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.

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 28 330
Aug 2021 1144/5 Highways, Travel etc 19 232
Sep 2021 1163/9 Favourite Covers/Comics 28 330
Oct 2021 1191/3 Lineups 21 260
Nov 2021 1212/11 JSA 80th Anniversary 23 269
Dec 2021 1235/4 Logos in the action 26 317
Jan 2022 1261/9 Dynamic Duos 29 348
Feb 2022 1290/9 Romantic Scenes 26 313
Mar 2022 1316/10 Bridges 29 339
Apr 2022 1345/1 Unexpected Green 23 286
May 2022 1368/11 Neal Adams
Jun 2022 George Perez
Jul 2022 Parents
Aug 2022 Fairgrounds/Carnivals

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My first team up series was The Brave and the Bold with issue 118.

However Jim Aparo really outdid himself with the next issue's cover.

While he could draw, ink, and letter; there are times when the less cover copy the better, like the above and the below.

But while his last interior work on the title was the above, Aparo still did the covers till issue 200 with B&B's cancellation and Batman and the Outsiders taking over that spot in DC's publication schedule. Out of those, I feel the following was his best, putting 2 of his most known/famous works together.

Aparo's Spectre work I first encountered in Adventure Comics, but that's a post for another day.

(Images courtesy of the Grand Comics Database.)

Lee, while Jim Aparo obviously drew the cover of Brave & Bold #199, the interiors were by Ross Andru and Rick Hoberg.

Thanks Philip for the confirmation, but unfortunately I was still editing my post when you posted.

Still, it's nice to have your friends watching out for you.

I love everything about this cover, including the fact that own the original color overlays. I have them framed with a mat's width between the acetates of each of the four providing a 3-D look.

An earlier favourite picked by Philip was World's Finest #223, which introduced him to the Legion with its reprint of "The Origin of the Composite Superman".  I'll pick the original appearance of the story in World's Finest #142 as one of my favourites.  Curiously, it has the same cover date, June 1964, as Adventure #321, one of my earlier choices, but I'm fairly sure that I acquired my copy of the Composite Superman tale several years later.

As an aside, every time I look at this cover, I find myself wondering what sort of super-power "flying disguise" might be.

To this day, I'm not sure if this story was trying to promote the Legion or cash in on it?

After meeting the Flash in the Justice League, Flash #111 was my first issue. The cover and the story were far from being favorites. My second Flash issue was #112, which introduced the Elongated Man. Even at a young age I doubted that Ralph could reach the fastest man on earth before Barry grabbed him.

Peter, I had that 'Composite Superman' down as one of my favourites, so your tastes definitely coincide with mine.  

And somewhere earlier today someone mentioned Joe Kubert, which reminded me of this cover. I love it because it's a cover drawn by a guy, depicting his own creations observing him sat at his easel.  That's quite hard to get your head around!  

Some self portraits, although not comic book covers



A look at the Kubert family from the framing sequence.  I wonder whatever became of the two youngest kids.




Steve W said:

Peter, I had that 'Composite Superman' down as one of my favourites, so your tastes definitely coincide with mine.  

And somewhere earlier today someone mentioned Joe Kubert, which reminded me of this cover. I love it because it's a cover drawn by a guy, depicting his own creations observing him sat at his easel.  That's quite hard to get your head around!  

The artist has conjured some imaginative otherworldly creatures for this cover. The one at the top left looks like a stylized snake's head atop the bones of a forearm.  The lower right features a snail crossed with someone having a bad night. The cover and story left a significant impression on me when I was a kid.

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