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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Spider-Man's Tangled Web was, to say the least, an uneven series. This cover remains a favorite, even though it's unlikely the bad guys would be relaxing somewhere in full costume.

There's a coincidence. Following on from Dave's (excellent) choice of two silver-age Action Comics, one of my choices is just two issues later - Action #363. Both 361 and 363 were Neal Adams covers.  And, as a bonus - the girl's skirt and socks are purple!

One artist whose work I like but unfortunately I do not have much of in my personal collection is Gray Morrow. In this case he illustrated all of the Lois Lane mini-series below, which was supposed to be a try out for giving the lady her own series again.

The story is a more serious and worthy adventure for the intrepid reporter than trying to prove Clark Kent is really the Man of Steel or con Superman into marrying her. Alas another victim of the Crisis On Infinite Earths. In this case Lois was swept into the post Crisis Superman reboot, hence a four issue solo condensed into a two issue special.

But the creative team hit a home run on this tale and if Lois was to get her own book again instead of becoming a co-star once more, Newell and Morrow are who I would have wanted on the series.

Highly recommended, and there is some noticeable (background) purple on the first cover.

(All images courtesy of the Grand Comic Book Database.)

I enjoyed Gray Morrow's art in the Warren magazines (Creepy, Eerie). I don't think I ever saw his art in anything else..

He did a couple of Zatanna stories back in the early 1970s, although I've only seen them in reprints.

There was also some comic strip work for Best Sellers Showcase (a newspaper version of Classics Illustrated), where he illustrated the adaptations of Terry Brooks' The Sword of Shannara and Richard Bach's Illusions.

Wikipedia has a more detailed bibliography.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

"I think you're referring to Officer Sung Li and Sergeant Kemlo Caesar, aka Girl One and Hyperdog?"

The one who's having the "wardrobe malfunction" is Toy Box, dead center, behind the hand. (Note the expression on her face.) The one "getting the eyeful" is the woman between the "0" in the title and the border. (Follow her line of sight.)

Ah, right.  It didn't occur to me that the "wardrobe malfunction" was on the cover.  The one I described took place inside the comic.

I can still remember my sense of shock when estimates for the world's total population hit six billion toward the end of the last millennium.  All the time I was growing up, the generally-accepted figure had been in the region of three billion.  One of my favourite issues of Action Comics (#342, October 1966) emphasises this.  It's also a mere two issues after the first appearance of The Parasite which Dave has just selected, a choice with which I thoroughly agree!

Richard,

I don't know how easy (or expensive) these would be to find.  Gray Morrow was a big part of Archie's short lived 1970s Red Circle line.  Not all of the interior artwork is by Morrow.

I find #96 amusing in that there is a topless woman on a Code approved comic, and one from Archie to boot.  (See also Kamandi #6.)

And from Pacific



Richard Willis said:

I enjoyed Gray Morrow's art in the Warren magazines (Creepy, Eerie). I don't think I ever saw his art in anything else..

In 1979, Morrow contributed an 8 page Black Hood story to

As well as contributing to the 1983 Black Hood series.

"...where he illustrated the adaptations of Terry Brooks' The Sword of Shannara and Richard Bach's Illusions."

Waitaminute... Gray Morrow illustrated a comic strip version of Illusions? Damn, I would love to see that! (I always thought Eric Shanower would be the perfect artist to adapt Illusions, but Grey Morrow would be ideal as well.) I remember that Lois Lane mini-series very well. Morrow also provided interior art for the Green Arrow "Year One" series The Wonder Year (although Mike Grell did the covers). 

How could I forget.  Gray Morrow is one of the co-creators of Man-Thing (Savage Tales #1).  Here is a cover he did.

Gray Morrow also penciled, inked AND colored DC Comics Presents #65 (Ja'84).

The coloring part I vividly recall as he gave Superman "grey" hair instead of his normal "dark blue".

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