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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Date Page/Reply Theme (and clickable link) Pages Replies
Oct 2016 1/1 Letter A 19 228
Dec 2016 20/1 Letter B 17 207
Jan 2017 37/4 Letter C 18 214
Feb 2017 55/2 Letter D 17 208
Mar 2017 72/6 Letter E 15 178
Apr 2017 87/4 Letter F 15 184
May 2017 102/8 Letter G 13 157
Jun 2017 115/9 Letter H 16 195
Jul 2017 131/12 Letter I 12 133
Aug 2017 143/1 Letter J 16 194
Sep 2017 159/3 Letter K 19 237
Oct 2017 178/12 Letter L 24 285
Nov 2017 202/9 Letter M 24 280
Dec 2017 226/1 Letter N 19 236
Jan 2018 245/9 Letter O 21 245
Feb 2018 266/7 Letter P 25 295
Mar 2018 291/2 Letters Q & R 20 243
Apr 2018 311/5 Letter S 22 270
May 2018 333/11 Superman’s 80th anniversary 21 250
Jun 2018 354/9 Letter T 21 250
Jul 2018 375/7 Letter U 17 207
Aug 2018 392/10 Letter V 19 228
Sep 2018 411/10 Letter W 20 233
Oct 2018 431/3 Letter X 15 180
Nov 2018 446/3 Letter Y 13 156
Dec 2018 459/3 Letter Z 13 156
Jan 2019 472/3 Person being carried 16 190
Feb 2019 488/1 Real people 17 214
Mar 2019 505/11 Homages/parodies 19 224
Apr 2019 524/7 Green-skinned people 17 207
May 2019 541/10 Wanted posters 17 201
Jun 2019 558/7 Boxing rings 15 180
Jul 2019 573/7 Empty uniforms 15 177
Aug 2019 588/4 Beaches 25 297
Sep 2019 613/1 Apes 28 340
Oct 2019 641/5 Haunted houses/graves 21 250
Nov 2019 662/3 Motor bikes 21 254
Dec 2019 683/5 Foreign language covers 17 209
Jan 2020 700/10 Playing cards/tabletop games 23 275
Feb 2020 723/9 Valentines and Cupids 22 259
Mar 2020 745/4 Statues 21 256
Apr 2020 766/8 Elephants 22 263
May 2020 788/7 Heroes & villains cooperating 17 198
Jun 2020 805/1 The Moon 26 322
Jul 2020 831/11 Flags & patriotic symbols 18 215
Aug 2020 849/10 Foreign locations (non-US) 20 233
Sep 2020 869/3 MST3K (with commentary) 24 292
Oct 2020 893/7 Vampires and Werewolves 20 245
Nov 2020 913/12 Giants 24 286
Dec 2020 937/10 Snow & winter scenes 24 289
Jan 2021 961/11 Doppelgängers 32 377
Feb 2021 993/4 Movies 23 275
Mar 2021 1016/3 Cats/cat-themed adventurers 22 263
Apr 2021 1038/2 Dogs/dog-themed adventurers 25 305
May 2021 1063/7 Big guns/Heavy weaponry 25 302
Jun 2021 1088/9 Dinosaurs/Time Travel 28 338
Jul 2021 1116/11 Big Questions/Question Marks 28 330
Aug 2021 1144/5 Highways, Travel etc 19 232
Sep 2021 1163/9 Favourite Covers/Comics 28 330
Oct 2021 1191/3 Lineups 21 260
Nov 2021 1212/11 JSA 80th Anniversary 23 269
Dec 2021 1235/4 Logos in the action 26 317
Jan 2022 1261/9 Dynamic Duos 29 348
Feb 2022 1290/9 Romantic Scenes 26 313
Mar 2022 1316/10 Bridges 29 339
Apr 2022 1345/1 Unexpected Green 23 286
May 2022 1368/11 Neal Adams 26 310
Jun 2022
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George Perez 19 227
Jul 2022 1413/8
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The second appearance of Bat Lash this month: I recall this cover because it was the only Bat Lash comic I ever saw as a kid. The tropes are strong with this one:


"The second appearance of Bat Lash this month..."

Speaking of which, that tagline ("Will he save the West--or ruin it?") has been stuck in my head since the first. I'm thinking of another tagline (Will he save [something*]--or destroy it?"], but I don't know if it's to a comic book or movie or what. I thought of Star Wars #1, but I'm not sure that's it. 

*"The future," maybe...?

What am I thinking of?

Some "questionable" Legion of Super-Heroes covers from the early 80s!

Two more pre-Code from Atlas

When I first saw the thumbnail image of this cover, the foreground character (presumably The Visitor) appeared to be wearing a yellow question mark symbol.  However the larger version of the image, as shown below, revealed that I'd misread the picture.  Luckily, the cover is still eligible thanks to the big questions it poses:

Who Is The Visitor?

Why Must He Die?

Let's just ignore the unfortunate (one might even call it "questionable") appearance of the blue area inside his not-a-question-mark symbol, okay?

And talking of "questionable", here we see Green Arrow involved with "A Questionable War".

"Let's just ignore the unfortunate (questionable?) appearance of the blue area inside his not-a-question-mark symbol, okay?"

Ew. Can't un-see that.

Yeah, that Visitor cover is right up (down?) there with the Dell comics Western cover that shows a photo of Chuck Connors and a kid holding a log in an unfortunate position, or the DC cover of Supergirl throwing a mangled cannon.

  • Concerning the topic for August, which I had noted down as "Highways and/or Road Trips", Jeff said "I thought it was any communal activity...?", and Richard suggested "I wonder if Road Trips should be expanded to include holidays/vacations and maybe picnics?  Communal Activity would cover those."

I have several "Highways" covers lined up that show an empty highway, or just a single person, and so don't really fit with "Communal Activity".  Maybe we could accommodate us all by making the topic "Highways or Road Trips and other Communal Activities" (perhaps a bit long-winded)?  Or "Highways and/or Communal Activities" (road trips considered a communal activity)?  Or "Highways and Travel"?  Or...?

  • Concerning the still-undecided October, Jeff said "If we do "heroes/villains (or heroes/heroes) lined up against each other" and/or "the color purple," I'll shut up about it. (That ought to be worth something.)"

I'm not terribly enthused by the idea of a month of purple covers.  However, I think Jeff's unflagging devotion to the idea of hero/villain lineups should be rewarded.  Some people have worried that there might not be enough covers to last the month.  As a way of dealing with that problem, I suggest that we might make the theme simply "Lineups".  This would include teams lined up against each other as per the Julius Schwartz cover theme, but also characters lined up to race, or as a firing squad, or to join a team, or facing trial, or...

Forgive me for going on about this, but I'd rather not have the matter still undecided when the relevant month rolls round.

August: I like the "Highways and Travel" adjustment. I think this should include travel by other means in addition to road trips.

September: I'm warming up to the "Favo(u)rite Covers" theme. Several are already occurring to me.

October: I like Peter's suggestion of "make the theme simply 'Lineups'. This would include teams lined up against each other as per the Julius Schwartz cover theme, but also characters lined up to race, or as a firing squad, or to join a team, or facing trial, or..." Maybe it should require at least three or four lined up, unless it's a one-on-one race..

A the person who suggested Road Trips, Highways and Travel works for me.

There will be no violations of the penal code while the Visitor is on the job!

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