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
Jun 2022 George Perez
Jul 2022 Parents
Aug 2022 Fairgrounds/Carnivals

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Like Dave Palmer, I was a Doctor Spektor reader. I have nearly the entire series in my collection. Glut tried to give him an inclusive supporting cast, though the depictions could be problematic, leaning as they often did into stereotype. I really like the way the series worked in other, forgotten characters. Anyway, here's another dramatic TOFODS cover:

I always enjoyed the Challengers of the Unknown.  In 1968 their stories shifted from monsters and super villains to more of a focus on “mystery,” such as the occult and the supernatural within the confines of the Code.  This revival of “mystery” brought us characters such as Deadman, Phantom Stranger, and Swamp Thing.  Challs #63 is dated August-September 1968.  House Mystery #173 was dated March-April 1968 and was the last appearance of Dial H for Hero and Martian Manhunter.  #174 (May-June 1968) was the first “mystery” issue.

Despite not getting any of Marvel's Martial Arts books beyond an issue or two secondhand, I really enjoyed Master of Kung Fu Annual #1where Shang-Chi meets Iron Fist. Looking back, it's certainly not representative of his series! 

I had a few issues of Power Man but didn't get it regularly until it became Power Man/Iron Fist. But again I thought that Power Man Annual #1 was a great book!

The year after Stalker and Claw first appeared, DC tried a variation on the swords-and-sorcery formula with Starfire #1 (cover-dated September 1976).  This was billed as "A New Epic of Swords and Science", and also caught my interest.

The series ran to eight issues, and I collected the lot.  Sadly, I don't think the character has ever been revived, though you may recognise the name from somewhere else.

When I was 10 I was a mad, obsessed Adam Strange fan. So much so, that I almost managed to persuade my mom to adopt 'Adam' as my middle name. I would ignore her unless she called me Adam.  Years later, when the internet was born, I occasionally needed to adopt a pseudonym, and whenever that was required I was always 'Adam Strange'. In fact if you ever visit Yahoo Answers, you'll still see a profile for the aformentioned Mr Strange. And all because of this guy and (mainly) these 2 comics.

In 1966 the Challengers and the Doom Patrol guested in each other's titles. It wasn't technically a two-parter. The Doom Patrol issue came out the following month and involved defeating bad guys that were related to the ones fought in the Challengers issue.

Okay.... this is not an historical "favorite cover," but I did come across it after I began riffing on Jeff of Earth-J's "favorite character" (according to a jerky college roommate he once had). I have to say, it's a well-executed cartoon cover that demonstrates the relationship between Baby Huey and Papa while illustrating quite nicely one of the two or three jokes that kept the comic going for so many years:

My first exposure to the X-Men.

When I started reading comics, as I have said before, I got a lot more Marvel Triple Action than I did The Avengers, that I sometimes still think of Cap's Kooky Quartet as "my" Avengers!

(and yes, I still yearn for a rematch with the Triumvirate, which I had to look up, of Terror!)

The two Hawkman covers featuring the Shadow-Thief are pretty cool

One subject that I believe has yet to come up is gimmick covers. Thankfully the fad has come and gone for the most part. The holographic backgrounds on thicker paper (I saw a first issue copy of Warlock and the Infinity Watch where said background faded out about halfway down, revealing plain white cardstock), the glued purple diamond that usually broke off (Eclipso, the Darkness Within Annual), etc.

But there were some nice ones too. Like the Wedding Album Special cover for when Superman/Clark Kent FINALLY married Lois Lane "for real", and the second and third Robin mini-series from the early 1990s.

The third mini was the most ambitious, with those bagged movable covers that also doubled the price ($2.50 instead of $1.25) for each issue of Cry of the Huntress.

The second mini, The Joker's Wild, featured a more practical gimmick. A holographic sticker in a strategic spot as part of the overall image. Of course it only raised the cover price of each issue by an extra quarter. Important when you're working for a living and every penny counts, no matter what era you're in.

The moving picture isn't really that distinct in a still image and I like Jim Aparo's art, hence my choice of covers to represent Robin II. I can post the rest if anyone's interested.

We still have some gimmicks, like multiple cover choices to anniversary and other issues, but I wish the publishers would print a cover gallery within each issue of what's available like IDW used to. Or are they still doing that? It's been a while since I read anything from them.

(Images courtesy of the Grand Comics Database.)

Not someone I'd mess with

The coloring really enhances this image.

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