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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And I don't think we've yet seen an appearance of The Brave & The Bold either! But the gorilla phenomenon even reached the covers of DC's try-out comic.

This is just weird

I have a question for Peter, given that Peter seems to enjoy statistics. Pete, we've posted a lot of covers so far this month, because the subject of apes is fairly easy to find covers on. This was also true in August when we were posting beach covers. However it wasn't true in July when we were posting empty costume covers.

My question is - how many covers have we posted so far in September, how does this compare with the whole of August, and also with the whole of July?  I'm guessing that you have access to an algorithm that enables you to access this data quickly.  I certainly wouldn't expect you to count them all.

Oh dear, it seems as if I'm getting typecast!

I do have some statistics about the relative popularity of the different subjects we've been posting, though it doesn't go down to an actual count of covers.  I'm afraid that when I was comparing Flash vs Superman empty costumes, I was actually counting the covers manually!  It might be possible for someone with the appropriate expertise to write a program to examine the HTML source of the "Cover a Day" topic, and count the number of images included.  I'm not that person!  Even then, it would be a real pig to strip out duplicate covers, whether caused by two people posting the same image, or someone quoting an earlier post.  I suspect that things like emojis would mess up the statistics too.

What I can tell you is (approximately) the number of pages occupied by each subject.  I've got a spreadsheet which lists all the themes to date, the page on which they started, and a clickable link to the first post on each theme.  From this you can see (approximately) how many pages are occupied by each subject.  Every page appears to contain 12 replies/posts, so if a theme has 10 pages, there will be about 120 posts to the theme (somewhere from 109 to 131, depending upon where on the page the start and end points are).  Unfortunately, there's no direct relationship between the number of replies and the number of covers, as you can include multiple covers in a single reply, or make a reply that includes no images.

So, the best I can do in response to your question is say that July (empty uniforms) had 15 pages; August (beaches) had 25 pages; and September to date has 9 pages.  The most apparently popular earlier subjects were the Letter L (24 pages), and the Letter P (25 pages).  The least apparently popular were the Letters G, Y and Z (13 pages each), and the Letter I (12 pages).

I'll bet you're sorry you asked, now!

For those who are interested, here's the spreadsheet.  I hope I've managed to copy it into my reply successfully.

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 9 so far
Oct 2019 Haunted houses/graves
Nov 2019 Motor bikes
Dec 2019 Foreign

Peter, I have only one word to say - wow!  I'm staggered!

A word of warning - I think you need to get out more.

But seriously - I (and, I imagine the rest of the team) am grateful for your studious attention to detail.

But it proves my point - Beaches was a very popular cover theme- as popular as the letter "P".

Incidentally why was "P" so popular?  

Here's the challenge. It's September 13. We're on 9 pages. Let's see if we can beat the world record of 25 pages.  And if anyone knows why the letter "P" was so popular (was it because we combined it with the letter "Q"?) please let me know.

Steve W said:

A word of warning - I think you need to get out more.

Heh - you think I don't know that?  I'm off on holiday from next Tuesday to the end of the month, so perhaps that will do the trick!  I don't know what I'll have in the way of internet while I'm away, so I may be going quiet for a while.  Don't worry (or get your hopes up) - I'll be back early in October if not before!

The first cover this month was posted by JD DeLuzio, and showed a flying gorilla (Strange Adventures #125).  A few replies later, I posted Hawkman #6, in which Hawkman fights a flying gorilla.  I've now found Super-Team Family #3, in which Hawkman becomes a flying gorilla!

So many ape covers. Try to understand, try to understand...

Also, those planets are part of the logo, but it makes it look as though Magicman and Ancient Ape exist on some parallel world with multiple satellites.

If we need more ape covers, then I’ll start emptying the files early.  I don’t think we’ve had these yet from these characters.

If you're The Flash, how does a flying gorilla catch you?

Peter Wrexham said:

 I've now found Super-Team Family #3, in which Hawkman becomes a flying gorilla!

Richard Willis said:

If you're The Flash, how does a flying gorilla catch you?

If you're The Flash, how does anyone catch you?  You can run faster than light, you should be able to deal with any threat before anyone even knows that you're there!

Unless, of course, you're dealing with another super-speedster.  As can be seen below, other such super-speedsters may include Max Monkey and Chimpulse, and involve another use of the "Gorilla Warfare" pun.

Over almost a quarter of a century, the original run of Strange Adventures used a great many ape covers.  These three covers are, as far as I can tell, for quite unrelated stories, but they follow pleasingly on from each other.

Here's the reprint of the Trial of John (Gorilla) Doe. A little more violent.

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