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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I think we need to include 'perspective' gun covers, otherwise I am going to be really struggling!

There is another subset of covers I have found quite a few of: those in which the gun is pointed right at the reader. Here's my favorite of those.

Steve W said:

I think we need to include 'perspective' gun covers, otherwise I am going to be really struggling!

I think we've agreed to do that.

Hey Jeff on Earth J.

I'll see your Superman and raise you an Action Comics.

(Image courtesy of the Grand Comics Database.)

The copy on the Thunderstrike #8 cover uses a recurring formula. It goes back at least as far as the DC house ad for Showcase #76, the debut of Bat Lash: "Can he... save the West? Or ruin it!" On the issue's cover this became "Will he save the West-- or ruin it?" 1st Issue Special #12, featuring Starman, has "Has he come to save the Earth--or destroy it?" Star Wars #1 has "Enter: Luke Skywalker! Will he save the galaxy-- or destroy it?"

Philip Portelli said:

Not the subtlest of covers, is it?

JD DeLuzio said:

This is a big gun, though not impractically so:

No, I wouldn't call it subtle.

JD DeLuzio said:

No, I wouldn't call it subtle.

Subtle?  What's that?

"I'll see your Superman and raise you an Action Comics."

Thanks, Lee. I knew about that cover, but I couldn't even remember which series it appeared. Thanks for saving me the trouble of looking it up.

I don't think we've used this one yet.

Something was said about a character with too many weapons. I think this qualifies.

"a character with too many weapons"

Case in point...

Large pistols? Perspective? Artistic license? Sure:

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