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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As soon as this month's theme was suggested, this was the cover that sprang to my mind.  It's always the same - I get a clear picture of one particular cover as soon as I hear the theme - the rest of the month is a blank!  I loved this cover - we spent hours at school coming up with possible phrases that the two girls might come up with.

Batman even teamed up with a "?"...twice! 

Well, Phillip posted two of my opening three before I could.

Hey, it happens.

I remember someone saying this month's theme might wind up being all Julius Schwartz era covers and I wanted to find other sources, like this third example from The Brave and the Bold.

But what are the actual rules/guidelines for this month because the punctuation marks on some of the already posted covers look normal to me.

(Image courtesy of the Grand Comics Database.)

Once again...

Flash is a great source for "burning question" covers.

As I understand it-- and this isn't my topic, so I may be in error-- the punctuation is part of the cover (so, likely unusual or large question or exclamation marks) OR the cover ASKS the reader a question (which may involve a normal question mark).

Lee Houston, Junior said:

But what are the actual rules/guidelines for this month because the punctuation marks on some of the already posted covers look normal to me.

(Image courtesy of the Grand Comics Database.)

Here's the latest update to the spreadsheet and index of monthly themes, together with a reminder of the themes so far agreed for future months.  I think that the themes for August, September and November are now agreed, after a certain amount of clarification as to what they mean.

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 26 322
Jul 2020 831/11 Flags & patriotic symbols 18 215
Aug 2020 849/10 Foreign locations (non-US) 20 233
Sep 2020 869/3 MST3K (with commentary) 24 292
Oct 2020 893/7 Vampires and Werewolves 20 245
Nov 2020 913/12 Giants 24 286
Dec 2020 937/10 Snow & winter scenes 24 289
Jan 2021 961/11 Doppelgängers 32 377
Feb 2021 993/4 Movies 23 275
Mar 2021 1016/3 Cats/cat-themed adventurers 22 263
Apr 2021 1038/2 Dogs/dog-themed adventurers 25 305
May 2021 1063/7 Big guns/Heavy weaponry 25 302
Jun 2021 1088/9 Dinosaurs/Time Travel 28 338
Jul 2021 1116/11 Big Questions/Question Marks
Aug 2021 Highways/Road Trips
Sep 2021 Favourite Covers/Comics
Nov 2021 JSA 80th Anniversary

October is still up for grabs, though I note that Jeff has made another pitch (which seems convincing to me) for his long-suggested idea of Julius Schwartz's "Heroes and/or Villains lined up against each other".

Thanks, Peter. 

Looks as if Dinosaurs/time travel was the 3rd best month ever, topped only by apes and dopplegangers. Just shows the choice of theme is all-important - especially when we get near the end of the month and the relevant covers become more scarce. I certainly didn't have that problem with time-travel - I could've posted another 20.  And I'd like to reiterate Jeff's thanks to Peter for supplying us with this valuable data - thanks Pete!  

2nd one from me today - this cover definitely posed a question - what the hell is going on here?

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