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.
"Adapted from the classic novel by Jules Verne"??
The First Men in the Moon was by H.G. Wells. Verne's two novels of lunar travel were De la Terre à la Lune and Autour de la Lune (English titles From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon). I'm pretty sure that this comic must be based on Wells' novel. Verne's protagonists never actually landed on the Moon, and the aliens shown on the cover look somewhat like Wells' description of Selenites, the inhabitants of the Moon.
Aha! GCD confirms that the attribution to Verne is an error!
Peter Wrexham said:
Ii's interesting to note that, most unusually for the time, this cover (and the covers for the next few issues) actually credits the writers whose work appears within.
Also interesting to note that, as we've seen before, first issues back then didn't say so on the cover. Issue two does say "No. 2" on the cover.
The British movie The Mouse on the Moon (1963) was a sequel to The Mouse That Roared (1959). The plots were attempts by a tiny impoverished country (The "Mouse") to get money by first declaring war on the U.S. and later claiming to have a space program in another attempt to get money.
Steve W said: