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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Death Valley #8, August 1955, Publisher Charlton, Cover artwork by Dick Giordano.

The Demon #1: Perhaps Jack Kirby's most successful Bronze Age DC character in terms of actually co-existing with the rest of the DCU.

Flash #176, Feb 1968. "Death Stalks The Flash!"  Cover art by Carmine Infantino/Murphy Anderson.

Dino #1 (1973)

Detective Comics 140, 1st appearance of the Riddler

DR DOOM - DOOMSDAY - I loved this series

Dick Tracy #21, 1941, publisher Dell, cover artwork by Chester Gould.

A different Defenders (1962) title.  "The Defenders" TV show long before Marvel's.

Legends of the Dark Knight #18. The story arc that introduced the drug Venom, which was later used by Bane to enhance his strength

Adventures of DEAN MARTIN and Jerry Lewis #33, Nov 1956.  Cover art by Owen Fitzgerald.

Daring Mystery Comics #5, June 1940. Publisher Timely. Cover art by Alex Schomburg.  

According to Stan Lee, "Alex Schomburg was totally unique. I remember hearing Timely Comics publisher Martin Goodman tell me time and again how great a cover illustrator Alex was, and how he wished we had more like him. He was the only artist I knew able to combine strong, dramatic layouts, and exciting superhero action with a simplistic, almost cartoony style of execution. One could never be sure if Alex was an illustrator who approached his work like a cartoonist, or a cartoonist who chose to render his artwork like an illustrator. Despite the quantity of work we gave him, despite the care and effort that went into every Schomburg cover, I cannot remember Alex ever being late with any illustration. He was as reliable as he was talented."

I'm in a bit of a time crunch today.  I guess I'll just finish out Dell's The Defenders (#2, 1962-1963).

Here is a link that should take you to Mark Evanier's recent discussion of the TV series http://www.newsfromme.com/?s=the+defenders+robert+reed.

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