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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Sandman and the Star spangled Kid team up in Star Spangled Comics

This could have been a three of a kind.

Here we have DC’s other team, the Seven Soldiers of Victory, made up of all National characters instead of a mix of DC and AA characters as was the case with the JSA.  This cover predates the similar All Star cover.


and here we have Marvel’s JSA/JLA


Richard Willis said:

Philip Portelli said:

I loved getting the DC Digests from the 80s! These two reprinted the above Superman/Batman story and the first appearance of Per Degaton. 

When I first saw the cover of The Best of DC #21 I thought "Why are they destroying the eagle sculpture?" Then I realized they were sculpting it. Since this issue reprinted the debut of Per Degaton, I figured the original cover of that story was fitting.

Okay, my cover this time is the first half of the JLA-JSA team up that Dave Palmer posted on page 1212 at the start of November's Justice Society tribute month.

As the (pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths) years passed since the classic first meeting, DC thought they had to up the ante by bringing a third team into the mix somehow. At one point in the letter columns afterwards, a reader posed the question as to whether or not there was a Legion of Superheroes somewhere in the Justice Society/Earth 2's future.

My question is: even if it was just in another letters page, was this issue ever resolved?

(Image of the Grand Comics Database.)

"My question is: was this issue ever resolved?"

It sure was. The LSH of Earth 2 was one of the Legion of Three Worlds.

And bringing it full circle, centuries before Mordru fought the LSH, he fought the JSA.

Truthfully, I didn't think much of Mordru fighting the JSA at the time since it was post COIE and all one earth, but I totally missed most of the Final Crisis side minis so I honestly didn't know. Thanks Jeff.

Dave Palmer said:

DC Special #29 (September 1977), written by Paul Levitz, gave the pre-Crisis origin of the JSA, in which Superman and Batman took part.  Post-Crisis, the two of them had never been members of the JSA, so they had to be omitted when the story was retold in Secret Origins #31 (October 1988), written by Roy Thomas.

The GCD describes the changes to the story as follows:

Although Batman was easily eliminated, Superman wasn't, because of his last minute rescue of FDR from the Valkyries' attack pre-Crisis.  As a result, FDR was killed, but the Spectre was able to return him to life with the stipulation that FDR wouldn't live long enough to see the end of World War 2, known only to the Spectre himself.  Things returned to normal, with nobody the wiser of FDR's "death" save one.

Green Lantern and Johnny Thunder team up in All-American Comics.

I'm not familiar with JSA: Strange Adventures, but it looks like an interesting series.  According to the GCD, Johnny Thunder decides to become a pulp author, writing about the JSA, and is helped by the (real-life) SF author Jack Williamson.  The lovely painted covers are by John Watson (the cover-credited artists Barry Kitson and Gary Erskine did the interiors).

The first issue cover shows Green Lantern and Starman embroiled in combat with an appropriately pulp-SF fanged and tentacled alien monstrosity.

Infinity Inc. featured children of the original JSA.

However, it wasn’t the first DC series to do so.  Before Infinity Inc there was the Inferior Five, the children of Earth-12’s JSA, theFreedom Brigade.

The Freedom Brigade appeared in Showcase #65

"I'm not familiar with JSA: Strange Adventures, but it looks like an interesting series."

I've been debating with myself whether or not to post covers from the Strange Adventures mini-series. Personally, I didn't care for it, but I can't pinpoint exactly why, exactly. Too atypical, I guess.

Hourman and Dr. Mid-Nite team up in Smash Comics.

100 Page Super Spectacular #DC-17 (Ju'73) was the first time DC ever reprinted a Justice Society adventure! It was All Star Comics #37 (N'47), the first appearance of the Injustice Society of the World!

So it took some readers a decade to read a full JSA story! This was one I had to hunt down!

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