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
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Jul 2022 1413/8 Parents 30 356
Aug 2022 1443/4 Fairgrounds and Carnivals 24 285
Sep 2022 1467/1 Joe Kubert 19 238
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Jan 2023 1568/7 Trials and Courtrooms 28 330
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Peter,

This cover could complete your set, although it’s not the same design.

and not quite the same 

which then leads to

so is Flash a puppet or a robot?  A puppet needs a puppet master and strings, a robot is self-ambulatory.  Maybe Pinocchio is a robot?

Robots can’t be made out of wood, you say.  In Metal Men #16 the gang met robots made out of wood, alas, not on the cover.


The cover story "Adonis 2-PX-89" was written by Jerry Siegel

Sorry to miss yesterday. Couldn't be helped, but to make up for it...

While I would learn of his Jack Kirby/2001: A Space Odyssey origins later, my introduction to Machine Man was actually his late 1984/early 1985 mini-series. Barry Windsor-Smith finished and colored Herb Trimpe's art of a Tom Defalco script.

Windsor-Smith soloed and colored the 4 covers which, in order, assemble the robot. Because I missed yesterday, I'm posting the first two, courtesy of the Grand Comics Database.

Featured on the cover: 

  1. Sakamoto, the Shinonome family cat, who can speak as long as he's wearing his (apparently) magic scarf
  2. Hakase (an honorific reserved for high-level academics, roughly equivalent to "Professor") -  a child genius, who invented Nano
  3. Nano Shinonome - A robot created by Hakase. She resembles an ordinary schoolgirl, except that she has a giant wind-up key sticking out of her back.  Has various in-built gadgets, including a machine gun that fires soy beans and a jelly-roll dispenser.

Dave Palmer said:

so is Flash a puppet or a robot?  A puppet needs a puppet master and strings, a robot is self-ambulatory.  Maybe Pinocchio is a robot?

IMO, Abra Kadabra only changed Flash's appearance. He was neither a puppet nor a robot.

As for Pinocchio, this is magic. He was carved out of wood, as GCD tells me this guy was:

Since this isn't a robot cover, here's a robot cover. They got the whole group onto the cover, even Wing!

I looked and looked for a cover with the Golden Age Green Lantern fighting a wooden robot. Came up empty.

Was his weakness to wood known to the general public?  If it was something that criminals knew about, then they would certainly have exploited it.

On a related note, how did the bad guys discover Superman’s weakness to kryptonite? He didn’t just blab it did he?


Richard Willis said:

I looked and looked for a cover with the Golden Age Green Lantern fighting a wooden robot. Came up empty.

Human looking robots



Dave Palmer said:

Human looking robots

The Outsiders (not the ones featuring in 1st Issue Special #10) had some of those as foes.

There was The Nuclear Family:

Also The Duke of Oil:

Actually, it's not entirely clear whether the Duke is a robot or a cyborg.  He claims to be the brain of an oil tycoon, Earl Dukeston, housed in a robotic body, which would make him a cyborg.  However, when his head is split open by Katana of the Outsiders, there is no sign of the human brain there.  As the DC wiki puts it:

The Duke of Oil is an unreliable narrator.  It is very possible that his origin story happened differently than the way he remembers and explains it.  The scientists lied to him about having a human brain, so it is unclear exactly what he is.  The Duke of Oil is either a human named Earl Dukeston whose brain was transferred to a machine, or he is a robot given the false memories of a man who never existed.


Dave Palmer said:

Was his weakness to wood known to the general public?  If it was something that criminals knew about, then they would certainly have exploited it.

On a related note, how did the bad guys discover Superman’s weakness to kryptonite? He didn’t just blab it did he?

Why not? Hourman announces his weakness in his name!

Anyway, one more Golden Age cover, wherein Superman fights robots apparently made by the same factories that manufacture furnaces or industrial dryers:

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