Retroactive: Detective Comics 1943 & Amazing Spider-Man 1967

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 1942 and Amazing Spider-Man 1966. If you need a refresher, just click HERE. With that said, let’s begin:


Detective Comics (1943)

Detective Comics #71(January 1943)dc71

Detective Comics #72(February 1943)dc72

Detective Comics #73(March 1943)dc73

Detective Comics #74(April 1943)dc74

Detective Comics #75(May 1943)dc75

Detective Comics #76(June 1943)dc76

Detective Comics #77(July 1943)dc77

Detective Comics #78(August 1943)dc78

Detective Comics #79(September 1943)dc79

Detective Comics #80(October 1943)dc80

Detective Comics #81(November 1943)dc81

Detective Comics #82(December 1943)dc82________________________________________________________

Amazing Spider-Man (1967)

Amazing Spider-Man #44(January 1967)ASM44

Amazing Spider-Man #45(February 1967)ASM45

Amazing Spider-Man #46(March 1967)ASM46

Amazing Spider-Man #47(April 1967)ASM47

Amazing Spider-Man #48(May 1967)ASM48

Amazing Spider-Man #49(June 1967)ASM49

Amazing Spider-Man #50(July 1967)ASM50

Amazing Spider-Man #51(August 1967)ASM51

Amazing Spider-Man #52(September 1967)ASM52

Amazing Spider-Man #53(October 1967)ASM53

Amazing Spider-Man #54(November 1967)ASM54

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #4(November 1967)ASMA4

Amazing Spider-Man #55(December 1967)ASM55________________________________________________________

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 #71. Last time I gave the prize to a Joker-based cover and this one is awarded to yet another classic cover featuring the Clown Prince of Crime. The Joker drowning our heroes in pages torn from a calendar not only sets up the title “A Crime A Day” but is also attention grabbing. I’ve also noticed the massive size difference between the Dynamic Duo and their villains on the covers seems to be a common occurrence in this time period. For Amazing Spider-Man, the title goes to: Amazing Spider-Man #50. This cover is iconic and is second only to the cover of Spider-Man where he throws his costume in the garbage can (you know the one) is terms of Peter Parker no longer being Spider-Man. Love the cover, love the dejected pose of Parker, and love how the image of Spider-Man is looking back at him. Just simply love it!

So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!

9 thoughts on “Retroactive: Detective Comics 1943 & Amazing Spider-Man 1967

    • “It still amazes me how Batman’s iconic villains were created so long ago and still endure.”
      Goes to show you that if you create a villain that resonates with the readers, despite how they evolve over the years, they will always be in high demand.

      “The Kraven #47 cover is amusing for the crazy lion’s head/mane vest he’s wearing lol.”
      Yeah. That’s something they’ll have to address when he makes his live-action movie debut one of these years…

  1. Of course Spider Man # 50 is unbeatable, but even the following one is nice. The reason is simple: it shows Kingpin! In one of my first comments on your blog, I wrote:
    “I’ve always thought that Batman needs a villain like Kingpin. Yes, of course Gotham has the greatest “wild bunch” of villains we’ve ever seen in comics, but all of them are psychos: what Batman needs is a normal man who decides to be on the wrong track not because he’s mad, but because he rationally prefers to employ his intelligence and to satisfy his ambition in a criminal way. Batman never met a man like this, and it’s a real shame. There are some villains having something in common with Kingpin, like Black Mask or the Penguin, but they don’t have the same appeal, and DC never gave them the deepness and the criminal genius that Kingpin has.”
    These are the reasons why Kingpin is by far my favorite villain. The others are the Batman’s ones I listed in my last comment.

    • “Of course Spider Man # 50 is unbeatable, but even the following one is nice.”
      I don’t know what it is but I get a very “Penguin”-ish vibe from the way he is portrayed here. I think it has to do with his stance and that cigarette he is smoking. Great choice, by the way.

      Also, since you’re a big fan of Kingpin: just wondering how you thought of his portrayal in the Daredevil movie?

  2. Funny how the Batman covers of the 1940s look back to the previous century with that horse and carriage. The readers’ parents and grandparents would have remembered those from their childhoods. Personally, I like Batman cover 78, that’s really unique.

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