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.
Here's an updated version of the spreadsheet and index of monthly themes.
|Date||Page||Theme (and clickable link)||Pages|
|Oct 2016||1||Letter A||19|
|Dec 2016||20||Letter B||17|
|Jan 2017||37||Letter C||18|
|Feb 2017||55||Letter D||17|
|Mar 2017||72||Letter E||15|
|Apr 2017||87||Letter F||15|
|May 2017||102||Letter G||13|
|Jun 2017||115||Letter H||16|
|Jul 2017||131||Letter I||12|
|Aug 2017||143||Letter J||16|
|Sep 2017||159||Letter K||19|
|Oct 2017||178||Letter L||24|
|Nov 2017||202||Letter M||24|
|Dec 2017||226||Letter N||19|
|Jan 2018||245||Letter O||21|
|Feb 2018||266||Letter P||25|
|Mar 2018||291||Letters Q & R||20|
|Apr 2018||311||Letter S||22|
|May 2018||333||Superman’s 80th anniversary||21|
|Jun 2018||354||Letter T||21|
|Jul 2018||375||Letter U||17|
|Aug 2018||392||Letter V||19|
|Sep 2018||411||Letter W||20|
|Oct 2018||431||Letter X||15|
|Nov 2018||446||Letter Y||13|
|Dec 2018||459||Letter Z||13|
|Jan 2019||472||Person being carried||16|
|Feb 2019||488||Real people||17|
|Apr 2019||524||Green-skinned people||17|
|May 2019||541||Wanted posters||17|
|Jun 2019||558||Boxing rings||15|
|Jul 2019||573||Empty uniforms||15|
|Oct 2019||641||Haunted houses/graves|
|Nov 2019||Motor bikes|
|Dec 2019||Foreign covers|
|Jan 2020||Playing cards?|
I've tentatively added "Playing cards" as the subject for next January, subject to further discussion as to whether this needs to be generalised to other forms of gambling.
You'll probably notice that "Apes" satisfactorily surpassed the previous greatest number of pages posted in a month. Could I suggest that we let this record stand, at least for now? There's no need to post every cover that matches the theme of the month. Personally, I find it more fun to pick and choose, and try to post covers that also have some intrinsic interest, too.
Thanks Pete. I was waiting for you (the adjudicator) to step in with posting statistics. I agree - let's stick to quality rather than quantity this month. Apes was hard work - not that it was difficult to find the covers!
Thank you, Peter. It's getting easier to move around now and I'll try to add covers daily.
Peter Wrexham said:
Creepy houses can sometimes be found on cliffs:
"Nightmare Nursery" creeped the heck out of me when I was a little kid. I bought it as an adult and, yeah, for an oldish-school Life with Archie, it's fairly disturbing. A sequel appeared years later, with Josie and the Pussycats staying in the same house, but I never read it:
Justice League of America #103 was the very first comic book I ever had! And it's why the Phantom Stranger is one of my favorites! And why, to this day, I still list these six JLAers first when I go through the roster.
I got it in my Christmas stocking though it was the Halloween issue! Guess Mom got it from a store that kept previous issues out! Plus it had Superman and Batman in the forefront!
JD DeLuzio said:
The name of this series, Night Nurse, suggests to me that it contains stories that are soporific rather than exciting. You see, in the UK at least, it's the name of an over-the-counter medicine for easing the symptoms of colds and flu, and from my experience, it mainly does this by putting you to sleep for about 12 hours.
I like to think that, a few moments later, this happened.