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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I like the Green Cigarette...

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:

"Who's Herb?"

The same thing happened to me when I saw this cover as a child: "Who's Nuff? And why should I care what he said?" It wasn't until I heard the phrase spoken sometime later on an episode of All in the Family that I had my epiphany.  "Oh, "'nuff"!" And another purple(-topped) cover. 

The Metal Men are one of my favorite concepts and I'm shocked that they never became an animated series!

(And this one has some purple in it!)

A favorite cover that is also a transition cover, being a lineup of Flash's rogue's gallery.

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!"

Comics Code Authority Approved or otherwise.

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.)

Transition covers? This is a favorite of mine, it exemplifies the October theme, and it's purple. (I think it's also been used before, but I wasn't about to let that stand in the way of a good transition.) 

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.

Followed by this 60s homage to jealous, vengeful, spiteful girls, angry with their male counterparts. I realise that the cover is reinforcing a negative stereotype and it's a stereotype that I deplore, but it's still a great cover!

And finally, this one. Nowadays, I recognise it as evidence that comic publishers in the 60s were anti-feminist and misogynist, but at the time I thought it was proof that girls put their appearance before their duty! Shows how times have changed (and very much for the better!).

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