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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Dave Palmer said:

I haven’t done much research but I think Scamp was the “dog” character from American publishers appearing the second most in his/her own title after Lassie.  Who have I missed?

I covered Scooby's long history earlier-- and he has more than twenty years of DC titles, at this point, never mind his prior owners. Lassie tops those numbers I'm sure, but I'm not certain Scamp can beat those runs.

We've had a hit of unseasonably warm weather, so here's a DC preview of days to come:

Of course! Scooby!!! I knew I was missing someone obvious.  

So, maybe:

1.  Scooby Doo

2.  Lassie

3.  Scamp (who also had a strip in WDC&S for years)

4.  Rex

3rd place isn’t bad.

Max, the Bionic Dog who more associated with Jaime Summers than Steve Austin! (What!)

After a teeny bit more research in the GCD, here is a revised list.  Many of these characters were published by numerous publishers and/or had give-away promotions, or appeared in Four-Color, which I did not dig through scrupulously, so I don’t have precise counts meaning the order could shift with a more accurate and consistent count.

I didn’t include Goofy/Super Goof and the Beagle Boys, yes, they are dogs but ... If we do include them, then they would likely be #2 and #5.

Each of these has over ten issues.

Scooby Doo





Huckleberry Hound

Strontium Dog (not really a dog)

Rin Tin Tin

Richie Rich & Dollar

Daisy and her Pups

Dog Boy

Top Dog

Pvt. Doberman (not really a dog)

I think the world leader might be Dylan Dog (not really a dog), but he only clocks in with six American (Dark Horse) issues.

Did I miss anyone?

Snoopy, Pluto, Tige, Hot Dog, Muttley, and Krypto appear often on covers, but they don’t necessarily have their own title (or long running titles).

Pvt Doberman? He was a human in Sgt Bilko who happened to have that surname.

A great Scamp cover

Here are two less-represented dog covers

Still having trouble thining of "dog" covers, but here are two I have actually read...

These Top 10 covers show various of the superhuman police officers of Precinct 10, including Sergeant Kemlo Caesar, a super-intelligent dog in a human exoskeleton, who also uses the alias "Hyperdog".

Max(amillion) was the original "Patient Zero" to see if bionic parts were even feasible. Dr. Rudy Wells had a lame excuse about "other projects" and things coming up to explain why the German Shepard never made an appearance before the last season of The Bionic Woman, which lasted one year longer than The $6 Million Dollar Man.

Meanwhile, I need a point of clarification please.

If "Question Marks" (and other punctuation) does make it on the cover schedule, just HOW big should said items be?

Is the example below acceptable, or will it have to be larger? Just wondering.

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Good catch with Spike & Tyke.  On my informal tally it would be tied with Richie Rich and Dollar at 24 issues.  It ran from #4 to #24.  I assume the first three were Four Color issues.

Richard Willis said:

Here are two less-represented dog covers

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