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.
As promised, here are the final stats on games posted in January. Excluded from the count are duplicate covers (7 covers were posted twice); the original covers of reprinted stories (2 of these); the "Presidential Pets" image; and the photo of a kid playing with giant chess pieces. I have counted the 2 games adverts from comics, and the 2 packs of comics-related cards.
Note that some covers show more than one game, and these have been counted under all relevant headings. As a result, adding up all these numbers would give a slight overestimate of the total number of different covers posted this month.
168 covers showed Playing Cards, 128 showed Everything Else. Alternatively, if you group the Tarot in with standard cards (as per the original suggestion for the month), you get Cards 194, the Rest 102.
This has been a time-consuming exercise, so I don't think I'll be doing the same sort of thing in future months. Or at least, not very often!
Here's an updated version of the spreadsheet and index of monthly themes.
|Date||Page/Reply||Theme (and clickable link)||Pages||Replies|
|Oct 2016||1/1||Letter A||19||228|
|Dec 2016||20/1||Letter B||17||207|
|Jan 2017||37/4||Letter C||18||214|
|Feb 2017||55/2||Letter D||17||208|
|Mar 2017||72/6||Letter E||15||178|
|Apr 2017||87/4||Letter F||15||184|
|May 2017||102/8||Letter G||13||157|
|Jun 2017||115/9||Letter H||16||195|
|Jul 2017||131/12||Letter I||12||133|
|Aug 2017||143/1||Letter J||16||194|
|Sep 2017||159/3||Letter K||19||237|
|Oct 2017||178/12||Letter L||24||285|
|Nov 2017||202/9||Letter M||24||280|
|Dec 2017||226/1||Letter N||19||236|
|Jan 2018||245/9||Letter O||21||245|
|Feb 2018||266/7||Letter P||25||295|
|Mar 2018||291/2||Letters Q & R||20||243|
|Apr 2018||311/5||Letter S||22||270|
|May 2018||333/11||Superman’s 80th anniversary||21||250|
|Jun 2018||354/9||Letter T||21||250|
|Jul 2018||375/7||Letter U||17||207|
|Aug 2018||392/10||Letter V||19||228|
|Sep 2018||411/10||Letter W||20||233|
|Oct 2018||431/3||Letter X||15||180|
|Nov 2018||446/3||Letter Y||13||156|
|Dec 2018||459/3||Letter Z||13||156|
|Jan 2019||472/3||Person being carried||16||190|
|Feb 2019||488/1||Real people||17||214|
|Apr 2019||524/7||Green-skinned people||17||207|
|May 2019||541/10||Wanted posters||17||201|
|Jun 2019||558/7||Boxing rings||15||180|
|Jul 2019||573/7||Empty uniforms||15||177|
|Oct 2019||641/5||Haunted houses/graves||21||250|
|Nov 2019||662/3||Motor bikes||21||254|
|Dec 2019||683/5||Foreign language covers||17||209|
|Jan 2020||700/10||Playing cards/tabletop games||23||275|
|Feb 2020||723/9||Valentines and Cupids|
This also has themes which have been suggested for March and April. Is everyone happy with these?
Peter, I am continually amazed at your dedication (I am also a bit worried about your sanity!) Please don't feel you need to list every different form of cupid this month!
When Valentines/cupids was initially suggested, this was the 1st cover that sprang to my mind, although I agree that Supes isn't exactly giving this new romance his blessing...
Steve W said:
Peter, I am continually amazed at your dedication (I am also a bit worried about your sanity!) Please don't feel you need to list every different form of cupid this month!.
Why, thank you, Steve. You do say the nicest things!
This isn't the character you'd normally think of when "Cupid" is mentioned, but apparently that's what she's called.
oh, and btw, and nothing to do with comic covers, today's date is 02/02/2020, which reads the same both backwards and forwards, both here in the UK, and in the USA. The reason that this is so unusual is that this date is a palindrome on both sides of the Atlantic, and I can find no evidence of this happening since the 1st of January 1010. This is because the US expresses the date in the form "month/date/year", whereas the UK expresses the date as "date/month/year." Therefore 21 February 2012 (21/02/2012) was palindromic in the UK but not in the USA.
The 11th November 1111 (11/11/1111) was also palindromic on both sides of the Atlantic. Or at least, it would have been if the USA and its MM/DD/YYYY date format had existed in the 12th century!
I guess that it's appropriate enough for us to be discussing dates while the theme of the month is Cupids and Valentines. After all, the actions of Cupid can normally be expected to lead on to dates...
...such as this one. (According to comics.org, "Cupid, attempting to hit She-Hulk with his arrow, accidently hits Mahkizmo instead")