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|
You just can't keep a good moose (or squirrel) down. Bullwinkle and Rocky returned for 9 issues under Marvel's Star Comics imprint between 1987-9 and every issue read like an episode of the old TV series with a moose and squirrel adventure opening and closing the book while other features (Bullwinkle's Corner, Peabody's Improbably History, Dudley Doright, and more) were inbetween.
(Images courtesy of the Grand Comics Database.)
House of Secrets, first and last
Covers from the run (with comments)
A guy ahead of his time
This cover may have got one past the CCA
I know I bought this one off the spinner rack
The first full cover appearance of Eclipso, five issues after his introduction
First (sorta) appearance of Swamp Thing
First cover image of Abel, one of my favorites from Sandman
For a title that started after the Code, this was the first truly scary cover
Starfire was a series that I enjoyed, but the character was, sadly, a good deal less enduring than her later namesake. Having four different scriptwriters over the course of eight issues probably didn't help.
First issue, September 1976
Final issue, #8, November 1977. Not even her increasingly-scanty costume could save her from cancellation!
The Silver age brought about the revitalisation of a number of Golden-age super heroes; none more eagerly anticipated by me than The Spectre. He first reappeared in Showcase #60 (Feb 1966). After 3 issues, he made some appearances in JLA (#46-47) then switched to his own title, which ended, after a short run, with Spectre #10 (May/June 1969). I for one, was disappointed, not with the abrupt ending (although it was very abrupt) but with the character itself. It failed to live up to (my) expectations.
Last day of the month, let’s see what we still have kicking around.
A series from 1967 that I enjoyed a great deal. It also introduced me to the whimsy of Otto Binder and C.C. Beck.
just in time for Halloween we have from John Stanley’s Melvin Monster
this is the first issue from 1965
it ran until 1967 for 9 issues
there was a tenth issue in 1969 but it reprinted #1, so let’s stick with the penultimate issue cover.
The same holds for my last series, also from Dell and segueing into November’s theme of schools. Room 222 was a tv series I did watch every once and awhile. There were three new issues in 1970 and #1 was reprinted in 1971. Here are #1 and #3 (instead of #4).
Seeing as it's Halloween, I thought I'd go with 'First and Last' for The Spirit. Little did I know what I was taking on! There are so many issues/variants/publishers/comic strips of The Spirit that the whole thing is too complex for one mere mortal to follow.
Anyway the first appearance of the Spirit in a comicbook (as opposed to a comic strip) seems to be issue 1(1940) from Quality comics.
There was a rerun of the series in the 60s/70s when Harvey Comics ran their version of issue 1.
The final issue is lost in a quagmire of 'final issues' but I'll go with the one below, from June 1983.
I dropped another one in, mainly because I liked it so much. Happy Halloween, everybody!
Ninja High School started in 1987 as a three-issue limited series from Antarctic Press, but became a continuing series with issue #4, and transferred to Malibu with issue #5. It later transferred back to Antarctic, and, despite experiencing a number of hiatuses in publication, relaunches and continuity resets over the years, it still seems to be ongoing. I've picked this title to end the month as a sort of bridge to next month's theme of "Classrooms and Schools" or whatever we end up calling it. Slightly disappointingly it doesn't really match my original concept for the theme, as there's no actual classroom depicted on these covers, but it's the best I could come up with!
Issue #1 ("of 3"), dated just 1987:
Final issue to date, #181, dated May 2021:
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