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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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.

  • Cards - 168 (many just showing the cards, but no particular game)
  • Chess - 50 (the game, or just the chess pieces)
  • Tarot (or similar) - 26
  • Checkers/Draughts - 16
  • Roulette - 12
  • Dice - 8
  • Generic game - 3 (similar to Chutes/Snakes & Ladders)
  • Monopoly - 2
  • Pool - 2
  • Table Tennis - 2
  • Scrabble - 1 (in disguised form)
  • Dominoes - 1
  • Tiddlywinks - 1
  • Skittle Pool - 1 (advert)
  • Ka-Bala - 1 (advert)
  • Clue/Cluedo - 1
  • Betting - 1 (gamblers betting whether Superboy can escape a kryptonite trap)

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
Mar 2019 505/11 Homages/parodies 19 224
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
Aug 2019 588/4 Beaches 25 297
Sep 2019 613/1 Apes 28 340
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
Mar 2020 Statues?
Apr 2020 Elephants?

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...

However, he's definitely (and rather strangely) playing cupid here...

Well played, sir!

Archie has always had a love-hate relationship with Cupid:

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.

Supergirl on the wrong side of Cupid's arrows!

That Adventure cover is definitely a rip-off of this Lois Lane cover which appeared around 4 years earlier.

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")

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