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.
This 1964 collection of written and comic stories is probably the first time anyone showed individual Daleks flying-- an effect not realized until the twenty-first century revival of Doctor Who. The cover also features the Mysterious Ringed Planet that wandered through that era in comics and space illustrations.
I think I was with my grandmother while she was visiting somebody. Wherever we were I came across a stack of comics. I knew the Challengers and read this one. It was scary. The Challs getting absorbed by the monster stuck with me. Twenty or so years later I bought my own copy.
And their uniforms were purple back then.
I seem to remember that DC announced the1984 launch of Blue Devil with the slogan "making comics fun again". Despite thinking "you mean that you think your other comics aren't fun?", I still decided to pick up the first issue. And I enjoyed it enough to keep on collecting it right through until its cancellation with #31.
And, given that I've got a bit behind again, I'm posting two today.
I absolutely love this cover. The perspective is terrible, and the fact that that the car's front fender should be behind the van, rather than in front of it, shows a distinct lack of application to detail on the artist's part, but, for all that it's wonderful. Of all the comic covers I've redrawn, I've drawn this one more than any other. Cover art pencils and inks by Sheldon Mayer.