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.
Folks, don’t be fooled into buying some inferior system for shrinking things. With the Brainiac system you are limited to people or cities. With our revolutionary new system, you can shrink entire planets. Imagine an entire planet under glass sitting on your coffee table. You will be the envy of your friends and the talk of the town.
FOR LOVERS ONLY #73: "Yet it carries the comics code seal of approval."
The CCA was nothing inf not inconsistent.
FLASH #198: "Surely expressing opinions about religion was a no-no for the comics code?"
Man, I have never even seen that cover before!
What the Code said in 1970 was
“Ridicule or attack on any religious or racial group is never permissible.”
This didn’t change with the 1971 revision.
Here’s something we should ask: “Mr. Kane, is that squiggle on Flash’s chest supposed to be a lightning bolt?”
Steve W said:
Flash #198(JUN1970) has two stories, the other being Flash's portion of the continuing Zatanna story. The cover has him praying to God. The synopsis of this 14-page story on dc.fandom.com/wiki says "The Flash's head is grazed by a bullet while he is performing for three orphans, regressing him mentally to an eight-year-old." Grand Comics Database agrees with this synopsis except that it says "a blow to the head."
So if someone prays to God the implication is that his or her mind is addled. That does seem to disparage all religions with a single supreme being (Christianity, Judaism and Islam). I guess it doesn't disparage a specific religion, so the Code wouldn't necessarily disapprove it. Code enforcement depended upon who was doing the review, what they had for breakfast and the phase of the moon. Atheists were not considered and were held in public contempt back then (In 1954 the words "under God" were added to the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance). I'm sure the rights of Atheists were not even thought about by the Code reviewers.
This cover had Superbaby (oddly, in full costume) freeing a so-called "killer bear" from a bear trap. Did the bear just trigger the trap? If not, were the campers happily sitting there after the bear was trapped? Did they think that Superbaby would just watch them being killed and eaten rather than stop the bear? Inquiring minds want to know!
I read this one in 1961, when I was 13(!), but surprisingly don't remember it. the DC Fandom synopsis tells me that aliens for their own reasons set up a carnival. The distorting mirror actually changes the JLA members as shown on the cover. Why would the aliens change them instead of just avoiding them? Apparently, JLA figures out how to use the mirror to reverse the effect after defeating the aliens while in their altered bodies.
And, judging by their hand actions, I would say they were almost certainly dancing to 'YMCA' by The Village People. Which is strange because that particular record wasn't due to come out until 15 years later!
Dave Palmer said: