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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The doppelganger trope dates back far longer than comic books.

Below are the earliest examples I could find.

Is every incarnation of Green Lantern merely a doppelganger of the first incarnation? If so, there are a lot of doppelgangers out there...

We could have had an entire month of Earth-1/Earth-x crossovers.

Instead,Mickey Mouse welcomes the 1930s Disney characters, including a Mini Mickey (though no Minnie).


Just like Metropolis, Riverdale too seems to be a hotbed of doppelgängers.

Sometimes it's Jugheads.

Sometimes it's Archies.

Sometimes, it's even a visitor to town.



Peter Wrexham said:

Just like Metropolis, Riverdale too seems to be a hotbed of doppelgängers.

Sometimes it's Jugheads.

Sometimes it's Archies.

Sometimes, it's even a visitor to town.

Indeed! One of the most impressive crossovers ever, IMO, Archie Meets the Punisher, involves the Punisher pursuing a criminal doppelganger of Archie, who, by chance, decides to hide out in Riverdale. However, he does not appear on either of the variant covers.

Surely another word for an alter-ego is a doppelganger...

Believe it or not, it took me a few minutes to realize that there were THREE Torches on this cover: Jim Hammond, Toro and Johnny Storm! And I saw the "4" right away and thought it was just a homage or something!

That sure looks like Minnie to me. Is it Mickey in drag?

JD DeLuzio said:

We could have had an entire month of Earth-1/Earth-x crossovers.

Instead,Mickey Mouse welcomes the 1930s Disney characters, including a Mini Mickey (though no Minnie).

Not really doppelgangers, but costumed dummies.

Richard Willis said:

That sure looks like Minnie to me. Is it Mickey in drag?

Minnie is Mickey in drag! Seriously, I couldn't see the bow, and the costume looked like button pants to me. I was working off a small image that I blew up.

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