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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My final October cover. Ok, it's more of a pulp cover than a comic cover but I still love it.

As we're dragged unwillingly out of October...

...let's recall the themes for the next few months:

  • November - Motor bikes, as JD has reminded us with his striking Vamps cover.
  • December - Foreign covers.  Have we decided what actually qualifies for this?  Does it just mean any comic published in a language other than English?
  • January - Playing cards.  I've found about a hundred covers featuring playing and tarot cards, but there was a suggestion that the remit should be extended to include other forms of gambling.  Thoughts?

The Golden Age Superman has a motorcycle cover, reflecting his era:

Re Peter's point:-

  • November - Motor bikesas JD has reminded us with his striking Vamps cover.
  • December - Foreign covers.  Have we decided what actually qualifies for this?  Does it just mean any comic published in a language other than English?
  • January - Playing cards.  I've found about a hundred covers featuring playing and tarot cards, but there was a suggestion that the remit should be extended to include other forms of gambling.  Thoughts?

I would suggest that for December, we limit the covers to super-hero covers, as there are millions of covers in foreign languages, whereas there are much less foreign covers featuring super-heroes.

Also, this kinda shows how far the American influence got with regard to translation into foreign languages for super-heroes. For example I have loads of Superman covers translated into Italian and German, but absolutely none in Romanian.  I asked a Romanian friend, who lives here now, and she tells me that that when they were young, they read the English versions of US super-hero comics, because there were no Romanian versions. I imagine that the cost was too great to translate them into what was a minority language.

If we start to run out of super-hero covers by about 20th December, I'm sure no-one will mind if we start slipping in other foreign covers - after all it will be nearly Xmas!

With regard to January and playing cards, I personally would prefer it if we opened it up to, say roulette and maybe other forms of tabletop gambling, simply to make it easier to locate covers.  However I'm open to suggestions.

 

Here's a much more modern cover.  That is a motorcycle, isn't it?  Though why the world's mightiest mortal Earth's mightiest hero needs a motorcycle, I can't imagine.

Steve W said:

I would suggest that for December, we limit the covers to super-hero covers, as there are millions of covers in foreign languages, whereas there are much less foreign covers featuring super-heroes.

Also, this kinda shows how far the American influence got with regard to translation into foreign languages for super-heroes.

How about allowing super-hero or Christmas foreign-language covers?  After all, Santa flies around the entire world and visits every child in a single night, so he must be a super-hero, mustn't he?

Steve mentions the "American influence".  As far as I've been able to find, there are very few foreign-language super-hero comics that are not translations of an American original.  There are Japanese manga and French bandes dessinées, of course, but AFAICT they mostly don't feature what we'd recognise as super-heroes.  People who can find original foreign-language super-heroes will be doing very well!

I'll lead with my fallback cover again...

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
Mar 2019 505 Homages/parodies 19
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
Aug 2019 588 Beaches 25
Sep 2019 613 Apes 28
Oct 2019 641 Haunted houses/graves 21
Nov 2019 662 Motor bikes
Dec 2019 Foreign language covers
Jan 2020 Playing cards etc

Steve mentions the "American influence".  As far as I've been able to find, there are very few foreign-language super-hero comics that are not translations of an American original.  There are Japanese manga and French bandes dessinées, of course, but AFAICT they mostly don't feature what we'd recognise as super-heroes.  People who can find original foreign-language super-heroes will be doing very well!

Sorry, I guess I didn't make myself clear. What I was saying was - let's go for American super-hero covers, where those covers have been dubbed into a foreign language. I accept that the process would be damn near impossible if we could only look for non US super-heroes!

Here's my starter for November. I love the language on this cover - we can see the editor's vain attempt to connect with the youth culture by using words such as "capers", "pulverize" and "stoolie".  The editor must've been older than my dad (who's 83!).

 

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