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.
Six Degrees of Separation:
Joseph Carey Merrick aka the Elephant Man
Befriended and aided by Dr. Frederick Treves
Who was a friend of Thomas Hardy
In 1912, the teenage Alice “Dolly” Gale (1897-1993) moved into the Hardy household to became a maid to Thomas Hardy’s wife, Emma Lavinia.
“Dolly” eventually moved to Ingersoll, Ontario...
Where, in the early 90s, she was interviewed by Beryl Baigent
Who is an acquaintance of mine.
Okay, this is just weird
I love how, in comicland, whether you live in a North American suburb or go to a big city high school, it's perfectly natural and unsurprising to come across elephants and gorillas. Melvin is clearly thinking, "gee, Audrey has a great way to do the leaves," and not, "where the heck did she get that trained baby elephant?"