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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The nearly-forgotten Giant-Size X-Men #2!

This may be the first cover with art not outlined in black ink. Am I right?

Richard Willis said:

This may be the first cover with art not outlined in black ink. Am I right?

Some of Steranko's covers from 1968-69 have secondary non-outlined elements: SHIELD #4 (some of the grey), #5 (the green target), and #7 (the clouds; some of the other elements were collage); Captain America #111 (the red circle) and #113 (the moon).

DC had used the device as a special effect earlier. An example is Tales of the Unexpected #40 but there could be earlier cases.


Xal-Kor the Human Cat!

Xal-Kor's first appearance

Bizarre Adventures #27 (Jl'81): "The Secret Lives of the X-Men!"

Interesting mix of stories with great artwork: a Phoenix flashback by John Buscema, Iceman by George Perez and Nightcrawler by, of course, Dave Cockrum!

Captain Atom on Planet X and a couple of times it was reprinted

Three Disney Xylophone covers

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