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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Tomahawk's Old West apparently had more than its share of simians:



Peter Wrexham said:

I was quite surprised to see Jeff's Rawhide Kid cover, not only because it's from Marvel, but also because it's a Western.  We naturally had lots of Western covers when the theme was Wanted Posters, but you don't expect to see many with Apes.

However, there are a few.

In my time zone I only have 8 minutes left to sneak in a cover for Saturday.

Okay, this looks promising.

Well, that's alarming!

What is a "gorilla market?" And why is Donald carrying an onion?

I believe this may be the first American comic book (1935) with an ape on the cover (under the word “fun”).  It is from the publisher that becomes DC, so apes have been a part of DC’s DNA for a long time.

Re dates of ape appearances, by 1953 they were appearing regularly on DC covers.

FYI - If you're desperate to read the remarkable tale of the Gorilla Boss of Gotham City, and don't already have it in reprint form, it's coming in Batman Omnibus v.8 (April 2020).

Dave Palmer said:

I believe this may be the first American comic book (1935) with an ape on the cover (under the word “fun”).  It is from the publisher that becomes DC, so apes have been a part of DC’s DNA for a long time.

It depends upon what exactly you define as a comic book, but this, from 1929, could be an earlier example.



Peter Wrexham said:

Dave Palmer said:

I believe this may be the first American comic book (1935) with an ape on the cover (under the word “fun”).  It is from the publisher that becomes DC, so apes have been a part of DC’s DNA for a long time.

It depends upon what exactly you define as a comic book,

When Gold Key lost the rights to Tarzan and Korak, they tried to replace them with original properties that aped the licensed heroes:

We've had at least glimpses of most of DC's simian regulars: Grodd, Detective Chimp, (Angel and) the Ape, Monsieur Mallah, Congorilla etc.  But there's one star missing so far.

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