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
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
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Jan 2022 1261/9 Dynamic Duos 29 348
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Mar 2022 1316/10 Bridges 29 339
Apr 2022 1345/1 Unexpected Green 23 286
May 2022 1368/11 Neal Adams
Jun 2022 George Perez
Jul 2022 Parents
Aug 2022 Fairgrounds/Carnivals

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Just for the word 'dickered' - I have no idea...

Perhaps I could turn our attention to CHARLTON COMICS which published a large number of comic-book genres between 1944 and 1985.  

The company was known for its low-budget practices, often using unpublished material acquired from defunct companies and paying comics creators among the lowest rates in the industry. Charlton Comics were also the last of the American comics to raise their price from ten cents to 12 cents in 1962.

It was unique among comic book companies in that it controlled all areas of publishing—from editorial to printing to distribution—rather than working with outside printers and distributors as did most other publishers. It did so under one roof at its Derby headquarters.  During its life it published at least 382 series and a total of 6499 comic books. Amongst many other titles, CAPTAIN ATOM was a perennial favourite. Cover art here by Steve Ditko.

And following @Martin Gray's posting earlier today, Charlton also published CHARLIE CHAN for a while, after acquiring the title from a defunct publication.  Artwork here is by none other than the one and only Kirby!

One of Charlton's most popular post-Wertham publications was NYOKA THE JUNGLE GIRL. Nyoka managed to look both pretty and feminine without looking overtly sexy, and thus avoided censorship by the Comics Code (unlike many of her competitors).  Artwork here (Sept 1956) by Maurice Whitman.

Here's Cobalt Man again -- a reprint of X-Men #31.

My final CHARLTON contribution is Strange Suspense Stories #17, published just one month before the Senate hearing into juvenile delinquency. Subsequent covers were toned down, but SSS continued to run for another 13 years.

The Simon and Kirby studio did Charlie Chan for Prize in 1948-49 (cover-dates). Kirby did the covers, and Carmine Infantino and Dick Briefer drew some of the stories. The Charlton series appeared in 1955-56, but it continued the Prize series's numbering, so it's a fair guess the issue with the Kirby cover was partly or wholly an inventory one. The cover illustrates the text story.

Charlie Chan titles were also published by DC (The New Adventures of Charlie Chan, 1958-59) and Dell (1965-66). The DC title was edited by Julie Schwartz, and handled by John Broome and Sid Greene. The Dell one was drawn by Frank Springer.

A newspaper strip drawn by Alfred Andriola appeared in the late 30s/early 1940s.

Nyoka was a Republic movie serial character. Fawcett licensed the character. She appeared in Master Comics and her own title. The initial stories in Master Comics were serials drawn by Jack Sparling. A cartoonier style was used on the strip subsequently.

Charlton's title came out over a couple of years, but not on a monthly schedule. The series started off with Fawcett reprints, then switched to new stories.

There were two serials, starring different actresses.

I forgot Fawcett started off with a one-shot adaptation of second one, Perils of Nyoka, but titled it Jungle Girl after the first serial. Fawcett did a number of movie adaptation comics.

I've seen Perils of Nyoka named as a major influence on Raiders of the Lost Ark, but I can't say whether that's true. (There was so much jungle fiction, and I know so little of it.) Indy's costume was apparently modelled after Charlton Heston's in Secret of the Incas, and the bolder scene was reportedly a homage to an Uncle Scrooge story.

I've read Spielberg based Indiana Jones on Humphrey Bogart and told Harrison Ford to watch The Treasure of the Sierra Madre before filming started to get an idea of his personality, but that's a lousy film to base a heroic character on, considering he goes crazy in that movie and shoots his partner.

Interestingly the DVD (and VHS I used to own) of the second serial calls it Nyoka and the Tigermen.

According to Wikipedia that was a re-release title.

Dial B for Blog says the Raiders opening combined elements from two Uncle Scrooge stories, "The Seven Cities of Cibola: and "The Prize of Pizarro".

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