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.
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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
Notes on the themes for September and October.
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.
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.