Retroactive: Detective Comics 1956 & Amazing Spider-Man 1980

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 1955 and Amazing Spider-Man 1979. 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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3 thoughts on “Retroactive: Detective Comics 1956 & Amazing Spider-Man 1980

  1. I agree that the best Batman cover of 1956 definitely is Detective Comics # 233. Until now, all the covers you uploaded used to show only the Dynamic Duo + a villain, or an imposter: now we finally got something brand new and unusual, that is to say a new supporting character.
    I read that, some decades ago, Bruce even married a female sidekick (I can’t remember if her name was Batwoman or Batgirl), and then this event simply disappeared from the continuity, in a sort of Chuck Cunningham syndrome case.
    As for ASM, in 1980 3 of my favorite characters appeared (the Punisher, the Black Cat and Madame Web), so it’s a tough choice. I pick ASM # 201, and I’ll try to explain you why.
    Spidey and the Punisher have 2 completely different ways to save the day: Peter tries to make it without lethal methods, the Punisher fights the crime by using EXCLUSIVELY lethal methods. Their mentalities are incompatible, so, when you see them together, you really can’t predict how it will go: Will Spidey succeed in curbing Frank Castle’s fury? Will they be able to put their different views aside, and cooperate to save the day? And when the villain is handcuffed, will Spidey let Frank go, or will he try to put the Punisher in prison too? This cover raises a lot of interesting questions, so it deserves to win the gold medal. ASM # 210 raises a lot of interesting questions too, so I think we have a tie this week.
    Also, thank you for posting Retroactive so early. It’s a true pain to wait an entire week between one Retroactive post and the following one.

    • “I read that, some decades ago, Bruce even married a female sidekick (I can’t remember if her name was Batwoman or Batgirl), and then this event simply disappeared from the continuity, in a sort of Chuck Cunningham syndrome case.”
      I was unaware. Probably Batwoman as the original Batgirl (Betty Kane) was the love interest of Robin.

      “This cover raises a lot of interesting questions, so it deserves to win the gold medal. ASM # 210 raises a lot of interesting questions too, so I think we have a tie this week.”
      The first tie! 🙂 I do love the bullseye background with the bullet holes on #201.

      “Also, thank you for posting Retroactive so early. It’s a true pain to wait an entire week between one Retroactive post and the following one.”
      This was a bonus edition due to my mess-up on Detective Comics 1954 so you will have another Retroactive to look forward to in just two more days. Thanks for commenting and offering your opinions! Always highly valued and appreciated.

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