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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Gold Key Korak:

Peter Wrexham said yesterday:

Three covers showing circus trapeze artists with elephants in the ring below them

A couple of variations on that theme, with tightrope instead of trapeze.

Bugs on a unicycle on a tightrope.

An early and obscure Simon/Kirby superhero from 1946.


Back when the 100 Page Super Spectacular was its own book!

I had a couple early-70s DC Tarzans and Koraks but, the change of approach and my changing interests made them pale beside my memories of the Gold Key incarnation.

I never followed the ape-man as he swung into Marvel and then, I think, Dark Horse.

Philip Portelli said:

Geez, I thought Tarxan and Tantor were friends!

Dave Palmer said:

Ah yes, a comic from 1961, when even the rampaging mammoths had Beatle haircuts! By the time 1979 rolled around, their hairstyle preferences had changed.

Also, is it my imagination, or are Barbie's elephant and ALF's elephant wearing the same tusk ornaments?

Other books with Little Orphan Annie and Elephants!



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