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.
Richard Willis said:
I wasn't aware of Batman #69(FEB-MAR52). According to GCD, the cover story was written by Bill Finger. Detective #318(AUG63) had the Kathy Kane Batwoman tricking Cat-Man into thinking she was joining him in a life of crime. For some reason, like Two-Face, they had dropped Selina Kyle in those years. What, he was too scary and she was too sexy?
That's how I've seen it explained. Two-Face's last pre-Silver story was in 1954, just before the intro of the Code,(1) and he was probably exactly the kind of thing the Code was about getting rid of. There's his scary appearance, and his origin.
Catwoman's last appearances were also in 1954. Wertham attacked salacious Phantom Lady covers in Seduction of the Innocent. Catwoman's costume is less salacious, but had a slit skirt and a low-cut front, and she carried a whip.
Early on the Code was administered in a particularly overbearing manner, and both the Code and DC may have seen "Batman" as a little kids' feature and been particularly concerned about making sure it was kid-friendly. Wertham had singled it out for criticism, citing it as an example of a crime comic.
(1) It was the story where he returned to crime, after his reformation in his third story. There were three interim appearances, but two of those were hoaxes and the other introduced a replacement Two-Face who didn't appear again. A story with another version of the character appeared in the newspaper strip.