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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After one reprint in World's Finest Comics #207 (N'71), the Tarantula , comics' original web-spinner, returns in All Star Squadron #18 (F'83) which also explained why his admittedly generic costume looked so much like the Sandman's. But it didn't for long as he changed outfits in All Star Squadron #24 (S'83) with a very un-Golden Age-ish color scheme!

"Twilight of the Mutants!"

Here's Television Puppet Show, featuring Sparky Smith, Nov 1950, publisher Avon, cover art by Frank Carin. According to Overstreet, this comic (in fine condition) is now worth $200.00.

From two years earlier,Tony Trent #3, published by Columbia, covert art/inks by Mart Bailey.

From 1961, Thirteen #1, published by Dell.  Apparently Thirteen was created by John Stanley, the same person who created Little Lulu.

“Namor and Triton Terrific Together!”

Trail Colt - US Marshal #1, July 1949, publisher Magazine Enterprises. Cover pencils and inks by Graham Ingels.  What a wonderful cover - I love the depiction of the horse.

T-Man #1, Sept 1951, publisher Quality, cover art/inks by Reed Crandall.

Is it just me, or does Television Puppet Show's Not-Howdy/Nor Buffalo Bob look a tad sinister? Almost like he belongs in....



Steve W said:

Here's Television Puppet Show, featuring Sparky Smith, Nov 1950, publisher Avon, cover art by Frank Carin. According to Overstreet, this comic (in fine condition) is now worth $200.00.

I pity the fool who doesn't make an "I pity the fool" joke every time this guy turns up in media:

Used to see Mr T at the San Diego comic-con when he was Ill. Glad he's better today.

This Man, This Monster. Ben Grimm's powers and appearance are taken over by someone with evil intentions.

 

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