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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Scooby-doo in a horror meta-moment:

Steve W said:

And, may I put forward a suggestion for February?  Perhaps we could return to the alphabet, and start with the letter “A” for February.  Yes, yes, I hear you shout, we’ve done all that before.  But I’m suggesting ‘Alphabet with a twist’. So, for example, for “A” we don’t merely post covers starting with ‘A’. We post covers with an oblique reference to the letter in question, then leave it to the others to guess what the oblique reference is.

For example I could post this cover:-

And you might correctly guess that it was Neal Adams first DC cover. Or, you may not. (Also, I may be wrong!)

The more oblique the link, the better.

What do you all think?  I’ll throw it open. Hey, and if no-one likes the idea, we’ll leave it. I’m not precious about it. It would certainly solve the “what covers shall we do next month” question until around March 2023!

Why choose this cover to represent the letter A?  Well, let's see...

  • The comic is The Adventures of Bob Hope...
  • Hope hosted the Academy Awards more times than anyone else...
  • The monsters are the faculty of Benedict Arnold High...
  • The story is written by Arnold Drake...

Agreed, though, that "It's Neal Adams' first DC cover" is clearly a better reason than any of those.

However, I'm not entirely convinced that this idea would work.  There are about half a dozen regular posters to this thread.  It could get pretty confusing (and overloaded), if all six of us try to guess the reason for five other posts every day.  It also sounds rather like hard work (or "challenging", as Dave puts it!)!

Perhaps it would be better simply to post a cover one day, and reveal the reason when you post your next day's cover?  Others can post a guess if they want to, with no expectation that they should do so.

Note, though, I wasn't participating during this discussion's first pass through the alphabet.  The opinions of those who were here for the previous run may be different.  They should carry a greater weight.

Aren't vampires supposed to be snappy dressers?  I'm really not convinced by the purple mini-dress this guy's wearing.

Now, that's more like it (though his companions' sartorial choices rather let him down)!

I loved it when Marvel did these theme specials (Westerns, Monsters, Thrillers, Apes, etc!)

Plus you have the Two-Gun Kid using silver bullets!

Wow, they even had werewolves on Krypton!

Peter, thanks very much for your comments. Your counter-suggestion seems very sensible and practical.

Perhaps it would be better simply to post a cover one day, and reveal the reason when you post your next day's cover?  Others can post a guess if they want to, with no expectation that they should do so.

Let's wait to hear from the other participants before any final decision is made (Jeff, Phillip, JD and others).

I'm pretty sure someone posted this the other day. It's hard to forget.

Steve W said:

Wow, they even had werewolves on Krypton!

I hate to say it, but I agree with one of Peter's comments. It's too much work. If this is chosen I would probably try to guess, but I don't think I would be posting covers.



Richard Willis said:

I hate to say it, but I agree with one of Peter's comments. It's too much work. If this is chosen I would probably try to guess, but I don't think I would be posting covers.


What he said.


Jeff of Earth-J said:


Richard Willis said:
I hate to say it, but I agree with one of Peter's comments. It's too much work. If this is chosen I would probably try to guess, but I don't think I would be posting covers.

What he said.

And too many possible interpretations. For example, is this cover "C," for cards? "V" for vampire appearance? "P," for sixteenth letter of the alphabet (issue 79, 7+9=16, but also 10+6=16, these being the numbers on the Mad Hatter's hat, and the vampire is wearing a top hat)? "M" for "Mystery, Incorporated"? 

It's an intriguing topic, but I think we need something more straightforward, like cover appearances by guys in derby/bowler hats or Superheroes vs Alpacas or something like that. Although that second one would probably result in a rather empty month.

Back to November...

(I know, I know... not the "curse" you might think.)

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