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.

Date Page/Reply Theme (and clickable link) Pages Replies
Oct 2016 1/1 Letter A 19 228
Dec 2016 20/1 Letter B 17 207
Jan 2017 37/4 Letter C 18 214
Feb 2017 55/2 Letter D 17 208
Mar 2017 72/6 Letter E 15 178
Apr 2017 87/4 Letter F 15 184
May 2017 102/8 Letter G 13 157
Jun 2017 115/9 Letter H 16 195
Jul 2017 131/12 Letter I 12 133
Aug 2017 143/1 Letter J 16 194
Sep 2017 159/3 Letter K 19 237
Oct 2017 178/12 Letter L 24 285
Nov 2017 202/9 Letter M 24 280
Dec 2017 226/1 Letter N 19 236
Jan 2018 245/9 Letter O 21 245
Feb 2018 266/7 Letter P 25 295
Mar 2018 291/2 Letters Q & R 20 243
Apr 2018 311/5 Letter S 22 270
May 2018 333/11 Superman’s 80th anniversary 21 250
Jun 2018 354/9 Letter T 21 250
Jul 2018 375/7 Letter U 17 207
Aug 2018 392/10 Letter V 19 228
Sep 2018 411/10 Letter W 20 233
Oct 2018 431/3 Letter X 15 180
Nov 2018 446/3 Letter Y 13 156
Dec 2018 459/3 Letter Z 13 156
Jan 2019 472/3 Person being carried 16 190
Feb 2019 488/1 Real people 17 214
Mar 2019 505/11 Homages/parodies 19 224
Apr 2019 524/7 Green-skinned people 17 207
May 2019 541/10 Wanted posters 17 201
Jun 2019 558/7 Boxing rings 15 180
Jul 2019 573/7 Empty uniforms 15 177
Aug 2019 588/4 Beaches 25 297
Sep 2019 613/1 Apes 28 340
Oct 2019 641/5 Haunted houses/graves 21 250
Nov 2019 662/3 Motor bikes 21 254
Dec 2019 683/5 Foreign language covers 17 209
Jan 2020 700/10 Playing cards/tabletop games 23 275
Feb 2020 723/9 Valentines and Cupids 22 259
Mar 2020 745/4 Statues 21 256
Apr 2020 766/8 Elephants 22 263
May 2020 788/7 Heroes & villains cooperating 17 198
Jun 2020 805/1 The Moon 26 322
Jul 2020 831/11 Flags & patriotic symbols 18 215
Aug 2020 849/10 Foreign locations (non-US) 20 233
Sep 2020 869/3 MST3K (with commentary) 24 292
Oct 2020 893/7 Vampires and Werewolves 20 245
Nov 2020 913/12 Giants 24 286
Dec 2020 937/10 Snow & winter scenes 24 289
Jan 2021 961/11 Doppelgängers 32 377
Feb 2021 993/4 Movies 23 275
Mar 2021 1016/3 Cats/cat-themed adventurers 22 263
Apr 2021 1038/2 Dogs/dog-themed adventurers 25 305
May 2021 1063/7 Big guns/Heavy weaponry 25 302
Jun 2021 1088/9 Dinosaurs/Time Travel 28 338
Jul 2021 1116/11 Big Questions/Question Marks 28 330
Aug 2021 1144/5 Highways, Travel etc 19 232
Sep 2021 1163/9 Favourite Covers/Comics 28 330
Oct 2021 1191/3 Lineups 21 260
Nov 2021 1212/11 JSA 80th Anniversary 23 269
Dec 2021 1235/4 Logos in the action 26 317
Jan 2022 1261/9 Dynamic Duos 29 348
Feb 2022 1290/9 Romantic Scenes 26 313
Mar 2022 1316/10 Bridges 29 339
Apr 2022 1345/1 Unexpected Green 23 286
May 2022 1368/11 Neal Adams 26 310
Jun 2022 1394/9 George Perez 19 227
Jul 2022 1413/8 Parents 30 356
Aug 2022 1443/4 Fairgrounds and Carnivals 24 285
Sep 2022 1467/1 Joe Kubert 19 238
Oct 2022 1486/11 First and last issues
Nov 2022 Classrooms?Schools?

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That vehicle was unsafe at any speed.

Robin’s thought balloon: “I’m sure glad that Batman insisted we use the Bat-bubbles, the ones that never break the surface of the water.”


The water is crystal clear, but the crooks don’t look down, and the perspective seems off:  Batman and Robin are about a foot away from the raft, but appear much larger than the crooks.

I assume this guy is not Princess Pantha, and the rifle-packing woman with him probably isn't either.  Anyway, whoever they are, you've got to admire the dedication they devote to fetching a pail of water despite a hail of gunfire.  There are two bullet holes in the bucket (though, strangely, there's no sign of water coming out of any corresponding exit holes), but that's not going to stop him!  Unless the holes were already there when he picked the bucket up, his gloves must be very well padded.  If I were in his place, I suspect the shock of two bullets hitting the bucket would have made me drop it!

Can you spot the inside joke?

"Great Hera! Why am I the only JLAer that gets chained up all the time! Not even Black Canary and she's a fetish fantasy! Not only that but those rays are making me look like a blow-up doll!"

Fascinating!

Jeff of Earth-J said:

Can you spot the inside joke?

I understand why they're running, but stopping it would just mean throwing a basketball at the guy riding it, which should tip the whole thing over.

Steve W said:

Firing bullets into water slows them down. Maybe the water in the bucket would be enough to do this, or not.

Peter Wrexham said:

There are two bullet holes in the bucket (though, strangely, there's no sign of water coming out of any corresponding exit holes)



Richard Willis said:

Firing bullets into water slows them down. Maybe the water in the bucket would be enough to do this, or not.

Maybe it's filled with that 100% bulletproof water that action heroes dive into when someone is shooting at them with a high-caliber weapon. It becomes soft water, of course, when the same hero has to dive into it from 500 feet.

And speaking of bulletproof, why does Lois suddenly need that idiotic kart once they get married? The comic is called, Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane. Everyone in the Silver Age knows she's Superman's girlfriend. Why is she in any greater danger once they marry? And how is the kart going to help? The only villains she's seriously in danger from are using far more powerful weapons than guns. The average hoods with guns may be stupid enough to continually shoot at Superman when they know the bullets are just going to bounce off, but are they seriously lacking in the intelligence and a sense of self-preservation to go after the wife of an invulnerable super-strong super-fast guy who can shoot lasers from his eyes? Because that takes a very special kind of idiocy and disregard for one's life.

Also, who built this thing? Surely they could have given Lois a bigger bubble.

A bigger complaint might be that their "fine honeymoon" consists of walking around, presumably, Metropolis, where Lana Lang can gloat.

Richard Willis said:

This one tells me that the trend to have fake, old-timey photos taken didn't start in the 60s like I thought, but was a thing at least as far back as 1945. 

Batman and Robin were partial to the same sort of fakery at about the same time, as seen on this cover from 1947.



Richard Willis said:

I read this one in 1961, when I was 13(!), but surprisingly don't remember it. the DC Fandom synopsis tells me that aliens for their own reasons set up a carnival. The distorting mirror actually changes the JLA members as shown on the cover. Why would the aliens change them instead of just avoiding them? Apparently, JLA figures out how to use the mirror to reverse the effect after defeating the aliens while in their altered bodies.

  

I ran out of time yesterday, and today's the last day of the month. I'm dumping the last five I have, which are all Batman issues. I think they all deserve a little mockery.

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