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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Madhouse #2, Aug 1957, Ajax-Farrell. I've downloaded Madhouse issues 1 - 4 from CB Plus and tried to read them. I guess, since I'm a Brit and wasn't born in 1957, that the humour totally escapes me.

Calling John Force - MAGIC AGENT. Issue 2 to be precise, Mar/Apr 1962, publisher ACG. Cover art and inks by Kurt Schaffenberger, who would go on to draw the infamous "Lois Lane whips a Superman puppet" in LL73.

As a kid, I got into the Monkees before the Beatles! Strange to give a musical group a comic with no music but they had wacky adventures as well so it worked!

"Spider-Man Goes Mad"

One of my favorite Ditko covers. I especially like the color on this cover, which GCD tells me was by Stan Goldberg.

Marvel Fanfare, Al Milgrom and Frank Miller.

The Maniaks

The first three times I saw Man-Bat:

  • Batman #254 (F'74) where he tries to prove his superiority over the Dark Knight....again.
  • Brave & Bold #119 (Ju'75) where he must "Bring Back Killer Kragg!" and escape from the Black Napoleon. Oh, and he accidently causes the deaths of two men!
  • Man-Bat #2 (Ma'76), the last of a two-issue run (took me years to find #1 with Steve Ditko drawing Batman!!!) where he battles the dreaded Ten-Eyed Man!

The funny thing is how unlikeable Kirk Langstrom is portrayed, even in his own book!

Man-Bat's first appearance.

A trio of covers featuring the Man-Wolf.

Giant-Size Super-Heroes #1: Can the Wall-Crawler survive both the Man-Wolf AND Morbius the Living Vampire?

The Killer Moth.

HOUSE OF M - issue 1 of 8.

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