Retroactive: Detective Comics 1940 & Amazing Spider-Man 1964

In Retroactive I’ll take you on a visual comic cover tour of the past covering all the covers for a particular series. Each entry will cover an entire year and I’ll always have one comic from DC and one comic from Marvel. At the end of each edition of Retroactive I’ll select my overall favourite cover for that year for each series. Last time on Retroactive we covered Detective Comics 1939 and Amazing Spider-Man 1963. If you need a refresher, just click HERE. With that said, let’s begin:

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Detective Comics (1940)
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Detective Comics #35(January 1940)

Detective Comics #36(February 1940)

Detective Comics #37(March 1940)

Detective Comics #38(April 1940)

Detective Comics #39(May 1940)

Detective Comics #40(June 1940)

Detective Comics #41(July 1940)

Detective Comics #42(August 1940)

Detective Comics #43(September 1940)

Detective Comics #44(October 1940)

Detective Comics #45(November 1940)

Detective Comics #46(December 1940)

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Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
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Amazing Spider-Man #8(January 1964)

Amazing Spider-Man #9(February 1964)

Amazing Spider-Man #10(March 1964)

Amazing Spider-Man #11(April 1964)

Amazing Spider-Man #12(May 1964)

Amazing Spider-Man #13(June 1964)

Amazing Spider-Man #14(July 1964)

Amazing Spider-Man #15(August 1964)

Amazing Spider-Man #16(September 1964)

Amazing Spider-Man #17(October 1964)

Amazing Spider-Man #18(November 1964)

Amazing Spider-Man #19(December 1964)

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1(December 1964)

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Favourite Covers
Okay, so our journey through the past is complete for this week but which covers reign supreme? For Detective Comics, the crown goes to: Detective Comics #38. An iconic cover that has had countless homages done and has stood the test of time. Also it’s the debut of Robin who makes a “sensational” entrance. For Amazing Spider-Man, the title goes to: Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1. The promised debut of the Sinister Six lives up to the billing and the image of Spidey’s greatest enemies all rushing him at once builds the reader’s anticipation.
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So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!

4 thoughts on “Retroactive: Detective Comics 1940 & Amazing Spider-Man 1964

  1. “Which covers are your personal favourites from this week?” Detective Comics # 44. I love when Batman (and Spawn) “play” with their cloak.
    Do you remember when I talked about those campy Daredevil’s villains recently taken back from Brubaker? On the cover of Amazing Spider Man # 10 you can see one of them, the Ox. He’s the one with the yellow sweatshirt. In the 60s he was just a one dimensional villain, with 100 % brute force and 0 % brain; in the 10s, he came back as a diabolic mobster, that makes you tremble with fear only by making his presence felt, exactly like Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises.

    • “Detective Comics # 44”
      Yeah that one’s nice. Would have earned first for me if not for #38.

      “In the 60s he was just a one dimensional villain, with 100 % brute force and 0 % brain; in the 10s, he came back as a diabolic mobster, that makes you tremble with fear only by making his presence felt, exactly like Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises.”
      I did not know that! Were the rest of the Enforcers with him or was he a solo act?

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