably my first issue of Captain America and certainly one of the most memorable!

Empty costume draped over a gravestone.  Where have I seen that before?

Oh, yes...

Steve W said on July 5, 2019 at 8:54am:

Does a voodoo doll wearing a Superman outfit qualify as an empty suit?

Surprised no one did this one yet!

Makes you wonder if Kamandi took place in an alternate Earth-One where Superman was real or on an alternate Earth-Prime where Superman was a fictional character!

This is probably the earliest appearance of Barry Allen's empty costume, from The Flash #128, cover dated May 1965, a particularly fine piece of artwork from Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella.

The "empty uniforms" scorecard currently stands at:

  • The Flash - 15
  • Superman/Superboy - 16

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