Retroactive: Detective Comics 1955 & Amazing Spider-Man 1979

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 1954 and Amazing Spider-Man 1978. If you need a refresher, just click HERE. Below you’ll find the two series that I’m currently covering. Click on that specific logo to be instantly taken directly to that series. The last section is reserved for my Top Picks from each year. Click the logo or travel to the third page to view them.


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5 thoughts on “Retroactive: Detective Comics 1955 & Amazing Spider-Man 1979

  1. Spidey 196 is a great cover, but I think as I kid, I would ahve preferred the Man-Wolf one from Spider-Man 190. I love all those falling bandages – I would definitely have picked that one up from the 7-11.

  2. My favorite ASM covers are issues # 188 and # 194.
    I like issue # 188 because of the dark background, the villain shooting compulsively, the interesting technique of how Peter is drawn and, most of all, the “Spidey – signal”, used also in one of the first comics I’ve ever read (
    I like issue # 194 because of the Black Cat. To make you understand how fond I am of this character, I’ll make a copy and paste of a comment I left in about 100 blogs (I leave it each time I bump into a post talking about the Black Cat or Roger Stern):
    “In 1982 Roger Stern wrote for Amazing Spider Man one of the most beautiful story arcs I’ve ever read. It is rather short (it starts in issue # 226 and ends in the following one), but every single panel of it is pure awesomeness.
    Spider Man and Black Cat were the leading characters of that arc.
    In that period Spidey had started to become more and more similar to Batman: the series passed from a sunny setting to a dark one, Peter started to cooperate with a female version of Commissioner Gordon (Jean De Wolff), and, most of all, he developed a detective approach he never had before. His relationship with Black Cat was a part of this project: Black Cat is Marvel’s Catwoman, so the affair between her and Peter deliberately reminded of the one between Batman and Catwoman.
    This magic period ended with the death of Jean De Wolff. She is one of the Spider Man characters who should have been employed more and in a far better way, along with Eddie Brock, Cletus Kasady, Betty Brant and so on.”

    • #188 was my runner up. That was a great cover for the exact reasons you stated. Funny that you mention your affinity for Black Cat as just last week I read if Spider-Man 4 had been made Black Cat would have been played by Anne Hathaway. She went from missing out on Black Cat to being Catwoman. Weird how it all worked out. Seems she was destined to play a cat burglar one way or another. 🙂

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