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.
Also no matter what was happening to them, both women managed to hang onto their high heels. Some artists back then seemed to think that was a body part that couldn't be removed. I have an art instruction book by Andrew Loomis and almost every single sketch is of a woman wearing nothing but high heels. Loomis is one of Alex Ross' biggest influences. Wonder how many other artists were heavily influenced by him?
Steve W said:
@Ronald Morgan - two very different covers! How things changed in just a short space of time. However in both covers I note that both the women have tiny waists. I guess that was an accepted norm. My wife would kill for a waist like that!
I had a coverless copy of this for the longest time and feel that it's a stronger story than Marvel Feature #1. Ross Andru did a great job on this one and Roy Thomas had the teaming up make sense and gave everyone some great bits!
Detective Eye #2, Dec 1940. Publisher Centaur. Cover artwork by Frank Thomas.
As well as The Eye, Frank created Chuck Hardy, Dr. Hypno, and Solarman (no relation to the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name). Later in his career, he worked for Dell on The Owl, Billy and Bonnie Bee, Buddies and other characters. He wrote scripts for Andy Panda, Little Lulu, Woody Woodpecker and Little Scouts.