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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Jeff of Earth-J said:

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

Most of the covers for last December's "foreign languages" theme were obviously from non-US publishers, making it repetitive to do "published in a foreign land" again.  So my understanding is that this month's theme means "depicting a foreign (i.e. non-US) land".  Of course, they can also be foreign-published, but that's not a requirement!

Re your other question: according to the GCD, the date of ACW #638 was February 7, 1989, with an on-sale date of 22 December 1988.  That's over a year later than SO #19 (October 1987, on sale July 7 1987), so it looks unlikely that SO was the "last" Kirby artwork.

Thanks, Pete! I was just about to log off and pull out my ACW box to verify, but you saved me the trouble.

Regarding the August theme, Hulk #145 & #146 take place in Egypt and Israel respectively, but there's nothing really on the cover to indicate that, so I'll go with #246 (the first of a series to which I call "dibs") set in foreign lands, in this case Israel.

Oh, hell. why prolong it? I'll just get it over with. #257, Arabia:

#258-259, the Soviet Union...

#260, Japan...

Batman was a world traveler in Brave & Bold! He and Wonder Woman took part in an auto race in Europe (#87), met his Bat-Squad in London (#92) and encountered a House of Mystery on an Irish isle (#93).

Here's an updated version of the spreadsheet and index of monthly themes, including the subjects agreed for future months.

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 25 310
Jul 2020 830/11 Flags & patriotic symbols 19 226
Aug 2020 849/9 Foreign locations (non-US)
Sep 2020 MST3K (with commentary)
Oct 2020 Vampires and Werewolves
Nov 2020 Giants

Notes on the themes for September and October.

MST3K (September):

JD DeLuzio said:

Basically, we find a cover,  one with elements that don't quite work, or can be misinterpreted, or invite mockery, and post smart-ass commentary, a la MST3K or every  kid who has ever watched a cheesy old SF movie. [snip] Think of the range of oddball covers or covers that elicit humorous responses, and I think we can fill a month with some genuinely amusing observations. I suspect that goofy Silver Age covers and self-seriously grim 90s covers could each easily fill such a month.

Vampires and Werewolves (October):

Quite a number of vampire and werewolf covers appeared during June, when the theme was "The Moon".  We have had a couple of suggestions of how to prevent October's covers from getting repetitive.

  • Avoid covers that show the Moon (if there's no moon, they wouldn't have been posted in June!)
  • Avoid covers where the vampire or werewolf is the protagonist (so we don't get complete runs of Tomb of Dracula or I, Vampire, or Werewolf by Night or...)

Philip Portelli said:

Batman was a world traveler in Brave & Bold!

And elsewhere!

An interesting concept, covers featuring countries other than the USA. Does this include other worlds? If so, half of DC's superhero silver-age qualifies.  But for starters, I'll stick to other countries rather than other worlds.  I'm not sure what country appears here, but it sure as hell ain't the USA.

And, I'm guessing that under the sea qualifies as non USA. One of my granddaughter's favourite covers.

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