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.
I would say count the covers, not the number of empty costumes.
Even in 1950, Batman was a toymaker's dream come true!
I seem to remember reading that story, Philip. The clue about the "last and strangest" bat-suit, "to be used only in the worst emergency" is in the chest emblem. It isn't a bat, it's a bird with a red breast. Now what could that possibly mean about who is wearing the costume?
While we're looking at bat-covers with empty costumes, here are a couple of follow-ups to the Bat-Auction I posted last week. Notice how, whenever Batman gets rid of a costume, Alfred starts to weep!
(I admit that the second cover is a slightly dubious entry for this month's theme, in that only the hood and cowl is empty.)
Here's an observation. When we see Flash's costume come out of his ring it looks like a one piece garment. Such as
But plenty of the covers indicate that his boots are separate.
And there's even a cover that indicates he has a separate top and bottom to his costume.
Just how does that ring of his work?