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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Snakes and Ladders has a complicated history (see Wikipedia entry). The game's goals and obstacles are tweaked for each country. As I thought, the word "snakes" was dropped in the U.S. because "snakes are creepy."

Here's another chess cover.

So "Cluedo" was a derivative of "Ludo" and, because the word "Ludo" wasn't used in the US, the makers of "Cluedo" opted for "Clue".  Wow!

Anyway, it's Checkmate!

Speaks for itself!

Richard Willis said:

The pieces are cheating.



Dave Palmer said:

Here’s one where the cover is designed as a board game

Here's another, a little less Silver Age:

Left hand corner for this one!

You know who is often depicted with playing cards?  Alice (in Wonderland).

By my count, this brings the tally of types of game depicted to:

  • Playing cards - 67
  • Chess - 31
  • Tarot (or similar) cards - 13
  • Checkers and draughts - 7
  • Roulette - 2
  • Dice - 2
  • Monopoly - 2
  • Generic board game - 2
  • Scrabble - 1 (in a disguised version)
  • Dominoes - 1



Peter Wrexham said:

By my count, this brings the tally of types of game depicted to:

  • Playing cards - 67
  • Chess - 31
  • Tarot (or similar) cards - 13
  • Checkers and draughts - 7
  • Roulette - 2
  • Dice - 2
  • Monopoly - 2
  • Generic board game - 2
  • Scrabble - 1 (in a disguised version)
  • Dominoes - 1

  • Tiddly-Winks - 1:

This German cover looks like a Carl Barks cover to me, but I haven't been able to find the U.S. version.

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