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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First time he ever wore a tie!

Philip Portelli said:

And would anyone guess that was Snapper to begin with?

JD DeLuzio said:



Philip Portelli said:

The original "Snapper Carr...Super-Traitor!"

"Of course, given that I'm standing a short distance from some of the most powerful people on earth, announcing my betrayal of them maniacally whilst I remove my mask is quite possibly the least intelligent thing I could do! Ah ha ha!"

And even in an imaginary story, in those days he was always wearing his prison uniform.

Peter Wrexham said:

While we're considering cover scenes that just don't seem to make sense (why stand with your feet an uncomfortable distance apart, and your back towards the JLA as you announce your betrayal?), how about this one?

Unless Lex has super-speed in this imaginary story, there's no way he will have finished getting dressed in Clark's clothes before Lois enters the room.  And even if he does, what are the odds that Lois will fail to notice that the person in Clark's suit is a) bald, and b) not Clark?  It must be the effect of putting on the glasses.

Okay, that's it!

For the next month that does not already have a theme, I propose MST3K Month. Each day, we post the most bizarre, puzzling, or ridiculous covers accompanied by a problematic question or a wise-ass observation. Judging from this thread's history, we'll have no trouble with that theme.

JD DeLuzio

Okay, that's it!

For the next month that does not already have a theme, I propose MST3K Month. Each day, we post the most bizarre, puzzling, or ridiculous covers accompanied by a problematic question or a wise-ass observation. Judging from this thread's history, we'll have no trouble with that theme.

I love this idea. Lets do it! What about September?  Perhaps, by then, we won't be 'locked-down!'

The last discussion we had on future themes was back on page 797.  The sort-of tentative list at that time was:

  • June - The Moon
  • July - Flags
  • August - Foreign locations
  • September - Giants
  • October - Vampires & Werewolves

"Giants" should be an easy theme, though perhaps not quite as easy as "Cats".  However, I do like the idea of "MST3K month" (or "Stupid Covers with Commentary" as I'm already starting to think of it).  The challenge will be to avoid filling the month with Jimmy Olsen covers.

Opinions, anyone, on replacing September (or August?); or do we wait until November?

Themes haven't been known this far ahead since the end of a new letter of the alphabet each month!  And that was way back before I started taking part in the game.

Firestorm and a version of Killer Frost

Ok, my vote goes to switch "Giants" for "MST3K" in September, and to move "Giants" to November.  Anyone else? 

Sounds good to me, Steve!

Here's another bizarre cover showing a hero working with a villain:

"It's the year 2093 A.D. and Iron Man must team up with Dr Doom -- To Save Camelot!"

I'll go with that. By the way, do you ever get the idea that some comic stories are based on a game of Mad Libs?


Peter Wrexham said:

"It's the year 2093 A.D. and Iron Man must team up with Dr Doom -- To Save Camelot!"

The Enchantress went from the hip and groovy "Switcheroo-Witcheroo" to attacking Supergirl to joining the Forgotten Villains and not being able to choose one look or hair color!

The woman on both DC Comics Presents covers is listed as the Enchantress!

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