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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Oct 2016 1/1 Letter A 19 228
Dec 2016 20/1 Letter B 17 207
Jan 2017 37/4 Letter C 18 214
Feb 2017 55/2 Letter D 17 208
Mar 2017 72/6 Letter E 15 178
Apr 2017 87/4 Letter F 15 184
May 2017 102/8 Letter G 13 157
Jun 2017 115/9 Letter H 16 195
Jul 2017 131/12 Letter I 12 133
Aug 2017 143/1 Letter J 16 194
Sep 2017 159/3 Letter K 19 237
Oct 2017 178/12 Letter L 24 285
Nov 2017 202/9 Letter M 24 280
Dec 2017 226/1 Letter N 19 236
Jan 2018 245/9 Letter O 21 245
Feb 2018 266/7 Letter P 25 295
Mar 2018 291/2 Letters Q & R 20 243
Apr 2018 311/5 Letter S 22 270
May 2018 333/11 Superman’s 80th anniversary 21 250
Jun 2018 354/9 Letter T 21 250
Jul 2018 375/7 Letter U 17 207
Aug 2018 392/10 Letter V 19 228
Sep 2018 411/10 Letter W 20 233
Oct 2018 431/3 Letter X 15 180
Nov 2018 446/3 Letter Y 13 156
Dec 2018 459/3 Letter Z 13 156
Jan 2019 472/3 Person being carried 16 190
Feb 2019 488/1 Real people 17 214
Mar 2019 505/11 Homages/parodies 19 224
Apr 2019 524/7 Green-skinned people 17 207
May 2019 541/10 Wanted posters 17 201
Jun 2019 558/7 Boxing rings 15 180
Jul 2019 573/7 Empty uniforms 15 177
Aug 2019 588/4 Beaches 25 297
Sep 2019 613/1 Apes 28 340
Oct 2019 641/5 Haunted houses/graves 21 250
Nov 2019 662/3 Motor bikes 21 254
Dec 2019 683/5 Foreign language covers 17 209
Jan 2020 700/10 Playing cards/tabletop games 23 275
Feb 2020 723/9 Valentines and Cupids 22 259
Mar 2020 745/4 Statues 21 256
Apr 2020 766/8 Elephants 22 263
May 2020 788/7 Heroes & villains cooperating 17 198
Jun 2020 805/1 The Moon 26 322
Jul 2020 831/11 Flags & patriotic symbols 18 215
Aug 2020 849/10 Foreign locations (non-US) 20 233
Sep 2020 869/3 MST3K (with commentary) 24 292
Oct 2020 893/7 Vampires and Werewolves 20 245
Nov 2020 913/12 Giants 24 286
Dec 2020 937/10 Snow & winter scenes 24 289
Jan 2021 961/11 Doppelgängers 32 377
Feb 2021 993/4 Movies 23 275
Mar 2021 1016/3 Cats/cat-themed adventurers 22 263
Apr 2021 1038/2 Dogs/dog-themed adventurers 25 305
May 2021 1063/7 Big guns/Heavy weaponry 25 302
Jun 2021 1088/9 Dinosaurs/Time Travel 28 338
Jul 2021 1116/11 Big Questions/Question Marks 28 330
Aug 2021 1144/5 Highways, Travel etc 19 232
Sep 2021 1163/9 Favourite Covers/Comics 28 330
Oct 2021 1191/3 Lineups 21 260
Nov 2021 1212/11 JSA 80th Anniversary 23 269
Dec 2021 1235/4 Logos in the action 26 317
Jan 2022 1261/9 Dynamic Duos 29 348
Feb 2022 1290/9 Romantic Scenes 26 313
Mar 2022 1316/10 Bridges 29 339
Apr 2022 1345/1 Unexpected Green 23 286
May 2022 1368/11 Neal Adams 26 310
Jun 2022 1394/9 George Perez 19 227
Jul 2022 1413/8 Parents 30 356
Aug 2022 1443/4 Fairgrounds and Carnivals 24 285
Sep 2022 1467/1 Joe Kubert 19 238
Oct 2022 1486/11 First and last issues
Nov 2022 Classrooms?Schools?

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Quite pertinent to these turbulent times, here's Joe Yank #5 from March 1952, publisher Standard. Here a wild G.I. gamble hits the Korean Jackpot!  I'm even more intrigued by the second story - Joe Yank tangles with Black Market Mary!  If Joe Yank has been posted to Korea, how can he tackle Mary, who presumably is based in the good old US of A?  Cover art and inks by Arthur Saaf.

And here's Jungle Comics #163 from Summer 1954.  Publisher Fiction House, cover art and inks Maurice Whitman. Love this cover - featuring "Jackals at the Kill".

Jesse James had his own comic from 1950 to 1956 by Avon Publishing. No attempt was made not to have him be a thief and an outlaw. Were other real Old West outlaws given their own books?

Avon published a number of one-shots that told stories of historical outlaws. These were a form of crime comic. Some stories were reprinted in Skywald issues I reviewed here, so I looked into their accuracy. They seemed to be a mix of historical and unhistorical elements.

Gleason published a Western crime comic called Desperado for eight issues in 1948. Other crime comics sometimes had stories about Western criminals. Kirby drew one about Jim Miller for Headline Comics v.3 #6 (30) called "Bullet-Proof Bad Man!".

Billy the Kid starred in comics from Toby and Charlton, but both companies portrayed him as a heroic outlaw

There are a lot of comics and movies from those years that portrayed Jesse James and Billy the Kid as heroes.

I know Billy the Kid was a cop-killer twice over.

Charlton's Billy the Kid started in 1957 and was a long-running title. It's possible Marvel was imitating the Charlton title when it created the Rawhide Kid, since Charlton's Billy and Rawhide were both young outlaw heroes. Rawhide debuted in 1960, so he was the first new hero of Marvel's Silver Age.

Rawhide's black/blue costume may have been taken from the version of Billy the Kid Buster Crabbe played in a B-movie series. But the black/dark blue costume idea was also used by William Boyd playing Hopalong Cassidy.

We've had Jungle Comics from Fiction House but I don't think we've had Jumbo Comics (featuring Sheena, Jungle Queen) yet.  Here is a cover I picked fairly randomly (#116, October 1948).  How can you go wrong with Sheena fighting a mandrill (or a man wearing a mandrill costume) riding a zebra.

Second story of Jimmy as Elastic Lad, first cover appearance.

Jimmy is evidently a spectator, not taking part in the game, so why would that be out? Since the ball was caught by someone in the stands, isn't the hit a homer?

It's certainly not an out. When there is "fan interference" the umpires will rule on the hit. It could be a home run or a lesser hit. Superman would either have a home run or be on base.

I'm surprised a letter from a reader wasn't published in a subsequent issue of JO, highlighting this very issue. Silver-age readers were renowned for their abilities to spot errors in comics.

That must have been a super-gentle bunt. Otherwise, it would be interesting to see how far Olsen's arms stretched and where his hand wound up.

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Second story of Jimmy as Elastic Lad, first cover appearance.

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