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.
Am I correct in remembering Julius Schwartz saying that Barry (Flash) Allen's name was formed by combining the names of Barry [Surname I don't remember] and Steve Allen? As a Brit, I had no idea who either of these two people were. Still don't, to be honest.
I can see from the photo that Allen does look quite a bit like Clark Kent. It would be interesting to see how much he resembles Superman without glasses, and with a kiss-curl brushed down over his forehead.
Lee Houston, Junior said:
Having never been to New York nor never having any opportunity to read the story, I thought William B. Williams was made up, although the visual design did remind me of Steve Allen (below).
Now, provided anyone else ever thought of the idea and used it in a (cover) story, there's a doppelganger for Clark Kent!
On this page it says:
"(Comics historian Bill) Schelly writes about Schwartz selecting the name 'Barry Allen' on page 146 of American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1950s (TwoMorrows Publishing, 2013)"
Steve Allen was the first host of NBC's The Tonight Show, from 1953 to 1957. He was followed by Jack Paar, who was followed by the much more well known Johnny Carson. I think I saw Allen on his own show, which slightly overlapped his time on The Tonight Show. IMO, he had a style not unlike David Letterman, and had a wonderful crazy laugh. I remember his doing a "man on the street" bit in which he asked "How would you feel about a candidate who was a confirmed heterosexual"? As you might imagine, the term was misunderstood.
I don't know Barry Gray, but he is referred to as the father of talk radio, having originated the call-in show format.