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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An outing for Ancient Rome which presumably qualifies as modern Italy, even though Italy didn't officially become a country until 1861.  This whole 'country' thing sure is complicated!

Here's another Classics Illustrated Hunchback cover,  the one it had when I bought it.

I was annoyed when I watched the animated Disney version, so I said "Aha! I'll watch the silent movie with Lon Chaney Senior." When I did, I was even more disappointed. No tragedy, all the good guys live, only the bad guy dies. At least they didn't transform the bad guy from a priest to a lawyer..

Marvel and Dell's takes on Notre-Dame de Paris:

Does the name Quasimodo ring a bell?

Apparently, Ol' Jade-Jaws is indeed at Notre Dame in Paris in this adaption of his cartoon show from 1983!

Bonnie Taylor didn’t just float down the canals of Venice in a toy gondola, she was quite the globetrotter in her quest for romance.  Scotland, Ireland, and Holland.

Archie and the Gang visit Madrid (Spain), Nairobi (Kenya) and Rome (Italy)!

Two for India


The image of Colonel Muamar Gaddafi on this cover places it in Libya, giving us another real African country.  It is, though, one on the Mediterranean, rather than sub-Saharan.

As a counterpoint to all the Eiffel Tower covers we've seen, here are two featuring England's Blackpool Tower instead.

Despite these last two, the recent rash of covers featuring the Hunchback of Notre Dame has enabled France to overtake England in number of appearances.  Latest statistics:

  • 38 covers - France
  • 37 covers - England
  • 15 covers - Italy
  • 9 covers - Scotland
  • 8 covers - Africa (country unspecified)
  • 6 covers - A tie between Egypt and USSR/Russia
  • 5 covers - A tie between Australia, Canada and Mexico.
  • 4 covers - A tie between Europe (country unspecified), India, Japan, Spain and World (multiple countries, unspecified)
  • 3 covers - A tie between Brazil, Ireland and Unknown
  • 2 covers - Austria, China, Holland, Norway, South Africa, South America, Tibet.
  • 1 cover - Arabia, Central America, Denmark, Ecuador, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Iran, Israel, Kenya, Libya, Morocco, Nepal, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Panama, Philippines, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Texas, Thailand, Vatican City, Wakanda, Wales.

Bonnie’s in Italy

Pete's in Italy

And the Pope is in a country surrounded by Italy (and I don’t mean San Marino)

Marvel also did a Beatles comic, most of which took place in England:

Peter, it's our job to propel Great Britain back into the lead in this foreign covers month. I'm sure that Charles Dickens set his "A Christmas Carol" in merrie old England.

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