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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I can't remember which ones we've done and which ones we haven't.

This one?

This series is from 1982 or 1983 but it didn't last long and before that the quality of the book severely dropped!

The "camp" Shield was actually the can't-keep-a-job son of the original Shield who was brought back in this series. They rarely referred to the second Shield as Lancelot Strong though  

The character got his own book again with Lancelot Strong, the Shield #1-2 (Ju-Au'83) but was killed off in the retitled Shield-Steel Sterling #3 (D'83) after which it continued as Steel Sterling.

The original Shield also got a solo book called, obviously, The Original Shield.

I wonder if Marvel forced Archie to get rid of Lancelot Strong because of his costume's resemblance to Captain America's. Or they could keep one Shield but not both!



Richard Willis said:

I avoided Archie's superhero books in the "camp" era. I didn't realize they used the Simon&Kirby Private Strong Shield and the original Shield together.

Philip Portelli said:

Despite being surrounded by heroes who can fly, run and leap, the Black Hood still rides his motorcycle!

Okay, the second one's the cover of a "VHS," but with that dream cast, it's as good as the actual comic cover I've posted.

Philip Portelli said:

I wonder if Marvel forced Archie to get rid of Lancelot Strong because of his costume's resemblance to Captain America's. Or they could keep one Shield but not both!

Originally, Captain America had to lose his shield-shaped shield since it looked exactly like The Shield torso.

The original Simon&Kirby Private Strong was apparently dumped because DC(!) thought the covers looked too much like Clark Kent changing to Superman (see below).

A few with sidecars that I don’t think have been posted yet.

Peter Wrexham said:

JJ's vehicle in the bottom left-hand corner is a rocket-propelled scooter, but surely that's close enough?

I'm pretty sure that JJ in The Beano isn't the same person as the J.J. referenced on the following Vigilante cover.  For a start, she's not dead, and I very much doubt that she ever has been!

That Vigilante cover demonstrates a fairly common sub-trope of the motorbike cover.  Quite often, the rider is a heavily-armed figure in a costume that completely obscures the face.

Three more Batgirls

Tin Tin and the secret of non-stop.  Is there a secret to non-stop? Surely it just involves keeping going.

It makes sense that, after all of those motorcycle teen romance covers, there would be a motorcycle Just Married cover.

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