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/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|
|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|
|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|
|Jun 2020||The Moon?|
Looking again at the list of suggestions here, it occured to me that we really should have "The Moon" in June. Would people be happy if we did that, and perhaps had "Working with Villains" or "Bridges" in May?
Steve asked what "Working with Villains" means. I assume it would be covers showing team-ups between heroes and villains, but perhaps Philip could confirm if that's what he meant?
JD DeLuzio said:
It is literally possible to do a cover a day just of the Statue of Liberty, but there are other statues, iconic and otherwise, so let's start this March with the Monumental Menace:
Yes, US comics (mostly) really like to use the Statue of Liberty on their cover - I've found 57 different examples! I've also found 37 covers with statues of Superman, or his family and friends (Richard's Superboy cover is one of them).
I've not picked any of those for my first statue. Instead, here's a French cover recycled from last December's foreign-language theme.
When I first suggested statues, back in November, this was the cover that first came to my mind (apart from the one I posted at the time) - Strange Adventures #223. This comic came out in the UK in March 1971 (one year after the cover date) and I remember lifting it straight off the spinner as soon as I saw it. I was 12 at the time and I was always impressed by comics that attempted to predict the future. Anything with the year '1990' on the front would always persuade me to part with my hard-earned cash. Sadly, the cover was rather better than the story, but I guess that was true for many comics in the silver-age!
This was the very first time that I saw the Legion of Super-Heroes and it made me an instant fan!
As for "Working With Villains", it would feature a hero and villain battling side-by-side, assisting each other or doing peaceful things, regardless of the actual story.
Dave Palmer said: