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 expect these guys will swing by a few times this month:

Just occasionally, Marvel gets into the ape business, too.  And when they do, they don't do it by halves!

And here is the cover from when this story was originally published.



Steve W said:

The original gorilla was WAY classier. The younger generation has no manners.

Basically, it seems to me that nearly all ape covers (with the exception of Planet of the Apes and Tarzan) are pretty stupid. Was it so difficult to depict an ape in a positive light?  I'm expecting a lot of links to the MisterKitty Stupid Comics website.

 

Here's Konga #1 from Charlton Comics from 1960. The reason I've chosen the splash page rather than the cover is that this splash page (and the story) is drawn by Ditko,and is far superior to the cover, which was drawn by Dick Giordano.

Steve W said:

Basically, it seems to me that nearly all ape covers (with the exception of Planet of the Apes and Tarzan) are pretty stupid. Was it so difficult to depict an ape in a positive light?  I'm expecting a lot of links to the MisterKitty Stupid Comics website.

Yes, lots of apes covers are silly.  We're likely to be seeing a lot of those, because they're fun.  On the other hand, some of them are downright terrifying.

I've got to admit, though, that this doesn't exactly "depict an ape in a positive light"!

Archie has been resting after last month's busy schedule, but he's back, to demonstrate it's not just superheroes, jungle adventurers, and space explorers who encounter comic apes:

Fun Ape Fact: in the first draft script for POTA, Taylor's line was "It's a Mad House! Archie's Mad House!"

Here's another cover that uses the "Gorilla Warfare" pun.

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