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.
I suspect that I won't be contributing a great deal this month, as I don't really have favourite covers, or individual comics. My preference is more for longer runs, or even entire series. However, I'll do my best to pick out at least a few comics that mean something to me.
My first choice is distinctly unusual for me. I was always a DC fan. In my teens I really didn't like Marvel at all, and virtually never bought or read them. Given that, I'm not at all sure how I came to own this comic. But if you're only going to have one Marvel, it would be hard to come up with a better choice than "The Wedding of Sue and Reed".
(I also remember noticing that this "King Size Annual" was "72 Big Pages", and comparing it unfavourably with DC's "80-Page Giant" offerings).
Here's the latest update to the spreadsheet and index of monthly themes, together with a reminder of what themes have so far been agreed for future months.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Dec 2020||937/10||Snow & winter scenes||24||289|
|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||28||330|
|Aug 2021||1144/5||Highways, Travel etc||19||232|
|Sep 2021||1163/9||Favourite Covers/Comics|
|Nov 2021||JSA 80th Anniversary|
October's "Lineups" theme includes Jeff's original suggestion of "Two groups of hero or villains lined up against each other", but also characters lined up for other reasons. For example, they might be lined up to race, or as a firing squad, or on trial, or to join a team, or...etc.
Time to start thinking about themes for December yet?
Themes for December - phew! Let's get back to that.
And to continue a theme referred to above - "The first comic I ever bought". Well, this wasn't the first comic I bought - it was the very first US comic I ever read. It was lent to me by a schoolfriend (Kevin - 54 years later, we're still in touch), who was already a keen collector of US comics. I had never seen one before, although I was a keen viewer of the Batman series on TV, so knew of the existence of super-heroes. He lent me the comic below and I was suddenly introduced to the LSH in all their glory. What a team - and all set in the future too! I was instantly hooked.
My very first comic book was Action Comics #434, cover dated April 1974.
We (parents, myself, and three sisters) were coming back from seeing my maternal grandfather when Dad had to stop for gas on the way home. Everyone got drinks but while the girls wanted candy, the spinner rack caught my eye.
I had found my own "candy store" and was going through the selection like crazy. Dad said I could only get one and I picked the above since I already knew who Superman was between the Super Friends cartoon and his past appearances (Filmation's efforts and the George Reeve's series) in TV syndication. In time one led to another and... you get the idea.
Which is why I call myself a reader, and I do stress the R word.
(Image courtesy of the Grand Comics Database.)
As for a future theme month idea I was going to suggest real people, but since that's already on the list, what about real life events? Not general things like Christmas, Summer, etc but more specific occurrences like 9-11, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, et al?
Probably the first superhero comic I ever read, other than some Batman comics my brother had/borrowed because we watched the show, and Gold Key Tarzans. Thanks to it, the forgotten "Captain Incredible" was clearly as significant a character in the super-universe as Superman, Tarzan, or Batman and Robin:
Normally the revelation would have been earth-shattering in any comic NOT written by Bob Haney but it didn't take long for young-me to realize that it wasn't "for real". Still it was the first time that I encountered Deadman and had some great reprints.
However it was far more important to me that it was the very first time I ever saw THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES and I was instantly hooked!