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.

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 22 259
Mar 2020 745/4 Statues 21 256
Apr 2020 766/8 Elephants 22 263
May 2020 788/7 Heroes & villains cooperating 17 198
Jun 2020 805/1 The Moon 26 322
Jul 2020 831/11 Flags & patriotic symbols 18 215
Aug 2020 849/10 Foreign locations (non-US) 20 233
Sep 2020 869/3 MST3K (with commentary) 24 292
Oct 2020 893/7 Vampires and Werewolves 20 245
Nov 2020 913/12 Giants 24 286
Dec 2020 937/10 Snow & winter scenes 24 289
Jan 2021 961/11 Doppelgängers 32 377
Feb 2021 993/4 Movies 23 275
Mar 2021 1016/3 Cats/cat-themed adventurers 22 263
Apr 2021 1038/2 Dogs/dog-themed adventurers 25 305
May 2021 1063/7 Big guns/Heavy weaponry 25 302
Jun 2021 1088/9 Dinosaurs/Time Travel 28 338
Jul 2021 1116/11 Big Questions/Question Marks 28 330
Aug 2021 1144/5 Highways, Travel etc 19 232
Sep 2021 1163/9 Favourite Covers/Comics 28 330
Oct 2021 1191/3 Lineups 21 260
Nov 2021 1212/11 JSA 80th Anniversary 23 269
Dec 2021 1235/4 Logos in the action 26 317
Jan 2022 1261/9 Dynamic Duos 29 348
Feb 2022 1290/9 Romantic Scenes 26 313
Mar 2022 1316/10 Bridges 29 339
Apr 2022 1345/1 Unexpected Green 23 286
May 2022 1368/11 Neal Adams 26 310
Jun 2022 1394/9 George Perez 19 227
Jul 2022 1413/8 Parents 30 356
Aug 2022 1443/4 Fairgrounds and Carnivals
Sep 2022 Joe Kubert
Oct 2022 First and last issues
Nov 2022 Classrooms?

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So, it's the last day of the month. Can anyone give me any guidance as to what we're posting as from tomorrow?  Heroes and villains united?  So, any cover that features heroes and villains co-operating together?  Given that Wanda the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver were once seen as villains, would a cover of them, with fellow Avengers (Captain America, Goliath, etc) count as "heroes and villains co-operating"? I could do with some guidance here.

I cannot speak for anyone else, but my situation is this:

Normally, I have more than a month's worth of covers at this point. At present, I have half a month, and I suspect half of those will be posted by someone else first. Granting that the last couple of months have been a little odd, we may not find quite so many hero-villain team-ups as we did, say, elephants.

Given that, I think pretty much anything that could qualify as "heroes and villains cooperating" should fly. This is a fun creative exercise, not a tax form.

What is anyone else's opinion?

Philip explained what he meant when he suggested the theme as follows:

As for "Working With Villains", it would feature a hero and villain battling side-by-side, assisting each other or doing peaceful things, regardless of the actual story.

That still leaves the question you raise, Steve, as to the definition of "hero" and "villain".  As far as villains who become heroes are concerned, perhaps they should no longer count once they're proven to have reformed?  The cover of Avengers #16, in which Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch (and also Hawkeye) join seems acceptable.  At that point the three of them just turned up and essentially said "Can we join?  We're good guys now, honest!", but who knew at the time whether they'd stay heroes?

I've had a fair bit of trouble with this, as a result of which I'm quite short of covers for May.  I know very little about comics after the mid-nineties, and very little about Marvel in general, so I'm often unsure who is the villain on a cover!  We'll have to do the best we can.

And, yeah, what JD said!

Also, what are we going to do in July?  There's a list of suggestions here.

So far I have two covers for May.  I was surprised how many elephant covers there were—and I did go a bit crazy the last few days.  Must have something to do with being stuck in the house for a month.  It will be fun to see what other people post and play off of them; in the past that’s been fun when someone posts something and we’re inspired to go off in a bit of a tangent (hmmm, Tangent Comics, that might be worth a look see).

We’ve always been willing to bend the “rules” a bit as we go along, and if we run out of covers on this theme, we can always shift gears to something completely different for a few weeks.

Thinking about it some, I've realized that the "hero working with villain" scenario is a mostly Bronze Age thing though there are some Silver Age examples. So any cover with the villain helping the hero and VICE VERSA should qualify.

If my suggestion is causing any distress, I apologize!

I'm impressed that you have half a month. I only have one cover, which I suspect will go in the first few days. This is the worst problem I've had since we started this thread.

JD DeLuzio said:

I cannot speak for anyone else, but my situation is this:

Normally, I have more than a month's worth of covers at this point. At present, I have half a month, and I suspect half of those will be posted by someone else first. Granting that the last couple of months have been a little odd, we may not find quite so many hero-villain team-ups as we did, say, elephants.

Given that, I think pretty much anything that could qualify as "heroes and villains cooperating" should fly. This is a fun creative exercise, not a tax form.

What is anyone else's opinion?

Here's my one and only cover

A variant cover for that time Lex Luthor joined the Justice League:

Like I said, Avengers #16 should count:

From the look of this, we could have ended up with the Executioner, the Enchantress, the Melter and the Black Knight as members of the Avengers!

Here's an updated version of the spreadsheet and index of monthly themes.  Following the various comments, I've rephrased this month's theme as "Heroes & villains cooperating".  With luck, that will make it a little easier to find covers.  So, villains helping heroes, heroes helping villains, villains who've turned good and heroes who've turned bad should all count.  Does that sound reasonable?

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 22 259
Mar 2020 745/4 Statues 21 256
Apr 2020 766/8 Elephants 22 263
May 2020 788/7 Heroes & villains cooperating
Jun 2020 The Moon

We still need to pick a theme for July.  Any thoughts?  There's a list of suggestions for future months here, back on page 742.

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