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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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
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George Perez 19 227
Jul 2022 1413/8
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I finish my "Planet DC" world flags tour back home (for me) in the UK, with the 2000 Batman Annual.

Incidentally, the map on this cover depicts Great Britain, but labels it "England", thus omitting Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  This is as wrong as slapping "USA" over Mexico and Canada on a map of the North American continent.  Don't do it.  Just don't!

The "Planet DC" covers have given a foretaste of next month's theme of "Foreign (non-US) locations".  Here's another, the Phantom on a cover from Norway showing the flag of the United Nations.

Some additional crossovers with next month's theme:

1. Captain Israel. I can only fine references to two issues, so I don't know if it lasted any longer than that.

Captain Lithuania. This is a cosplay, but still:

One has to think this was a case of “cover first, story second.”

They'll be wiped out to the last man!

Is Mr. Can-move-planets-fly-faster-than-light-and-incidentally-loves-expository-thought-balloons Silver Age Superman not thinking of intervening on behalf of his pal, then?

Dave Palmer said:

One has to think this was a case of “cover first, story second.”

I’m going to clear these out of my files.  They are pulp covers that transition from last month (the moon) to this month (flags).  I didn’t use them then, but better late than never.



Peter Wrexham said:

Incidentally, the map on this cover depicts Great Britain, but labels it "England", thus omitting Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

To make up slightly for that omission, I have just (in the last hour or so!) found this cover depicting a version of the Scottish flag (the Saltire or St Andrew's Cross).

No flags for Wales or Northern Ireland, I'm afraid.

I’m impressed that Peter found a cover with the United Nations flag and also found a cover with the flag of Scotland. I tried and struck out.

The Union Jack of the United Kingdom is easy to find. The individual flags that were combined to make up the Union Jack are hard to find on a comic cover, so here they are, in no particular order.

The flag of England (Cross of Saint George)

The flag of Scotland (Cross of Saint Andrew)

Flag of Saint Patrick (representing Ireland and later Northern Ireland). The flag of Great Britain before Ireland was incorporated into the United Kingdom was lacking this cross. I always watch for this on (American) Revolutionary War historic shows because it shouldn’t be there.

The flag of Wales, which gets no respect on the Union Jack.

"The flag of Wales, which gets no respect on the Union Jack."

I did manage to find a version of the Welsh Red Dragon earlier in the month, albeit on a shield rather than a flag.  Also the Scottish Lion Rampant, and the English Lions Passant, but sadly no Irish symbol.

Peter Wrexham said on July 16, 2020:

As an alternative to national flags as patriotic symbols, this cover shows the coats of arms of Scotland, Wales, Richard I of England (aka Richard the Lion-Heart), and the kings of France.

(Also a couple of other, unidentified, shields).

I'll start off our "foreign" covers with a classic, a Belgian adventurer in Tibet:

(This story was my first encounter with Tintin)

It's still July for almost an hour where I am, so here's my last flags cover.

Was that Kirby's last cover or was it this one?

For years I've been citing Action Comics Weekly #638, the cover date is not shown, but Secret Origins #19 is OCT '87. I may confirm it later, but I still think ACW #638 is last. (By "last" I mean artwork commissioned specifically for a particular cover, not something repurposed later.)

QUESTION: Does "foreign" cover mean "depicting a foreign land" or "published in a foreign land"?

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