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.
It's a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation here in Canada, and I wanted to post a FN-related cover. Turok, I realize, is hardly a realistic or stereotype-free representation. However, I also note that Anishinaabe actor Adam Beach spent years lobbying for a Turok film because, as a kid, that was the only comic-book hero who looked like him, and he felt a contemporary movie could address any issues with representation and give FNMI kids a super-character of their own in the movies. He would partially get his wish, voicing the character in a 2008 animated adaptation.
This particular cover hadalready landed on my "favorites" list for a less-serious reason. When I first saw it, I misread it as meaning something like, "Turok and Andar need a vital medicine (that) Herb found in a land inhabited by deadly pteranodons!" Who's Herb? This cracked up my brother and began a bit of an in-joke between us that lasted for, possibly, an entire summer.
We're also on the final day of this theme, so I'm posting a cover I really like that introduced me (I mean, I'd heard of her) to the Stephanie Brown Batgirl and features line-ups of Draculas:
Tailgunner Jo is a little-known six-issue limited series published in 1988/9 that I really liked. Here is the GCD description:
Billed as a futuristic fantasy. Jo is a young girl stored as a computer personality in her cybernetically-enhanced father. Jo is both her father's tailgunner in the "real world" and has computer generated fantasy adventures.
Here are a couple of covers from the series. Her father, Lars Gunnar, is highlighted on the first, Jo and her fantasy world on the second.
As indicated by my use of the Batman-Spectre Detective Comics meeting earlier this month, for me sometimes it isn't always the art per se but another matter.
As time passes, technology improves. Over the course of the three part mini-series Underworld Unleashed, DC tried out some new shades of green that I liked. In time these hues have appeared in other places, most notably Green Arrow, Green Lantern(s), and Swamp Thing, naturally.
Whether or not these three can also count as transition covers, I'll leave to the "judges".
Not sure I'd consider Neron the "Absolute Evil", for he has yet to fight Darkseid.
Several times over the course of any company's publishing history we have had "Hell on Earth!"
But you have to admire the hutzpah of the blurb for part 3, considering by then I had already heard of Doctor Fredric Wertham.
(Images courtesy of the Grand Comics Database.)
So we've arrived at the last day of the month and I've only posted 27 covers so far, meaning I still have 3 to post. Weirdly they all feature women/girls in starring roles, although I can't say that this was a conscious decision.
This is my favourite Lois Lane cover. I can almost sense her frustration in being let down by Supes and her decision to start a new life without him. Mushy I know but moving nonetheless.