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||28||330|
|Feb 2023||1596/1||Doctors, Nurses and Hospitals||24||292|
|Mar 2023||1620/5||Detectives & Murder Mysteries|
|Apr 2023||Birds and Winged Creatures|
|May 2023||Strength in Numbers|
Here's another series across multiple publishers.
#1-17, Gold Key; #18-28*, King; #30-74, Charlton.
*There was no #29 (at least not in the United States). I think that number was given to a reprint published in South America. The entire run is available in a series of eight hardcovers from Hermes Press. In addition, DC released 13 issues (1989) and Moonstone 26 (2003), but they did not continue sequential numbering.
The first issue of Fables (July 2002) was issued in two variant covers:
The final issue of the first run (#150, September 2015) had a wrap-round gatefold cover featuring 177 characters who had appeared in the series over the years:
The series was revived in 2022 with issue #151, and is currently ongoing.
After a slightly different version of the character appeared in House of Secrets #92, Swamp Thing got 24 issues of his own title between 1972-1976. Co-creators Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson began the series, but other hands were involved by the end. The first revival began as Saga of the Swamp Thing, but it and all subsequent returns started with a new # 1.
(Images courtesy of the Grand Comics Database.)
I've observed that, not unlike TV shows, the first and last are often not the best. In some cases, I'm going to post first and last covers and some in-between covers and covers of collections that are good and were not just reprinted covers from the series.
First and Last:
When Western split from Dell and become a comic book publisher one of its first titles was Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom, which soon morphed into a standard superhero title as he gained a costume. In its original run it ran for 27 issues from 1962 to 1969. In 1981 it was revived for four issues finishing with #31 in 1982.
Doctor Solar has to be one of only a handful of Silver Age superheroes that has appeared in every decade from the 1960s who wasn’t at some point published by DC or Marvel. I don’t think he has appeared yet in the 2020s but we still have plenty of time left. He didn’t have his own title in the 1970s but he did appear in The Occult Files of Dr. Spektor.
Are there any other candidates? (E-Man might fit, but he first appeared in the 1970s. DC at one point published the Archie/Mighty superheroes, although Pureheart might just squeak in.)
Dave Palmer said:
Are there any other candidates? (E-Man might fit, but he first appeared in the 1970s.)
E-man was published by...
Modern (Charlton reprints)...
Charlton Neo (Colophon)...
...but not Marvel or DC.
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