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.
Here's two of a more recent vintage that I like.
When I first saw the cover to Detective Comics #1006, I thought DC was somehow incorporating the TV Oliver Queen post TV Crisis On Infinite Earths into print continuity.
Okay, I'm man enough to admit I was wrong about that.
The cover to the conclusion in Detective 1007 "speaks" for itself.
Both covers are by issue interior artist Kyle Hotz. Images courtesy of the Grand Comics Database.
I think you're right, Richard. Pity, I liked my hypothesis. Oh, well! :-(
Richard Willis said:
Peter Wrexham said:
Notice the amazingly understated way in which the JLA's appearance is announced on the cover, seemingly almost as an afterthought. I wonder if this could be an example of cover art being produced before the story is written? In such a case, the production department might have been able to modify the cover copy to mention the JLA, but not make any changes to the finished art.
I think they pretty much intended for the JLA to appear in the story because Kanjar Ro (the other guy on the cover) had previously only appeared in the JLA book.
Before the various sword-and-sorcery comics (Stalker, Claw, Starfire) that I've already posted, DC made an earlier foray into the genre with the character of Nightmaster. He got a three-issue run in Showcase, starting with #82, May 1969. I enjoyed it, but it appears not to have been a big success. After the third issue, apart from a few tiny cameo appearances, the character vanished for a quarter of a century.
I've not seen any of his later appearances, but I gather from the GCD, he appeared a few times in the mid-1990s, before resurfacing in Day of Vengeance (2005) and Shadowpact (2006). He has appeared in various places intermittently ever since.
My dad was a kid in the 1930s and early 1940s, and a fan of the Tarzan films. He and his friends would get up early on Saturday and walk along the tracks to find coal/coke that had dropped out of the cars. They would sell it in the neighbourhood and they'd use the money to go to the movies. Although not a comic reader, he bought us comics before road trips, and he would always include Tarzan (and Turok-- more on that later). He would read those ones when it was mom's turn to drive. This adaptation left a strong impression on me, and I found a copy of it years later and bought it: