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.

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Were there actually people demanding: "I wanna see the Man-thing fight Spider-Man, Daredevil, Shang-Chi and  the Thing!"?

In the issue the "heroes" are demons. They only appear briefly. Man-Thing had met the real heroes previously, which explains the choices and might imply the cover was based on Gerber's plot rather than vice versa, despite the bait-and-switch.

I got the issue as a little kid because of the superheroes on the cover. I couldn't follow the story.

The title only lasted another two issues. Presumably it was selling poorly. So did it sell better earlier? And if not, why did Marvel do Giant-Size Man-Thing?

"Now Comes the Green Goliath!"

My guess was that Swamp Thing was a critical success and at the beginning, so was Man-Thing. The titles fed off that acclaim but the "muck-monster" fad soon ended. Actually the monster fad in general was over with only Tomb of Dracula (ending with #70) and Werewolf by Night (ending with #43) having any longevity.

I think Marvel treated their Giant-Size books as higher quality fare, at least those with new stories, so it made sense to give Man-Thing that spotlight along with Dracula and the Werewolf.
 
Luke Blanchard said:

In the issue the "heroes" are demons. They only appear briefly. Man-Thing had met the real heroes previously, which explains the choices and might imply the cover was based on Gerber's plot rather than vice versa, despite the bait-and-switch.

I got the issue as a little kid because of the superheroes on the cover. I couldn't follow the story.

The title only lasted another two issues. Presumably it was selling poorly. So did it sell better earlier? And if not, why did Marvel do Giant-Size Man-Thing?

"Quoth the Raven----Nevermore!"

Thanks, Philip.

Who do you guys think did the cover? The GCD credits it to John Romita, pencils and inks. I thought it might be Gil Kane with a heavy inker.

The Thing and Daredevil figures look like Gil Kane, to me anyway.

Spidey could be a paste-up!

Also, Swamp Thing lasted a year longer than Man-Thing but it had changed directions and no longer resembled its past glory.

Luke Blanchard said:

Thanks, Philip.

Who do you guys think did the cover? The GCD credits it to John Romita, pencils and inks, which I think doubtful. I thought it might be Gil Kane with a heavy inker.


 

This being the last business day of the year, I've saved these two for my last covers of the month. See you next year, guys.

The Baron:

Were there actually people demanding: "I wanna see the Man-thing fight Spider-Man, Daredevil, Shang-Chi and the Thing!"?

I always used to think that whenever Marvel used the "because you demanded it" tag or some variation.

Luke Blanchard:

The title only lasted another two issues. Presumably it was selling poorly. So did it sell better earlier? And if not, why did Marvel do Giant-Size Man-Thing?

Because the title made everyone laugh like 12-year-olds?

Jeff of Earth-J:

The High Overlord looks like the love-child of Darth Vader and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.



Jeff of Earth-J said:

This being the last business day of the year, I've saved these two for my last covers of the month. See you next year, guys.

Let’s see if I’ve figured out how to post a cover from my iPad.  With any luck we should have The Brave and the Bold  #187 and “what’s’ername” is Nameless.

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