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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Dec 2020||937/10||Snow & winter scenes||24||289|
|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|
|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|
|Apr 2022||1345/1||Unexpected Green||23||286|
|May 2022||1368/11||Neal Adams||26||310|
|Jun 2022||1394/9||George Perez||19||227|
|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||33||392|
|Jan 2023||1568/7||Trials and Courtrooms|
|Feb 2023||Doctors and Hospitals|
As mentioned in my last post, Time Warp was a short lived science fiction anthology. DC published 5 bimonthly issues in their Dollar Comic format between 1979-80, all with covers by Michael Kaluta. It tried taking a more mature Comics Code Approved approach to storytelling as in better than the average Silver Age tale but nowhere near something you'd find in Heavy Metal. When the title was canceled, the unused material was published as the previously mentioned short lived revival of Mystery In Space. I have and loved the original series.
Surprisingly, there was also a Vertigo one shot in published in 2013 which I'm still trying to track down to read.
Cover images courtesy of the Grand Comics Database.
I had to look this one up. I had never seen this Ms Marvel costume before. marvel.fandom,com tells me that this Ms Marvel is a character called Sharon Ventura, which was also news to me.
Jeff of Earth-J said:
"I had never seen this Ms Marvel costume before. marvel.fandom,com tells me that this Ms Marvel is a character called Sharon Ventura, which was also news to me."
Yes, Richard, you probably also read that this version of Ms. Marvel joined the FF for a time after Sue and Reed Richards took a leave of absence and Ben Grimm led the team. She eventually mutated into a first-lumpy-then-rocky version of the Thing. She officially kept the moniker Ms. Marvel, but fandom unofficially dubbed her "She-Thing" during this period. For a while, the team consisted of the Thing (Ben Grimm), Ms. Marvel (Sharon Ventura), the Human Torch (Johnny Storm) and Crystal as written by Steve Englehart. Engelhart was enthusiastic about writing this version of the team, until Marvel editorial decided that all Marvel titles should be exactly the same as the were in the sixties. Englehart walked soon after that.
Since we're talking about the Fantastic Four, my submission for today is...
Again, any number higher than #416 you may have seen doesn't count because it wasn't achieved sequentially. Specifically, you will not find issues numbered #417 through #508, or #612 through #641.
Thanks, Jeff. I only read the synopsis for The Thing #36 and didn't even realize that Sharon Ventura became part of the FF. I'd heard about several other members that temporarily joined the team, but not this version of Ms Marvel. During my ten years of cold-turkey on comics buying I got all of my info from Comic Buyer's Guide. Obviously, there were things I missed.
Ooh, that's a good one! Wish I'd've thought of it.
To conclude my sci-fi trip down memory lane, DC published 25 issues of From Beyond The Unknown between 1969-1973. Unlike Mystery In Space and Strange Adventures, this anthology was a reprint series from the start, although it (presumably) "cherry picked" the best stories of the past that didn't feature a recurring character.
FBTU surprisingly also got a special as part of DC's Walmart 100 page giant exclusives before that project folded.
I'm still hoping to see more good comic book science fiction outside of licensed properties some day.
(Images courtesy of the Grand Comics Database.)
Philip Portelli said:
The Gunhawks started as a cross between Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Defiant Ones but didn't last long and even ended with writing off Kid Cassidy to focus on the more interesting Reno Jones!
So, exactly like what happened to The Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis? Well, except that it lasted 124 issues (40 with the two of them, 84 after Martin was dropped), rather than 7. And I'm not quite sure about describing Lewis as "more interesting".