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|
|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||28||330|
|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|
|Apr 2022||1345/1||Unexpected Green||23||286|
|May 2022||1368/11||Neal Adams||26||310|
Steve: Here's the new information to update the top-of-discussion index. Link to the start of this month is http://captaincomics.ning.com/xn/detail/3370054:Comment:1696184 (Richard's post of Adventure #218)
|Date||Page/Reply||Theme (and clickable link)||Pages||Replies|
|Jun 2022||1394/9||George Perez||19||227|
|Oct 2022||First and Last Issues??|
There's been no further comment on my suggestions for September and October. Are people happy to go with them, or would you prefer something else? I'm not trying to impose on anyone, I'd just like a bit of lead time to get the appropriate covers gathered together. Feel free to shoot the suggestions down!
The hallmark of George Pérez is that he always went the extra mile, especially when he didn't have to. (Who else would be insane enough to want to draw a 12-issue maxiseries featuring every hero published by a comics company? And take every opportunity to jam as many of those characters as he could on covers and posters and ancillary art? And make his career doing the biggest team titles for the two biggest companies?)
George Pérez went the extra mile even when nobody asked him to, God bless him.
Like drawing eight-legged ants.
Dave Palmer said:
Here is a favorite cover partly because I always get a chuckle out of it. In this story, I forget the particulars, Ant-Man attacks the Avengers. At the time I thought it was odd that Ant-Man was attacking with spiders (eight legs) instead of ants (six legs). Just think, George had to draw all of those extra legs (and Pablo Marcos had to ink all of them).
”Avengers #161 was a fan-favorite that showed Ant-Man attacking the Avengers, Scarlet Witch in the foreground with all these ants crawling over her body. But, as I wasn’t really an entomologist or anything, I drew all these ants with eight legs instead of six. Mut-ants! But only a couple of fans spotted that.”
Since Hank Pam often gave his ants names, maybe we can consider each ant a character in its own right, so this cover could be in the running for most characters on a cover.
I'm almost certain I've posted this one before under a different context, and I probably mentioned it has a special meaning for me.
The first US comic I bought for myself of the spinner rack, as opposed to reading an older cousins comics.
With all the super telescopes, remote viewers etc around in the. Silver age it's a wonder any hero kept a secret identity for long!
Peter Wrexham said:
Sep 2022 Classrooms??
I share Jeff's concern that there might not be enough of these.
Oct 2022 First and Last Issues??
If we go with this, would the first issue be the "Showcase" appearance or the actual title?
I wouldn't want to impose artificial restrictions. If one wants to go with "first/last appearances" I'd say that would be okay.