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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A Strange Adventures cover that somehow hasn't been posted yet and a Rex the Wonder Dog cover on which he looks like a giant.

We can't leave the month without posting a Steranko cover!

"We can't leave the month without posting a Steranko cover!"

Or two? (Captain America #110. previous page.)

And still more giant footprints. The most inexplicable thing about this cover is how come Supes is stymied by the appearance of a large footprint in the ground? Surely he's encountered such things at least a few times before in his long and eventful life...

I'm assuming this head is attached to a giant.

And this one's very similar to Richard's "Plight of the Human Cocoons" cover above. 

My last one for this month. Here's to a wonderful December!

And Peter, I'm really hoping we've broken the covers record this month. I've posted at least one cover every day this month which is the first time I've managed that for ages! I eagerly await the cover count!



Steve W said:

And still more giant footprints. The most inexplicable thing about this cover is how come Supes is stymied by the appearance of a large footprint in the ground? Surely he's encountered such things at least a few times before in his long and eventful life...

He hasn't just encountered such things. He is such things!

He's a flying indestructible strongman with laser eyes whose best friend dresses up like a bat and manages to keep a cave of complex devices functional with only a teenager and a butler to help out. Why does the existence of anything surprise Superman?

It's like those old eps of Sesame Street where no one would believe Big Bird had a friend named Mr. Snuffleupagus. As I wrote elsewhere, "On a street inhabited by blue monsters, a numerically-obsessed vampire, and a garbage-can dwelling Grouch, why did anyone consider the sentient avian's furry proboscidean friend to be far-fetched?"

Theme of the month: "Snow and Winter Scenes".

Let's start with some winter wackiness (also, I guess, another giant).

The latest version of the spreadsheet and index of monthly themes is, I'm sorry to say, a bit of a disappointment for Steve.  November's "Giants" theme came nowhere near overturning the massive lead held by October's "Vampires and werewolves" .  I'll itemise the themes with the greatest number of replies after the table.

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) 20 234
Sep 2020 869/3 MST3K (with commentary) 13 160
Oct 2020 882/7 Vampires and Werewolves 31 377
Nov 2020 913/12 Giants 24 286
Dec 2020 937/10 Snow & winter scenes
Jan 2021 Doppelgangers
Feb 2021 Movies

The top six themes have been:

  • Sep 2020 - "Vampires/Werewolves" - 377 replies (31.42 pages)
  • Sep 2019 - "Apes" - 340 replies (28.33 pages)
  • Jun 2020 - "The Moon" - 310 replies (25.83 pages)
  • Aug 2019 - "Beaches - 297 replies (24.75 pages)
  • Feb 2018 - "Letter P" - 295 replies  (24.58 pages)
  • Nov 2020 - "Giants" - 286 replies (23.83 pages)

So I'm afraid "Giants" didn't even get into the top five :-(

Of course, I may have made a mistake in my calculations.  Feel free to point out any errors!

Yes-- as I understand it, snow, but no Christmas covers or cold-causing villains. Let the games begin!

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