Retroactive: Detective Comics 1955 & Amazing Spider-Man 1979


My 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 #218. Another Detective Comics cover, another puzzling question from me of “what is going on here?” It’s a complete role-reversal as Robin is grown-up and Batman is a just kid. How did this happen? Is it a dream? Alternate reality? Or something even stranger? Besides the concept, I love the shot of Robin Senior punching the crook with such a visceral force and I also like how Batman Junior and the goons that are restraining him are agasp at what they are witnessing. A nice dynamic cover featuring an all-new Dynamic Duo! For Amazing Spider-Man, the title goes to: Amazing Spider-Man #196. A very emotional cover is on display here as the lone figure of Peter Parker sullenly stands over the grave of his dear Aunt May Parker. This image only confirms that the cliffhanger from the previous issue was indeed true, that Peter has lost another loved one. For those that hadn’t read the previous issue, the revelation of the name on the tombstone would compel anyone to check it out to find out what truly happened. Last, but certainly not least, is the star of the cover: Spider-Man’s image (mad at the cruel twist of fate that the world has unleashed on him) emblazoned against the night sky. The interesting technique of how he is drawn with the red line art silhouette still presents his classic colours of red and blue but with a clever twist. A beautiful and haunting cover indeed.

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

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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