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 26 310
Jun 2022 1394/9 George Perez 19 227
Jul 2022 1413/8 Parents 30 356
Aug 2022 1443/4 Fairgrounds and Carnivals 24 285
Sep 2022 1467/1 Joe Kubert 19 238
Oct 2022 1486/11 First and last issues 27 324
Nov 2022 1513/11 Classrooms and Education 22 264
Dec 2022 1535/11 Robots and Cyborgs
Jan 2023 Courtrooms and Trials

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Moving to a new volume is like losing one's virginity: once it's done, there's no going back.

Don't be fooled by DC's current numbering. There were no issues numbered #905-956.

(I plan to revisit this phenomenon time and again throughout the month.)

FIRST:

LAST:

Another case of retitling but not renumbering:

All-Star Western #1 (August-September 1970)

Final issue under that title, #11 (April-May 1972), featuring the second appearance of Jonah Hex. Hex's first appearance was in the previous issue, #10 (February-March 1972), here.

Continuing this saga ...

All-Star Western was retitled Weird Western Tales with issue #12 (June-July 1972), joining the spate of comics with the word "Weird" in the title, such as Weird War TalesWeird Mystery Tales, Weird Worlds, and Weird Adventure Comics.

Jonah Hex alternated with El Diablo as the cover feature until permanently taking over the spot with issue #17 and continuing until issue #39. With issue #40, Scalphunter became the new cover feature until the title was canceled with issue #60 (October 1979).

Continuing on ...

Jonah Hex graduated to his own series, titled Jonah Hex of course (March-April 1977), with the cover blurb "The WEIRDEST WESTERN Hero NOW in His OWN Magazine!"

Our scar-faced cowboy held on through changing tastes, different artists and even the Crisis on Infinite Earths (yes, really!) before the "GUT-WRENCHING FINAL ISSUE!", #92 (August 1985).

Speaking of changing tastes, writer Michael L. Fleischer tried to breathe new life into this tired cowboy saga by turning him into DC's answer to The Road Warrior movies. With Hex!, Jonah found himself in the 21st century (I forget how; it's been a long time since I've read it) and soon became leader of the Road Reapers gang, trading in the "Confederate coat Jeff Davis give me" for sleek black leather. 

Hex! #1 (September 1985)

The series began with Neal Adams clone Mark Texiera on the art. Unfortunately, along the way he was replaced by Keith Giffen, who was then doing his best to imitate caveman drawings. The book went down the tubes with #18 (February 1987).

Richard Willis already posted the first and last of She-Hulk's second series. Here's her first...

Jeff of Earth-J said:

Even though the title changed from Green Lantern to The Green Lantern Corps with issue #201, it's still the same series, but Showcase #22 is not part of that series. (Showcase #1 & 104 would qualify, however.)

Yes, I was already considered the first and last issues of Showcase (not least because we also recently saw the final issue as a transition from "Carnivals" to "Joe Kubert").

And I now notice that one of the stories in the first issue is "Fire Under the Big Top", so both issues feature a circus, even if the covers don't!  Aaand another story is "School for Smoke-Eaters", so there's a connection to "Classrooms" too!

1984-1985


I loved that book.

Dave Palmer said:

1984-1985


After Robin, Aqualad and Kid Flash teamed up in Brave & Bold #54 proved so popular that the TEEN TITANS were born in #60 by adding/creating Wonder Girl. Another appearance in Showcase #59 led to their own series that got cancelled then revived with new members until that ended with #53 which ironically gave the team the origin they lacked. 

This first series of All-Star ran from 1940 to 1961, with the title change in 1951. The first Johnny Thunder lost his name to a new character before he got it back.

Wow, what an interesting month! Who would've thought that "first and last" would be so captivating! For example I never knew that DC had skipped issues 905 to 956 of Action Comics. Why did they do that? Learning something new every day here.

'Angel and The Ape' made their debut in Showcase #77 (Sept 1968). They subsequently gained their own mag for 7 issues (changing the title to 'Meet Angel' at issue 4), with their final issue, 'Meet Angel #7' coming out in December 1969. This was just my comic buying era, where I bought pretty well everything that arrived in the UK from DC, and I snapped up all of these.

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