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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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

Daredevil retires his black costume

One more for Superman!

For the next few days I have access to a different computer .  Let's see if I can catch up a bit.  A few more to add to Superman's total.

Here are a couple that are a bit different.

Welcome back, Dave - it's good to hear from you again!

Gentleman Jim Craddock, aka The Gentleman Ghost is a character whose every cover appearance ought to qualify for this month's theme.  We've seen him once so far, here's a couple more.

P.S. Flash's empty costume now has 15 appearances, Superman/boy's has 19.

Another Daredevil

"Practical? Who needs practical? Cleavage and fishnet powers...activate!"

Superman and Flash covers but not necessarily Superman's and Flash's costumes.  Do these count in the "Superman vs. Flash" contest?  

The companion to Action #383.  Does a picture (on a wanted poster, hey, that would have worked for a few months ago) of an empty costume work?

Here's an empty costume, alas, not a cover.  Wally Wood from Daredevil #6.

Batman and a Phantom homage.

Dave Palmer said:

Superman and Flash covers but not necessarily Superman's and Flash's costumes.  Do these count in the "Superman vs. Flash" contest?

Well, I didn't count Flash's appearance on the "Battle Against The Bodiless Uniforms" JLA cover at the start of the month, because the empty uniforms belonged to Pied Piper, Dr Polaris and Killer Moth.  So by my reckoning, these covers of yours don't count in the race, and it's still 15 for Flash, 20 for Superman (I'd miscounted when I said Superman had 19 before).  However, if someone else prefers to count in a different way, go for it!

Incidentally, the "Rainbow" covers for Batman and The Phantom add a new complexity.  If I were counting costumes for every character (I'm not!), should I count the number of empty costumes on the cover, or just the number of covers? 

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