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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 I can see why some duplicates get made. If you scroll backwards, some of the higher-res covers take considerable time to reappear, so you don't see them as you browse back.

On another note, we've crossed the threshold into the final week of August.

Dressed like that, J.D., she's probably on a Private Beach.

One does wonder why she bothered with that top at all.

Also-- on your Private Beach cover, are the aliens landing, or is that an out-of-scale Frisbee?

Incidentally, I assemebled a video from all of my dribs and drabs of summer footage that didn't end up in my other, more event-focused videos. It's not a comic cover, true, but it's a fun season-end celebration of this month's theme. Summer in the Great Lakes basin in two minutes:



Peter Wrexham said:

Dressed like that, J.D., she's probably on a Private Beach.

“There’s got to be a beach around here somewhere, and, Melvin, did you get into my stash of white dwarf star material again?”

Archie’s “extended family”

Archie’s been going to the beach for his whole life; well before he was a teenager.

Another island you might want to pass on during your vacation!

A couple of interesting points:

Lil Jinx has three gags instead of one on her covers. I don't remember another comic doing this.

Why do Little Archie's friends address him as "Little Archie" and not just Archie? (Ditto Lil Jinx's friends)

JD DeLuzio said:

on your Private Beach cover, are the aliens landing, or is that an out-of-scale Frisbee?

One of the characters says that they're "just faking [a whimsical romp] for this cover".  I can only guess that they've also used a frisbee to fake an alien invasion.

Incidentally, I assembled a video from all of my dribs and drabs of summer footage that didn't end up in my other, more event-focused videos. It's not a comic cover, true, but it's a fun season-end celebration of this month's theme. Summer in the Great Lakes basin in two minutes:

Thanks for that.  I haven't been to the Great Lakes (or anywhere else in the States) this century, and this reminds me what I've been missing.

And now here's an assortment of well-known characters on the beach.  These covers could have been used in April last year, when the theme of the month was the letter "S", as the characters coincidentally all begin with that letter.

The Simpsons!

Sonic!

Steven Universe!

Aaand SpongeBob SquarePants Summer Smash (plus "Showdown at the Shady Shoals")!

All I have left now is Romance and Archie covers. Still, where would we be without romance (and Archie?)

One thing puzzles me. There were 100s of romance magazines throughout the 50s, 60s and at least half of the 70s. They all filled their storylines with a variation of the same story - he's the one for me/he's not the one for me/he's a bad guy and bad guys are always good/he's a good guy and good guys are always boring but dependable.  How did they manage to shift so much product with such a limited storyline? If I'd have been a girl in the 60s, I'd have read a few, got the plot, and then given up and switched to Lois Lane.

There are still some oddball and even petty beaches left to explore:



Peter Wrexham said:

JD DeLuzio said:

Incidentally, I assembled a video from all of my dribs and drabs of summer footage that didn't end up in my other, more event-focused videos. It's not a comic cover, true, but it's a fun season-end celebration of this month's theme. Summer in the Great Lakes basin in two minutes:

Thanks for that.  I haven't been to the Great Lakes (or anywhere else in the States) this century, and this reminds me what I've been missing.

Here's a Lake Huron vid I did last year-- most of my video gets taken in Canada, of course : ). These ones don't get the hits videos of specific events get, however:

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