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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Vanaheim.

The opening salvo of the Avengers/Defenders War started in England on the estate of Dane Whitman aka the Black Knight.

Italy

The Great Wall, China

Russia

The Bahamas

One more Hunchback in Paris, France:

And another Mighty Man in South Africa:

Australia

Indochina

The Pacific, maybe even Hawaii before it was part of the US

Dave, that Tiger comic's cover date was my 21st birthday!

I have lots of covers that aren't going to get posted this month.  Sigh.  So here's a careful selection of ones that I would hate to miss.

England.  The London Tube map (showing the underground rail network) is an iconic symbol seen all over the capital.

France.  An encounter in Paris on the banks of the River Seine.

Japan.  Spike fights puppet ninjas, in a sequel to the brilliant "Smile Time" episode of the Angel TV series.

Another notch for outer space...

That one reminds me of this one.

Here are the latest statistics for this month:

  • 50 covers - England
  • 46 covers - France
  • 18 covers - Italy
  • 12 covers - USSR/Russia
  • 11 covers - Canada, Scotland
  • 10 covers - India
  • 9 covers - Africa (country unspecified), Egypt, Mexico
  • 7 covers - Japan
  • 6 covers - Australia
  • 5 covers - Holland/Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland
  • 4 covers - Europe (country unspecified), Ireland, World (multiple countries, unspecified)
  • 3 covers - Antarctica, Brazil, China, Germany, Greece, Outer Space, South Africa, South America (country unspecified), Unknown
  • 2 covers - Austria, Central America (country unspecified), Hong Kong, Iceland, Indo-China, Israel, North Pole, Norway, Tibet, Vatican City.
  • 1 cover - Arabia, Bahamas, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Libya, Morocco, Nepal, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Pacific Islands, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Suriname, Sweden, Texas, Thailand, Vietnam, Wales.
  • 1 cover (fictional/mythological nations) - Vanaheim, Wakanda, Xochtan

And a reminder of the definition of next month's "MST3K" theme.

JD DeLuzio said:

Basically, we find a cover,  one with elements that don't quite work, or can be misinterpreted, or invite mockery, and post smart-ass commentary, a la MST3K or every kid who has ever watched a cheesy old SF movie. [snip] Think of the range of oddball covers or covers that elicit humorous responses, and I think we can fill a month with some genuinely amusing observations. I suspect that goofy Silver Age covers and self-seriously grim 90s covers could each easily fill such a month.

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