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 should add that the Marvel comic, given that it was published in the late 70s, is rather clueless with regards to the handling of Burroughs's problematic legacy with regards to race.
On the matter of race, this cover from 1945 gives a clear example of the casual racism of the period. I've spent some time worrying whether it should be posted at all, but finally decided it is probably better to remember and, hopefully, learn from the past.
If anyone on the board strongly disagrees, let me know, and I'll delete the post.
Pete, I don't think there's anything wrong with posting old covers from 1945 that are casually racist. It's good to see we've come a long way, and covers like this remind us of how far we've come. There were also a high number of sexist covers from the 60s, but when I see one I wince a bit and feel glad that we've made progress. The cover helps to remind me of how attitudes change over decades.
Anyway, enough of me rambling. Here's Thunderbolt.
And, can anyone explain what's going on here?
It says "War Of The Giant Apes" and then "Mars invades the Earth by Mind Control". Do these two titles relate to each other? Is Mars inhabited by apes? If so, why are they giants, given that Mars's gravitational pull is less than Earth's? Surely inhabitants there would be smaller, not larger.
Fantastic Adventures was a pulp (prose) fiction magazine, not a comic. I think the cover is showing the War of the Giant Apes story while also showing the title of another story, Mars Invades etc.