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.
Belated "Happy Birthday!" to you, Steve. I hope you had a great time in Hay-on-Wye. It's years since I've been there. Is it still as full of second-hand bookshops as ever?
Philip, we discussed Nightmaster's alleged cameo in Showcase #100 back in June last year. I picked the same face as you when trying to identify where he was on page 8 of the issue:
Peter Wrexham said on June 16, 2020 at 7:11pm:
I didn't buy very many Silver-Age issues of The Atom. However, this was one cover that I couldn't resist. Like my earlier pick of The Weather Wizard battling Batman, it's another example of a super-villain crossover, which was a sort of adventure I really enjoyed.
In this story, having previously failed to defeat the entire Justice League, Dr. Light decides to take them on one at a time, starting with the weakest member. This was a rare moment of self-awareness on the part of a super-villain, even though the new approach wasn't any more successful than the old one!
My first issue of Aquaman was #40, when Steve Skeates replaced Bob Haney on script and Jim Aparo took over interior art from Nick Cardy. I collected the series until it went on hiatus after #56. My favourite run of these comics was #50-52, in which Skeates & Aparo's three-part Aquaman story was backed up by a related Deadman tale written and illustrated by Neal Adams.
Here's the cover to the first issue of that sequence, dated April 1970. The art is by Nick Cardy, who continued to produce the covers throughout this period.
Notice the title: "City on the Edge of Nowhere". This issue appeared three years after the first broadcast of the classic Star Trek episode "City on the Edge of Forever".