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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Xuthal of the Dusk

Professor Xavier and the X-Men is a title that I had no idea existed! It adapted the original Lee/Kirby books and lasted eighteen issues, starting in late '95.

Atmos, another super powered character from Star Boy’s home planet of Xanthu.

Somehow parts of his body are transparent.  What might at first seem like a cool effect just gets weirder and creepier the more you see it.  Was an explanation ever given?

Here is another cover where parts of the main character’s body seems to be transparent.  We can see the snow falling or the background through Catman’s body.  No X connection that I’m aware of though, unless you want to go with it being issue XXXI, but that seems like cheating.

It would appear that Atmos’ body isn’t transparent.  Maybe it’s just an effect of his costume.  Still, it’s weird.

My last X cover and it’s a stretch. Phantom Planet based on a 1961 movie.  The X connection (actually, that sounds like it could be a Marvel x title—The X Connection—maybe it is) is that one of the actors in the movie was the Silent Era star Francis X. Bushman.  He was in 1925’s Ben Hur and even appeared in the Batman TV show.

My last X! With a preview of Y!

For Hallowe'en:

My last X. I saved it for Halloween.

I'll say goodbye to the month of October with this great Halloween cover (by Wally Wood no less), containing the story "The Stranger in Studio X!"

The cover art looks like a weird mix of Jack Kirby & Bob Kane, clearly a crude attempt to cash in on the popularity of the Batman tv show as well as Marvel Comics (and maybe get a few "kids" who remembered the original Captain Marvel (they would have to had been in their late teens at the youngest when this came out to have picked up any of the original C.M. comics when those were last put out on the racks about 13 years earlier).

Dave Palmer said:

M.F.’s  Captain Marvel who was an android who would split into separate parts when he yelled “Spllt” and those parts would rejoin when he yelled “Xam.”

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