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.
Hela attempted to claim Odin, but he was so powerful she could only take a portion of him, which she named Infinity and sent to conquer the universe for her. Infinity possessed Odin and had him attack Thor, but Odin finally fought him off before the merging was complete and permanent. This led to Hela killing Thor, which led to Odin killing Hela, only to find universal chaos as suddenly no one could die (look up movie On Borrowed Time) which led to Odin bringing her back. During all of this Loki of course took over Asgard, leading to a crossover with the Silver Surfer, and Odin standing around and doing nothing while Loki was beating Thor.
Richard Willis said:
I'm sure I read it in 1971 but I don't remember the story. According to GCD, Infinity is the name of whatever that is behind Odin. So Infinity is ending, not infinity.
Steve W said:
Ok, not wishing to split hairs with Stan Lee - but how can there be an end to infinity? I think Stan may need to go on a 'Basic Science' course!
Ronald Morgan said:
This led to Hela killing Thor, which led to Odin killing Hela, only to find universal chaos as suddenly no one could die (look up movie On Borrowed Time)
Lee did a similar story with Ditko called "The Man Who Captured Death!" in Amazing Adult Fantasy #9. I hadn't heard of the movie; thanks for mentioning it.
Jeff of Earth-J said:
For three or four issues in a row, Starlin recapped the opening of the story. I’ve read this entire run of issues in a sitting before, and it is extremely repetitious.
Since today they think in terms of a TPB collection, Marvel is (and has been for some time, I think) recapping events on the first page in lieu of a splash page. I think they started doing this on the inside front cover but that is probably too valuable for ad space.