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.

Date Page/Reply Theme (and clickable link) Pages Replies
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
Jun 2022 George Perez
Jul 2022 Parents
Aug 2022 Fairgrounds/Carnivals

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A riverbank is like a beach, right?

Some odds and ends.  It’s hard to believe we are getting close to the end of the month already.  I still have a bunch of beaches (and shorelines) in my files.

I’d wager they are standing on a beach.

There appears to be the hint of a beach along that river.

And a couple of shorelines.

Peter Wrexham said on August 12, 2019 at 2:33pm:

Is this the tiniest beach we've yet seen?

Here's one that appears to be even smaller.

I live near the seaside, and once got mugged for a sandwich by a seagull that dived at me from behind, and snatched it out my hand.  I regard them as just a noisy nuisance, rats of the air.

Not everyone agrees with me.

The island in the background seems to have only two trees versus three in the other covers.



Peter Wrexham said:

Peter Wrexham said on August 12, 2019 at 2:33pm:

Is this the tiniest beach we've yet seen?

Here's one that appears to be even smaller.


Gold Key put more money into their covers than their interiors. Having said that, the Time Tunnel series lasted only two issues, with three stories in the first issue and two in the second. The cover-featured story here, "The Conquerors," is the lead story of #2. Here's the set-up...

"Plucked from the time zone of one age, Doctors Anthony Newman and Doug Phillips whirl through the vortex of time, as Operation: Tic Toc, in rescuing them from one peril, thrusts them into another alien period."

Got that? They arrive in a time travel laboratory of what they soon discover is the year 2068. Time Travel is against the law in this era, but this lab is run by a group of uniformed Nazis. They are led by "Fuhrer II" (who looks an awful lot like "Fuhrer I"), whose plan is to send three of his men back to Normandy Beach on June 6, 1944 to thwart the D-Day invasion.

"Had our German ancestors thrown back the invaders, time would have been gained for Germany to perfect her V-bombs and our Nazi predecessors would have won the war! We would rule the world as befits a superior race! that will be made to happen by reversing the outcome of D-Day!"

Tony and Doug slip their bonds, remove two of the "fuhrer missiles" from their crate, and slip inside. the plan is for the Nazis to fire all of the missiles in ten minutes, then return and report. they do manage to fire four before Tony and Doug knock them out and slip iny=to two of their uniforms. Upon returning to 2068, their plan is to slip away and alert the authorities, but they are immediately recognized by Fuhrer II. they have no choice but to send one of the missiles into the time machine, throwing them back into the time stream.

"Once more into the vortex of time and chance the two scientists are hurled, escaping one certain peril to confront even greater possible dangers!"

This one took place along the New England coast with a definite "Dark Shadows" vibe!

And what's a beach without wizards?

"I put on my sunblock and wizard hat."

1 week to go and I still have a stack of romance beach covers to post.


I have a week's worth of stuff, too, so we should all go back and make sure we're not, you know, reposting anything.

*cough*


Steve W said:

1 week to go and I still have a stack of romance beach covers to post.

Oh, sorry @JD DeLuzio have I posted something that I posted earlier this month? Sorry - it's late here in Wales, and my system for 'filing' posted covers is not working as well as it should!

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