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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Is he secretly a cool exec with a heart of steel?

Angel and Faith is a good source of foreign location covers.

Faith in London (with another London double decker bus and telephone box).

Angel revisiting his roots in Ireland (with Fred).

Faith hunting vampires in the jungles of Suriname.

The count of covers by country is now:

  • 22 covers - England
  • 20 covers - France (ignoring duplicates of Little Lulu)
  • 8 covers - Italy
  • 6 covers - Egypt
  • 5 covers - A tie between Africa (country unspecified) and Canada
  • 4 covers - A tie between Europe (country unspecified) and Scotland
  • 3 covers - A tie between Australia, Mexico, World (multiple countries, unspecified) and Unknown
  • All other countries on 2, 1 or 0.

Here's two from Italy, Pisa and Rome

Dr. Spektor travels to England and Scotland:

The murderous Mr. Hyde and a 16-page FUN catalogue!

This should add a little ambiguity.  Does the Scarlet Pimpernel count as both France and England?



Regrettably, I think I've got to count The Scarlet Pimpernel as France.  There are guillotines shown on all three covers, and they are certainly located in France.  So that gives England and France 23 covers each!

I'll let their scores remain tied for now, with these covers featuring nations that haven't previously appeared this month.

Donald Duck investigates the Oseberg Ship in Norway.

Mister No has an Adventure in Ecuador, in an Italian comic.

Here are two from Ambiguous African Country

The original Teen Titans in Stockholm, Sweden with the Soviet hero, Starfire (later Red Star)!



A guide to Akihabara in manga form. Online reviews say it captures the spirit of the place, though is now dated:

I'm not sure where this is, but it sure ain't the USA. Maybe it's one of the Aztec countries?

The Aztec Empire flourished in central Mexico, so I'll count Steve's World's Finest cover towards Mexico's total.

Two covers set in England, with road signs to prove it!

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