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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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
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Apr 2022 1345/1 Unexpected Green 23 286
May 2022 1368/11 Neal Adams 26 310
Jun 2022 1394/9 George Perez 19 227
Jul 2022 1413/8 Parents 30 356
Aug 2022 1443/4 Fairgrounds and Carnivals 24 285
Sep 2022 1467/1 Joe Kubert 19 238
Oct 2022 1486/11 First and last issues 27 324
Nov 2022 1513/11 Classrooms and Education 22 264
Dec 2022 1535/11 Robots and Cyborgs
Jan 2023 Courtrooms and Trials

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Continuing the Shang-Chi saga, Special Marvel Edition was renamed Master of Kung Fu, but kept the numbering. Here's the first issue with the new title, #17, April 1974:

The book ran until June 1983, ending with issue #125:

But -- ! When Marvel did that "Legacy" numbering nonsense, it released issue #126 (January 2018), 35 years after the original end of the series.

Speaking of "that Legacy nonsense"...

More Marvel nonsense:

When Dell and Western (Gold Key) split, Dell started a whole bunch of titles to replace the titles that stayed with Western.  From 1962-1963 here are the first and second/last issues of Private Secretary.  

ClarkKent_DC said:

When Marvel did that "Legacy" numbering nonsense...

Something similar from DC.  The Atom #1 was cover-dated July 1962, though there was no number 1 on the cover.

The final issue of The Atom was #38 (cover date September 1968).

However, the numbering continued with The Atom and Hawkman.  The last issue of that title - which we also saw last month as a Joe Kubert cover - was #45 (November 1969)...

...until DC published The Atom and Hawkman #46 more than 40 years later (cover date March 2010), as part of their "Blackest Night" event.

"The Atom #1 was cover-dated July 1962, though there was no number 1 on the cover."

See also the first issues of Strange Tales, Sea Devils and My Greatest Adventure already posted, all marketed with "the smart kid" in mind. We'll see more of this phenomenon before the month is through, I guarantee it.

Is the issue number important for any kinds of publications that aren't comics? Other than being a way to distinguish one issue from another? 

I mean, I never knew or cared what the issue number is for Time or Sports Illustrated or People, or for mags with short stories like Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine or Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, or, really, anything but comics. 

Spider-Woman's last issue had a photo cover!

Well I guess it's important if you had a copy of The Times of London number 1. The Times newspaper has always been numbered (the current issue is number 78,670) so issue 1 would be worth a fortune.  I would imagine most British newspapers are numbered.

Several characters received and lost their own titles over the years, and each revival started over with a new #1.

I have no idea who the "champ" would be, but Ka-zar is a strong contender with at least 3.

The appropriate covers to his first series are below, courtesy of the Grand Comics Database.

Next up, for me, Plastic Man.  He first appeared in Police Comics #1 (publisher Quality) cover dated August 1941, although he didn't manage a cover appearance until Police Comics #5. 

Interesting name, Plastic Man. Plastic doesn't necessarily conjure up images of stretchable limbs, unlike say, Rubberman or Elongated Man. Plastic is generally a fixed shape which doesn't alter unless you apply heat to it.

However, in 1941, plastic was a relatively new product, and people were amazed by the way it could be molded into all kinds of different shapes. I guess Jack Cole wanted to have his new character  associated with something new and exciting.

The final appearance of Plastic Man, under the Quality imprint was Police Comics #102 (October 1950). He wouldn't appear again until 1965, this time under the DC umbrella.

His next series is even more appropriate...

"Collectors' Item Last Issue!"

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