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
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Jan 2020 700/10 Playing cards/tabletop games 23 275
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After Marvel Two-In-One came to an end, the Thing was given his own solo, non-team-up, title.

Marvel's other long-running team-up title was...

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:

After Marvel Two-In-One came to an end, the Thing was given his own solo, non-team-up, title.

Drift Marlo was a comic strip from 1961-1971.  Dell published two issues in 1962.


Page 1 from issue #1

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!

"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.

Adventures into the Unknown (from ACG) started life with issue #1 in Fall 1948, and finished with issue #174 in August 1967. The series started as a horror comic, but following Wertham in 1954, switched to more of a sci-fi genre. 

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".

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